About Our Firm

At the Trillos Ballerini Law Firm, we provide our clients personalized attention and honest legal counsel. Our unique combination of skills, knowledge, experience, and professionalism allows us to find creative, efficient answers to complex, time-sensitive questions. Our multi-lingual professionals are comfortable conducting business fluently in Spanish and Italian.

 

Our Team

Beatriz Trillos Ballerini

Principal Attorney

Beatriz Trillos Ballerini is the Principal Attorney and founder of the Trillos Ballerini Law Firm, P.C.  With a direct interest in global issues and international law, Attorney Ballerini has built her firm by providing sound, honest advice and expert legal representation.

Attorney Ballerini has extensive experience in employment-based immigration, namely visas for investors, multinational managers, professionals, and persons of extraordinary ability, athletes and artists.  She also handles labor certifications, national interest waivers and physician cases.  Her firm also represents clients in a wide range of family based immigration cases, hardship waivers, naturalization and humanitarian visas.

Attorney Ballerini emigrated with her family from Colombia, South America, to the United States at the age of four. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a minor in Modern Languages from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from South Texas College of Law.  She is a native Spanish speaker, fluent in Italian and conversant in French. 

Having founded the Trillos Ballerini Law Firm in 2005, Attorney Ballerini is licensed by the State Bar of Texas, the Supreme Court of Texas, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Texas.  She is a Member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, State Bar Immigration and Nationality Law Section and Charter Member, and the Federal Bar Association. 

Since 2005, she has served as General Counsel to the Consulate General of Italy in Texas.

Among her accomplishments, Attorney Ballerini is the Customs Border Liaison for the Houston chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).  She has co-chaired the AILA Texas Chapter Spring Conference and presented at the International Bar Association Annual Meeting-Immigration Law Section, AILA Texas Chapter Conferences, and AILA Mid-South Conferences.  

Super Lawyers Magazine and Texas Super Lawyers, ratings services provided by Thomson Reuters, selected her for their 2014 and 2015 Rising Star lists, and she was chosen as a Top Lawyer for 2015 and 2016 by Houstonia magazine. Houston Modern Luxury magazine selected her as one its 2016 Women of Distinction.

In her free time, enjoys giving back to the community and serves on the alumnae board of St. Agnes Academy Catholic High School and spending time with her family. 

Diana Domínguez

Associate Attorney

Diana Domínguez is an Associate Attorney who assists with family immigration cases.  

Diana was born in the U.S. and raised in Mexico until the age of eight, when she and her family relocated back to Texas so her brother could receive medical treatment. She is a native Spanish speaker who is fluent in English, and she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government, with a minor in Spanish, from the University of Texas at Austin. 

She graduated cum laude from the University of Houston Law Center.  Diana has worked for several law firms as an assistant and a law clerk, including during law school, when she worked at an immigration law firm.  She volunteered with the U of H Immigration Clinic, providing pro bono representation to obtain visas for victims of crimes, for removal hearings at the immigration court, and for a special immigrant juvenile case.  She also volunteered with Houston Neighborhood Centers to assist individuals in the local community applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Naturalization.

In her free time, Diana enjoys baking and spending time with her family, her fiancé and their dog, Batman.  Whenever possible, she enjoys spending time in the Texas Hill Country.

Martha Bárcenas

Senior Legal Assistant

Martha Barcenas is the Senior Legal Assistant, responsible for daily operations of the office, ensuring the staff gets the support they need to provide exemplary customer service, preparation of family-based petitions and for consular matters, including immigrant and non-immigrant visas.

Martha immigrated to the United States from Mexico with her parents when she was five years old.  Fluent in both English and Spanish, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Houston Downtown.

Martha’s work experience includes serving as a legal assistant for a private immigration firm, prior to her tenure at our firm. She is a registered Notary in the State of Texas.

Martha is an active volunteer at the Houston Food Bank and on mission trips in the U.S. and Mexico. She enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors.

María Loera

Legal Assistant

Maria Loera is a Legal Assistant who is responsible for managing the office calendar, as well as providing support for the Program Electronic Review Management (PERM) Labor Certification cases, family based petitions, and consular packages, including immigrant and non-immigrant visas. 

Raised in Houston, Maria is fluent in English and Spanish and is an accomplished bilingual translator. She immigrated to the United States from Mexico as a young child, and is pursuing a Legal Assistant/Paralegal Certificate. She became a U.S. citizen in 2012 with the encouragement of her husband and parents, and the help of Attorney Ballerini.

Maria’s work experience includes working at a title company before joining our firm. She is a registered Notary in the State of Texas.

Maria enjoys reading, history and travel, and takes special joy in supporting her daughter’s dance and acrobatics activities.

Lisette Valladares

Legal Assistant

Lisette Valladares is a Legal Assistant who is responsible for assisting with the office calendar, non-immigrant visa case files, consular form DS-160 for non-immigrant cases, and tracking receipts for cases filed with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Lisette was born in Los Angeles and moved to Houston in 2011.  She speaks English and Spanish and has taken college courses.

Ana Vázquez

Receptionist

Ana Vazquez is the friendly face at our reception desk.  She is responsible for handling the phones and front desk, greeting clients and visitors, and providing customer service to clients and quality control for all outgoing petitions.

Fluent in English and Spanish, Ana immigrated to the United States from Mexico as a child. She is a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beneficiary and is pursuing an Associate’s Degree in General Studies.

Ana volunteers at Star of Hope homeless shelter and the Houston Food Bank, and enjoys dancing and playing volleyball and soccer with her family.