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Candace Vanderwall – AttorneyEmily Apel – AttorneyRoger Ramirez – Attorney Stephanie Castro – Legal AssistantPaula Smith – ParalegalJennifer Navarro - Legal AssistantErika Rodriguez – Legal AssistantTania Buenrostro – Administrative AssistantVanessa Flores – Paralegal

Candace Vanderwall – Attorney

Immigration Attorney Candace VanderwallCandace was born overseas and her father is a naturalized U.S. citizen. She fondly remembers watching him take the oath of citizenship while waving her American flag. He inspires her love for immigration.

She grew up in Oregon and enjoys hiking, kayaking and camping in this beautiful state. She spent a year living in France, and hopes to move back one day, although her French has grown a little rusty. She loves to travel and meet new people from all over the world. She is married to her best friend and together they have a fun little boy.

Candace graduated from Willamette University College of Law. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Oregon where she graduated with departmental honors. She is a member of the Oregon State Bar and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

Languages: English

Emily Apel – Attorney

Immigration Attorney Emily ApelEmily was born and raised in McMinnville, Oregon. She earned her Juris Doctor from Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon. While in law school, Emily represented refugees seeking asylum and contributed to a published report on human trafficking in Oregon. After law school, Emily worked for an immigration firm in Portland, Oregon, and then practiced criminal defense in Douglas and Marion counties as a public defender. Before attending law school, Emily had a decade-long career as a television news anchor and reporter for network affiliates in Oregon, Maine, and California. She graduated from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and received a Master of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University in New York. Emily is a member of the Oregon State Bar, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

Languages: English 

Roger Ramirez – Attorney

Roger Ramirez – AttorneyRoger was born and raised in Orange County, California. His family were originally from Mexico and recently became U.S. Citizens.  Roger received his Juris Doctor from the University of Akron School of Law in Akron, Ohio. While in law school, he clerked at a refugee resettlement organization assisting the local refugee population in obtaining their Lawful Permanent Residence and United States Citizenship. During law school, he also provided assistance to detained individuals in the Youngstown Detention Center and practiced at the Cleveland Immigration Court.

After Law School, Roger worked at an immigration firm in Tacoma, Washington. Roger provided group presentations at the Northwest Detention Center and covered a variety of Immigration defenses to both Spanish and English-speaking individuals. Roger also practiced at the Tacoma Immigration Court.

During his free time, Roger likes to hike, try new foods, and travel. He has visited multiple countries and loves immersing himself in different cultures. He is passionate about immigrant rights and is grateful that he can help make a difference in people’s lives.

Languages: Spanish, English 

Stephanie Castro – Legal Assistant

Legal Assistant Stephanie CastroStephanie was born and raised in a small beach town called Seaside, Oregon. She graduated from Portland State with a major in Communication studies and a minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Stephanie is first generation Mexican-American, first born daughter, and raised by her immigrant parents, who hail from Mexico City. She has learned to live between the hyphen of what it means to be Mexican and American, and the hardships that immigrant families face. Stephanie moved to Portland in 2012 where she continued her higher education and embarked in an immigration legal assistant journey in 2017.

Stephanie remembers translating for her parents at a young age and today, she strives to continue to help those navigating the immigration system, as she understands it can be both a challenging and rewarding journey.

Other passions that Stephanie enjoys in her free time is weaving, reading, dancing and enjoying quality time with her husband, family, and small dog named Kingston.

Languages: English, Spanish

Paula Smith – Paralegal

Immigration Paralegal Paula SmithOriginally from Argentina, Paula was brought to the United States by her parents in 1999. Just two weeks later she started high school in California without speaking a word of English. She remembers how hard it was to communicate with her teachers, but also remembers how patient and helpful they were with her. In 2000, Paula and her family moved to Oregon, where she graduated from Wilsonville High School in 2003 and right after she attended Clackamas Community College for one year for general studies.

Paula worked many different jobs out of high school, searching for the career she was passionate about. Being undocumented herself, she suffered much mistreatment and many disappointments throughout her search. Before working at Vanderwall Immigration, Paula was familiar with some immigration applications and helped her family members to obtain their residency. That is when Paula realized that she really enjoyed helping people change their lives through immigration.

