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Derek Jay Poulsen

Immigration Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   41 reviews

also known as Derek Poulsen

  • State Years
    Nebraska - NE 6 years
    Iowa - IA 7 years
  • Licensed for 6 years
    State NE
    Acquired 2017
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 7 years
    State IA
    Acquired 2016
    Status
    Exempt No misconduct found

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

About Derek

Learn Derek’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. Immigration
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    Family Immigration and Naturalization, Employment-Based Visas, Non-Immigrant Visas, Sports and Entertainment Immigration, I-9 and Employer Compliance, Entrepreneurs and Investors, Immigration Court, and Asylum Cases, and Deportation Defense.

Derek Poulsen is the managing attorney Wilner & O’Reilly, APLC San Diego location. He is admitted to the Iowa State Bar and the Nebraska State Bar. Mr. Poulsen focuses his practice on removal defense cases where he represents clients before the Immigration Court and on appeal with the Board of Immigration Appeals. He graduated from Utah State University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a Minor in Spanish. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Creighton University School of Law. During law school, he was selected to be on Creighton’s National Trial Team and earned the Honorable Lyle E. Strom Trial Advocacy Award. Derek previously worked at the immigration law office of Jason Finch and Associates, PC, LLO, in Omaha, Nebraska. During his time there his practice included criminal defense. He gained valuable knowledge of the negative immigration consequences that differing criminal activity has on an individual’s ability to remain in the United States. He also worked on family based immigration, U-Visas, Special Immigrant Juvenile Visas, and 601/601A waivers. While in Nebraska Derek provided pro bono legal service at the Latino Center of the Midlands where he provided legal advice to immigrants. Having lived in Peru he has a great love for the Hispanic culture and is fluent in Spanish. While not at work Derek enjoys spending time with his wife and four children, traveling, building things with his hands, and attempting to golf.

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Location

Wilner & O'Reilly | Immigration Lawyers
600 W. Broadway
Suite 700
San Diego, CA, 92101

