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Rogelio Vergara Morales

Rogelio Vergara Morales

Practice areas:

Immigration, Criminal Defense

About Me

Rogelio (pronounced row-hell-leo) was born in Los Angeles, CA. As a first-generation American, Rogelio was raised by illiterate Mexican immigrants whose combined schooling totaled a third-grade education. He attended 92nd Street Elementary School in Watts, Los Angeles, CA. Throughout his childhood, Rogelio was often surrounded by gang violence, poverty and drugs.


In 1987, Rogelio’s family moved to the Inland Empire after his father’s job relocated to Riverside, CA. He attended several schools in the district, including Myra Lynn Elementary School, La Sierra Academy and La Sierra High School. In June 1995, Rogelio graduated from John W. North High School. A month later, he joined the United States Marine Corps.


Throughout his enlistment in the Marine Corps, Rogelio received several awards and commendations. In 1997, at the age of 20, he was selected by his unit commander to represent his infantry company in the Marine Corps’ Annual Rifle Squad Competition (ARSC). At the competition’s end, his unit was recognized as the “most combat ready rifle squad in 1st Marine Division.” According to his Navy Achievement Medal citation, Rogelio’s leadership as a fire team leader was “instrumental” to his rifle squad’s first place finish. Later that same year, Rogelio was awarded the ARSC Badge by the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General C.C. Krulak, at an awards ceremony held at Marine Barracks, in Washington, D.C. Looking back on his achievements, however, Rogelio remains humbled by the awesome privilege of once being in command of Americans who chose to serve their country.


After being discharged from active duty in 1999, Rogelio enrolled at Riverside Community College (RCC). At RCC, he excelled at academics and student government. Rogelio graduated in the summer of 2002 and earned the honor of being named the student commencement speaker. That summer, he transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In 2004, Rogelio graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Political Science. Then in September 2008, Rogelio earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington, in Seattle, WA.

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Languages Spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2010

  1. Immigration: 60%
    5 years, 100 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 40%
    5 years, 40 cases

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Always), Retainer (Always), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • Geraldine Elizabeth Escalante

    I wholeheartedly endorse Rogelio. He's very knowledgeable and experienced and is always willing to help the community. He's a very helpful and a friendly attorney to approach if you are in need of criminal or immigration help.

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    Geraldine Escalante Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Paul J Molinaro

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    Paul Molinaro Defective and Dangerous Products Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact Info

Law Office of Rogelio V. Morales

11801 Pierce Street
Suite 200
Riverside, CA, 92505

Resume

License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive201005/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

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

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers

Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal ServicesState Bar of California2011

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PrincipalLaw Office of Rogelio V. Morales2011 - Present

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Inland Empire Latino Lawyers AssociationBoard Member2010 - 2012
Community Police Review CommissionCommissioner2009 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Young Attorney Prevents Brother's DeportationVictory/Pending

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Press-EnterpriseYoung Attorney Prevents Brother's Deportation2011

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Tips On How To Obtain Immigration Bond For Your ClientImmigration Bond2015
Free Citizenship ClassesImmigration 1012012