Noreen L. Barcena

Top rated immigration attorney in Pasadena, California

Barcena Law Offices
Noreen L. Barcena
Barcena Law Offices

Practice Areas: Immigration, Criminal defense, Family law; view more

Licensed in California since: 2012

Education: The University of La Verne College of Law

Selected to Rising Stars: 2021 - 2023

Barcena Law Offices

2355 E Foothill Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107 Visit website


Noreen L. Barcena is an attorney based in Pasadena, California, who concentrates her practice on criminal, family and immigration law. She is the founder of Barcena Law Offices and serves clients in Pasadena and throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan region. 

Ms. Barcena handles all types of immigration, criminal and family cases, with a particular focus on clients facing criminal charges that may affect their immigration status. She and her employees at her firm are bilingual, which enables them to communicate effectively with a wide range of clients. 

Over her career, Ms. Barcena has been involved in many complex immigration matters. She has substantial experience with the intricacies of immigration law and has argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. In addition to her role as a private attorney, she serves as a daily settlement officer with the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, Family Division. 

After graduating from Pitzer College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and organizational studies, Ms. Barcena earned her law degree from the University of La Verne College of Law. Following law school, she passed the California bar examination and obtained her license to practice law before all California state courts.

Giving back to her local community is important to Ms. Barcena. She serves on the executive boards of Casa 0101 Theater and Ferias Legales and is a former executive board member of the Mexican American Bar Association. She is involved with the American Immigration Lawyers Association and volunteers with Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles County and IMAHelps.

Practice areas

Immigration: consumer, Criminal defense, Family law

Focus areas

Asylum, Misdemeanor, Custody & visitation, Domestic violence

  • 60% Immigration: consumer
  • 30% Criminal defense
  • 10% Family law

First Admitted: 2012, California

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association Southern California Chapter
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Mexican American Bar Association
Educational Background:
  • Pitzer College, Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and Organizational Studies
  • Webb Schools of California
  • Young Alumni Achievement Award recipient Noreen Barcena ’09 has been practicing criminal defense, immigration and family law since earning her JD from the University of La Verne College of Law. At Pitzer, she was a psychology and organizational studies major with a minor in Chicano studies. On learning of her selection as the YAA awardee, Barcena said: “I feel honored, and humbled because the award means that I’m at the beginning of a journey in my life and career. It gives me hope that my work is not in vain, and it fuels my passion to help my community through Ferias Legales, the organization my friends, colleagues and I founded. Immigration law is a constant uphill battle of trying to keep families together, helping people seek refuge from their countries, and standing up to constant criticism and backlash. This award is a reminder to me that I need to keep fighting for my clients, my community and my people.”, Young Alumni Achievement Award, Pitzer College, 2018
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Immigration and Nationality Law Specialist, 2021

Office location for Noreen L. Barcena

2355 E Foothill Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107

Phone: 626-714-6179


3 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2021 - 2023

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