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Reviews

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Posted by Oxana | August 18, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Lifesaver Attorney!
Our entire family wants to say thank you very much to Attorney Derek Jay Poulsen for the passionate, thoughtful, and brilliant work! He is a real lifesaver! He did amazing work from the start: consultations, paperwork, plan, representing at the immigration court, and finally after 12 years of the battle with immigration issues he was able to fix it! Our entire family is so grateful to him for representing us in court and for being a powerful advocate for our family throughout these difficult times.
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2022
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Marriage Based Green Card
Thank you so much to Derek and Ruby for being organized, patient, flexible, and extremely professional. They filled out and submitted all my paperwork for adjustment of status through marriage. The application process without them would have been so stressful because there is a lot to keep track of. Ruby was my case manager and really made herself available to answer any questions I had. I'm sure I repeated my questions multiple times, but she ALWAYS answered them even if she was repeating herself. She made herself available outside of business hours to answer these questions or to receive any documents from me after I got off of work. I could go on and on about how amazing her work ethic is, and I'm very grateful to have worked with her. I only really interacted with Derek 3 times. The first time was through the consultation, second was a zoom call to prepare me for my interview, and third time was on my interview day. All 3 times Derek was also extremely helpful at answering my questions and put me at ease about the process. I'd like to note that interview day was chaotic. The USCIS interview office had overbooked people, and they ended up having to reschedule ~20 people's interviews. Unfortunately I was one of them, and Derek made himself available for anytime I wanted to reschedule the interview. We ended up going in at 7:00am the following day (which was a rare time and outside USCIS business hours), so he promptly showed up around 6:30am to make sure he was there for my interview. Thank you so much to Derek and Ruby for facilitating my green card process, and for making sure I always felt at ease/comfortable/safe in dealing with this immigration process.
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Posted by Claudia | December 12, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
La firma es confiable
La consulta fue fácil de agendar junto planear la video llamada. Son buenos precios y trabajar con personas confiables. Hablan español.
Posted by Ebony | December 12, 2021
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Consulta
Had a consultation with them and it was great. Derek, Ruby, Maritza were all helpful.
Posted by Armando | December 11, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Highly recommended
Called the law firm to get some information about a case I want to open. Consultation was free and I received a lot of information and legal advice. Derek and Ruby are really spot on and will take good care of you. Highly recommend them, looking forward to having my case handled by them.
Posted by Dago | December 11, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Excelente servicio
Llame buscando ayuda legal y me encontré con esta firma. Me atendieron rápido y El abogado Derek y Ruby fueron muy atentos. Gracias a todos!
Posted by Sepehr | December 11, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Immigration Attorney
My wife and I really appreciate the professionalism, guidance, and extra time and care attorney Derek Poulsen and our case manager Ruby Elenes took for her case. We highly recommend them and their law firm Wilner & O'Reilly
Posted by Jonathan | December 10, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Professional Service
I want to start by thanking Ruby Elenes & Derek Poulsen for helping us through my wife’s Naturalization & Removal of conditions. Completely professional and always easy to reach when ever you have questions about your case. I definitely recommend Wilner & O’reilly immigration attorney and if you happen to get Ruby Elenes on your case your in great hands. Thank you again for helping my wife become an American Citizen.
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Posted by Brenda | December 10, 2021
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They care about their clients
I was represented better than I could have ever imagined. My needs were put first and was treated as a friend rather than a number. My opinions were valued and my doubts were always reassured. Derek Poulsen and Ruby Elenes helped me fully understand the process it was always explained.
Posted by Carla | December 10, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great customer service!
I had the pleasure of working directly with Ruby, she was always so kind and eager to help. She would go above and beyond to make sure our process was the smoothest and we felt it that way. I could get my mother her green card in a very short time frame and we couldn't be more thrilled about that. I look forward to working with her again in the future!
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Posted by Anaika | December 10, 2021
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Súper recomendados
Desde el primer día que los contactamos fue una atención excelente, Ruby es muy atenta y amable y siempre está dispuesta a ayudar para agilizar el proceso. Mis documentos salieron antes de la fecha estimada, le estaré agradecida toda la vida.
Posted by Priscilla | December 9, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Very Professional
Ruby was quick to respond to any questions that we had during this process and Derek had time to talk to me on the phone for a further explanation when needed. The process went smoothly and we would like to say thank you!
Posted by Alejandro | December 9, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Very Helpful
Derek and Ruby were very helpful in answering all my questions. I am very satisfied with the outcome of my case and will not hesitate to hire them in the future if I ever need them again!
Posted by Isabella | December 7, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Definitely recommend
They were very helpful, answered al my questions … big thank you to Ruby Elenes for being so professional and understanding I will definitely recommend her and Derek to all my friends and family!
Posted by Christopher | December 6, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Wife's Time-Sensitive Green Card
Derek is an outstanding attorney. Our case was given as much attention as we could have possibly wanted. I'll admit I'm a bit neurotic, but Derek and his team answered *every* tiny question timely and allayed any fears quickly. Furthermore, our case was processed quickly without error. Ruby, our case manager, facilitated everything wonderfully. I intend to work with Derek in the future for all of our future immigration needs and recommend him and his team to friends and colleagues.
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Posted by Ella | December 6, 2021
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Photographer
I had a great experience with Wilner & O'Reilly. Ruby Elenes and Derek Poulsen were both really helpful, answering all of my questions and concerns regarding my transition from O1-B to Green Card application. Services are fairly priced for the quality of work you are receiving. Both Ruby and Derek were great with communication and making sure this process went smoothly and efficiently. Look forward to working with them again in the future and highly recommend Wilner & O'Reilly!
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Posted by Ivan | October 26, 2021
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Muy buena atencio
Me siento contento de que mi caso vaya avanzando cada vez más y por toda la ayuda que he recibido para estructurar mi caso bien por cada vez que llamo para una asesoría y se me sigue brindando la atención igual y mejor que el primer día mi case manager es Ruby y poderlo presentar claro y ordenado aparte de tener una respuesta rápida a todas mis dudas que me surgen los recomiendo ampliamente para que tomen su caso y no tengan que preocuparse de nada
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Posted by anonymous | June 29, 2021
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The most help I’ve received from any attorney
Derek was very thorough in assisting me with my case, giving me a thorough run-down on the process as a whole.
Posted by Adam | June 19, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Extremely professional and efficient
Ruby has been very helpful and exceptionally knowledgeable. The process that I started has gone so smoothly and quickly. Ruby was there to answer all of my calls and questions. I highly recommend this firm to anyone who is needing guidance or assistance with immigration concerns and the process.
Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Outstanding Advice
If you need an attorney to represent you Derek is the one to go to. He is very straight forward and will review any paperwork that you have.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 6.9 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Wilner & O'Reilly | Immigration Lawyers San Diego
  • 2020 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Wilner & O'Reilly | Immigration Lawyers Orange
  • 2018 - 2020
  • Attorney
  • Jason Finch and Associates, PC. LLO
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Law Clerk
  • Jason Finch and Associates, PC. LLO
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Legal
  • Utah First District Court
  • 2012 - 2012
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Education

  • Creighton University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2014
  • Utah State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2005

Associations

  • J. Reuben Clark Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese

Honors and Awards

  • Exceptional Skills in Litigation Theory and Practice
  • Creighton University School of Law
  • 2014

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Seminar at Desert Reign Church
  • Immigration Updates
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (4)
Endorse Derek
Unknown Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"Derek is a professional and skilled attorney. His skills have been proven in the courtroom and before USCIS. I unequivocally endorse and recommend him as a "go-to immigration attorney"."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a very diligent, dedicated, and knowledgeable attorney."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"Derek goes above and beyond for his clients, and is always searching for novel ways to help his clients. You would be wise to have Derek in your corner!"
Immigration Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Co-worker
"Derek has been a great resource for me, with his courtroom experience and his expertise in removal defense. I highly recommend him, and if your case is with Derek, you can rest assured that your case is in good hands."
San Diego Immigration Lawyer Derek Jay Poulsen
Derek Jay Poulsen
Immigration Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 7 years
Free Consultation