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Joshua Joseph Despain

Immigration Attorney at Boise, ID

4.6   9 reviews

also known as J.J. Despain, Joshua J. Despain

  • Licensed for 8 years
    State CO
    Acquired 2016
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Joshua

Learn Joshua’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Immigration
    Family-based immigration, such as U-visas, I-601 and I-601A waivers, I-130 petitions, and adjustment of status. Employment-based immigration, such as E-visas, L-visas, PERM, and I-140 petitions.

    9 years

J.J. Despain is a managing attorney in Boise for W&O’. He is admitted to the Colorado State Bar and practices mostly family-based and employment-based immigration law. J.J. has represented clients in over 100 interviews with USCIS. He has participated in events at community centers in both Utah and Idaho to present issues in immigration law and speak about the many possibilities available to potential clients. J.J. graduated from Brigham Young University, where he earned a bachelor of arts in communications with an emphasis in print journalism. He spent two years as an opinions editor, sports editor, and web editor for the campus newspaper, The Daily Universe. J.J. also earned minors in both Spanish and political science. After his undergraduate studies, J.J. attended law school at the University of Iowa College of Law. In Iowa, J.J. was the president of the student chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, a managing editor of the Iowa Law Review, a judicial clerk for the Honorable Stephanie M. Rose of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, and was involved with the Latino Law Students Association and Sports Law Society.

J.J. previously worked with Catholic Charities of Central Texas in Austin, Texas, where he led the office’s DACA renewal process for clients, and also assisted with U-visas and I-601A waivers. He also worked in Austin with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid on cases involving housing disputes. Back in Iowa City, J.J. assisted with Cole & Vondra, PC, in putting on Know Your Rights seminars for the local immigrant community, and with the Iowa Legal Aid Pro Bono Project.

In his spare time, J.J. enjoys spending time with his wife and four children, exploring the Idaho outdoors, drawing, watching sports (especially BYU), and watching movies. J.J. and his family live in Boise.

