Johnny joined Van Der Hout LLP in August 2019. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as an attorney at Salvatierra Law Group, PLLC, in Phoenix, Arizona, handling a wide array of immigration and criminal defense matters in state and federal court, including appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He practiced before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in filing family petitions, VAWA and U-visa applications for victims of crime and abuse, and requests for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, while also defending those accused of visa and marriage fraud. Johnny contested the unlawful cancellation of validly issued birth certificates in the Arizona Office of Administrative Hearings, and handled habeas petitions in federal district court challenging the unconstitutional detention of individuals held in custody by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He regularly advised criminal defense attorneys and public defenders on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions, and also provided mentorship and training for practitioners and pro bono attorneys. Johnny has presented Continuing Legal Education seminars on various topics, including habeas petitions in federal district court, post-conviction relief in Arizona, and representation of undocumented workers charged with Identity Theft and other Fraud-related crimes.
Johnny received his J.D. from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law in 2011. As a law student, he participated in the Immigration Law and Policy Clinic, advocating for unaccompanied minors seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. He externed at the Executive Office for Immigration Review's Phoenix Immigration Court, and served as an article author for the Law Journal for Social Justice and Editor for the Sports and Entertainment Law Journal.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
- Deportation Defense
- Family-Based Immigration
- Citizenship and Naturalization
- Victim Representation and Advocacy
- Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions
- Federal Court Litigation
- Arizona, 2011
- California, 2013
Certified Legal Specialties
- Immigration and Nationality Law, California State Bar