Moises L. Barraza is a distinguished lawyer based in Aurora, Illinois. Since beginning his career in 2010, Mr. Barraza has been recognized by the American Society of Legal Advocates, the American Institute of Legal Counsel, and other organizations as a top attorney in immigration law. He is the founder of a family-run practice, Immigration Law Office of Moises L. Barraza, where he represents clients in a broad range of immigration matters, including cases involving citizenship, green cards, and asylum.
Mr. Barraza first developed his interest in law as a high school student. As captain of his homeschool group's mock trial team, he led them to become city champions two years in a row. He studied chemistry at the University of Texas but maintained his interest in the law and helped to co-found a mock trial team at the school that went straight to Nationals their first year. As he tells it:
I think I always knew that I would end up in law some day. I am a compassionate person by nature and though I loved solving complex problems, working with chemicals wasn’t very rewarding for me. What I really wanted was to solve complex problems for individuals and their families.
Mr. Barraza’s desire to interact more directly with people, in addition to his extensive mock trial experiences, led him to pursue his Juris Doctor at Washburn University School of Law. As he tells it, it was here that his family history inspired him to practice immigration law, as Attorney Barraza recalls:
As a child of Mexican immigrants, I saw firsthand the difficult journey that immigrants have to go through to become legalized in the United States. This ingrained in me a strong desire to be part of that process through providing high-quality, personalized immigration law services.
During his first year as a law student, Mr. Barraza gained experience working for a renowned immigration attorney in Washington, DC. He spent the next two years as a law clerk for the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation services (SRS), producing research and writing products that were used by the attorneys to defend against civil rights and tort claims cases, which gave him a unique handle on complex administrative and Constitutional law issues. In his final semester, he served as a licensed intern for the Washburn Law Clinic and helped to expand their immigration practice. All of his student experiences culminated in Mr. Barraza accepting a position with Robert A. Perkins & Associates, “The Immigration Professor”, a well-established immigration law firm serving clients in the Latino/Hispanic community of Aurora, IL, and the Quad Cities (IL and IA).
In 2013, Mr. Barraza opened up his current firm, a boutique practice where both his wife and his mom assist in serving clients. With a motto of “from our family to yours, here’s to your future,” he focuses on providing high-quality, personalized, and reliable representation to each and every one of his clients. This means sitting down and having one-on-one conversations to find out all of the details of their situation and coming up with individual solutions. From relative petitions to asylum applications and everything in between, Mr. Barraza is dedicated to fighting and winning even the most difficult cases. He has an incredible track record, having won numerous cases that had been turned down by other attorneys or even previously denied by immigration.
As a leader in his field, Mr. Barraza is constantly monitoring the ever-changing and evolving field of immigration law. He has spoken on numerous occasions about these changes at town hall meetings, churches, and community events. He has also been interviewed by various media outlets over the past several months on current trends within immigration law. In particular, he notes that he is paying close attention to the Trump Administration's recent executive orders and their impact on immigrants:
Right now, there is a lot more public recognition of the immigration issues, and there are many people that are very concerned about what their status in this country is going to be. I have been personally encouraging immigrants to speak out and find an attorney they can trust to discover their options before their situation becomes an emergency. I have also been encouraging those who have a path towards legalization to start sooner rather than later.
With his career off to a successful start, Mr. Barraza is confident he can help his clients overcome these challenges. As his office expands, his goal is to maintain the personalized, industry-leading service he has come to be known for, regardless of the number of clients he is seeing.
University of Texas at El Paso (B.S, Chemistry, 2007)
Illinois • Executive Office for Immigration Review • Board of Immigration Appeals • Illinois Supreme Court
Professional Memberships & Community Involvement
American Immigration Lawyers Association • Illinois State Bar • American Bar Association • Joliet Diocese
Awards & Honors
Clients’ Choice Awards – Avvo (2015-2016)