About Juan Dekruyff Immigration Law Office
When I started my own immigration law practice in 1997, I had a simple mission--help immigrants while charging a reasonable fee. Over the years, I have remained dedicated to this mission, and I have been able to help many immigrants come to and stay in the United States. As part of my mission, I've always tried to give sound and practical advice to clients and help them understand their situation and the options available to them. I do this without trying to scare them or pressure them into hiring me. I do very little advertising because I believe that when you do a good job for someone at a good price, people will eventually find you.
After 18 years, I've been able to make a name and a reputation for myself almost exclusively through customer referrals. Almost 100% of my clients find me through referral from another client. My staff and I see on a daily basis how hard it is to live in the United States as an immigrant, so we do our best to make their lives a little easier. I feel I have a shared responsibility with other immigration lawyers to help immigrants understand their situations and know their rights here. I want every client that comes to my office to leave knowing the work I am doing for them, how long it will take, and how much it will cost. I also believe that it is my responsibility to be available to all my clients in person or on the phone to answer any questions that they have from time to time free of charge. I realize that for many clients this is the most important part of being their lawyer.
Ashleigh Hutchens, Attorney
I was born in Sussex, England and moved to Duxbury, Massachusetts when I was two years old. I attended the College of Charleston in South Carolina where I graduated early in December of 2009 with a B.A. in political science and a minor in Spanish. I began working for Juan as his legal assistant in July 2013. After a few years, I decided to pursue my JD so I could practice alongside him. I earned my JD through Concord Law School, owned by Purdue Global and graduated in June 2021 with honors.
Immigration law is my passion. I love helping people achieve their dreams of living in the US with their families. My practice areas include all family based petitions and waivers, DACA, as well as U-Visas and VAWA petitions.
When I'm not at work, you'll find me spending time with my family. We love cooking, hiking, movies, and occasionally yoga!
Georgia Evangelista, Attorney
I am a licensed attorney in Brazil and in the United States, where I found my true calling in the immigration law area. In the U.S., I graduated from Florida State University College of Law, where I obtained my Masters in American Law (LL.M.) in addition to my Juris Doctor. I first gained experience in immigration law as a volunteer at the Center for Advancement of Human Rights, representing clients in asylum, domestic violence, human trafficking, and refugee cases. After that, I enrolled in various internships and externships in the public interest law field. I directly assisted a family law judge at the Second Circuit Court, who was an excellent mentor, leading me to my next experience at the FSU Law’s Children’s Advocacy Clinic. I learned about the foster care system and handled adoption and special immigration juvenile cases. The work I did there solidified my commitment to stand up and advocate for underrepresented people in vulnerable situations, but also enabled me to be in contact with immigration again.
After becoming a licensed attorney in Florida, I applied for jobs in Austin, TX to be reunited with friends & family members who live here. I received a job offer at O’Connor & Associates, which I promptly accepted. At that firm, I gained experience with family-based petitions, removal defense, and bond proceedings, guiding me to my next position as an associate attorney for Ponce Law Firm. My work experience, language skills, and passion enabled me to qualify for a position at Dekruyff & Hutchens, where I worked as an Associate Attorney for over a year. I mainly help the firm with family-based petitions, waivers, humanitarian visas, removal defense & representation before USCIS.