Manuela M. Morais, Esq.
Manuela Morais is the Principal of Morais Law. She represents and partners with corporate clients to attract and retain top-tier international talent and ensure immigration compliance. Given her significant background in “Big Law,” Manuela is uniquely able to provide large firm experience and insights within personalized, one-on-one relationships with clients of all sizes, spanning from startup companies to the largest Fortune 500 corporations. Over her 20-plus-year career in immigration law, Manuela has acted as de facto in-house immigration counsel; represented individuals and self-petitioners in unique and complex cases before the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; established herself as an industry thought leader; and provided a range of pro bono legal services to foreign nationals seeking immigration benefits in the United States.
Originally from Portugal, Manuela possesses a unique global perspective and speaks both English and Portuguese. Manuela graduated from Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey, in 1993, and earned her J.D. at the Widener University School of Law in 1999. She is licensed as a practicing attorney in New Jersey and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Burlington County Bar Association, and the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association. Prior to founding her own law firm, Manuela was Of-Counsel and responsible for management of the Immigration Practice at Blank Rome LLP, as well as an Associate in the Immigration Practice at Pepper Hamilton LLP. She also served as Congressional Aide to the Honorable Robert E. Andrews of New Jersey prior to law school.
As a woman business owner, Manuela takes great pride in mentoring other young women and professionals of diverse backgrounds both in the field of law and in general. At Morais Law, she oversees and coaches two attorneys, three paralegals, and one law clerk – all of whom are women. Her staff includes employees fluent in Spanish and Portuguese who help provide personalized services to the firm’s international clientele. She regularly provides internships to law students and young professionals.
In her role as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Manuela taught courses in Corporate Immigration Law and mentored prospective attorneys regarding careers in the immigration field. She presented at professional development events at institutions around the region and has taught Continuing Legal Education courses in the field of immigration law. She has also lectured nationally at the AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law, the preeminent educational event for U.S. immigration attorneys.
Manuela is a committed advocate for diversity and inclusion both within the legal community and beyond the profession. She is a founding partner and sits on the Board of Directors of Women Owned Law, a national networking group for women-owned law and legal services firms. She currently heads the Membership Committee, where she is tasked with promoting the organization and its mission by attracting new members. Through Women Owned Law, Manuela is active in mentoring other women who have left large law practices to start their own firms and other entrepreneurial female legal professionals. In recognition of her professional achievements and contributions, Manuela was named a 2018 Top New Jersey Leading Woman Entrepreneur and has also been admitted to the Forum of Executive Women, a highly-selective organization of women holding the senior-most positions in the corporations, not-for-profit organizations and public-sector entities, dedicated to a mission of advancing the impact and influence of women leaders across a broad spectrum of society
As a community advocate, Manuela is dedicated to encouraging and developing the next generation of strong women and minority leaders through mentorship, employment, and community engagement. She was appointed in 2018 to the boards of both the Girl Scouts of Central & Southern New Jersey and the Rotary Club of Moorestown, where she serves on the International Committee. Manuela is also a longtime supporter of Catholic Social Services, particularly their Immigration Legal Services division and their annual holiday toy drive, which donates toys to unaccompanied minors who enter the U.S. without a legal guardian.
Cherylle Corpuz, Esq.
Cherylle Corpuz is a Senior Partner & Immigration Counsel at Morais Law where she represents and partners with clients on a wide range of employment-based immigration matters, both immigrant and non-immigrant. She also provides legal services for individuals, including family-based immigration and naturalization. Cherylle comes to Morais Law with more than 25 years’ experience counseling a broad range of individual and institutional clients on immigration matters and advocating before immigration and federal courts.
Cherylle earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987 and her J.D. at the University of Maryland in 1992. She began her legal career at the Nationalities Service Center, a Philadelphia-based non-profit organization that provides social, educational, and legal services to immigrants and refugees. There, she directed the non-profit legal services department and served as Vice President, responsible for the overall operations of this refugee resettlement organization. Cherylle then established her own firm providing counseling in immigration matters and representation in all venues to individuals as well as organizations, including businesses, hospitals, social service agencies, and criminal defense firms. For four years, Cherylle managed the immigration practice for a Philadelphia-based AmLaw 100 firm, where she was responsible for visa and compliance work with multi-national corporations, universities and high net worth individuals. During this time, she established the pro-bono domestic violence representation project, Safety in Numbers, which was adopted firm-wide. Most recently, Cherylle spent two years as Partner and Chair of the Immigration Practice Group with a Philadelphia-based, full-service firm.
Cherylle frequently presents on immigration law at panels and conferences and has litigated multiple precedent decisions in the U.S. Courts of Appeals. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Citizens Diplomacy International, and the Pennsylvania Bar Association, as well as a supporter of the Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity. She has been admitted as a licensed practicing attorney in Pennsylvania and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third and Fourth Circuits.