Diego is an Associate in the Dallas office of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. He works on employment-based immigration with a focus on both immigrant and nonimmigrant visa matters. Diego began his career at BAL as a law clerk in the Boston office, where he prepared and filed work-related visa petitions and responded to complex requests for evidence. 

Prior to joining BAL, Diego served as an Immigrant Justice Corps Attorney Fellow at Public Law Center in Santa Ana, Calif., where he represented immigrants in humanitarian and family-based forms of relief before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He also conducted field research as part of the University of Oxford’s Centre on Migration, Policy and Society for a study on Asian and Latino small businesses in the United States.

While earning his law degree, Diego distinguished himself by drafting and submitting an amicus curiae brief in support of ACLU litigation with the American Immigration Council in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of a lawsuit to get information about alleged abuses inflicted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents on unaccompanied children at border detention centers. It was filed through Diego’s participation at Boston University’s legal clinic and with the American Immigration Council. Diego is fluent in Spanish and French.

Education & Admissions

Boston University, J.D., cum laude
Swarthmore College, B.A., History and Political Science

Admitted to: State Bar of California
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Memberships

American Immigration Lawyers Association

Professional Accomplishments

Author: T Visas Are Available for Survivors of Domestic Servitude (Cover Story, August 2021), Orange County Lawyer (magazine of the Orange County Bar Association)