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Immigration matters can be complex with little or no margin for error. The Law Office of Cristina M. Hughes is dedicated exclusively to immigration law matters. We continuously monitor developments in immigration law to stay at the forefront of this complicated and intricate section of the law. Our focus is on providing high quality legal services and outstanding client support as we work with clients to achieve their goals and dreams.



Attorney Cristina Hughes completed her undergraduate degree at Clemson University in South Carolina, with a major in Spanish and International Trade. During her undergraduate studies, Attorney Hughes participated in a 6 week cultural exchange in Oaxaca, Mexico and also studied abroad in Spain, where she lived for 9 months.

Attorney Hughes is a 2008 graduate of the Florida State University College of Law in Tallahassee Florida. During law school, Attorney Hughes participated in Jessup Moot Court and was a member of the Women’s Law Symposium. At the same time Attorney Hughes received her Juris Doctorate (JD), she also completed the Florida State University College of Business MBA program. Upon graduation from law school, Attorney Hughes travelled throughout Australia and South East Asia in order to expand her knowledge and appreciation of other countries and their people.

Why Immigration Law?
Two generations ago, Attorney Hughes’ grandparents immigrated to the US from Italy. This, combined with her extensive international travels and studies is what attracted her to Immigration law. Attorney Hughes began practicing immigration law in July 2010. She is a member of the California State Bar, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the American Bar Association. Attorney Hughes is a native English speaker and can fluently speak, read, and write in Spanish.



Claudia Hincapié, Administrative Assistant

Claudia M. Hincapié works as a virtual assistant for Hughes Law Group PC. She’s a Colombian professional in international business and she’s an experienced translator and Spanish interpreter. After completing her undergraduate degree, she started a two-year journey around the world, living in different countries such as India, England, United States, and Spain. She’s the first person you will have contact with when you call our office. She takes pride in providing the best customer service possible to our clients. She has a positive attitude and is always willing to hear our clients’ needs. She enjoys using her skills to contribute to the success of all our client’s cases. In her free time, she enjoys doing yoga, taking long walks under the sun, and watching online series.


Zachary Brugman, Attorney

Attorney Brugman has been practicing immigration law since 2013. He has  a successful track record representing clients in removal hearings, before US Citizenship an Immigration Services (USCIS), and on appeals to the BIA and Ninth Circuit. He also has at least 15 victories in representing immigrants claiming asylum from various countries including El Salvador, Nicaragua, Cameroon, Mexico and the country of Georgia.  Zac’s passion for Immigration Law, desire to serve the underrepresented, and enjoyment of research, allows him to gain expertise on any scenario faced in the field.


Juana Angel, Paralegal

Juana has been a Paralegal/Administrative Assistant at Hughes Law Group for nearly a year and a half. She was born and raised in Northern Lake Tahoe and moved to Carson City just a couple of years ago. She attended Truckee Meadows Community College where she received her Associate of Science with an emphasis in Paralegal/Law Studies degree in 2020. Her family emigrated from Jalisco & Guanajuato, Mexico. Growing up she was exposed to different immigration matters and through this she knew that she wanted to help people in this field.


Violeta Estrada, Paralegal

Violeta Estrada was born in San Francisco CA., and spent most of her summer and winter vacations in Durango, Mexico, her parents’ hometown. She has many fond memories of her childhood in Durango, Mexico and San Francisco, CA. Violeta, attended the Paralegal Program at DeAnza College in Cupertino, CA. She has worked in the legal field for over 20 years. Also, she started her career working as a file clerk for a big law firm in Silicon Valley and worked her way up to paralegal. One of her goals as a paralegal is to help people like her parents who immigrated to the US for a better life





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