The Law Offices of Manuel Rivera, Esq. & Associates, P.C.

Immigration, Removal/Deportation Defense, Perm, Visas

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The Law Offices of Manuel Rivera, Esq. & Associates, P.C.

1501 Lee Highway, Suite 208, Arlington, VA 22209 Phone: 703-807-2003

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Sylviane Elessie

Associate Attorney

Location: Arlington, Virginia

Phone: 703-807-2003


Sylviane graduated from Valparaiso Law School with a J.D. in 2013. She concurrently completed a Masters in Psychology while in law school. Sylviane competed in the International Moot Court at Valparaiso Law, where she gained hands-on appellate court experience, leadership skills and exemplary legal research and writing skills. Sylviane interviewed and was accepted as part of the law school Domestic Violence Clinic. As a Student Attorney, she interfaced directly with clients, conducted interviews, and represented them in hearings, gaining valuable experience that she puts to good use as an immigration attorney.

After law school, Sylviane worked for a local family law firm focusing on custody, child support, and divorce issues. She worked for the Embassy of Cameroon in Washington, D.C providing legal and general assistance. Sylviane also gladly donated her time to represent pro-bono clients through the Maryland Bar Pro Bono Resource Center.

Sylviane, because of her background in Psychology, is uniquely talented in working with clients in crisis. She specializes in Special Immigrant Juvenile Visas. Sylviane is a native French speaker and is gaining fluency in Spanish.

Areas of Practice


Bar Admissions

Maryland, 2013


Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, Indiana

J.D. - 2013

St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Mary's City, Maryland

B.A. - 2010

Major: Psychology

Professional Associations and Memberships

Maryland State Bar, Member, 2013 - Present

American Bar Association, Member, 2013 - Present

Past Employment Positions

Embassy of Cameroon, Consulate Administrative Assistant, 2013 - 2016

Law office of Ellen L Lee, Law Clerk, 2014 - 2016

Pro Bono Activities

MSBA Pro-Bono Resource Center - Catholic Charities, 2015 - 2017





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The Law Offices of Manuel Rivera, Esq. & Associates, P.C., serves clients throughout the Washington, D.C., metro area, as well as Virginia and Maryland, as well as throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. We serve clients in Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Manassas, Annandale, Springfield, Herndon, Reston, Rockville, Gaithersburg, Silver Spring, College Park, Germantown, Frederick, Hyattsville, Bowie, Annapolis and other communities in Fairfax County, Montgomery County and Prince George's County.