Whether it is Immigration Law, Family Law, or Bankruptcy Law, we at CHUA TINSAY & VEGA understand that each case deserves our full attention and zeal as advocates for our clients.
Legal matters involved particularly in Immigration and Family laws are not only highly complex but are also often emotionally charged because the outcome of the cases bears a significant impact on the clients’ lives. The lawyers and staff at CHUA TINSAY & VEGA understand that only a strong yet compassionate lawyer can competently handle an Immigration or Family law case and achieve the best resolution.
CHUA TINSAY & VEGA takes pride in having successfully represented clients in all areas of U.S. Immigration Law throughout the years, and in helping to facilitate family unity in reuniting families through Family-based and Employment-based petitions, as well as keeping families together through victories in Deportation Defense.
CHUA TINSAY & VEGA is committed to providing COMPETENT, CREDIBLE, and COMPASSIONATE service to our clients.
Atty. Dennis E. Chua was admitted to the California State Bar in 1999 and the Philippine Bar in 1990. Mr. Chua has extensive experience in the field of US Immigration Law. He has successfully represented clients in removal/deportation proceedings. Mr. Chua handles all types of family and employment based applications such as artists and entertainer visa petitions, fraud and criminal waiver applications, fiancé petitions, battered spouse petitions, investor visa petitions, and extraordinary ability petitions.
He also practices family and bankruptcy law assisting clients in their divorce and nullity cases; child custody and support cases; and their chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy filings.
Mr. Chua has extensive experience in the practice of Philippine law. He was Senior Legislative Aide to Senator Edgardo Angara. He has worked as an associate attorney for the law office of Mario Ongkiko and was a Junior Partner in the law office of former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban.
Mr. Chua received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of the Philippines and Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Philippines College of Law. He is a member of the State Bar of California, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.
Mr. Chua also speaks Tagalog, Kapampangan, and Chinese (Mandarin and Fookien).
Atty. Jean Tinsay
Atty. Jean Tinsay was admitted to the California State Bar in 1993 and the Philippine Bar in 1986. Ms. Tinsay practices in the field of U.S. immigration law. She represents clients in employment and family based immigration matters. A large part of her practice is devoted to helping healthcare professionals, specifically nurses and physical therapists obtain non-immigrant and immigrant visas. She provides her expertise to U.S.-based employers in recruiting healthcare professionals and has conducted seminars in the Philippines on employment-based immigration.
Ms. Tinsay also handles bankruptcy cases and assists clients in bankruptcy proceedings.
While in the Philippines, Ms. Tinsay practiced criminal and civil litigation. She also taught Torts and Legal Philosophy at the University of Negros Occidental Recoletos in Bacolod City, Philippines.
Ms. Tinsay graduated from the University of Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1981 and a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1985. She is an active member of the California State Bar and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Mr. Tinsay also speaks Tagalog and Ilonggo.
Atty. Aurora Vega-Buzon
Atty. Aurora Vega-Buzon was admitted to the California bar in 1995 and the Philippine Bar in 1986. She is also admitted to practice in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. She has over 15 years of practice in Immigration Law where she represents clients from all over the United States. She has secured numerous approvals for visas and green cards for corporate and individual clients alike, under employment and family-based petitions. She has represented notable United States companies engaged in federal contracts, commercial building construction, steel investment foundry, newspaper publication, health care, school for autism and learning disorders and women’s apparel manufacturing, among others, in getting employment-based green cards and working visas for workers and personnel of said companies.
Most recently, Ms. Vega-Buzon secured the first fiancee visa ever issued by the United States Embassy in the Philippines to a lesbian same-sex couple, in December 2013. She routinely represents clients in family-based petitions – including visas for same sex spouses, widows and widowers of United States citizens, and abused spouses and children of U.S. citizens and permanent residents; and in waivers of inadmissibility or deportability and humanitarian reinstatements.
Ms. Vega-Buzon also handles removal/deportation defense and has successfully terminated removal proceedings against her clients and/or secured relief for them.
In practicing California Family Law, Ms. Vega-Buzon represents clients in divorce and annulments, custody, support and property settlements.
Ms. Vega-Buzon is a graduate of the University of the Philippines where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1981 and her Bachelor of Laws degree in 1985. She gained additional training and experience at the Southwestern Legal Foundation in Dallas, TX in 1993. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, California Bar Association and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.
Ms. Vega-Buzon also speaks Tagalog and Ilocano.
Atty. Cesar Cutaran
Atty. Cesar Cutaran was admitted to the California State Bar in 1993 and the Philippine Bar in 1986. Mr. Cutaran’s primary areas of practice are in personal Injury law and U.S. Immigration law, with emphasis on family-based applications and special immigrant/religious minister petitions. He also handles family law and bankruptcy cases.
Mr. Cutaran received his B.S. Foreign Service degree from the University of the Philippines in 1979 and his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Philippines College of Law in 1985. Mr. Cutaran also holds a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing from Samuel Merritt University, Oakland, California. In addition to being an active member of the California Bar, Mr. Cutaran is also a registered nurse (R.N.) and a registered/licensed occupational therapist (OTR/L) in California.
For his outstanding services and achievement in community leadership, Mr. Cutaran received the 2003 Lawyer of the Year award conferred by the Philippine Headlines, a local newspaper in Sacramento, California.
Mr. Cutaran speaks Tagalog.
Atty. Lilli Baculi
Atty. Lilli Berbano Baculi was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2012. Having already been with the Firm for a year as a law clerk, she quickly transitioned into her role as an associate attorney taking the lead in the assessment and preparation of cases for immigration – deportation defense, appeal, waiver, adjustment of status, naturalization with past convictions – and family law – divorce, child custody, and child support – through legal research, analysis, and writing (trial briefs, memorandum of points and authorities, appeal briefs), as well as appearing in court on behalf of clients.
Prior to this, she gained experience as a legal intern in different fields – discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace; research on human rights, particularly on compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. Most notably, she was a Judicial Clerk to the First Justice (now the Chief Justice of the Boston Municipal Court) at the East Boston Municipal Court in East Boston, Massachusetts. She also worked as a legal intern in the Consumer Protection Division at the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General.
Ms. Baculi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of California in Irvine where she graduated in 2008 as a Regent Scholar and member of the Tau Sigma Transfer Honors Society. Thereafter, she moved to Boston, Massachusetts to attend New England School of Law on a Dean’s Scholarship. (See Atty. Baculi as a fresh-faced 1L on the NESL website). In 2009, she was in Galway, Ireland for the Program on International and Comparative Human Rights Law with the Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr. (See NESL’s “Postcards from Galway” featuring Lilli Baculi). The following year, she was in London, United Kingdom for a program on Comparative Corporate Governance and International Alternative Dispute Resolution. She served as Co-Chair of the International Law Society and President of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, and graduated in the Dean’s List in 2011.
Ms. Baculi speaks Tagalog and Ilokano, and is conversant in Spanish.