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John Carlos Barrera

John Carlos Barrera

also known as Juan

Practice areas:

Immigration, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Family

About Me

John C. Barrera the managing partner of the Barrera Legal Group and head of the firm's Immigration and Criminal Defense practice. John's desire to practice Immigration Law was developed through his Hispanic upbringing being born to Colombian parents, being married to his wife from Colombia and by being raised in the multicultural neighborhood of Jackson Heights in Queens, New York. His everyday life allowed John to interact and become part of the lives of people from many different countries and cultures and inspired John to help immigrants fight through the many challenges they face in realizing their dreams to live and prosper in the United States. He has successfully represented numerous clients in removal defense proceedings in immigration courts around the United States. He has had numerous victories keeping families together in the United States and has had extensive immigration experience in dealing with matters involving employment based visas, immigrant visas, asylum applications and U-visa applications. In addition to his immigration experience, John is also an experienced Criminal Defense attorney obtaining dismissals and acquittals in various cases involving Drug Trafficking, Homicide, Theft Offenses and cases involving Traffic Offenses including Driving Under the Influence charges. John is regularly consulted by the criminal defense bar and has co-hosted a weekly hour long radio show taking immigration questions to help guide the Treasure Valley Community.

John is admitted to practice in the State of Idaho, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho as well as the NInth Circuit Court of Appeals. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. John is fluent in Spanish and he is Member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the National Immigration Project and the Idaho Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers .


Languages Spoken: Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2005

  1. Immigration: 40%
    1 year
  2. Family: 20%
    1 year
  3. Personal Injury: 20%
    1 year
  4. Criminal Defense: 20%
    1 year


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse John. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Lauren E. McConnell

    John Barrera is an outstanding immigration attorney. His experience and compassion make him an exceptionally effective advocate, whom I would recommend to anyone.


    Lauren McConnell Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact Info

Barrera Legal Group

623 11th Ave South
Nampa, ID, 83651

Barrera Legal Group

19309 68th Ave South
Suite R-100
Kent, WA, 98032




IDAuthorized to practice law200508/12/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing PartnerBarrera Legal Group2012 - Present
AttorneyAchieve Immigration2011 - 2012
AttorneyLabrador Law2009 - 2011


Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2011 - Present
Idaho Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2005 - Present
United States District Court for the District IdahoMemberN/A
Ninth Circuit Court of AppealsMemberN/A
National Lawyers Guild, National Immigration ProjectMemberN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Victory in Immigration Court on Application for Cancellation of Removal of nonpermanent residentClient granted legal permanent resident status
Victory for Canadian National applying for Cancellation of Removal in Immigration CourtClient granted legal permanent resident status

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Brooklyn Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal JusticeCriminal JusticeBA - Bachelor of Arts2000