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Claribel Palacios Madueña

Immigration Attorney at Alameda, CA

5.0   9 reviews

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    Ms. Madueña is an immigration law expert handling marriage-based cases, fiancé visas, U-visas, I-601A waivers, family sponsorship, consular processing, naturalization, appeals and motions before immigration agencies, case investigations, and more.

    12 years

Ms. Madueña is an expert immigration lawyer in the Bay Area handling a wide range of immigration matters, including complex cases with criminal issues. She has successfully argued for the release of clients in immigration detention, and has obtained Adjustment of Status, Asylum, and Cancellation of Removal for her clients against the government in Immigration Court. Ms. Madueña has also obtained Lawful Permanent Residency, Asylum, Naturalization, NACARA, and Waivers before the immigration office. Notably, when she was a first-year associate, Ms. Madueña presented a complex criminal and immigration oral argument to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and received a published decision in that case (Gil v. Holder, 651 F.3d 1000 (9th Cir. 2011)). She is also Certified Legal Specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law with the California State Bar, which requires lawyers to pass a written examination, demonstrate a high level of experience, fulfill ongoing educational requirements, and provide favorable recommendations from judges and attorneys familiar with their work.

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It's an honor to be part of the Immigrant Legal Defense Center as a pro bono mentor attorney.  I look forward to our continued partnership!
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Licensed for 13 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2009
Updated 09/10/2022

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Law Office of Claribel P. Madueña, P.C.
1120 Ballena Blvd
Suite 400
Alameda, CA, 94501

Reviews

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Posted by Juan | November 18, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Above and beyond my expectations
Claribel and her team were always available and happily answered all my questions. She took the time to practice the interview with me a-couple of days before my INS interview. I would highly recommend her services. Claribel went above and beyond my expectations. Thank you :)
Posted by Vanessa | November 16, 2021
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Vanessa
Claribel thank you for making my naturalization process easier. Never once did I doubt I was in the best possible hands. Phone calls were returned without delay. I'd highly recommend her!
Posted by José Juan | September 1, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Immigration Law
Claribel P. Madueña was very helpful, knowledgeable about my case. She kept it simple, clear and effective. When I had doubts & questions her & her team were very positive, responsive with emails, texts & kept me updated. She explained the procedure, prepared me before the interview and accompanied me to my interview and passed. All around the best decision ever. I really recommend her, you will not be disappointed.
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Response from Claribel Palacios Madueña September 2, 2021
Thank you for your feedback, José! It was such a pleasure working with you. Congratulations on your success!
Posted by Ran | August 28, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Bilingual Attorney with big heart and very knowledgable
Claribel is not only a great lawyer, but an amazing human being with lots of qualities and strong values. She is professional, humble, honest, and emphatic. She was able to guide me through the immigration process of obtaining my green card . She is a very knowledgable and positive person with a big heart. I am very pleased on how she handled my case. It got approved in a short period of time. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Cesar Montalvo | January 9, 2020
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Excellent professional service
Claribel, Gave me all my options from the beginning told me what the process was gave me a window/timetable for my case, follow up and got results faster than expected, went the extra mile for sure. Was the right decision for me Glad I did
Posted by Cedric | November 2, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Our family is so thankful!
I am is so grateful for the service of Claribel P. Madueña and her staff. They exceeded my expectations of assistance in obtaining United States Visa’s for my wife and 5-year-old baby which was more complicated since they were born in separate countries. Through the entire process they were always quick not only to answer questions but reassure my family during stressful times that everything would be alright. If I had tried to do the process on my own we would still be waiting or worse denied. It pays to have an expert consultant for important family matters that understand the law and process. The law office of Claribel P. Madueña has put smiling faces on my entire family.
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Posted by Alejandro | November 1, 2019
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I did hire this attorney for my U visa petitions n she was great doing her job I was very satisfied thanks to her I got my u visa thanks
Posted by Ming | July 2, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer!
I was really hoping i could know Claribel earlier, she is such a nice and considerate lawyer. I handed my case to her and she solved my problem in a very short time, i thought i would wait for a whole year but it came up only half year. I am really appreciated and feel very luck that i meet her! before her, I waste a whole important year with other agency. She is very thoughtful for her client, which made me surprised that she is not that kind person who cares money more,she cares about you and your situation more! She is really nice , patience,efficient and responsibility. If you ask me any recommendation about best lawyer, Claribel is the one you have to meet.
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Posted by Maria | May 18, 2016
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She's great
My fiancé's case was a difficult case with a small probability of success. To our surprise, Claribel was able to redirect the negative arguments in order to successfully convince the judge to remain for the time being. Thank you Claribel!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • 2020 Legal Specialization Working Group Member
  • State Bar of California - Department of Legal Specialization
  • 2020 - Present
  • Mentor Attorney
  • Santa Barbara County Immigrant Legal Defense Center
  • 2018 - Present
  • Pro Bono Attorney
  • Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project
  • 2018 - Present
  • Sole Practitioner
  • Law Office of Claribel P. Madueña, P.C.
  • 2014 - Present
  • Associate Immigration Attorney
  • Law Offices of Mike Razi, APC
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Public Service Corp Fellow
  • Harriet Buhai Center For Family Law
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Certified Law Student
  • Juvenile Justice Clinic - Loyola Law School Los Angeles
  • 2008 - 2009
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Education

  • Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • University of California - San Diego
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2005
  • Complutense University of Madrid
  • University of California Education Abroad Program
  • 2004

Legal Cases

  • Asylum (Various)
  • Granted.
  • Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
  • Granted.
  • Withholding of Removal (Various)
  • Granted.
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Associations

  • Bay Area Border Angels
  • Immigration Law Educator
  • 2019 - Present
  • Santa Barbara County Immigrant Legal Defense Center
  • Mentor Attorney
  • 2018 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Northern California Chapter)
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • San Francisco Bar Association
  • Attorney of the Day
  • 2014 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • English

Awards

  • Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law
  • State Bar of California - Certified Specialist
  • 2019

Publications

  • Immigration Lawyers Toolbox
  • Introduction to Removal Proceedings
  • 2020

Speaking Engagements

  • Immigration 101: Nuts and Bults Two Day Program
  • Bars to Admissibility and Waivers
  • 2020
  • Know Your Rights - Immigration Session at San Francisco State University
  • Know Your Rights - Immigration Session
  • 2018
  • Know Your Rights - Immigration Session at 1951 Coffee Company, Berkeley, CA
  • Know Your Rights - Immigration Session
  • 2018
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (17)
Immigration Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Claribel is a fellow immigration attorney and colleague who is highly respected and experienced in the more complex and nuanced areas of immigration law which most immigration attorneys do not handle. She is a certified immigration specialist meaning her knowledge and experienced in the field has been vetted by the State Bar of California and I have heard only high praises about her, both as a person and as an attorney."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Claribel since 2006, starting with law school and now as a great friend and colleague. She is a genuine and reliable person which I know translates to her professional practice. Her experience, work ethic and zealous advocacy are first rate, and are also endorsed by the State Bar, as she is an expert of Immigration Law. Claribel is a confident choice to handle your legal matters and I am happy to recommend her."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Madueña is a personable and highly knowledgable attorney in the field of immigration. She is very devoted to helping her clients and also takes time to help improve the legal community with her mentorship activities. I can't say enough good things about this wonderful attorney."
Immigration Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is so passionate about helping her clients that I have never met and Immigration lawyer like her. Clarabel is the best!"
Immigration Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Claribel for nearly fifteen years. She is without question an immigration expert. There is no case too hard for her brilliance, creativity, and advocacy skills in the courtroom. As the daughter of immigrants she brings that personal perspective and which drives her tenacity to bring each client success in their matter. You don’t have to take my word about her skills—for her track record and performance on a rigorous state exam, she has been certified by the CA state bar as an immigration law expert. Whether you are an attorney looking to refer, or cocounsel a case, or a client, you be in the best of hands with Claribel and her team."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Friend
"I have known Claribel for over 13 years and endorse her and her immigration practice. I know, first hand, what a responsible, ethical, and knowledgeable immigration attorney she is. I first met Claribel during our freshman year at Loyola Law School where we became steadfast friends while we were both being introduced to the practice of law. Since then I’ve witnessed her wonderful evolution into the socially conscious - justice orientated - immigration attorney she so naturally was always meant to be, and is. She has experience handing a broad range of immigration cases and argued before the 9th Circuit early in her career. Claribel is also personable and emotionally intelligent and I would recommend her services to anyone interested."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Knowledgeable and passionate advocate. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Claribel for many years and know that she is a dedicated, caring and successful immigration attorney.I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I often come to Claribel for advice on complicated Removal Proceedings issues. She articulate, to the point, and well versed in Criminal Immigration. As someone who has practiced Immigration for several years, I recommend her without reserve."
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