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, Assistant
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. My work experience includes criminal defense and personal injury, but I fell in love with immigration law while working as a paralegal at the Torres Law Firm in Charleston from 2010-2013.
I moved to Austin in July 2013 for the opportunity to be Juan's paralegal and for a chance to be in Austin! I work on all types of family based cases and manage the office in Juan's absence. When I'm not at work, you can find me spending time with my husband Steven, hanging out with my two Dalmatians at the dog park, or exploring Austin with friends.
Maria Aguilar, Assistant
I was born and raised in Mexico. I moved briefly to Austin, Texas as a teenager but returned to Mexico to study law. I graduated from the Law School of the Universidad del Valle de Mexico, UVM Campus Coyoacan in December of 2012, and obtained my Mexican Attorney Credentials in January of 2013.
I worked for the Mexican Bureaucratic Labor Federal Court for three years, then decided to return to the United States to work as an immigration paralegal. I moved back to Austin in April 2014, and worked for the Law Offices of Gerald Gonzales for a year. I started as a paralegal with Juan in April 2015. I work on all types of family based cases, including DACA, adjustment of status, naturalization, and I-601A and I-601 waivers.
When I’m not at work, I am sure enjoying some time with my family and friends or performing Mexican folkloric dance.