Adriana was born and raised in New York, and attended both college and law school in Washington, D.C. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs, Philosophy, and Political Science from The George Washington University in 2009, and her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in 2013.
Throughout law school, Adriana worked for various nonprofit organizations in Virginia and Washington, D.C., focusing on immigration issues related to domestic violence victims, victims of crime, children, and family matters.
Upon graduation, Adriana moved to Virginia where she earned her license to practice law, and became an associate at the Yao Law Firm, P.C. While there, she was able to build and expand her Immigration and family law practices. In 2015, following a company merger, Adriana began working at Woehrle Dahlberg Jones and Yao, PLLC in their Fairfax, VA office.
Adriana is a certified Guardian Ad Litem and an active member of the Fairfax Bar Association, the Virginia State Bar, and the American Bar Association.
Adriana’s primary practice areas include Immigration, Family Law, Elder Law, and Estate Planning.
Adriana speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
- Immigration Law
- Family Law
- Free Consultation
- Credit Cards Accepted
- English: Spoken, Written
- Portuguese: Spoken
- Spanish: Spoken, Written
- Woehrle Dahlberg Jones Yao, PLLC
- - Current
- Specializes in immigration, elder, family, and juvenile law, including civil litigation. Represents the best interests of children and incapacitated persons in contentious and complex custody/visitation, abuse or neglect cases, and guardianship/conservatorship cases, both in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and Circuit Court. Regularly deals with cases involving child and adult protective services and foster care. Serves as a certified guardian ad litem for children and incapacitated adults since 2014. Extensive experience in attaining Lawful Permanent Residency (LPR) for minor children and adults through Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), U-nonimmigrant visa, asylum, family based, and various other immigration benefits.
- Associate Attorney
- Yao Law Firm, PC
- Represented children, as a guardian ad litem, in misdemeanor and juvenile delinquency cases, CHINS cases, custody/visitation cases, and abuse/neglect cases. Practiced throughout Northern and Central Virginia courts, at both the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court level and the Circuit Court level. Regularly represented adult guardianship cases in Virginia Circuit Courts as a guardian ad litem. Handled the majority of the firm’s immigration cases, which included appearing before the Arlington and Baltimore Immigration Courts.
- Legal Intern
- Represented indigent clients through legal filings in immigration cases and in court proceedings with domestic relations cases. Coordinated all aspects of client cases, including performing both immigration and domestic violence based legal research, drafting immigration filings, drafting court motions and orders, and conducting advocacy for clients with law enforcement and other government agencies.
- Certified Student Attorney
- Columbus Community Legal Services, Families and the Law Clinic, Columbus School of Law, Washington, DC
- Represented indigent victims of domestic violence in issues ranging from divorce and civil protection orders to immigration matters. Established a U non-immigrant visa advocacy project to address the issues regarding Maryland police departments’ response to domestic violence cases and Supplement B certifications.
- Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Family Court Self-Help Center
- Shared general legal information with unrepresented individuals in family law matters.
- Legal Intern
- Immigrant Children’s Legal Program, United States Committee on Refugees and Immigrants
- Provided post release services to, and performed intake interviews with, immigrant children recently released from federal custody. Drafted immigration law related memorandum. Performed legal research including that pertaining to child trafficking, T and U non-immigrant visas, asylum, refugees, and child abuse. Prepared all necessary immigration documents for cases. Developed and implemented trainings for immigration judges, pro-bono attorneys, and other organizations.
- Long Island Crisis Center
- Aided individuals in crisis through immediate intervention counseling.
- Legal Secretary
- The Law Offices of Zemsky and Salomon
- Drafted and filed legal documents such as complaints and motions under supervision.
- Shared Hope International
- Created research projects, worked on public relations campaigns, and developed outreach opportunities for an organization whose goals are to prevent and eliminate sex trafficking and slavery.
- Nassau County Attorney’s Office, Family Court Bureau
- Drafted and filed various legal documents, primarily for juvenile delinquency and abuse and neglect cases.
- The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
- J.D. (2013)
- The George Washington University
- B.A. (2009)
- Top 40 Under 40 Family Law
- The National Advocates Top 40 Under 40
- Top 40 Under 40 Immigration Law
- Association of American Trial Lawyers
- Public Interest Fellowship Recipient
- Hispanic Bar Association of DC
- Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
- Equal Justice Works
- Virginia State Bar
- American Bar Association
- Fairfax Bar Association
- - Current
- Can I Adjust My Status Since I am Married to a U.S. Citizen?
- Do I Qualify for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status?
- CASA Volunteer Training, CASA Office, Fairfax, Virginia
- Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
- Presented the roles and function of a Guardian ad litem ("GAL") to a group of CASA volunteers in training. Explained and provided general information about the requirements of a GAL, how cases are assigned, what the GAL's role looks like, etc. Also provided training on the intersection of state GAL cases and immigration.
- Immigration and Criminal Defense Institute, University of Maryland, Carey School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland
- Maryland Office of the Public Defender Immigration Program
- Lead small-group/working group discussions on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and how to navigate both on a state and federal level.
- Certified Guardian ad litem for children
- Supreme Court of Virginia
- Certified Guardian ad litem for incapacitated persons
- Supreme Court of Virgnia
- Woehrle Dahlberg Jones Yao, PLLC
- Adriana Estevez' Website Profile
- Virginia Law Blog
- I’m Charged with a Crime in Virginia, what do I Need to Know About the Court Process?
12 February 2020
- What is your “Right to Remain Silent”?
11 December 2019
- Reckless Driving by Speed
25 March 2019
- BEWARE Left Lane Cruisers
10 September 2018
- Are You Entitled to a Credit If You Overpaid On Your Child Support?
1 December 2015
- When Concerns Arise Over the Potential Neglect, Abuse, or Financial Exploitation of an Elderly Family Member, What Can You Do?
23 November 2015
- Should I accept the severance/separation package from my employer?
20 November 2015
- Can I get out of my non-compete agreement?
18 November 2015
- Do I Qualify For Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (“SIJS”)?
16 November 2015