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XAVIER A. PALACIOS

Owner / Attorney at Law

Xavier Palacios started his career in 1996 as an attorney at the esteemed firm Pillari and Vella Esqs. That firm specialized in litigation, tackling high profile criminal and personal injury cases. In 2001 Xavier was made a partner in the new firm of Pillari, Vella & Palacios, LLP, a firm that became recognized as a pioneer of innovative trial techniques in federal immigration cases.

Xavier received his bachelor of arts degree in 1992 from Columbia University, where he majored in political science. He graduated from Boston University School of Law with his Juris Doctor degree in 1995 and was admitted as a New York attorney in 1997. Xavier is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Suffolk County Bar Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association and the National Immigration Project.

When not practicing law, Xavier dedicates much of his time to not-for-profit entities and the people they serve. He is actively involved with Huntington Hospital and currently serves as a mentor to a young boy through the Nassau County Bar Association at Westbury Middle School.

In 2010, Xavier co-founded Friends of Huntington Station Latin Quarter, which is an organization established to revitalize Huntington Station through business development, social conditioning, beautification, youth programs, mentorship, vocational training and community counseling. The Town of Huntington and Suffolk County issued proclamations in recognition of the organization’s efforts. Xavier also is a member of the Huntington School Board. He was elected in 2012 and serves as an active member on the board.

Xavier provides creative litigation techniques to clients with complex legal issues but he also believes strongly in volunteering his services to the less fortunate and under his leadership, Palacios Law Group has maintained a strong tradition of pro bono service for the underrepresented.

Areas of Practice: immigration, criminal law, personal injury, real estate.

STEVEN H. PALACIOS

Attorney at Law

A managing associate of Palacios Law Group, Steven garnered the most experience possible in his three years at Touro Law. In his first internship, he worked for the Suffolk County attorney’s office in the general litigation bureau. There he provided research and memoranda of law for many open cases and issues affecting the county.

Steven drafted a preliminary injunction for an initiative to prevent gang activity in a vicinity plagued with crime. During that summer, he also attended several depositions and 50-H hearings and had the opportunity to second seat an attorney for a major federal case in the Eastern District of New York.

In Steven’s subsequent internship he earned the Equity and Criminal Justice Fellowship from the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association, which provided him with a paid internship at the Suffolk County district attorney’s office. There he Interviewed domestic violence complainants and helped assistant district attorneys provide plea bargain offers to defense attorneys, conferenced with defense attorneys and became accustomed to daily court proceedings. He also researched evidence rules to provide judicial notice for a trial, provided insight in selecting several jury panels, and sat on over five criminal trials.

In Steven’s second year of law school, he was admitted into a clinical externship in the mortgage and bankruptcy area. During his last two years of law school he counseled clients, investigated facts, reviewed financial records and negotiated on behalf of clients. Specifically, he prepared and filed Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy petitions. He appeared at hearings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court and at mandatory foreclosure settlement conferences. Steven has researched and drafted litigation documents necessary for foreclosure settlement conferences.

From the time he was in law school until the present, Steven has been the director of youth and community development for the Friends of Huntington Station Latin Quarter (HSLQ), a community not-for-profit organization that focuses on the underprivileged, misinformed, and unrepresented population in a diversified and segregated region. Steven is fluent in Spanish, and as a member of HSLQ he published an article for the Long Island Hispanic newspaper Noticias on the significance of the Marcelo Lucero case and hate crimes in the region. Steven was a New York State champion in wrestling and attended Purdue University on an athletic scholarship. He uses these skills at HSLQ by teaching wrestling to troubled youth. He also continues to endure rigorous workouts as he trains several elite wrestlers on Long Island.

Prior to law school, Steven began several entrepreneurial projects as he managed his family’s real estate firm and helped set up a mortgage company. He also created J’Sphë, a company which designs and makes hand-made bow ties which you may find at a nearby department store.

JESSICA STOKER

Attorney at Law

Jessica Stoker joined Palacios Law Group, P.C in August of 2013. She is a Cum Lade graduate of Touro Law class of 2013 and was ranked in the top of her graduating class. Throughout her time at Touro Law, she was recognized both for her academic achievements as well as her contributions to the Law Center.

