Jean Carlo Bonilla Rivera
Jean Carlo “J.C.” Bonilla Rivera


I’m a family man who enjoys spending time at home with my fiancé and dogs. I also like working out, Latin dancing, and beer tasting.


  • Southern University Law Center, J.D., May 2023
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Family Law and Legal Writing and Analysis, Recipient of CALI Award must be the highest grade in the section
    • Collaborated in Rural Votes Matter: Cemetery Project by Louis A. Berry Institute for Civil Rights & Justice
  • University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, San Juan, PR, B.A., Political Science, May 2015
    • Research Assistant for Published Book: Puerto Rico y los derechos humanos: Una intersección Plural (Human Rights and Puerto Rico: A Plural Intersection) (2015) ISBN: 978-1-881748-98-4
    • Academic Senator and Speaker of Student Caucus, Campus Academic Senate
    • Air Force ROTC Graduate/U.S. Air Force Officer, Detachment 755


  • Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts: Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana


  • Louisiana State Bar Association

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I understand the significance of our work to our clients and I take pride in being able to distill complicated information into digestible components to maximize clarity, comprehension, and successful outcomes. As a bilingual attorney, I converse easily with clients of all backgrounds and nationalities as well as consular officials around the world. That allows me to quickly procure needed information to solve client issues timely and effectively.

Practice Overview

Centering his practice on business immigration and employment law, Jean Carlo “J.C.” Bonilla Rivera assists companies and foreign-nationals obtain non-immigrant and immigrant visas so they can live and/or work in the United States.

J.C. advises companies and foreign national employees on complying with the many laws, regulations, agency policies arising from the Immigration and Nationality Act. He enjoys providing counsel and helping to obtain and maintain work visas such as H-1B, E, L, and R visas. He also enjoys assisting with , permanent residency (green card) processes for foreign nationals seeking to come to the United States on a more permanent basis or in pursuit of eventual citizenships. He also advises on the often daunting I-9 and E-Verify compliance requirements, can conduct I-9 audits and provide assistance and defense to clients facing government investigation. On the employment side of his practice, J.C. advises clients on a wide range of employment laws and regulations such as wage and hour, anti-discrimination, and leave laws.

Applying the discipline, structure, and organizational skills he acquired during his time as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, J.C. efficiently guides clients through immigration system-related questions, complexities, and employment related problems. His military service, bilingual capabilities, and his experience living in many different places have helped make J.C. comfortable interacting with people from all backgrounds.

J.C.’s previous positions as a legal intern in the Baton Rouge Prosecutor’s Office and as a student attorney on the Trial Team of the 21st Judicial District Public Defender’s Office gave him a well-rounded perspective and insight into both sides of the bench. He finds it satisfying to tackle and resolve the novel and particularly tough issues that arise in all aspects of his work.