About Us

María Belén Albuja

María Belén Albuja, Owner and Managing Attorney

María Belén’s vision in the field of immigration law is to offer the best client service to the immigrant community and provide legal education as well.

María Belén was born in Quito, Ecuador and came to Denver, Colorado in 2003, with the dream of living and working. Unlike most attorneys, María Belén Albuja felt firsthand the stress and fear of confronting the immigration system and starting from scratch. She has never forgotten her roots. She is a proud Ecuadorian, an immigrant, and since 2008, a United States citizen.

Maria Belen Albuja

María Belén Albuja studied at the Catholic University of Quito School of Law and has earned several postgraduate studies in Financial, International and Comparative Law. Because of her academic record, bilingual skills, and work experience she had the opportunity to work in various law firms specializing in immigration in the city of Denver while attending law school at the University of Denver where she received her Juris Doctor Law degree. After passing the bar examination, she opened the doors of ALBUJA LAW LLC in 2011. She is an active member of the Bar Association of Colorado, the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association and American Immigration Lawyers Association at the local and national level.

She is a legal resource to the community and has participated in the widely-heard radio news program, “Hablemos Hoy”, for the past 8 years. She continuously participates in immigration conferences, gives community presentations, and actively participates in social networks, social media and television news programs

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James Flanagan, General Manager 

James is the General Manager of operations and finance and came on board Albuja Law LLC in January 2013. James works closely with María Belén on cases that involve delicate issues and immigration court matters, such as U visa certifications and Deportation cases.

Under his guidance, Albuja Law LLC integrated immigration case management software to secure client confidentiality that has improved office production. He has also spearheaded an environmental and recycling policy which has reduced paper and material consumption. Albuja Law LLC has plans to be virtually paper free within a few years.

James is a native of Denver, Colorado. He attended college at Metropolitan State College of Denver and the University of Colorado. James graduated with a double major in history and political science. He began his career in the personal injury and defense field of law as an intern and quickly advanced to upper management. For 16 years, James was responsible for case assessment, client settlements and management of office personnel.

Due to James’ extensive years of experience serving the Latino and Asian community, he became increasingly interested in immigration law and joined Albuja Law LLC. James is a key component of our office organization and client relations.

Fernanda Perez Vazquez

Fernanda Perez Vazquez, Paralegal

Fernanda specializes in family cases including Consular Processes, Waivers, VAWA, DACA, and Naturalization, among others. She enjoys helping families together and believes that all the hard work and time that goes into each case is always worth it in the end.

Fernanda started as a receptionist in our office, then became an administrative assistant, legal assistant, and now works as a paralegal. Fernanda’s positive attitude and her ability to solve problems fast make her a very important member of the firm.

She is originally from Mexico City, Mexico. During her educational career, Fernanda made the honor roll for her high-grade achievement. She is currently attending Front Range Community College majoring in Business Management and her plans include attending to law school to become a defense attorney.

In her free time, Fernanda enjoys spending time with her family, hiking in the beautiful Colorado outdoors and playing with her five dogs.

Fernanda Perez Vazquez

Stephanie Coronado, Legal Assistant

Stephanie was born and raised in the coastal town of Baytown, TX. She has been living in Denver, CO for fourteen years. Stephanie is the first in her family to graduate college. She graduated from Metropolitan State University where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science in December of 2019. She worked as an immigration legal receptionist at a private law firm in 2018-2019. Stephanie has plans to attend law school and become an immigration attorney.

Stephanie joined Albuja Law LLC in February 2020. She is a legal assistant working on Adjustment of Status, I-130, and U-Visa cases. Stephanie enjoys working within the immigration field where she can assist individuals and families.

In her free time Stephanie enjoys playing with her miniature poodle, Casper, writing poetry, reading books, spending quality time with friends and family, being involved and attending events that involve the Latino community.

Fernanda Perez Vazquez

Vanessa Perez Vazquez, Legal Assistant

Vanessa is originally from Mexico City, Mexico. She is currently attending Front Range Community College and majoring in Accounting with a minor in Marketing. During her college career she was chosen for The National Society of Leadership and Success and was given the Business Specialization and the Foundation of Business Certificate.

Vanessa joined Albuja Law LLC in December of 2019. She specializes in cases such as Advanced Parole, Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals and EAD. Her positive attitude, bi-lingual skills, attention to detail, and communication helps make a better experience for our clients.

In her free time, Vanessa enjoys cooking for her family, taking her two dogs to the park and trying new and interesting things.

Fernanda Perez Vazquez

Nelson Pleites, Communication and Outreach Coordinator

Nelson is originally from El Salvador, and at a very young age had the opportunity to study and live in Canada, which allowed him to obtain a dual citizenship and became fluent in Spanish and English. He graduated from International Relations from the University of El Salvador with various studies abroad.

Nelson is a dynamic and goal oriented individual who focuses on obtaining results and solutions. He has ample experience in migration, international relations, and a solid background in research, analysis and investigation. He likes to promote a solid exchange of ideas, common solutions, teamwork and participation. He has more than years of experience with Salvadorian and Central American migrant’s related issues. His position with Albuja Law LLC is a new adventure within the virtual realm and in charge of our social media will allow him to deliver fundamental and accurate information to our online community.

In his spare time Nelson considers himself an amateur photographer, passionate about travel, gastronomy and world culture.

Mary De Leon, Front Desk Coordinator

Up until recently, Mary was a lifelong resident of Los Angeles, California. She moved to the Denver with her husband and two dogs in 2018 to be closer to her husband’s family. Prior to working at Albuja Law LLC, Mary enjoyed a thirty two year tenure as a legal secretary to the managing partner of a law firm located in downtown Los Angeles specializing in wildfire litigation cases. She was responsible for handling all of the administrative duties within the law office.

Mary joined Albuja Law LLC in April of 2019. She is bilingual and enjoys working in the field of immigration law because she can utilize her Spanish language skills to help individuals seeking assistance with their immigration needs.

In her free time, Mary likes to spend time cooking for close friends and family, dining at new restaurants, spending time hiking in the foothills, and visiting local parks where she and her two Shih Tzus can enjoy Denver’s open spaces.


Mía and Teddy

Mía is originally from Quito, Ecuador. She moved to Denver in 2011. She enjoys greeting clients, chasing tennis balls and taking naps in the waiting room.

Teddy is a Colorado native. He is currently the most popular attraction in our office. He enjoys any and all tummy rubs.

Mía and Teddy have a mind of their own and understand both English and Spanish. They have different schedules and only work part time.

Immigration is hard, not only because of the amount of work involved, but it can also be stressful for clients. Mía and Teddy give us all a reason to take a five-minute break to recharge so we can serve our clients better.


Let us know If you are allergic to dogs so we can make the appropriate accommodations.

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