Ms. Alyssa Nguyen is a premier immigration attorney based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. With fifteen years of experience, Ms. Nguyen is the founder and sole practitioner of the Nguyen Law Firm, LLC where she represents clients in matters of immigration law, criminal law, and family law. Listed among the "10 Best" of both Immigration Attorneys (American Institute of Legal Counsel) and Family Law Attorneys (American Institute of Family Law Attorneys), she focuses her practice on helping immigrants navigate the complexities of the U.S. legal system and defending their rights both inside and outside the courtroom.
Ms. Nguyen graduated cum laude from the William Mitchell College of Law in 2004 and began her career working for a Senior Judge, providing the Judge with recommendations on how to rule on complex civil litigation cases. Her legal experience includes working for two prestigious law firms, for the State as a prosecutor, and for one of the country’s largest banks as an Assistant Vice President. But it was ultimately her experience working for the government as a prosecutor and law clerk that inspired Ms. Nguyen to open her private practice to help immigrant communities:
I wanted to help people and help society. That has always been my primary focus. Coming out of law school, I worked for a judge, and then as a prosecutor. But when you work for the government, it’s easier to win, and even though you’re helping, you’re not seeing the other side of it. I think that in private practice on the criminal defense side and immigration defense side, you help more people and help more families stay together. It’s very rewarding when I win a case, particularly in the immigration arena, because when I win a case that means that have kept a family together. For me, it’s about the kids and the family members who suffer the consequences when their loved one is deported."
Since entering into private practice, Ms. Nguyen has garnered a reputation among both clients and her colleagues for her ability to negotiate complex issues and her litigation skills. She has extensive courtroom and litigation experience to help her clients get justice. She has become known as an attorney with a unique ability to communicate with people from diverse professional, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. She is often asked to act as a mentor and present at CLEs on the topic of immigration law.
Though Ms. Nguyen focuses her practice primarily on immigration law, she also represents clients on family and criminal law matters. Because immigration law, criminal law, and family law are often inexorably intertwined, an issue in any of these areas will often have serious potential consequences for a client’s immigration case. She noted:
If you have a criminal record, it will impact your immigration record. Likewise, people don’t realize that if they are going through a divorce and are applying for a restraining order for protection for a domestic issue, that could impact their immigration case if violated."
As a leader in her field, Ms. Nguyen sees it as her duty to keep her clients informed on these matters, especially in these fraught political times. As harsher immigration enforcement has come into effect and immigrant communities across the United States have come under closer scrutiny, Ms. Nguyen notes that many immigrants, even those with green cards, have been leaving the United States. But as she explains, this can have a negative impact on someone’s immigration status, and she feels compelled to advise her clients accordingly:
Even with a green card, you can lose your status as a permanent resident. People have to be careful about leaving, because there may be issues when they try to re-enter the country. That’s why I have been advising clients not to make irrational decisions and think before you doing anything. Any kind of criminal record before leaving the country—coming back could potentially be an issue."
After a decade-and-a-half dedicated to law, Ms. Nguyen is confident she can rise to this challenge and she envisions a bright future ahead. In the coming years, she intends to continue expanding her practice and her clientele so that she can help more individuals and families find the justice they deserve.
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota (Federal Court)
Hamline University, Paralegal Degree, 1997
2011 Honoree for Extraordinary Legal Contribution to the Vietnamese Community