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Wilner & O'Reilly Aplc
10173 West Overland Road
Boise, ID, 83709
Wilner & O'Reilly, APLC
17777 Center Court Drive, Suite 200
Cerritos, CA, 90703
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4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by Kat | December 13, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Immigration Lawyer in Boise
JJ and Leslie have been wonderful to work with. They have helped me with all my immigration needs, explaining each step in detail and answering all my questions and concerns. I can't thank you both enough for all your help.
Response from Joshua Despain December 14, 2023
Thank you, Katerine! It has been a pleasure assisting you with your immigration needs, and we appreciate your trust in us. And we look forward to reaching the end of the case soon!
Posted by Ubaldina Juarez Jimenez | November 3, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
El señor J.J lo contraté hace un año y ya me resolvió mi primer casó. Para mi opinión es un excelente abogado. Yo lo recomiendo y sigo requerido de sus servicios. Actualmente me está ayudando con mi hijo que está en Mexico. Le agradezco por su ayuda.
Response from Joshua Despain December 14, 2023
Muchas gracias, Ubaldina, por compartir sus comentarios. Es un placer ayudarle a Ud. y a su familia.
Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A complicated Green Card Case Got Approval
My immigration status was in a situation where most of the immigration attorneys I had discussed my case with told me that there wasn't much chance on my case. Even before I talked to J.J., two famous Boise attorneys had refused to take my case because they thought they could not be successful on this case. J.J. accepted my case with a reasonable fee and made the case successful. Being a professional attorney is not taking only cases that you know you will win but challenging cases and making them work for the client. In the end, I should thank J.J. and his professional team, namely, Lourdes helping me get the Green Card in a very complicated, seemingly undoable situation.
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Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, knowledgeable, responsive with kindness ---Excellent service
We found J.J. online when we started our case in Oct 2019. I fully respect his knowledge and professional advice given to us when hard/confusing situations happen. For example, based on our circumstances, J.J. and the office manager Lourdes scheduled a meeting with us in person, to strategy out the best timeline to submit our application. Later on, applying the work authorization either via OPT or through the green card application really confused me. He answered each of my questions in email with tremendous details and scenario analysis in a timely manner. His suggestion was super useful to help me make a decision. During the whole process (almost a year) , they kept us posted closely for each step. Additionally, J.J.'s prep meeting before the interview and presence during the interview in this early Nov really eased our nerves. After the interview, he addressed our concerns right away with alternative options and comforted us to be in faith. With J.J. and Lourdes’s help, our case went quite smoothly. We're very grateful for their professional service and approachable personality to work with. I would highly recommend J.J. if you need a good immigration lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great service and highly recommended!
Wilner and O'Reilly were great from beginning to the end. Any questions I had they answered quickly and in detail. I was anxious through out the entire process and they were able to make me feel more at ease. It was pretty seamless. I also appreciated the fact they offered a payment plan. Thank you! Would highly recommend.
Posted by Nikhil | March 27, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Best Immigration Attorney!!!!
I am so glad that I chose JJ, JJ was fantastic he is very friendly and understanding your needs. He was very helpful with everything we need and guided us through every step of the process. I am glad to work with JJ. He is very well experienced, the way he handles the case, professionalism is impressive. He helped me get my permanent residence here in the States. I highly recommend working with JJ, He is the BEST ATTORNEY!! Thanks to JJ again!
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Posted by Pandya | March 23, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Wonderful experience. Knowledgeable and responsive!
Wonderful experience. Knowledgeable and responsive! We were very stressed when we received a second RFE notice after our I485 interview, asking for an I601 waiver. After I spoke to many lawyers and legal advisors and all those we researched, we decided to go with Wilner & O’Reilly. In the first meeting with a senior lawyer we realized that we made the right choice. And wait it’s not over yet, for the first step our lawyer decided to ask USCIS for an extension for the waiver, and you know what! USCIS denied twice our request for extension. So in 28 days, yes in 28 days, our lawyer prepared the case and submitted it on time, and documentation for the I601 is not easy prepare.And finally happiness came for us in 5 months, our I601 was approved without any more RFEs. Thank you Wilner & O’Reilly and USCIS because of them that I’m happily living with my family. There are many more things to say about their great services, respected senior lawyer Mr. J.J. and case manager Ms. Lourdes provided excellent services and put their excellent knowledge on full display to help us with the I601. They’re real professional and they made all legal matters a walk in the park for us. Whenever I had questions, I sent an email, I got a response in 1 hour,.They even didn’t charge me extra for renewing the I765 & I131, which are for a work permit and travel documents. Once again, thank you so much Wilner & O’Reilly and team. Many many thanks to USCIS. Thank you to my family and friends who supported me. Happily living with my family and proud to be a permanent resident of the United States of America.
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Posted by Eduardo | April 19, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Very Professional
Very dilligent and professionals. J.J. Despain has worked aligned with our timing and needs. Our expectations were fulfilled 100%. I strongly recommend J.J. Despain and Wilner & O’Reilly. I’m looking forward to get their services for a future case.
Posted by ERAY | April 5, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I haven't received a response despite sending a message days ago, and you appear active in the system. What is the issue?
Response from Joshua Despain April 5, 2024
Hello, ERAY, Sorry for the delay in responding to the message. I do not check Avvo every day, and I was not aware there was a message from you until this review was posted. Sorry it took me some time to get back to you. But, I did respond to your message, and I gave some information on how to better contact me and my office. I hope we talk soon and can help more with your actual immigration questions! J.J.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Wilner & O'Reilly
  • 2019 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Wilner & O'Reilly, APLC
  • 1900 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Wilner & O'Reilly
  • 2016 - 2019


  • University of Iowa College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2015
  • Brigham Young University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2011

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Naturalization with criminal history
  • Approved
  • Adjustment of status with I-693 issues
  • Approved
  • Removing conditions on permanent residency with divorce issues and sexual orientation issues
  • Approved
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  • Colorado Bar Association, Immigration Law Section
  • Executive Council Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • 2017 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Boyd Service Award with Highest Honors
  • University of Iowa College of Law
  • 2015
  • Pro Bono Society
  • University of Iowa College of Law
  • 2015


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Speaking Engagements

  • Humanitarian Parole for Afghans
  • Humanitarian Parole for Afghans
  • 2021
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Overcoming the Barriers of Immigration for Employees
  • 2020
  • Community Forum
  • Issues in Immigration
  • 2017
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (7)
Endorse Joshua
Immigration Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"J.J. is very dedicated to his law practice and those he represents. His desire to zealously represent individuals is proven by his dedication to stay up on the evolving immigration laws and vigorously advocate for each client."
Immigration Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Other
"I have known J.J. since I started law school about five years ago. He is a very conscientious individual who cares deeply about helping others. Without hesitation I recommend him to anyone looking for help with a legal matter."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. J.J. is a very knowledgeable and diligent attorney. It has been a great pleasure working with him."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"J.J. is a dedicated attorney. I worked with him personally on multiple cases and I could always count on things being done at the highest levels. I endorse this lawyer."
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