Johanna is the founder and managing partner of the Law Offices of Johanna Herrero. Johanna was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and immigrated to the United States at a very young age. Her dedication and passion for this field was born out of personal experience with the Immigration process. Over the years, Johanna has gained extensive knowlege of the Immigration Laws through trial work and immigration court experience. Johanna represents many of the firm's clients in hearings defensively before the Executive Office for Immigration Review. She practices regularly at the Boston Immigration Court, and manages the firm's extensive caseload before the Immigration Court, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Department of Homeland Security. Johanna provides expertise related to the immigration consequences of criminal convictions and deals with complex criminal cases on a daily basis. Through her strong advocacy skills, Johanna offers unmatched trial representation. Johanna also handles the firm's large detained docket and complex cases involving mandatory detention and bond matters. Johanna visits ICE Detention Centers and provides legal advice to detained individuals.In addition, she manages the firm's U and VAWA cases, for victims of domestic violence. She actively provides pro bono representation for indigent clients and combines efforts with Boston-based pro bono organizations for representation.
B.A., John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Major Forensic Psychology, Minor in Forensic Science, Criminal Law and Communications, 2007J.D., Massachusetts School of Law, 2011.
Admissions and Memberships:
Johanna is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts.American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) American Bar AssociationNational Advocates & Super LawyersMassachusetts Bar Association & Boston Bar Association
Awards and Distincitons:
Selected to Massachusetts Rising Stars Super Lawyers List, 2015-2017. Only 2.5% of lawyers in the state were selected for this honor. Selected to Massachusetts Rising Stars Female Attorneys Super Lawyers List, 2015-2017. Only 2.5% of lawyers in the state were selected for this honor.Selected Top 40 Under 40 by the National AdvocatesRecipient of 10 Best Attorneys Award for Client Satisfaction 2015-2017 by the American Institute of Legal Counsel.Recipient of 10 Best Law Firms Award for Client Satisfaction 2017 by the American Institute of Legal Counsel.
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Robert serves as Managing Attorney at the Law Offices of Johanna Herrero. He is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law in Boston. As a child of Cambodian refugees, immigration law has always played a welcome influence in Robert's legal career. Robert practices before the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), and the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals. While attending Northeastern Law, Robert served as legal intern for the U.S. Attorney's Office, Healthcare Fraud Unit, assisting in evidentiary issues and discovery, on complex medical product liability cases. He also served as judicial intern to Judge Selya of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on civil and immigration matters. Robert additionally represented asylees and detained respondents at the Boston University Civil Litigation Program on Asylum and Human Rights, where he assisted in obtaining statelessness determinations with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He ultimately served as a law clerk for a nationally recognized and global business immigration law firm prior to joining the firm.Robert practices exclusively in the area of immigration law, with a particular emphasis on the firm's provisional unlawful presence waivers, waivers of inadmissibility, adjustments of status, naturalization, TPS, and practice before USCIS. Robert's practice before the EOIR includes motions to reopen, filings for asylum, withholding of removal, CAT protection, LPR and non-LPR cancellation of removal, and NACARA. Robert regularly analyzes the immigration consequences of criminal convictions, handles appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals, and practices before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit through Petitions for Review of underlying agency decisions. Robert actively publishes in the area of immigration law and policy, and contributes to academia through his scholarship. He authors an independent immigration law blog addressing pertinent developments in the field.
B.A., Political Science and Philosophy, Fairfield University, 2010, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude.J.D., Northeastern University School of Law, 2013, Senior Staff, Northeastern University Law Journal
Publications and Research
"Reviving Rights of the Undocumented Through Disparate Impact and the Fourteenth Amendment: The Problem With the FHA, Sect. 1981, and Preemption," 23 Berkeley La Raza Law Journal 35 (2013)."Critiquing Birthright Citizenship Through the Citizen-Benefits Question and Citizenship Reductionism," 33 Buffalo Public Interest Law Journal 23 (2015)."Understanding Your Removal Proceedings," Avvo Legal Guides (2015)."Getting the Most Out of Your Initial Consultation," Avvo Legal Guides (2015)."Immigration Ruled by Law," Letter to the Editor, Boston Herald (September 20, 2016). Author of the immigration law blog, "Jussoli," found at: http://www.robertleyblog.com/
Awards and Distinctions:
Selected to Massachusetts Rising Stars Super Lawyers List, 2016-2017. Only 2.5% of lawyers in the state were selected for this honor.Selected as an Expert Network Distinguished Lawyer for 2017. This designation is based on a thorough, multi-phase national review process, and is reserved for the top 3% of lawyers in the U.S., based on their demonstration of superior influence, leadership, reputation, and knowledge in their field.Lawyers of Distinction, Distinguished Member, 2017.Lead Counsel Rating in Immigration Law, 2017.Recipient of 10 Best Award for Client Satisfaction 2016-2017 by the American Institute of Legal Counsel.
Admissions and Memberships
Robert is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) American Bar AssociationMassachusetts Bar AssociationBoston Bar Association
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Jonathan is the Managing Attorney of the Detained Docket at the Law Offices of Johanna Herrero, and handles complex legal matters; particularly with emphasis on the firm’s "crimmigration" matters in defensive and affirmative forms of relief. To address the needs of detained clients and their families during a complex and sensitive time, Jonathan makes himself available 24/7, and frequently travels throughout the Commonwealth to ensure efficient communication between all interested parties.Jonathan represents the firm’s detained and non-detained clients and regularly appears before the Executive Office of Immigration Review, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the District Courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the U.S. District Court, Massachusetts, and the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Jonathan also handles motions to reopen, waivers of inadmissibility, post-conviction relief, appeals, and stays of removal. Jonathan zealously pursues his clients' interests and protects their rights in a multitude of affirmative and defensive matters in both civil and criminal contexts. Jonathan has represented individuals in a wide spectrum of legal matters, including but not limited to criminal, family and probate, corporate formation, contracts, licensing, intellectual property, insurance, compliance, residential/commercial real estate, and estate planning.Prior to joining the firm, Jonathan operated as a solo practitioner in his general practice. Jonathan is a second-generation Asian American with deep roots, understanding, ties, and appreciation of the immigrant community. His affinity for zealous advocacy is derived from his passion to be the voice that is often left unheard and desire to serve the people that make our community. As such, Jonathan has offered a variety of pro-bono services to facilitate the wellbeing of his community, particularly for underprivileged families. Jonathan has proudly served his clients on a pro-bono basis in a variety of matters, often in collaboration with non-profit organizations. Prior to joining the Law Offices of Johanna Herrero, Jonathan served as an Associate Attorney of a nationally recognized immigration firm operating out of Framingham, Massachusetts with focus on asylum, family and probate, and civil matters. While attending New England Law, Jonathan served as a Law Clerk for a globally recognized immigration law firm specializing in representation of employers, employees, and families around the world. Jonathan also served as Law Clerk for a Massachusetts District Court judge, the Honorable Antoinette Leoney, throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in criminal and civil matters. Jonathan has also previously served as a Law Clerk in the Drug Task Force and Economics Crime Unit of the United States Attorney’s Office. Prior to his legal career, he served as a Legal Intern at the Dorchester District Court as a Criminal Justice and Sociology major. Jonathan was selected to Massachusetts Super Lawyers List in 2017, as a Rising Star. Only 2.5% of lawyers in the state were selected for this honor.
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