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Ishmael Thoronka, ESQ

Founder and Senior Partner
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Attorney Ishmael Thoronka is a senior partner at Thoronka Law Offices with a wealth of knowledge and a mountain of experience and he has developed a reputation of being a powerful and persuasive attorney. Ishmael primarily practices in the areas of Immigration Law, Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Divorce and Family Law, Estate Planning and Civil Litigation. Attorney Thoronka graduated from Monmouth University in 1996. He received his law degree from Massachusetts School of Law in 2004. He has earned many honorable awards among them was a Book Scholarship Award from the powerful Black Judges Alliance in Massachusetts, Deans list and the Governors Award.

He is undoubtedly one of the straight shooters in this field. As the Laws of Immigration are ever changing so does Ishmael’s desires to adapt. He is hardworking and not one to back down from the challenges of the law. He has successfully represented clients’ against corporations like American Express, MBNA, Chase, to name, but a few.

Ishmael’s practice took a turn when he witnessed non-American citizens suffering in the process of legalizing their stay in the United States of America. Ishmael’s passion to practice immigration law was borne after he saw a man deported because he could not afford an attorney to navigate the complex immigration process. He has filed countless immigration petitions and he has successfully represented hundreds of clients in immigration courts in several jurisdictions. His clients have always been pleased with the outcome of their cases. He has represented several clients in both State and Federal courts.

Mr. Thoronka is skilled to represent and litigate complex cases in Federal and State courts. He has the ability to negotiate and get positive results for his clients. Attorney Thoronka is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, he is a practicing member of the United States Supreme Court and the District Court of Massachusetts. Attorney Thoronka is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Massachusetts Bar Association and a member of the Federal Bar.


  • Massachusetts School of Law, 2004
  • Monmouth University, NJ
  • Interdisciplinary Studies, 1996


  • Book Scholarship Awards
  • Governor’s Award


  • American Bar Association Member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association Member
  • Member of the Federal Bar
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association Member

Practice Area

  • Civil Litigation
  • Contract
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Personal Injury

Carola Cintron Arroyo, ESQ

Associate Attorney
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Carola Cintron ArroyoAttorney Carola Cintron Arroyo was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Growing up in a military family, she lived in many places worldwide, such as Sasebo, Japan, and Suji, South Korea. She graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in Romance Languages and Literature. She taught both English and Spanish at elementary and middle schools overseas before attending law school at Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska. In law school, Carola specialized in international and humanitarian law. She had the opportunity of taking coursework based at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands.

Carola began her career in immigration law after clerking at the Omaha Immigration Court while in law school. Before joining Thoronka Law Offices, she focused on cases involving unaccompanied minors in family court in Nebraska and criminal defense. Carola is currently barred in Nebraska, and her current specialty is asylum and removal defense cases.


  • Harvard University
  • Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska

Stella Villalobos, Esq

Associate Attorney
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Stella VillalobosAfter graduating law school, Ms. Villalobos moved to Virginia and started as a legal assistant in the firm. Ms. Villalobos then went on to practice civil litigation with a focus on residential and commercial landlord-tenant disputes, collections, warrants in debts, and unlawful detainer litigation. Ms. Villalobos also participated in complex circuit court litigation.

After gaining several years of experience in civil litigation both as a law clerk and attorney, Ms. Villalobos found that her true passion was in immigration. Thereafter, she returned to the firm to join this firm’s immigration department focusing on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) and asylums.


  • Florida International University
  • St. Thomas University School of Law


  • Marquis Who’s Who (2020-2021)


  • Virginia Bar Association Member