DGO Legal LLP is a law firm dedicated to providing legal advice and representation to clients throughout the world. DGO’s core values are rooted in client-centered, tech-savvy, innovative, detail-oriented, documented, and data-driven approaches designed to provide superior service. We provide our clients with personalized attention while offering them competitive rates through the efficient use of technology.

WE THRIVE ON INNOVATION AND DISRUPTING THE STATUS QUO

We are technology enthusiasts. We believe technology, used in the right way, empowers us. We are young, tech-savvy, and social media friendly.

We think outside the box. Our focus is to expand the availability of legal services to the 70%+ of individuals unable to currently access them. We do that by leveraging technology to the full extent possible while maintaining a human and personal touch with our clients.

Our clients don’t have to guess what the next step is, we lay out a roadmap from the outset with clear expectations. Clients know at what stage of the process they are at all times, and have control over their case and are always aware of the costs involved.

DGO Legal LLP is a law firm dedicated to providing legal advice and representation to clients throughout the world. DGO’s core values are rooted in client-centered, tech-savvy, innovative, detail-oriented, documented, and data-driven approaches designed to provide superior service. We provide our clients with personalized attention while offering them competitive rates through the efficient use of technology.

WE THRIVE ON INNOVATION AND DISRUPTING THE STATUS QUO

We are technology enthusiasts. We believe technology, used in the right way, empowers us. We are young, tech-savvy, and social media friendly.

We think outside the box. Our focus is to expand the availability of legal services to the 70%+ of individuals unable to currently access them. We do that by leveraging technology to the full extent possible while maintaining a human and personal touch with our clients.

Our clients don’t have to guess what the next step is, we lay out a roadmap from the outset with clear expectations. Clients know at what stage of the process they are at all times, and have control over their case and are always aware of the costs involved.

Exceptional service with meticulous attention to detail

WE ENGAGE WITH THE COMMUNITY

We love engaging with our more than two-million social media followers from around the world and learning their most pressing immigration and business questions, that’s why we go live on YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, Twitch and Facebook as Inmigracion TV almost every day to answer common questions, and constantly release easy to understand videos and easy to use materials to equip individuals with tools to navigate the immigration system.

WE MAKE LEGAL KNOWLEDGE EASIER TO ACCESS AND UNDERSTAND

Because we believe in providing the highest value at the most affordable cost, and we also believe that technology can allow us to do that in a quick and easily accessible way, we have created AquiSeAprende.com, an online course platform to provide access to affordable do-it-yourself legal services, with programs on a wide range of topics such as immigration, education, law, business, finance and much more.

WE ENGAGE WITH THE COMMUNITY

We love engaging with our more than two-million social media followers from around the world and learning their most pressing immigration and business questions, that’s why we go live on YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, Twitch and Facebook as Inmigracion TV almost every day to answer common questions, and constantly release easy to understand videos and easy to use materials to equip individuals with tools to navigate the immigration system.

WE MAKE LEGAL KNOWLEDGE EASIER TO ACCESS AND UNDERSTAND

Because we believe in providing the highest value at the most affordable cost, and we also believe that technology can allow us to do that in a quick and easily accessible way, we have created AquiSeAprende.com, an online course platform to provide access to affordable do-it-yourself legal services, with programs on a wide range of topics such as immigration, education, law, business, finance and much more.

Gianfranco De Girolamo

FOUNDING ATTORNEY

Before founding DGO Legal, I worked for the United States Department of Justice, as an Honors Program attorney advisor at the Los Angeles immigration court, conducting research, drafting opinions, and advising immigration judges. I previously worked for a boutique immigration firm in the greater Los Angeles area for three years where I assisted clients in a variety of immigration matters.

I was born and raised in a small medieval village in Southern Italy. Before settling in Los Angeles, I lived in Mexico, China, and England. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree from Università Orientale Napoli and a Master’s of Science degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. I obtained my law degree from UCLA School of Law and I was subsequently admitted to the State Bar of California.

When I’m not representing clients, I enjoy traveling, trying new cuisines, learning new languages, watching soccer, drinking espresso, and spending time with friends and family.

JULIO OYHANARTE

FOUNDING ATTORNEY

I was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Before partnering with Gianfranco in DGO Legal, I worked for 13 years in my own law firm in Argentina, specializing in Constitutional, Civil, and Business law. In 2010 and for four years, I was appointed Legal Secretary in the Argentine Federal Judicial Council where I resolved complaints against federal judges and issued evaluations on proposed candidates for the post of federal judge. I also had regulation and budget execution duties. In 2017, I worked in the Argentine National Congress as a legal adviser in the Constitutional Affairs Commission. I drafted legislation and offered legal and political advice.

I hold a Degree in Law from Austral University (Buenos Aires, Argentina), a Master of Laws (LLM) from UCLA (Valedictorian & UCLA Dean’s Tuition Fellowship award), and a Master of Public Policy from King’s College London (UK). I am also a Chevening Alumnus, United Kingdom’s government international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders.

