Skip to main content

About me

Ms. Cardenas is the founding partner of FAMILIA AMERICA, LLC, an immigration law firm, and she is an accomplished and results-driven legal professional with a 25-year record of successful representation of clients. 

Ms. Cardenas earned her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1990, and her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1986. Ms. Cardenas has been an active member of the California State Bar in good standing since 1991. She practices immigration exclusively in Utah and represents clients throughout the United.  She represents clients in removal proceedings, and assists clients with family-based applications including naturalization,  adjustment of status, consular processsing, Waviers, U Non-Immigrant Visas, and applications for asylum.

She has an excellent state bar record, and has earned LEAD COUNSEL recognition from LawInfo.  Her legal career has been steller, and is known for her renlentless pursuit of justice and success for her clients. In October, 2001, she was recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the "Top Up and Coming Litigators in California", for her extensive and impressive courtroom successes for her clients. In 2009, Ms. Cardenas commenced on an exclusive immigration practice, imparting to her clients her knowledge of immigration law and her ability to successfully navigate complex immigration matters. In May 2011, she was recognized by Utah Business Magazine as one of the "30 Women to Watch in Utah." Ms. Cardenas is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Salt Lake City Chapter. She participates in extensive immigration training at the AILA National Conferences annually.  Ms. Cardenas Conn is an active participant in the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., receiving 120 hours of training on complex immigration law issues.

In April, 2011, she co-wrote Utah Enacts Harsh Immigration Laws in CLINIC about Utah's State legislation regarding immigration. Ms. Cardenas Conn is an active member of the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Advisory Committee and Chamber, and in 2011, she was an independent member of the Utah Latino Legislative Task Force. She is the host of a Saturday morning radio show on La GrandD 103.2 F.M. educating her listeners on U.S. immigration laws.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    6 years, 600 cases



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

7 total 

Are you an attorney? Endorse this lawyer

  • Kelly Ann Booth

    I highly recommend hiring Gloria to help you with your immigration case. I have seen Gloria work magic to help her clients. She is brilliant and knows how to get results. Gloria doesn't just try-- she succeeds! I have worked with Gloria on dozens of cases to win our client's freedom. Call her today!!! Best decision you will ever make.


    Kelly Ann Booth DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Familia America LLC

2470 S Redwood Rd Ste 207
Salt Lake City, UT, 84119-2197


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Lead Counsel ImmigrationLead Counsel Board2013
Professionals For Premios Excelencia 2012Latin American Chamber of Commerce2012
30 Women to Watch in the State of UtahUtah Business Magazine2011
Top Up and Coming Litigators in CaliforniaDaily Journal2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Contract AttorneyMexican Government/Salt Lake City Consulate2013 - Present
Associate- LitigationMilbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP1999 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Catholic Business NetworkBoard of Director2012 - Present
Utah Hispanic Chamber of CommerceMemberN/A
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Utah Latino Legislative Task ForceIndependent Member2011 - 2012
Utah Chamber of CommenceAdvisory Board2011 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In the Matter of Marco XXXXXXXAdministrative Closure- Work Permit
See all legal cases 
Publication nameTitleDate
Utah Business Magazine"30 Women to Watch in Utah"2011
CATHOLIC LEGAL IMMIGRATION NETWORKUtah Enacts Harsh Immigration Laws2011
Salt Lake City TribuneImmigrant Plight2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
University of California at Los Angeles School of LawPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1986
Pepperdine University School of LawMediation & Advanced Mediation CoursesAttorney Participant/Strauss Institute of ADRN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
La GranD 102.3 FM Saturdays 8-9 a.m.Radio Host - The Gloria Cardenas Immigration Show2013
Peruvian Consulate- Salt Lake City, UtahU Visas and Other Ways to Obtain Lawful Status in the U.S.2012
Peruvian Consulate -Salt Lake City UtahDEFERED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVAL2012
Peruvian Consulate- Salt Lake City, UtahHOW TO GET YOUR GREEN CARD WITHOUT LEAVING THE U.S.2011
Utah Chamber of CommenceFAMILY IMMIGRATION2010