M. Gabriela Ungo

M. Gabriela Ungo (former M. Gabriela Gonzalez Casafont) was born in San Jose, Costa Rica and is admitted to practice in New York State and Costa Rica. She has personally experienced the anxieties involved in the U.S. immigration process: she held various non-immigrant visa status (F-1, J-2, H-4, H-1B) before obtaining an employment-based green card and finally becoming a U.S. citizen.

Gabriela’s practice focuses primarily on employment and family-based US immigration. She works closely with each of her clients to understand their immigration objectives and crafts plans to maximize the chances of achieving them. She integrates legal ethics to her practice by providing an open and honest assessment of her client’s immigration problems or concerns and responding to them expeditiously. Her practice outcome is higher quality petitions, more approvals and fewer delays. 

Prior to immigrating to the US, Gabriela practiced business and investment law in Costa Rica. She worked at MTV Networks Latin America, Inc. to handled matters related to intellectual property, telecommunications and advertisement law in Latin America.  She is fluent in Spanish, English and French and is conversant in Italian.

Gabriela has publications and various professional and business journals and has been an invited as a speaker in bar meetings, business organizations and universities. 

 She has three children. When she has any spare time, she enjoys tennis, reading and traveling. 

Bar Admissions:

  • New York State (2001)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit (2001)
  • Costa Rican Bar (1995)
  • Costa Rican Supreme Court (admitted as Notary Public)


  • University of Miami , Miami , Florida (LL.M. in Comparative Law, 1995)
  • Universidad Autonoma de Centroamerica (Licenciatura en Derecho, Summa Cum Laude Probatus and Corona Académica 1994)
  • Universidad Autonoma de Centroamerica (Baccalaureat in Law, Cum Laude Probatus , 1993)

Professional Memberships:

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Costa Rican Bar Association


  • "Economic Development and Innovation Through Immigrant Talent & Foreign Investment", Mississippi Technology Alliance Pointe Innovation Publication (Spring 2012).
  • “Chapter 20: Immigration & Naturalization Issues”, Mississippi Employment Law Practice Handbook , University of Mississippi (2003).
  • "Chapter 21: "New Era of Immigration Employment Verification and Employer Sanctions", Mississippi Employment Law Practice Handbook , University of Mississippi (2009).

Community and Volunteer Service:

  • Unlawful Practice of Law Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association(2014-        present)
  • Board of Directors Community Development Foundation (CDF), Tupelo, Mississippi (2012-2013)
  • Member of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries (NAJA), Tupelo Chapter
  • Board of Directors El Centro, Tupelo, Mississippi (2006-2009) 


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