Cassandra Rodríguez

Cassandra Rodríguez is the founding partner of the law firm Rodríguez & Porter, Ltd.  She graduated with her Juris Doctor from Salmon P. Chase College of Law after completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Cincinnati, where she majored in Spanish Studies and minored in Philosophy.  Cassandra is bilingual in Spanish and English. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association and local bar associations. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio, the federal immigration courts (Executive Office of Immigration Review) as well as the Southern District Federal Court.
Cassandra focuses her practice on immigration law in the areas of family immigration, and deportation defense. She is not afraid to tackle complicated immigration cases and has successfully obtained U.S. Residency for immigration clients through complex processes such as I-601 and I-601a provisional waivers.  In her criminal practice, she has won jury trials for people accused of serious crimes such as DUI, and high felonies like Aggravated Robbery and Aggravated Burglary. Cassandra also handles difficult matters such as withdrawals of guilty pleas and Motions to Re-open or Re-calendar Immigration deportation proceedings.
She is a Cincinnati native, of Greek, Italian and Slovak descent; although she likes to say she is 100% Ecuadorian by marriage to her husband Ric, who immigrated from Quito, Ecuador. She and Ric have three beautiful children, Eleni, Estevan and Elías.   In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and caring for her flock of chickens.

Greg Porter

Greg Porter was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He graduated from Bishop Fenwick High School in Middletown and then joined the United States Marine Corps.  Fresh out of basic training, Greg began his studies at the University of Cincinnati. In his third year of college his studies were put on hold when he was called to serve a tour of duty in Iraq.  Upon returning from active duty, he finished his Bachelor’s degree.  He then obtained his Juris Doctor from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and was admitted to the practice of law in the State of Ohio. Greg also was admitted to practice in the U.S. Federal Court, Southern District of Ohio.

Greg joined Rodriguez & Associates in 2012 and became a named partner of Rodríguez & Porter in 2015.  Greg focuses his practice on Domestic relations and Juvenile Court cases such as custody visitation, abuse, neglect and dependency cases, dissolution and divorce.  He also focuses on civil litigation (plaintiffs’ and defendants’ work), personal injuries, and easement law.  He has represented clients all over Ohio, including Butler, Hamilton, Clermont, Montgomery, and Prebble Counties, in Federal Criminal Court, Federal Immigration Court, Common pleas, Municipal and Mayor’s Courts.  Whatever the case may be, Greg is not afraid to tackle a challenge.  He will take on even the most difficult cases with the thoroughness of a lawyer coupled with the determination of a marine.

Paul Shonk

Paul Shonk graduated from Ohio Dominican University with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and obtained his law degree, cum laude, from Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  During law school, he clerked for a law firm in his hometown of Lancaster, Ohio.  Despite a fondness for small-town life, after passing the Ohio bar, Paul decided it was time to broaden his experience, so in 2004 he took an opportunity to move to New York City.

In the big city, Paul provided non-profit immigration legal services through the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, advocating  on behalf of immigrants of divergent backgrounds, cultures, and creeds.  Paul was responsible for a variety of immigration matters, including affirmative applications to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and removal defense before the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR).  His accomplishments during this time included winning lawful residence for victims of domestic violence and other crimes, in addition to winning several difficult political asylum cases.

In 2008, Paul continued his immigration advocacy while taking on the additional responsibilities of managing attorney for immigration legal services in the diocese, a position he filled until he moved to the Cincinnati area in 2011.

Transitioning from the non-profit world to private practice, Paul joined the Cincinnati firm of McKinney & Namei in 2011.  Working with seasoned attorneys, he expanded his practice into family law, probate matters, personal injury, and criminal defense, counseling many non-citizen clients who had been accused of crimes.  In a fast-paced law firm environment, where the stakes were often high and the deadlines imminent, Paul learned that skillful advocacy often makes the difference between deportation and keeping a family together. In addition to representing clients in trial courts throughout Hamilton, Butler, and Warren counties, Paul developed a successful appellate practice by refusing to give up when his clients were denied justice.  In some instances, he is proud to say that he was able to obtain reversal or reopening of wrongly decided cases in the Ohio Court of Appeals, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Paul is excited to be joining the firm of Rodriguez & Porter.  He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and a parishioner at St. Gertrude Catholic Church.  He and his wife Cristina have four children, two boys and two girls.  In his spare time he enjoys practicing the piano.

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