Valeria was born in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, and immigrated to Laredo, Texas at the age of 7 with her parents and her older sister. Her experience as an immigrant inspired her to become an immigration lawyer.
Valeria graduated from Texas A&M International University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Dance. She graduated summa cum laude.
Valeria earned her law degree from St. Mary’s University. She was awarded the St. Mary’s University School of Law Dean’s award and was a Dean’s List honoree. She studied abroad through the Legal and Cultural Spring Break Program in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and through the St. Mary’s University Law School Institute on World Legal Problems in Innsbruck, Austria. Valeria also served as a staff writer for The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Race and Social Justice. In law school, Valeria worked as a student attorney at St. Mary’s Center for Legal and Social Justice through the Consumer Protection Clinic, where she represented clients in evictions and homeownership hearings. Valeria also worked as a research assistant for Professor Roberto Rosas, writing and editing annual legal publications.
Valeria is fluent in Spanish. As an immigrant, Valeria is determined to zealously represent and guide her clients through the complexities of the immigration system.