Our Story


Education, Membership, and Biography:

Jacqueline Tapia

Ms. Tapia attended the University of Southern California (USC) and received her Bachelors of Science degree in Public Policy and Management in June 1996. During her tenure at USC, she interned with the United States Attorney's Office in Washington D.C. where she clerked in the Narcotics division. Upon graduating from USC, she interned with the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department and soon thereafter completing her internship became a legal assistant for a Business and Estate Planning lawyer at the Law Firm of Frye & Hsieh, LLP.

Ms. Tapia received her Doctor of Jurisprudence in May 2000 from the Golden Gate University School of Law where she interned at various non-profit agencies, such as Mexican American Legal and Defense Educational Fund (MALDEF) in the City and County of San Francisco, Federal Public Defenders Office in the City of Oakland, and Law Center for Law and Justice, in the City of Los Angeles among other internships during her law school career. Upon graduating from law school, she passed the California Bar and was sworn in on December 2000. She is an admitted Attorney and Counselor of the California Supreme Court and the United States District Court - Central District of California. Ms. Tapia also serves as a member of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. She is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.

Once becoming a lawyer, Ms. Tapia worked tirelessly for victim's rights. She was a staff attorney at the San Pedro Community Legal Services representing victims of domestic violence in Immigration and Family Law matters in Los Angeles County. Ms. Tapia became a staff attorney at Bay Area Legal Aid in the City of Oakland where she worked with victims of domestic violence in their Family and Immigration law matters. At Bay Area Legal Aid, she worked in collaboration with other public agencies in advocating the rights of victims of domestic violence through advocacy in the Courts and in the community. In 2004, she opened up her own private practice while still maintaining her passion and commitment to helping the underprivileged at the Family Law Facilitator's office in the City and County of San Francisco. She returned to her roots in the City of Los Angeles in 2005 and continued her solo law practice in Los Angeles while maintaining her commitment to the indigent communities.

At the Law Office of Jacqueline Tapia, she continued her fight for the Immigrant by advocating for her clients, in removal proceedings and family based petitions. Continuing her quest in fighting for the Immigrant, Ms. Tapia decided to partner up with Reyes Valenzuela in 2015 and move their practice to the City of Maywood. This move was made to be closer to the communities in which they serve. Together with over 25 years of legal experience, the law firm of Tapia & Valenzuela, LLP was born with the Immigrant in mind and their quest in keeping families together. At Tapia & Valenzuela, LLP we are equipped with the knowledge, skills and experience to represent your legal interests. We look forward to serving your legal rights!

Reyes Valenzuela

Mr. Valenzuela’s dedication comes from the fact that he is from an immigrant family that came to the United States for the same reasons as many others: to work hard, provide for their families, and give their children a better future. Growing up Mr. Valenzuela was taught to work hard, help others, and to get an education. He was the first in his family to graduate from college and also the first to go to law school.

Mr. Valenzuela received a Bachelor of Arts degree from U.C.L.A. He received his law degree from Loyola Law School.

Mr. Valenzuela is a member of the Mexican American Bar Association, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, and Maywood Chamber of Commerce.