David M. Sperling, Esq.
Before becoming a lawyer and putting up his shingle in 1995, David M. Sperling was a foreign correspondent and then an editor for several prestigious newspapers including the Miami Herald and Newsday. He covered the civil wars engulfing Central America in the 1980s, learning Spanish “en la calle” — in the street — from his base in Costa Rica.
Since becoming an immigration lawyer, Mr. Sperling and his professional team have helped tens of thousands of immigrants obtain legal permanent status and citizenship.
Mr. Sperling is also known as a powerful advocate for immigrants through his written articles and expert commentary for the media and community organizations. He and his clients have appeared in the New York Times, CNN, Univision, Telemundo, Newsday and USA Today.
In 2015, Mr. Sperling was honored for his humanitarian efforts– including the David Sperling DREAM Foundation — by the National Organization of Puerto Rican and Latin American Social Workers. The Dream Foundation is a charitable organization that has awarded tens of thousands of dollars in grants to immigrant students.
Eduardo Villacorta, Esq.
Mr. Eduardo M Villacorta, Esq., joined out firm on 2016. He received a five year Bachelor of Law degree from the Central American University (UCA) in San Salvador, El Salvador, on 2008.
He is currently a licensed attorney in his home country, and is authorized to practice law by the Supreme Court of El Salvador. Mr. Villacorta is also a civil law Notario, which is the highest type of civil law attorney possible.
In 2011, Mr. Villacorta migrated to the United States, to attend law school. He then received a three year Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from West Virginia University, where he was a member of the West Virginia University Immigration Law Clinic for a full year. Obtaining his J.D. in the year 2014.
Subsequently, Mr. Villacorta when on to pass the New Jersey and New York bars; and he is currently licensed to practice law in the state of New Jersey, and he is soon to be licensed to practice law in the state of New York.
Additionally, Mr. Villacorta worked two years has a mediator. He facilitated negotiations and dialogues between family members living in El Salvador and the United States; helping them to resolve conflicts outside of the court system in both countries, thanks to his knowledge of common law jurisdictions and civil law jurisdictions. Finally, Mr. Villacorta speaks three languages Spanish, English, and French.
Michael Nappo, Esq.
Michael Nappo is an Associate Attorney at our Riverhead location. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association.
Michael is a lifelong resident of the East End where he completed High School in Hampton Bays. He continued his education by obtaining degrees at Suffolk Community College in Riverhead and St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue before earning his Juris Doctor from the Touro Law Center. While attending Touro Law, he interned with the Suffolk County District as well as for Legal Aid.
Besides having experience in Immigration issues, Michael also handles a variety of different areas of law. He handles criminal issues/tickets, wills/estate planning as well as real estate transactions.
Michael is happily married with one daughter and has a son on the way. He enjoys spending time with them traveling and outdoor activities.
Erick Marroquin, Esq.
Erick Marroquin is an associate attorney at our Hempstead location. He is a graduate of CUNY Queens College (’09) and Touro Law School (’14). While in law school Mr. Marroquin interned for the Executive Office for Immigration Review (Immigration Court) in Newark working under several immigration judges. He also interned for various non-profit organizations focusing on immigration law. He was also active in school organizations and led several “Know Your Rights” sessions at local churches. Further, while in law school he established the International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) Touro Chapter to help Iraqis and Afghans who served as translators/interpreters for our military.
Erick was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala but moved to New York at a young age. He was raised in Brooklyn and Queens. He serves as a Youth Pastor at his church Rain of Grace in Queens. He is happily married. He is a passionate Yankees fan and he enjoys travel. Erick is fluent in English and Spanish.