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Irma Valdez has been an attorney for 17 years, and concentrates exclusively in Immigration Law. Born in a small village in Michoacán, Mexico, Irma spent several years growing up in the migrant camps of California -- where her mother and farmer worked as fruit pickers.  Later, to stabilize their children’s education, Irma’s parents took factory jobs in Chicago, living in the low-income Pilsen neighborhood where gang violence and corner-shootings were near daily occurrences.  Irma attended Benito Juarez High School, where students had to pass through metal detectors each morning just to enter the school.  After graduating from Benito Juarez H.S., Irma attended Brown University in Providence R.I., majoring in Latino Studies.  Upon graduation from Brown, Irma returned to Chicago to help her family, and simultaneously attended Loyola Law School.


After graduating from Loyola Law School, Irma was appointed Asst. Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago, where she spent a number of years handling police misconduct and other civil rights cases.  Irma left Chicago and accepted an appointment as an Asst. U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C.  In addition to prosecuting a number of important criminal cases, Irma represented the U.S. Department of Justice abroad as a cultural exchange representative -- where she taught the U.S. Justice System to judges and attorneys of other nations. In addition to her legal background, Irma’s brings a strongly held commitment to public service.  She founded and chaired the highly successful non-profit organization “Latino Home Initiative” -- dedicated to transforming working-class families from renters to home-owners.  In addition, she has served for the past 5-years as a Commissioner for the City of Portland Planning Commission -- where she was the driving force behind the name change from 39th Street to Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.  Irma is also a graduate of the American Leadership Forum, and is a current member of the Oregon Chapter of Emerge.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%



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Yarosh Valdez PC

520 SW Yamhill St Ste 428
Portland, OR, 97204-1327


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199705/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Visitiing ScholarUniversity of SevilleN/A
National Honor SocietyBrown UniversityN/A
American Jurisrudence AwardLoyola University School of LawN/A
Outstanding Student Leadership AwardLoyola University School of LawN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney, PartnerYAROSH | VALDEZ P.C.1997 - Present
CommissionerPortland Planning Commission2007 - 2014
Association namePosition nameDuration
Emerge OregonMember2013 - Present
Oregon Womens Lawyers (OWL)Member2012 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)Member2012 - Present
American Leadership ForumGraduate2011 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Immigration, Civil Rights, Police MisconductI generally win . . .
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Brown UniversityN/ABA - History1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Enlaces Radio ShowFeatured Speaker2014
KBOO Radio - Featured SpeakerImmigration Law2013
Echo Shaw School GraduationKeynote Address2013