Denise earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) in 2009. During her time at CSUF she was named to the Dean’s Honor List and interned in Washington, D.C. under the Cal State DC Scholars program. She then attended Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. She was a member of the Loyola Immigration Law Society where she served as the Business Immigration Chair and was the Production Editor of the Public Interest Law Journal. She graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School in 2014.
While at Loyola Law School Denise spent a year working at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office as a certified law clerk. She represented the People in the Preliminary Hearings Unit and Hardcore Gang Unit where she got hands on experience in the courtroom. She spent a summer at Catholic Charities of Orange County doing pro bono work in the immigration department.
After graduating law school, she began her career in immigration law. She has successfully represented clients in asylum cases, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), cancellation of removal, and motions to reopen.
Denise has been a part of various notable immigrations cases, most recently she was able to obtain legal permanent residence for a client that had been ordered removed in 1999 by an Immigration Judge after an attorney, who has since been disbarred, incorrectly filed an affirmative asylum application on his behalf. Denise successfully reopened the case with the Immigration Court after the client had spent years trying to fix his legal status. Her hard work and dedication led to the termination of the old case, opening the legal path for the client to finally adjust his legal status in the United States.
It is cases like this that inspire Denise as she strives to help all her clients achieve their dream of obtaining legal status in the United States.