Mariela Benitez

Senior Associate

Mariela is a Senior Associate at Global Immigration Associates. Her practices focuses on nonimmigrant visas and labor certificates (PERM). Additionally, Mariela brings with her experience counseling clients on the legal issues that can arise from the international movement of key personnel, ranging from high-ranking executives to high-volume transfers of professional leadership staff.

Having led the immigration departments at prestigious organizations in healthcare, higher education and elsewhere, Mariela is able to understand the priorities of management and HR leadership and provide effective, mindful and creative legal solutions to her clients.

Prior to joining GIA, Mariela was an associate at Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP where she focused on corporate immigration, including nonimmigrant and immigrant employment-based visas, PERM labor certification and permanent residence.

When she isn’t in the office, Mariela enjoys traveling and spending time with her two beagles.


William Mitchell School of Law, J.D.

University of Minnesota, B.A.

Bar Admissions

Mariela is licensed to practice in Minnesota.


American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)