Valerie Lopez has law offices in Memphis,TN (901-310-9800) and Los Angeles,CA (310-651-1709)
Tennessee representations are completely dedicated to U.S. Federal cases involving Immigration and Naturalization.
California representations are concentrated on U.S. Federal Immigration and Naturalization cases (with criminal defense to resolve in state matters).
Mrs. Lopez's daily focus is fighting for the legal rights of immigration clients involving deportation, removal proceedings, and asylum with a array of naturalization concerns that stem from people all over the planet. She and her staff work tirelessly on behalf of each and every client to acheive the results they want and deserve. Valerie clearly understands the impact a immigration story has on a family and referrals are a reflection of her numerous legal accomplishments.
Our firms motto is "Client Centered + Client Driven"
Prior to her immigration practice she defended clients in criminal matters at both the state and federal level throughout California. While Mrs. Lopez regularly handles a wide variety of criminal cases, she has particular expertise in defending medical marijuana cases. Mrs. Lopez has represented hundreds of medical marijuana patients, collectives and dispensaries and is also a member of the legal committee for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Attorneys, judges, prosecutors and law enforcement throughout Los Angeles and California regard Mrs. Lopez as one of the most credible and knowledgeable attorneys in the medical marijuana field.
Mrs. Lopez understands that her top priority is protecting her clients. “My first priority is being an advocate for my clients, not merely an activist for the medical marijuana movement. I passionately support the rights of patients to use and cultivate medical marijuana but my clients’ interests always come first.”
Some of Mrs. Lopez’s successes include several cases in which medical marijuana cultivation and possession for sale cases were dismissed at an early stage after successfully raising a medical marijuana defense. Notably, Mrs. Lopez recovered 37 pounds of marijuana which law enforcement seized from a medical marijuana collective.
Aside from her work defending marijuana cases, Mrs. Lopez also has vast experience in defending a wide range of criminal cases such as narcotics cases, weapons charges, domestic violence, vandalism, violent crime, theft, and complex fraud matters.
Mrs. Lopez was a senior associate at an established Los Angeles criminal defense firm. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and Pepperdine School of Law. Mrs. Lopez also served as an adjunct law professor at Pierce College, Chaffey College, and Los Angeles Mission College. She served as legal council on the Board of Directors of Hostel International, and is a member of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Federal Bar Association, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, Americans for Safe Access and the National Association of Criminal defense Lawyers. Mrs. Lopez is admitted to practice in all California State Courts and in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top Attorneys||Pasadena Magazine||2015|
|Rising Star||Southern California Super Lawyers||2014|
|Top Attorneys||Pasadena Magazine||2014|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2014|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Rising Star||Southern California Super Lawyers||2013|
|Top Attorneys||Pasadena Magazine||2013|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers Magazine||2013|
|Member of Legal Committee||National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws||2009|
|Principal Attorney||Law Offices of Valerie Lopez - Immigration + Naturalization (Memphis,TN)||2017 - Present|
|Attorney, Of Counsel||Law Offices of Jerod Gunsberg||2010 - Present|
|Principal Attorney||Law Offices of Valerie Lopez (Los Angeles, CA)||2010 - Present|
|Adjunct Law Professor||Los Angeles Mission College||2008 - 2017|
|Adjunct Law Professor||Pierce College||2007 - 2017|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws||Legal Committee||2008 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Central District of California||Member||2007 - Present|
|Philippine American Bar Association of Los Angeles||Member||2007 - Present|
|State Bar of California, Criminal Law Section||Member||N/A|
|Culture Magazine||AB390 Opens Door to Marijuana Legalization||2010|
|Pepperdine University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2005|
|Medical Marijuana Conference||Current State of Medical Marijuana Laws||2010|
|LAX||Client pled to wobbler with 30 days of community service. He can get misdemeanor after completion of the community service|
|LAX - Marijuana||Case Dismissed|
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