In 2009, Paula married her soulmate surrounded by her family and friends. She became a U.S. Citizen in 2012 and a mom to a beautiful boy in 2013. Paula enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. She loves getting together with her parents to eat a traditional Argentinian “Asado” every week where they only speak Spanish, so that her son is ready for his first trip to Argentina.

Languages: English, Spanish

Jennifer Navarro – Legal Assistant

Immigration Legal Assistant Jennifer NavarroJennifer was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. She also has a daughter who was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. Her family is from Jalisco, Mexico. Jennifer grew up speaking Spanish. At a young age she had to translate for her parents who knew very little English. But yet the practice of translating helped her become a fluent Spanish speaker. The first time Jennifer heard the word immigrant, was when your close aunt got deported back to Mexico. That was a very hard time for her, as she was very close to her aunt and saw her as a second mother. The word immigrant became more and more familiar, as she saw more and more relatives and family members become affected by immigration laws. That’s when she realized she wanted to help immigrants. Jennifer recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She hopes to go to law school in the near future and become an immigration attorney. Until then she hopes to help more and more immigrants through her job at Vanderwall Immigration.

Languages: English, Spanish

Erika Rodriguez – Legal Assistant

Legal Assistant Erika RodriguezMy name is Erika and I was born and raised here in Oregon. My parents are both from Mexico and although I was born here, Spanish was my first language. I struggled throughout my elementary school years due to the language barrier. I remember having to go to ESL class to perfect my English, and although I struggled I managed to graduate from my ESL class before heading off to middle school. I think that was one of many accomplishments to come in my life. After living here my whole life I’ve learned to appreciate the rain and to me there’s no better weather than Oregon’s weather. I’m very passionate about helping those in need of a helping hand. I think it’s important to help and support each other out whether it’s through a good or bad situation, because I know we all need someone at some point in our lives. Outside of work I love spending time with my family, friends and daughter. My daughter is my biggest motivation and it’s because of her that I am the person I am today. I also enjoy making people laugh, making new friends and I really like exploring new places in Oregon. I believe that every struggle and every challenge we face in life has a reward waiting for us at the finish line, you just have to be patient, make sacrifices and willing to jump through the obstacles. “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone” –Ronald Reagan

Languages: English, Spanish

Tania Buenrostro – Administrative Assistant

Tania Buenrostro – Administrative AssistantWorking for an Immigration law firm office has always been a big dream of mine. I have a passion for helping others especially immigrant people because of my own personal experience. I am from Guadalajara, Mexico. Spanish was my first language. I have been living in this country for many years and I can now Speak fluent English. I love working in this field because I can relate and be a witness of a life changing experience of others who are also looking for the American dream like myself. I hope one day to pursue my career as a paralegal in the near future. In my free time I love to spend quality time with two boys, and my family. I love to dance & make new friends.

Languages: English, Spanish

Vanessa Flores – Paralegal

Vanessa Flores – ParalegalVanessa’s path to where she is now was filled with challenges of hardship and successes.

Vanessa’s journey started in Mexico, hailing from Michoacán where she was born. From an early age, Vanessa learned the values of hard work and determination since she and her siblings had to help provide for the family. She clearly still remembers the little store her family ran in her community to offer products and services to the locals. It was here that Vanessa realized that she wanted to be a part of something bigger than herself.

At a young age, Vanessa and her family migrated to a small community in Hermiston Oregon. Here the rest of her values were shaped in family, community and the passion for helping others.

Shortly after Vanessa married her husband, who is a proud U.S. Army veteran, they moved to Beaverton. Here Vanessa got the opportunity to realize one of her life long dreams which was to become a United States citizen in 2016.

Vanessa achieved another dream when she received and accepted a position on the Vanderall Immigration team as a paralegal. Vanessa finally belonged to an organization that was bigger than herself. One of the things she is passionate about is helping others as she was helped to meet her dreams in becoming a United States citizen. The reason she is passionate about immigration is because of all the people from around the world looking to fulfill their dreams here in The United States.

When Vanessa is not working, she likes to spend time with her family. Vanessa is a devoted mother to her children and a member of her family. Vanessa’s hobbies include anything that keeps her active, whether it’s in the gym or out in nature.

Languages: Spanish, English 

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