Nicole Derden is a partner attorney at Derden Law located in Meridian, Idaho. She opened the practice in January 2009 focusing specifically on Idaho’s immigrants. Nicole was born in Oregon City, Oregon, grew up in a rural agricultural community, and graduated from Molalla High School in Molalla, Oregon, in 1997. At a young age she found an interest the Spanish language and Mexican culture, and in 2001 she graduated from Carroll College in Helena, Montana, with majors in Spanish and History and a minor in [Catholic] Theology. In 2004 she graduated from the University of Idaho College of Law where she began her immigration work at the Immigration Legal Aid Clinic. She has lived and studied in Xalapa, Veracruz, and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Since her admission to the Idaho State Bar in 2005, she has exclusively practiced immigration law in Idaho. Her primary focus and passion is assisting undocumented immigrants in obtaining their Lawful Permanent Resident Status – primarily through the US Consulate in Ciudad Juarez and the US Citizenship and Immigration Service Boise Field Office. Nicole is active in her profession – she assisted in the formation of the Idaho Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyer Association (AILA) and has served two terms on its executive committee. She is a founding board member of www.projectlaura.org – an entity which seeks to match immigration attorneys with insolvent immigrants on the Boise deportation docket. Since 2014 Nicole has been an adjunct faculty member of the Concordia University College of Law in Boise, Idaho, and enjoys teaching her students, her clients, and fellow attorneys about the nuances of the US immigration system. In her free time Nicole is active in her parish and her children’s school. She enjoys walking/running, yoga, historical dramas, travelling and spending time her husband and their four boys
James Michael Derden is a partner attorney at Derden Law located in Meridian, Idaho. Michael was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and moved to Boise, Idaho, with his family in 1994. He attended Sacred Heart Elementary School and graduated from Bishop Kelly High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from Boise State University in 2010 and a Juris Doctorate from the University Of Idaho College Of Law in 2015. While in law school Michael worked in the University of Idaho College Of Law’s Free Immigration Legal Aid Clinic, and he began working as a legal assistant for the Law Office of Nicole R. Derden in June 2015. In 2016 he became a member of the Minnesota State Bar. He is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyer Association, a member of the Idaho Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyer Association and practices immigration law exclusively. He has done volunteer work for Idaho Catholic Charities, National Citizenship Day and the Idaho Trial Lawyers Street Clinic. Michael has helped many people to achieve their immigration goals, whatever they may be, and he looks forward to helping many more to do the same. In his free time, Michael enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his wife, his son and daughter, and his family.
Michelle Williams is an associate attorney for Derden Law focusing mainly on the removal defense and asylum docket. Prior to joining Derden Law, Michelle gained invaluable experience in immigration law as a summer intern for Andrade Legal, participated in the immigration clinic at her school, and has worked on a variety of pro bono cases for Project Laura. During her 3L year of law school, Michelle was chosen to be a member of Concordia Law’s inaugural moot court team where she gained experience in appellate advocacy and represented her school at the ABA National Moot Court Competition.