Fiancé(e), Spouse (including same-sex marriage), Parents, Children, and Siblings
Student Visas, Tourist Visas
Marlene F. Gonzalez
Marlene F. Gonzalez has successfully represented hundreds of clients in the area of Immigration Law in her many years of experience. In 2009, she was named “Lawyer of the Year” by the Utah Minority Bar Association. She has been recognized by Utah Business Magazine as one of Utah’s Legal Elite in Immigration Law and Pro Bono work.
Ms. Gonzalez served as the Executive Director and Staff Attorney of the Multi-Cultural Legal Center in Salt Lake City, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the legal needs of Utah’s racial and ethnic communities. She is actively involved in professional organizations and has contributed her time to civic organizations as her way of giving back to the community.
Ms. Gonzalez has first hand experience with the Immigration process. She was born in the Philippines and migrated to the U.S. with her family at the age of 12. She has compassion for other immigrants and enjoys helping them. She loves learning about the different countries and cultures of her clients and because of this, she loves to travel internationally.
- Bachelor of Science in Philosophy, 1991
- University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
- Juris Doctorate, 1995
- University of Utah College of Law, Salt Lake City, Utah
- Supreme Court of Utah
- U.S. District Court, District of Utah
- Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
- Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
Professional Membership & Activities
- American Immigration Lawyers Association Utah Chapter,
- Member since 2001;
- Co-Chair - 2004-2005
- Utah Minority Bar Association, Member since 1996;
- President - 2001
- Jordan School District Diversity Council,
- Member - 2004-2006
- Magna Families and Community Together
- Board of Trustees - 2003-2005
- S.J. Quinney College of Law Alumni
- Board of Trustees - 2003-2006
- Utah Asian Chamber of Commerce
- Board of Trustees - 2005
- Utah Office of Crime Victim Reparations
- Board of Trustees - 2007- 2011
- Utah Sentencing Commission,
- Ethnic Representative - 2002 - 2013
- YWCA of Salt Lake City
- Board of Directors - 2002-2005
- Free Immigration Seminar, Sponsored by Alliance Community Services, Mexican Consulate and Centro Civico Mexicano - 2014
- Fundamentals of Family-based Immigration,
- Utah State Bar - 2013
- Options for Immigrant Victims Charged with Crimes, Utah Domestic Violence Council Annual Conference - 2011
- Immigration and the Pursuit of the "American Dream", National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals Conference - 2011
- U Visa and VAWA Self-Petition, Utah Domestic Violence Council Annual Conference - 2009
- What Everyone Should Know about Immigration Law,
- Utah State Bar - 2006
- VAWA Self-Petitions, Utah Domestic Violence Council Annual Conference - 2002
Professional Recognition and Awards
- Lawyer of the Year (2009) - Utah Minority Bar Association
- Utah Legal Elite, Immigration - Utah Business Magazine
- Utah Legal Elite, Pro Bono - Utah Business Magazine
- Young Alumna of the Year (2004) - S.J. Quinney College of Law
- Raymond S. Uno Award for the Advancement of Minorities in the Legal Profession - Utah State Bar
- Asian Bridge Builder Award - Governor’s Office of Asian Affairs
Ms. Pascual graduated cum laude from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Arts in History, and subsequently, a Master’s degree in History. Ms. Pascual received her Juris Doctor degree from the San Diego School of Law in1986. She began her legal career right after law school working with Thierman, Cook, Brown and Prager, an employment law firm in California, where she practiced Labor law representing employers.
In 1993, Ms. Pascual started her solo practice focusing only on Immigration law. She had an office in southern California from 1993 until 2006 when the office was relocated to Salt Lake City, Utah. Ms. Pascual is licensed in California and still has many cases there. Her Immigration practice is mainly in the areas of employment-based immigrant visas and non-immigrant visas along with deportation, family-based, U-visas, Citizenship and P-1s (for artists and athletes).
Ms. Alderete is a native of California and is fluent in English and Spanish.
Giovanna Palacios Spiess
Ms. Spiess is a native of Peru. She is a graduate of Universidad Catolica de Lima where she received her law degree. Ms. Spiess is licensed attorney in Peru. She also serves as the Citizenship Coordinator at Alliance Community Services, a non-profit organization in Salt Lake City, where she assists low-income individuals apply for U.S. Citizenship. Ms. Spiess also speaks Spanish and Portuguese.