Claribel Palacios Maduena

Claribel Palacios Maduena

Law Office of Claribel P. Maduena, PC
  • Immigration Law
  • California
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Ms. Madueña is an expert immigration lawyer in the Bay Area handling a wide range of immigration matters, including complex cases with criminal issues. The bulk of her practice focuses on family-based immigration and removal defense. 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.

Practice Area
Immigration Law
Asylum, Citizenship, Deportation Defense, Family Visas, Green Cards, Immigration Appeals, Investment Visas, Marriage & Fiancé(e) Visas, Student Visas, Visitor Visas, Work Visas
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  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Cases are usually charged on a flat fee basis.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
State Bar of California
ID Number: 266081
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Italian: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Principal Attorney
Law Office of Claribel P. Maduena, PC
- Current
Represent individuals in a wide array of immigration matters including family immigration, waivers, fiancé visas, naturalization, FOIA requests, complex cases with criminal issues, and deportation defense. Responsibilities include all aspects of business and case management; filings before the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, National Visa Center, and U.S. Consulate; law and motion practice; prepare for and conduct hearings before the immigration court; client meetings and consultations; case investigations; and supervision and management of legal staff.
Volunteer Attorney - Immigration Clinics
La Raza Centro Legal
Provided same day counseling to individuals attending immigration clinics.
Attorney of the Day
Justice and Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco
Provided pro-bono counseling and same day representation to immigrants facing deportation in the San Francisco Immigration Court
Associate Attorney
Law Offices of Mike Razi, APC
Represented individuals in immigration proceedings before the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Duties included working with support staff to supervise and facilitate the preparation of immigration packets to be sent to USCIS; preparing relief applications, evidence and briefs to be filed with the Immigration Court, BIA, and Ninth Circuit; and conducting legal research and drafting complex motions and RFE responses.
Clinical Extern
Loyola Law School Los Angeles - Juvenile Justice Clinic
Represented minors in the delinquency system in all phases of the case from arraignment to post-disposition. Performed research; took discovery; conducted client and witness interviews; explored defense options; and negotiated disposition of cases with deputy district attorneys. Prepared proactive and creative defense trial strategies. Made frequent court appearances and participated in proceedings, including a probable cause hearing with witness testimony and cross-examination.
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
J.D. (2009) | Law
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University of California - San Diego
B.A. (2005) | Political Science - International Relations
Honors: Dean's List
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Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Ciencias Politicas
Activities: Participated in the University of California Education Abroad Program
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Professional Associations
American Immigration Lawyers Association - Northern California Chapter
- Current
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American Immigration Lawyers Association
- Current
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California State Bar  # 266081
Licensed Attorney
- Current
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Articles & Publications
Cancellation of Removal Series for Practitioners
Immigration Lawyers Toolbox
Introduction to Removal Proceedings
Immigration Lawyers Toolbox
Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law
State Bar of California
Websites & Blogs
Law Office of Claribel P. Maduena, PC
Contact & Map
Law Office of Claribel P. Madueña, PC
1120 Ballena Blvd. Suite 400
Alameda, CA 94501
Telephone: (510) 263-8552
Cell: (510) 444-1529
Fax: (855) 312-0377
Monday: 7 AM - 8 PM
Tuesday: 7 AM - 8 PM
Wednesday: 7 AM - 8 PM (Today)
Thursday: 7 AM - 8 PM
Friday: 7 AM - 6 PM
Saturday: 11 AM - 4 PM
Sunday: 11 AM - 4 PM
Notice: Weekend appointments are available. Please email me to schedule. Weekday appointments may be made through our website. Thank you!
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