Minerva Cansino Blanchette, Esq.

Attorney

Attorney Blanchette has been a member of the Georgia Bar Association since 1999 and has nearly two decades of jury trial experience.  She is a top honor law graduate from New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts where she has obtained her Juris Doctorate degree, and an honor and scholar graduate from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida where she has obtained her B.A. in Legal Studies with a minor in Foreign Languages.  She has practiced throughout the State of Georgia  and has extensive experience in the areas of Criminal Law & Immigration Law.  Her practice also includes Estate Law and Family Law. Attorney Blanchette began her career in the area of Property & Tax Law where she has assisted in fighting various municipalities on property tax issues for major corporations such as Exxon, Texaco & Mobile.  Her experience also extends to the area of Estate & Trusts where she assisted in representing the Estate of a well known celebrity entertainer and defending clients on tax issues against the IRS. Attorney Blanchette is most recognized for her work as a former Prosecutor for the State of Georgia for over 7 years where she has served as a Lead Trial Assistant District Attorney in 3 Judicial Circuits:  South Georgia Judicial Circuit (Decatur, Mitchell, Calhoun, Baker & Grady Counties), Cherokee Judicial Circuit (Bartow & Gordon Counties), and the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit (Polk & Harralson Counties).

As a prosecutor, she handled both Felonies and Misdemeanor cases and was trained to be the Circuits’ lead prosecutor for Capital Felonies including Death Penalty Cases, Murder, Rape, Sexual Crimes, Drug Trafficking, Kidnapping, and Armed Robbery.  She has also taught and held seminars for local law enforcement agencies and the community on various criminal law related topics.  As a former State Prosecutor, Attorney Blanchette has earned an impressive reputation throughout the State of Georgia for her diligence, knowledge, readiness, and skill in the courtroom.

Attorney Blanchette was then recruited to serve as a Senior Assistant Lead Public Defender and has served in the area of indigent defense for 7 years.  She was a sucessful Lead Trial Attorney for the Chief Superior Court Judge and has gained the respect and admiration of her clients, her fellow attorneys, the Courts, and the community.  She is sought after as a mentor to her fellow colleagues and praised by her clients as being diligent, aggressive, trustworthy and bestowing confidence in her clients that they have an experienced lawyer on their side.  She has represented clients is all criminal matters and proceedings including jury trials, appeals, probation revocations, pre-trial motions, and has gained an expertise in the area of DUIs and major felonies.  She has let her experience gained as a prosecutor work in her client’s favor.

Attorney Blanchette is also a member of the Georgia Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Federal Bar Association-Immigration Law Section, American Bar Association, Paulding County Bar Association, Bartow County Bar Association, and Cobb County Bar Association.  She is admitted to practice in both the Georgia Appellate Courts and the Federal District Courts.  She also speaks English and Spanish.

Denise Farrior

Of Counsel Attorney

Ms. Farrior is the managing attorney for Farrior Law. As a graduate of Louisiana State University Law Center she received her Juris Doctor and a Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law. While in law school, Ms. Farrior studied comparative law in Lyon, France, and was a Student Attorney for the LSU Law Center Immigration Clinic and the Juvenile Defense Clinic serving the greater South Louisiana area. While in school, she worked as a law clerk for the Washington State Attorney General’s Office’s Department of Social and Health Services which represented the most vulnerable children in Thurston, Lewis, and Mason County, Washington. Ms. Farrior is the recipient of the 2013 Louisiana State Bar Association Pro Bono Award for her work with the Baton Rouge Bar Association Pro Bono Committee. Ms. Farrior has previously worked for The Manely Firm P.C.’s Justice Café as a contract attorney practicing in the area of family law, providing services in Divorce, Child Custody, Guardianship, Child Support, and Legitimation actions. Ms. Farrior is a child welfare attorney and has worked as a court-appointed attorney with the Hall County Juvenile Court as a parent attorney.

Ms. Farrior graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. and worked throughout metro Atlanta and the south eastern United States in residential and commercial property management, prior to attending law school. With experience in managing several hundred residential units, Ms. Farrior has acquired a background in landlord-tenant relations, commercial and residential lease agreements, and dispossessory and eviction proceedings.

Having entered law school to pursue social justice, Ms. Farrior prides herself on being an advocate for the economically underprivileged, and has volunteered on several cases for the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation in landlord-tenant matters and for the Atlanta Legal Aid Society for Will and Estate preparation. Ms. Farrior is the daughter of a retired United States Army veteran and spent her childhood stationed at various military installations. She now continues her late father’s legacy of service and goodwill within the Georgia legal community.

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Johanna Leonidas

Of Counsel Attorney

Ms. Leonidas is the Managing Attorney at J.Leonidas Law. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from The George Washington University, a Degree in Comparative Law and a Juris Doctor from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University. Prior to launching her firm, Ms. Leonidas served as an intern for the 19th JDC District Attorney’s Office. She also represented clients before the Oakdale Immigration Court and the East Baton Rouge Juvenile Court as a part of the LSU Law Juvenile Defense Clinic and Immigration Clinic. After law school, Ms. Leonidas worked on asylum and removal cases as a law clerk for the Law Office of Giselle Reid.

Her interest in the law began with her parents whose journey to the US from Haiti and tireless efforts to provide for their nine children ignited a passion for people and public service. In keeping with her interest in international relations and global affairs, Ms. Leonidas interned and volunteered at a number of organizations including the International Rescue Committee and the Haitian Embassy in Washington, D.C. She also studied abroad in Senegal and volunteered in Belize.

Ms. Leonidas is passionate about child advocacy and all issues affecting marginalized children including education reform. At GW, she worked as an Americorps member working with students in D.C. failing schools. She is a Child Welfare Attorney and serves on the Children and Courts Committee of the State Bar of Georgia.

Her desire is to bring families together across waters, state boundaries, and legal barriers. She strives to be voice for people of all walks of life, partnering with them on their journey to seeking answers to their legal problems. For more information on Ms. Leonidas, please visit jleonidaslaw.com

Giovanni Izaguirre

Consultant

Mr. Izaguierre is 1998 honor graduate from New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusettes. His legal experience includes Immigration Law and Business Law/Management.

As an entrepreneur, he has started many sucessfull business adventures in Georgia and has assisted many clients in business operations.

In Venezuela, Mr. Izaguierre had extensive experience in Contracts, Immigration, and Business Law and is a valuable asset to the Cansino Blanchette Law Firm as a consultant.

M. Tyler Linn

Office manager

Tyler joined the firm in January of 2015, handling the management and operations of the firm and its cases.  Tyler is passionate about each and every case our firm takes, and is always willing to go above and beyond for our clients.  Mr. Linn is a native of Cartersville, GA, growing up in the Cartersville City School System before graduating from the University of Georgia in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Journalism while minoring in Spanish.  He is bilingual and frequently helps with our Spanish speaking clients.  Count on Tyler to put his heart into his work for you.

Kathia Mendoza

Paralegal

Paralegal Kathia Mendoza joins the firm with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University in New York.  Kathia went on to receive her Paralegal Certificate from Kennesaw State University in 2016.  Ms. Mendoza is a certified court interpreter and is bilingual, fluent in both English and Spanish.