D’AGOSTINO LAW OFFICE. Professor Monica Navarro Vezina (right) cuts the ceremonial ribbon to signal the opening of the new office of Filipino-American lawyer Carol Anasco D’Agostino (left), who was  the professor’s student at Thomas and Cooley School in Lansing. The blessing-inauguration of the D’Agostino Law Office took place last Dec. 6. The new office is located at Suite 100 (Sugarbrush), Enterprise Court, Bloomfield Hills. (Photo by Percy Antonio)
D’AGOSTINO LAW OFFICE. Professor Monica Navarro Vezina (right) cuts the ceremonial ribbon to signal the opening of the new office of Filipino-American lawyer Carol Anasco D’Agostino (left), who was the professor’s student at Thomas and Cooley School in Lansing. The blessing-inauguration of the D’Agostino Law Office took place last Dec. 6. The new office is located at Suite 100 (Sugarbrush), Enterprise Court, Bloomfield Hills. (Photo by Percy Antonio)

Carol Anasco D’Agostino, a Filipino-American lawyer, said that she is now in a better position to pursue her passion to help people.

Attorney D’Agostino made this statement last Dec. 6 during the inauguration-blessing of her law office on Enterprise Court, Suite 100 (Sugarbrush), in Bloomfield Hills.

Fr. Tim Galos led the blessing rites attended by Carol’s relatives and friends. Her law professor at Thomas and Cooley School, Atty. Monica Navarro Vezina, did the honor of cutting the ceremonial ribbon.

Asked by Father Galos why she wanted her office blessed, Carol said she wants the Lord to guide her and her staff in doing their work.

In his brief homily, Father Galos said, “we should graciously ask the Lord to guide the work of our hands.” He also reminded the crowd of the gospel declaring that “without me (Jesus Christ) you can do nothing.”   

In a brief remark after the blessing, D’Agostino said that having her own law office is a dream come true, and this could not have been “possible without the help of many people.”

Asked for her comment, Professor Vezina said, “Carol is a special lawyer who cares about people, and as her professor, I’m proud of her.”

Vezina, who was Carol’s professor on Civil Procedures I and II, described Carol as an outstanding, insightful student. She said that at first she was shy but “she has substance and is a flawless speaker.” She added that she will be referring to Carol some people with immigration problems.

Among those present at the event were Carol’s two sisters – Madonna Anasco Cadiz and Sharon Anasco Gualberto. They recalled that even while she was a young girl, Carol had already made known her dream to become a lawyer.

As a lawyer specializing in immigration, Carol strongly relates with the plight of immigrants having handled her own and her family’s permanent residency and naturalization procedures. A consistent honor-roll and dean’s list student from elementary through college, she received her bachelor’s degree from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, and her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. She is a recipient of the Certificate of Merit Awards (highest grade in class) in Immigration Law and Pretrial Skills. She passed the difficult Michigan bar examination in her first attempt.

Carol’s experience with the US immigration process provides her the expertise to handle family-based petitions. Her extensive background in customer service and business management makes her well equipped to handle employment-based petitions.

Carol derives her inspiration to work hard from the values imparted to her by her 97-year-old Lolo (grandpa) Carling “Carl” Anasco, one of Michigan’s Filipino old timers. Carol is the oldest daughter of Roger and Lou Anasco of Tagbilaran City, Bohol. She is married to Michael D’Agostino, a stockbroker from Bloomfield Hills.

Carol is fluent in Tagalog and Bisaya. She is the incumbent recording secretary of the University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Michigan (UPAAM) and a member of Bol-anon sa Michigan (BOSAMI) and Ang Bisaya of Michigan (ABM).

She is licensed to practice law in Michigan and authorized to help clients in all 50 states. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Oakland County Bar Association.

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