Andrés also advises defendants and their criminal defense lawyers on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions and plea deals (“Padilla Opinions”).
A former educator, Andrés was inspired to become a lawyer by the experiences of some of his students. He remembers, in particular, one 5th grade boy whose mother had been picked up by ICE while taking the boy to school.
“He came to school because he had no place else to go,” Andrés recalls. “He basically had to step into the shoes of his mother. Seeing how his family struggled and the hurdles it put in the way of his getting an education made me want to fight on behalf of immigrants.”
Matters Andrés handles include:
- Removal proceedings,
- Immigration appeals,
- Immigration bond hearings,
- Family based adjustment of status,
- Padilla opinions,
- Cancellation of removal for permanent residents, non-permanent residents and battered spouses,
- Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA),
- Inadmissibility Waivers,
- Post-conviction relief in state and federal court,
- Other federal cases under the All Writs Act,
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,
- Asylum, withholding of removal, U.N. Convention Against Torture (CAT) relief, and protections for victims of persecution, torture and domestic violence -- including Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) claims, and U Visas.
Andrés received his law degree from Loyola Law School. He was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, was Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy's pro bono attorney of the year for 2016 and is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Immigration Section Executive Committee as well as an ICE Public Advocate Field Liaison.
In his spare time, he enjoys barbecuing and baking for his family and listening to everything from Ozomatli to South Bay hardcore punk rock.