Johanna M. Herrero, Esq., is a dedicated and passionate immigration lawyer based in Boston, Massachusetts. Recognized as a top attorney by Super Lawyers®, the National Advocates, and the American Institute of Legal Counsel™, Ms. Herrero has been representing immigrants in removal proceedings, with a strong focus on asylum and criminal cases, since 2011. She is the founder and managing partner of the Law Offices of Johanna Herrero where she is committed to providing compassionate and skillful legal service to immigrants throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Miami, Connecticut, and Florida.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ms. Herrero immigrated to the United States at a very young age. As she tells it, her passion for immigration law derived from her own experience with the immigration process:
I came to the United States when I was three years old and eventually overstayed my visa, so I was not legal until my parents received their green cards. I was lucky enough to get citizenship through my parents, but unfortunately, many of my friends in New York were deported and at that young age I couldn’t understand why. As a grew older, I started to realize why my friends were sent away and I decided to dedicate my life to helping other immigrants in the same situation.
After earning her Bachelor of Science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Ms. Herrero went on to the Massachusetts School of Law where she served as an intern for an immigration attorney in downtown Boston, and then served as a staff attorney for another firm in East Boston, a neighborhood with a large community of undocumented immigrants. Ms. Herrero felt an immediate connection to this community, having struggled herself as a new immigrant to the United States. "I remember having to act as a translator for my parents and grandparents," she explains. "I understand how hard it can be to express yourself in a foreign language." Ms. Herrero combined her natural empathy for the immigrant community she worked alongside with fluency in Spanish and a knack for the complex world of immigration law. A year later, Ms. Herrero founded the Law Offices of Johanna Herrero and has since gained extensive experience in immigration law through her practice both inside and outside the courtroom.
Ms. Herrero offers clients unmatched trial representation before the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Boston Immigration Court, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Department of Homeland Security. With a passion that stems from her childhood, a large part of her practice consists of removal defense for illegal immigrants, helping asylum seekers and domestic violence victims through U and VAWA visas, and representing legal immigrants who have been convicted of complex crimes. Emphasizing the importance of an efficient and results-oriented approach, Ms. Herrero is committed to providing her clients with individualized attention that stresses open communication. Additionally, she offers free representation to indigent clients in conjunction with Boston-based pro bono organizations.
Since its inception in 2012, The Law Offices of Johanna Herrero has grown from a humble one-woman firm to a bustling hub with seven attorneys, three of which have been selected to Super Lawyers®, and ten paralegals. Stressing their collaborative philosophy, Ms. Herrero notes, "We believe in teamwork to reach the final result." Each client the firm takes on has access to the experience and acumen of the entire firm. Due in large part to this collective approach, The Law Offices of Johanna Herrero was nominated by its clients as a Top 10 Best Law Firm by American Institute of Legal Counsel for Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service in 2017.
Practicing in the ever-evolving field of immigration law means that Ms. Herrero is continually monitoring the latest developments that may affect her clients. To keep them in the know, she updates her Facebook page several times a day with the most relevant stories and attends quite a few church conferences to deliver “Know Your Rights” seminars. The office also participates in many media outlets such as Univision and Telemundo as well as Caracol Radio and Actualidad Radio. When asked about her approach to the uncertainty of the political climate under the current administration, Ms. Herrero stresses the need to remain positive:
I don’t like to feed into the chaos because if I do, it will frighten my clients. At this point, I’m just taking it day-by-day, because no one really knows what’s going to happen—one day you have DACA for these dreamers and the next day it’s gone. Most of what I’ve been doing is just calming my clients down, giving them my cell phone number, which they have access to 24/7, and providing them with the necessary tools should they be arrested or detained.
After nearly a decade dedicated to immigration law, Ms. Herrero has held fast to her childhood dream. Looking toward the future, she envisions continuing success and is confident she can rise to overcome any challenges that may arise on the road ahead. Ms. Herrero recently opened a second office in Miami where she hopes to provide her industry-leading service to many more clients in need.
City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (B.S., Forensic Psychology, 2007)
Massachusetts • U.S. District Court of Massachusetts
Professional Memberships & Community Involvement
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) • American Bar Association (ABA) • Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA) • Boston Bar Association (BBA) • Select Pro Bono Services
Awards & Honors
Selected to Massachusetts Rising Stars List – Super Lawyers® (2015-2017) • Selected to Massachusetts Rising Stars Female Attorneys – Super Lawyers® (2015-2017) • Top 40 Under 40 – The National Advocates (2016, 2017) • 10 Best in Client Satisfaction – American Institute of Legal Counsel™ (2015-2017) • 10 Best Law Firms – American Institute of Legal Counsel™ (2017) • American Jurist “Top 10 Immigration Attorneys for Massachusetts” (2018)