Marianela Estrella Schwabe is an associate immigration attorney at Fry & Elder. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in having dealt with many elements of immigration law on a personal and professional level to the prestigious Tulsa law firm.
A native of the Dominican Republic, Estrella Schwabe is licensed to practice in both Oklahoma and in her native country — the Dominican Republic.
As an immigrant who came to the United State as a high school exchange student in Tulsa, Estrella Schwabe has a deep understanding of the immigration process – specifically the path it takes to successfully acquire a tourist visa, student visa, work H1-B visa, permanent residence and the citizenship process itself.
“Immigration law was a natural practice area for me to focus on out of law school,” Estrella Schwabe said. “I understand what the practice entails and there are a lot of people out there who need the help of an immigration attorney, particularly right now.”
Estrella Schwabe will work directly under Lorena Rivas – Fry & Elder’s highly-regarded immigration attorney who has been with the firm since 2015.
Like Rivas, her practice will focus on the following immigration areas:
- Business Immigration
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
- Deportation/Removal Defense
- Family Immigration
- Fiancé Visa
- Humanitarian Relief
- Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity
- Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
Estrella Schwabe also brings a rich and diverse educational background to Fry & Elder.
She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 2014, but she previously received a Bachelors in Law in 2001 from Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, located in Santiago, Dominican Republic.
After attaining her Bachelors in Law, Marianela Estrella Schwabe moved to Paris, France where she was awarded her Masters in Civil Law in 2003 from Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas.
“It’s been an interesting journey, but I learned a lot of important things at each stop along the way,” said Estrella Schwabe, who returned to Tulsa in 2004. “I’ve been out of my comfort zone in numerous places and countries.
“The nature of immigration law, quite often, is that it takes people out of their comfort zone. Through my experiences and background, I believe it will enable me to connect easier to the clients Lorena and I advocate for here at Fry & Elder.”
J.D., University of Tulsa College of Law, 2014
Masters in Civil Law, Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas, 2003
Bachelor’s in Law, Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, 2001