I am admitted to the State Bar of California and the City of Buenos Aires Bar Association. I am also a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

TESS DOUGLAS

ATTORNEY OF COUNSEL

I joined DGO Legal to put the immigrant’s experience first. In my previous roles, I saw firsthand how the immigrant (or nonimmigrant) experience was often an afterthought. I wanted to use modern, technology-driven tools to make the client experience as smooth and pleasant as possible, while at the same time providing more personalization than clients typically receive with larger immigration firms. I knew DGO Legal was the right place to do this.

I am passionate about working with innovators from around the world and businesses that see foreign-national employees as essential to their business. This passion stems from my own family history. My great-grandmother was in Mexico when it became Arizona; my great-grandfather immigrated to the United States and invented an efficient printing press; my adoptive grandmother came to America after surviving Auschwitz; and my father invented a novel denture material. As a result, I am personally invested in helping foreign nationals and their employers navigate the complex U.S. immigration system.

LUCÍA ORNELAS

ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY

I joined DGO Legal to help defend the rights of immigrants in removal proceedings. Prior to DGO Legal, I represented immigrants that were detained in the GEO Group Detention Center in Aurora, CO. I was the first recipient of the Post-Graduate Public Interest Fellowship from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. This fellowship allowed me to work at the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network in Colorado for two years. I represented vulnerable clients before the Aurora and Denver Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and USCIS.

I grew up in Dallas, TX. I am a first-generation college graduate and received a B.S. in Radio-TV-Film and a B.A. in Mexican American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. I completed two years of service with AmeriCorps in Austin, TX, where I worked with children and women fleeing domestic violence. I obtained my law degree as a Chancellor Scholar at The University of Denver Sturm College of Law. In my free time, I enjoy creating short films, going for hikes, and playing with my Dalmatian pup, Diego.

GIANFRANCO DE GIROLAMO

FOUNDING ATTORNEY

Before founding DGO Legal, I worked for the United States Department of Justice, as an Honors Program attorney advisor at the Los Angeles immigration court, conducting research, drafting opinions, and advising immigration judges. I previously worked for a boutique immigration firm in the greater Los Angeles area for three years where I assisted clients in a variety of immigration matters.

I was born and raised in a small medieval village in Southern Italy. Before settling in Los Angeles, I lived in Mexico, China, and England. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree from Università Orientale Napoli and a Master’s of Science degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. I obtained my law degree from UCLA School of Law and I was subsequently admitted to the State Bar of California.

When I’m not representing clients, I enjoy traveling, trying new cuisines, learning new languages, watching soccer, drinking espresso, and spending time with friends and family.

JULIO OYHANARTE

FOUNDING ATTORNEY

I was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Before partnering with Gianfranco in DGO Legal, I worked for 13 years in my own law firm in Argentina, specializing in Constitutional, Civil, and Business law. In 2010 and for four years, I was appointed Legal Secretary in the Argentine Federal Judicial Council where I resolved complaints against federal judges and issued evaluations on proposed candidates for the post of federal judge. I also had regulation and budget execution duties. In 2017, I worked in the Argentine National Congress as a legal adviser in the Constitutional Affairs Commission. I drafted legislation and offered legal and political advice.

I hold a Degree in Law from Austral University (Buenos Aires, Argentina), a Master of Laws (LLM) from UCLA (Valedictorian & UCLA Dean’s Tuition Fellowship award), and a Master of Public Policy from King’s College London (UK). I am also a Chevening Alumnus, United Kingdom’s government international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders.

I am admitted to the State Bar of California and the City of Buenos Aires Bar Association. I am also a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

TESS DOUGLAS

ATTORNEY OF COUNSEL

I joined DGO Legal to put the immigrant’s experience first. In my previous roles, I saw firsthand how the immigrant (or nonimmigrant) experience was often an afterthought. I wanted to use modern, technology-driven tools to make the client experience as smooth and pleasant as possible, while at the same time providing more personalization than clients typically receive with larger immigration firms. I knew DGO Legal was the right place to do this.

I am passionate about working with innovators from around the world and businesses that see foreign-national employees as essential to their business. This passion stems from my own family history. My great-grandmother was in Mexico when it became Arizona; my great-grandfather immigrated to the United States and invented an efficient printing press; my adoptive grandmother came to America after surviving Auschwitz; and my father invented a novel denture material. As a result, I am personally invested in helping foreign nationals and their employers navigate the complex U.S. immigration system.

LUCÍA ORNELAS

ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY

I joined DGO Legal to help defend the rights of immigrants in removal proceedings. Prior to DGO Legal, I represented immigrants that were detained in the GEO Group Detention Center in Aurora, CO. I was the first recipient of the Post-Graduate Public Interest Fellowship from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. This fellowship allowed me to work at the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network in Colorado for two years. I represented vulnerable clients before the Aurora and Denver Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and USCIS.

I grew up in Dallas, TX. I am a first-generation college graduate and received a B.S. in Radio-TV-Film and a B.A. in Mexican American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. I completed two years of service with AmeriCorps in Austin, TX, where I worked with children and women fleeing domestic violence. I obtained my law degree as a Chancellor Scholar at The University of Denver Sturm College of Law. In my free time, I enjoy creating short films, going for hikes, and playing with my Dalmatian pup, Diego.

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