Veronica Douat

VeronicaVeronica Douat is a native Spanish language speaker. Born and raised in San Jose, CA to immigrant parents from Jalisco, Mexico.

Veronica Douat is a founding partner of The Law Offices of Gomez and Douat, LLP, a law firm dedicated to federal immigration law practice.

Veronica has spent the last nearly 4 years in private practice representing individuals in affirmative immigration applications such as family based applications, humanitarian applications, removal defense, Naturalization, and collateral issues before California family court, misdemeanor criminal defense, and criminal post-conviction relief. Some of her biggest victories during this time have included: helping a family that included 10 siblings discover that they had acquired citizenship at birth from their Nebraska born mother, even though each of them was born in abroad in Mexico. She was successfully able to bring back a wrongfully deported individual from abroad. Veronica was able to obtain lawful permanent resident status for an adult woman who suffered from Down Syndrome after she and her family had been defrauded of thousands of dollars by a disbarred attorney who filed incorrect paperwork. She has been able to help individuals obtain Naturalization, even after serious criminal convictions in their past. She has been able to successfully appeal and reopen denied cases and correct previous errors in order to obtain immigration benefits for her clients.

BACKGROUND:

Veronica is a local native of San Jose. She attended Willow Glen High School where she participated in the Mock Trial Program and discovered her passion for the law and advocacy. Veronica spent 4 years at the University of California, Berkeley. She graduated with honors in 2006. In 2008, after two years working as a File Clerk/ Legal Assistant in the legal department of a local software company, she began attending Law School at Santa Clara University. Veronica spent her summers during law school interning at various non-profit and criminal defense organizations including, the International Institute of the Bay Area in Redwood City as a U Visa Program Law Student Intern, the California Appellate Project as a Law Student Summer Intern working with Death Row inmates, and as a Bar Certified Law Student with the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office in San Jose. At the public defender’s office she represented criminal defendants with their misdemeanor criminal cases in court, negotiated plea agreements, filed and argued motions in Santa Clara County Superior Court under the supervision of a supervising attorney from the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office. Veronica graduated from Santa Clara University, School of Law in 2011. Following graduation, she spent six months completing a Bar Certified- Post Bar Fellowship at the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office in Morgan Hill, where she was responsible for approximately 60 cases per week from beginning to end. Here, Veronica was able to conduct a bench trial for a misdemeanor count of disturbing the peace case and sit as second chair on a misdemeanor domestic violence criminal trial. All under the supervision of a Deputy Public Defender.

In June of 2012, Veronica was inspired by President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) announcement and returned to volunteering for the International Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA), Redwood City. Within weeks she was hired to run the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program in Redwood City. Six months later, in January 2013, Veronica was promoted to Staff Attorney for the Redwood City office of IIBA where she was responsible for the largest caseload. In July 2013, Veronica was again promoted, this time, taking on the role of Immigration Program CoCoordinator where along with the program directors from four other regional offices helped craft the immigration program. For the next year and a half, Veronica helped run the largest of the International Institute of the Bay Area’s 5 offices. She attended several trainings in and out of the state including a weeklong CLINIC training in El Paso, Texas on Family Based Immigration Consular Processing that included a tour of the US Consulate in Ciudad Juarez in Mexico, the largest US Consulate by case volume, in the world.

In June 2014, Veronica attended the weeklong American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Conference in Boston, MA where hundreds of immigration attorneys convene to get the most up to date training and information in the practice area. In October 2014, Veronica was one of ten Bay Area attorneys who participated in the AILA Artesia Pro Bono Project (see below). She spent a week in Artesia, NM defending recently arrived immigrants from deportation. These immigrants came to the US from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras fleeing gang and other violence in their native countries.

Veronica has trained hundreds of volunteers during her time at the non profit and trained two BIA Accredited Representatives (Immigration Paralegals) for certification. She has presented at various trainings over the years for community groups and other attorneys.

Veronica is a mother, wife, and dog lover. Her family enjoys outdoor activities, like camping and hiking.