Crucita Flecha, Esq., Senior Attorney

 


As the founding attorney, I wanted to establish a firm that provided down-to-earth legal counseling and representation.  As a Latina, I saw that my community was underserved with legal representation in Spanish and wanted help fill that void. I especially wanted to ensure that the legal needs of the growing immigrant and small business communities were met.

 

I currently practice primarily in the area of immigration but also have a select clientele needing small business assistance with business counseling, structure, and transactions. Prior to founding Flecha Law, Ltd., I was a partner with Thompson Steward Flecha LLC practicing in the same areas.

I come from a working class Puerto Rican family.  My parents were born in Humacao, Puerto Rico and came to the mainland with my grandparents for a chance a better life economically.  I was raised in Lorain, Ohio, in a close-knit large traditional family, rich in Puerto Rican culture, where Spanish and English were spoken at home.  Growing up, I did not see any Spanish-speaking attorneys in our community.  I am the “sometimes” proud mom of Luca, the firm’s ornery puplegal.

 

 

I graduated from Capital University Law School and have been practicing law since 1995. I was the Staff Attorney for the Honorable John P. Bessey in Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, an Assistant Attorney General for the Honorable Betty Montgomery, and a solo practitioner from 1995 until 2016.  I began my career represented numerous clients in the areas of family, business, and tax collection.

I  actively encourage and support businesses and organizations that continually promote political, educational, social, and economic growth in the Spanish-speaking community. To that end, I am a member in several non-profit charitable and professional organizations. I am a member in good standing with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and Femergy.Currently, I am the President of Femergy, a non-profit organization focused on the empowerment of women and young girls.

 

– Crucita Flecha, Esq.

Cynthia A.B. Vivekanandam, Esq., Associate Attorney

 


  1. I have always had a long-standing passion for fighting for immigrant rights. My interest in immigration first peaked in college, when I learned first-hand the struggles many people endure in migrating to the United States after traveling to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico to study Spanish and volunteer. After my travels, I began volunteering with a local immigrant rights group in Ypsilanti, Michigan, helping to provide presentations to educate the community on their rights.My advocacy work ultimately led me to DePaul University College of Law, where I studied immigration and public interest law as a Public Interest Honors Scholar. As a law student, I continued my advocacy efforts through internships serving asylees, refugees, unaccompanied minor children, immigrant survivors of domestic violence, and human trafficking survivors in many of the country’s leading immigration legal service providers in Chicago, IL and on the United States-Mexican border. I firmly believe in access to justice and I volunteer my time as much as possible to serve our community. I focus most of my pro bono efforts on helping immigrant survivors of domestic violence.When it comes to my clients, I understand both the professional and personal side of applying for an immigration status because my husband is a citizen of India who immigrated to the United States. I am proud to have family on both sides of the globe. When I am not helping my clients navigate immigration, I am practically always outside with my husband and our animals. Animals are my passion – I grew up riding horses and over the years, we have become involved with animal rescue. To date, we have rescued three dogs and one horse.

I graduated cum laude from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and I obtained my Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law. I am a member of the Ohio Bar, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and I am admitted to practice with the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. I currently serve the Ohio Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association as the Co-Liaison of the Unlawful Practice of Law Committee. I am also a member of the Board of Directors for PBJ Connections, a local nonprofit providing professional behavioral therapy through horses, counseling and nature to the Central Ohio community. I love to learn languages; I speak Spanish fluently and I am currently attempting to master my third language of Tamil.

Isabel Recendiz, Senior Legal Assistant

 


I am the Senior Legal Assistant of Flecha Law. I was born in Milwaukee, raised in Chicago, and then moved to Houston at the age of 15. My grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles immigrated to the United States from Michoacan, Mexico.

 

In 2009, my husband and I planted our roots here in Columbus, OH.  I am a mother of five beautiful children, four boys and one girl, one of whom recently graduated from high school, and Caloso, my pet bunny.

Before joining Flecha Law in 2014, I worked for Ace Cash Express, where she was a Center Manager and handled all aspects of running a check cashing financial institution. Isabel is When I am not busy being a wife, mother, and working at Flecha Law, I love crafting and being outdoors.

At Flecha Law, I serves as the attorneys’ right hands and I have been integral in making this practice thrive! I have advanced training in immigration and I use my skills to provide the highest quality of service to the clients.
This coming year, I have plans to pursue my Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies.

Ofelia Sanchez, Legal Assistant and Billing Specialist

 


I joined Flecha Law in 2018 as the Firm’s Legal Assistant and Billing Specialist. I have an extensive history of working in the customer service field, and I have been a very good friend of Attorney Flecha for the past 16 years. I was born in Michoacán, Mexico, and immigrated to the U.S. with her parents when she was 13 to achieve the American dream. In 1986, I became a Lawful Permanent Resident and in 1993, I became a U.S. Citizen. After living as an undocumented immigrant, I understand the hardships faced by people who have come to this country in search of a better future. For this reason, I channeled my passion for immigrants by dedicating herself in fighting for their rights and protection.

I am a Mother of Eight, Grandmother of 13, and Great Grandmother of two, and I would describe myself as a selfless, caring, big hearted daughter of God. In my spare time, I love to cook for my friends and family. I strive to lead my life by example of the scripture Acts 20:35 “it is more blessed to give than to receive”. When I am not busy working, cooking, or serving the Lord, I am busy caring for my rabbit farm.

Kriss Galloway, Paralegal

 


After a 35-year career in Journalism and Corporate Marketing, I decided to change careers completely. I needed to find a new direction that more closely aligned with my “North Star,” my guiding belief, of helping people who are in crisis or marginalized in our communities. Even as a child, I always looked to the sidelines to the kids who weren’t chosen for the team or were left out of games and made sure to include them and earn their friendship. I felt that everyone deserved to enjoy the same opportunities for joy, and their smiles made my heart soar.

 

In my quest for a new career, I was lucky enough to find a position as a Legal Assistant with a Domestic Relations firm in Upper Arlington. I soon found my passion of helping people being rekindled. Men and women – most of whom were going through the worst experience of their lives in becoming divorced – could confide their troubles with me. I found that my lifelong ability to really listen and empathize with people, combined with my experience in Marketing and Journalism, was a huge asset to the legal firm. It made our customer service experience stand out from other firms.

 

I became so passionate about the legal profession I wanted to learn more and advance this new career of mine. I decided to study and obtain a Paralegal certificate, which I did from Ohio University in December 2019. But I wasn’t done yet.

 

In September 2020, I sat for the annual Paralegal certification exam offered by The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA). The following month, I officially became an OSBA Certified Paralegal. In addition to the OSBA, I also am a member of the Columbus Bar Association and the Paralegal Association of Central Ohio. I also am looking forward to mentoring young professional women through Femergy.org, whose Board President is Crucita Flecha.

 

I was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Sunbury, Ohio, where I was the high school mascot, a Golden Eagle. (As me about the time I embarrassed myself in front of the entire school when part of the mascot costume fell off during a pep rally!)

 

My husband, Brian, and I live in Northwest Columbus and are the parents of three adult children – Sarah, who is married and living with her husband, Robert, in Pittsburgh, Penna.; Zoe, who is living in Boston, Mass.; and Douglas, who lives here in Central Ohio. When I’m not working, I enjoy traveling and photographing my adventures, gardening, crafting, and snuggling with my three fuzzy “children” –  kitties Sophie, Cookie, and The Baby.

Cynthia A.B. Vivekanandam, Esq.