I’m a partner at Northwest Immigration & Criminal Defense LLP (NWICD). Thank you for taking the time to review our site and read a bit about what made me want to be an immigration and criminal defense attorney.
I was born and raised in a working class neighborhood in Pasadena, California to Immigrant parents. After finishing up high school in Pasadena, I was fortunate enough to attend the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB). This was a major accomplishment for my community and me as I was not only the first member of my family to go to college, but the first person in my neighborhood to go to college. At UCSB I majored in History with a minor in Education. After college, I decided to give back to the community that supported me all my life. I was fortunate enough to be hired as a middle school teacher in Pasadena, CA. Later, I spent several years as a middle school teacher in South Central Los Angeles.
During law school, I worked for the Northwest Workers Justice Project helping mainly immigrant and Spanish-speaking clients file wage theft claims. The next year, I had the privilege of working for Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees (SOAR) via the Oregon Justice Resource Center (OJRC)—both Portland based non profits. At SOAR I provide immigration legal services to families who could not afford to hire a private attorney.
After SOAR, I spent a year interning for Multnomah Defenders Inc. (MDI) working as a certified law student. At Multnomah Defenders Inc. (MDI) I worked as a public defender on cases ranging from violation of a restraining order to class A misdemeanors. My time at MDI provided me with valuable trial and court experience.
My experiences and opportunities in life have instilled in me a passion to help others. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to practice law and to be surrounded by caring and compassionate individuals. At NWICD, we strive to work hard for you and to understand the legal and emotional issues facing you and your family. If you would like to talk about your case with someone eager to listen and help, please give us a call.
Eduardo Z. Herrera