Rio Guerrero


"I am the first person in my family born inside the United States and the first attorney in a family of physicians and other professionals. Early on as a law student and attorney, I benefited greatly from the guidance of mentors whose relationships I continue to cherish. But, notably, none of those mentors are Filipino. Recently, in the New York area, our Filipino American legal community reached a critical mass of accomplished attorneys and judges who are inspired to uplift one another and mentor those who will come after us. Now is the right time to create and build this bar association."

In his 17th year of legal practice, Rio Guerrero is a partner with the boutique immigration law firm Guerrero Yee LLP, located in Manhattan. He is a nationally-recognized expert in the niche fields of corporate and health care industry immigration. For the past eight years, he has taught as an Adjunct Professor of Immigration Law with the CUNY School of Professional Studies.

Rio is the recipient of a number of awards from the legal and Filipino-American communities, including a National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) “Best Lawyers” national award, and a Filipino American National Historical Society "Contributions to Excellence” award.

He serves as a Co-Chair on the Immigration Law Committees of both NAPABA, and the Asian American Bar Association of New York. He has held leadership positions within the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and various Filipino American community organizations.

When he is not working, Rio enjoys time with his wife, a second-generation Filipina American, and their two young children. From time to time, you may also find him at a fine steak house as he continues his eternal quest for the perfect cut of beef.

Find out more about Rio at: http://guerreroyee.com/rio/



Anna Mercado Clark

Vice President

Anna is an Associate at Phillips Lytle LLP, where her practice focuses in the areas of business and commercial litigation, including banking/lender liability litigation, contract and business disputes, intellectual property and franchiser-franchisee litigation. Ms. Mercado also handles white collar criminal matters and investigations, as she served as an Assistant District Attorney in Queens County from 2005 to 2008. She is a member of the firm's Diversity Committee, where she helps design and facilitate a pipeline diversity program called "Peace Out." She is a founding member of the Filipino American Lawyers Association of New York (FALA-NY) and has served on its Steering Committee from its inception. Ms. Clark received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Rutgers University and her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. While in law school, she interned for the Hon. Denny Chin in the Southern District of New York and received several regional and national moot court awards, including the National Best Oralist Award at the Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition. She was recognized as a New York Metro Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2014 and 2015.

Find out more about Anna at: http://www.phillipslytle.com/Staff/171/Anna-Mercado-Clark



Elaine M. Calderon


Elaine practices exclusively in the area of U.S. immigration and nationality law. She began her career in immigration law with the New York headquarters of a leading global immigration practice. She counseled human resource managers in a variety of industries and professions on nonimmigrant classifications such as specialized workers, intracompany transferees, aliens of extraordinary ability, and performers. Elaine is currently a solo practitioner and counsels foreign nationals from various countries and cultures on matters regarding family based immigration, working visas, consular processing, naturalization and appeals. Elaine was born in the Philippines and raised in Port Huron, Michigan, a small cottage town located on the U.S.-Canadian border. She attended Bucknell University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and English Literature. Shortly after graduating, she moved to New York and eventually graduated from New York Law School.

In her free time, she plays tennis and more recently, began training and participating in triathlons. Elaine resides in Astoria and when she is not in town, it is because she is visiting her nephew and niece in Oklahoma City.

Find out more about Elaine at: http://calderonlawpractice.com/



Vincent J. Roldan

Membership Secretary


Vincent is a Partner and Co-Chair of the Bankruptcy and Restructuring Group at Ballon Stoll Bader & Nadler, P.C. He has represented parties in interest in various aspects of bankruptcy proceedings, including debtors, secured lenders, noteholders, foreign and domestic trade creditors, creditors' committees, trustees, and asset purchasers. Prior to joining the firm, he was a Partner and head of the restructuring practice at mid-sized New York firm, and a senior associate in the New York office of DLA Piper LLP, for whom he worked for over nine years. He is a frequent speaker and writer on corporate bankruptcy, restructuring, and commercial litigation topics.

Vincent served as a law clerk to the Honorable Lewis M. Killian, Jr., United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Florida, and interned for the Honorable Adlai S. Hardin, Jr., United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York.
He is an active member of the Asian American Bar Association, and is a founding member of FALA New York, for which he has served on the Steering Committee since its inception.


Noel Vales


Noel practices commercial real estate law at the international law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in their New York City office. His experience includes working in commercial real estate finance, leasing, acquisitions/dispositions of real property, and in affordable housing transactions utilizing the federal low-income housing tax credit program (LIHTC). He has also worked in-house at Deutsche Bank on matters relating to the SEC Global Research Settlement, and at Morgan Stanley in their fixed income derivatives group where he negotiated ISDA master agreements. Noel is on the board of directors of the University of San Diego School of Law Alumni Association and has been co-chair of the New York Tri-State Team of the Philippine Development Foundation. He is also an original steering committee member of the Filipino American Lawyers Association of New York. Noel is a proud Bruin and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a B.A. in Political Science. Before attending the University of San Diego School of Law, Noel worked at Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (a non-profit community service organization in Los Angeles) and at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (now, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – LA). During law school, he was a law clerk extern to the Honorable Robert F. Takasugi of the United States District Court, Central District of California.

Although Noel originally hails from California, he has been in New York for several years. He is married to Emy Baysic, a Broadway performer, and they are having the time of their lives raising their 13-month old daughter.

Find out more about Noel at: http://www.pillsburylaw.com/noel-vales