Ms. Stoker received a commencement award by Touro Law for her Exemplary Contributions to the Quality of Student Life and holds CALI awards for her academic excellence in two Criminal Law Externship courses. During her time at Touro Law, Ms. Stoker held multiple intern and externships at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office as well as the Nassau County District Attorney’s office. As a law student, she has worked with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Domestic Violence Unit, District Court Bureau and Special Investigations Unit. Her educational and professional experience includes holding a position as a legal assistant for the Suffolk District Attorney. Through an Advanced Criminal Law Externship, Ms. Stoker, under a student practice order litigated criminal misdemeanor cases and prosecuted a criminal case load which involved her engagement in the investigation, discovery, criminal hearings and trial prep as well as prosecuting a criminal case.
Prior to entering the legal field, Ms. Stoker worked as a victim advocate for the Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence. While at the Coalition, Ms. Stoker navigated victims and families dealing with issues of domestic violence through the civil and criminal court systems and the Suffolk County Police Precincts. She provided emergency hotline service to people in need, aided victims in obtaining orders of protection and safe housing.
Ms. Stoker also holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Suffolk University, Boston Massachusetts. As an undergraduate student, Ms. Stoker attended Stony Brook University where she graduated as a scholar athlete. While at Stony Brook, Ms. Stoker was a four-year division one women’s lacrosse athlete and during her senior year served as the team Capitan of the University team.’/p…
Ms. Stoker is also a member of the Huntington Station Latin Quarter and as a member, she volunteers her time in the organization’s annual holiday toy drive and Community Street clean. Ms. Stoker is interested in helping preserve unity in her community and curb violence on the streets. During 2011, Ms. Stoker wrote an article which was published in Notica on the story of Marcelo Lucero and the issue of Hate Crimes in Suffolk County.’/p…
During Ms. Stoker’s free time she can be found spending time with her family and her French Bulldog and Shih Tzu. She also co-founded and owns the custom bow tie company JSPHE Bow Ties.

YVETTE LINARES-KRIVI

Attorney at Law

Yvette Linares-Krivi is an associate attorney at Palacios Law Group, where she specializes in the field of personal injury. She has worked extensively in matters involving motor vehicle accidents, truck/bus accidents, construction accidents, slip and fall accidents, dog bites, lead paint and nursing home abuse.

Yvette has comprehensive knowledge of the many types of injuries clients suffer due to the negligence of others and has successfully litigated cases involving spinal, orthopedic, neurological, burn, disfigurement and psychological injuries.

Prior to joining Palacios Law Group, Yvette worked for a plaintiff’s personal injury law firm litigating cases involving motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents, construction accidents and dog bites. Her work there gave her extensive experience in all phases of the litigation process.

Yvette is dedicated and aggressive in fighting for the rights of the firm’s clients by holding the negligent parties responsible for their actions. She is an invaluable asset to the firm and its clients, for whom she zealously advocates at each stage of the litigation process from inception through trial. It is her priority to have her clients fully informed about their cases. She has over 20 years’ experience working in the personal injury field.

She earned her juris doctor from St. John’s University School of Law. She also earned her bachelor of science degree, summa cum laude, from St. John’s University, where she was recognized on the dean’s list, and her associate’s degree, magna cum laude, from Nassau Community College, where she was also on the dean’s list. She completed all of her education by attending school at night, while simultaneously working full-time.

ROBERT H. FINDARO

Associate Attorney

Robert H. Findaro, Esq. joined the Palacios Law Group in May 2017 as an Associate Attorney. Mr.Findaro graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University, an MBA degree in International Business from Long Island University/C.W. Post, and received his JD degree from New York Law School.

Robert H. Findaro joined the Palacios Law Group in May 2017 as an associate attorney. Robert graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in international affairs from the George Washington University, an MBA degree in international business from Long Island University/C.W. Post, and a JD degree from New York Law School.

During law school, Robert had the opportunity to intern with the New York District Counsel Office of the Department of Homeland Security where he was able to successfully argue cases in immigration court and the Wackenhut Detention Center in Queens.

Robert brings to the Palacios Law Group over ten years’ experience in practicing immigration and family law and has represented hundreds of immigrants before the immigration courts, ICE, and DHS.  He has served the immigrant community in virtually all areas of immigration law.  His expertise includes, but is not limited to, removal defense, family and employment-based permanent residence, humanitarian visas (VAWA and U-Visa), asylum, TPS (Temporary Protected Status), citizenship and naturalization, non-immigrant visas, and detainee cases.

Perhaps Robert’s most noted accomplishment is successfully arguing an asylum case on appeal in the Dallas immigration court, in which the immigration judge vacated the findings of the asylum officer that his detained client was not credible in his asylum claim.

Prior to joining the Palacios Law Group, Robert worked for over two years as a staff attorney and Justice AmeriCorps fellow for CARECEN (Central American Refugee Center) on Long Island where he represented unaccompanied migrant children from Central America in family court and immigration court proceedings.  In this capacity, Robert successfully terminated proceedings against immigrant children and helped them to adjust status.

In previous attorney positions with Legal Aid and the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence (“the Safe Center LI”), Robert successfully represented low-income clients in immigration, family, and matrimonial court proceedings.  While working in these positions, Robert acquired extensive experience working with immigrant victims of domestic violence and crime.

While working for Brandes and Associates, Robert also worked on employment-based petitions and helped secure visas for foreign nationals of “extraordinary ability” in the arts.

Robert cares deeply for all immigrants who flee their native countries and come to the United States seeking refuge from gang violence, poverty, and injustice. For this reason, he has done a considerable amount of pro bono work over the years for organizations such as Safe Passage Project, where he has worked with unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings.  He has also volunteered for CUNY Citizenship Day, which provides free citizenship legal services to low-income immigrants.

Robert is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the only national organization for immigration attorneys.  He has been a recipient of the Berger Scholarship from AILA to attend national conferences in Vancouver and San Diego because of his work with the refugees and low-income immigrants in his community.

In his free time, Robert enjoys travel, sporting events, the beach, swimming, the theatre, and museums.

JORGE MACIAS

Associate Attorney

Jorge Macias leads the Criminal Division at Palacios Law Group and practices in Nassau, Suffolk, and New York City. Jorge’s extensive experience in the criminal justice system derives from his time as a narcotics Detective in the NYPD and as a Suffolk County Legal Aid attorney.

His talent to succinctly synthesize voluminous paper information and combine it with his training and experience to thoroughly investigate a client’s case has led to favorable dispositions in many of his cases. Although he is a skilled litigator in all aspects of criminal law, he is particularly adept at handling drug cases, specifically ones involving “hand to hand” transactions. 

Jorge received his Associate degree while on active duty with the United States Marine Corps.    After the service, he received his Bachelor’s degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  He then went on to receive his Juris Doctor degree from Touro Law Center.  While at Touro Law Center he was a clinician in both the Family Law and the Veterans’ and Servicemembers’ Rights Clinics. 

Jorge is married and has four wonderful children. In his free time, he likes nothing better than to spend time with his family. During soccer season he coaches his youngest son’s soccer team and volunteers as the assistant commissioner for the league’s boys division.

PERSONAL INJURY SERVICES

Personal injury law holds people and businesses responsible for the harm they cause others. Palacios Law Group represents victims of all types of accidents and handles cases involving all types of physical injury, including serious injuries like traumatic brain injuries and even death.

Motor Vehicle Accidents – Civil Litigation – Product Liability
Medical Malpractice – Wrongful Death – Slip & Fall

AREAS OF PRACTICES

PERSONAL INJURY SERVICES

Personal injury law holds people and businesses responsible for the harm they cause others. Palacios Law Group, represents victims of all types of accidents and handles cases involving all types of physical injury, including serious injuries like traumatic brain injuries and even death.

Motor Vehicle Accidents
Civil Litigation
Product Liability

Medical Malpractice
Wrongful Death
Slip & Fall

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