From left to right: Susana Maldonado (Senior Paralegal), Maria Isabel Cueva (Attorney), Alexandra Johnson (Supervising Paralegal), Sage (Office Dog), and Diana Penelope Rodriguez (Legal Assistant)

From left to right: Susana Maldonado (Senior Paralegal), Maria Isabel Cueva (Attorney), Alexandra Johnson (Supervising Paralegal), Sage (Office Dog), and Diana Penelope Rodriguez (Legal Assistant)

Maria Isabel Cueva

Attorney at Law

Isabel Cueva is a U.S. Immigration Lawyer who represents both individuals and corporations in all 50 states and around the world. She has extensive experience in deportation defense, family visas, waivers, and employment-based visas. Currently her main focus are family-based affirmative petitions. 

Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Ms. Cueva is a first generation immigrant who migrated to the U.S. when she was eight years old. She received her Bachelor's degree at the age of 19 from the University of Utah where she was awarded the Larry H. and Gail Miller Enrichment Scholarship for her entire undergraduate career. Ms. Cueva graduated Magna Cum Laude and with honors from the Psi Chi National Honors Society and PHI KAPPA PHI Honors Society.

She received her Juris Doctorate degree from the reputable S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. As a student she clerked for the Honorable William Nixon in the United States Executive Office for Immigration Review in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ms. Cueva was the youngest in her graduating class at age 22. Upon graduating Ms. Cueva practiced immigration law in Seattle and in British Columbia, where she gained a reputation handling highly complex cases. Ms. Cueva was recruited by a national law firm in Orange County, California to start an immigration division. She spent two years in California, building a client base of more than 600 clients, and then moved to her native Utah in 2015 to start her own law firm.

Ms. Cueva believes in honest representation and in empowering her clients with information and knowledge so that they can make an informed decision. She believes in transparency and high-quality work. She is dedicated to her community and is passionate in keeping families united. 

Ms. Cueva is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyer's Association and is licensed to practice law in the State of Washington. Due to the federal nature of U.S. immigration law, Ms. Cueva is able to represent clients nationwide.


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Alexandra “Aly” Johnson, Supervising Paralegal

Aly Johnson was raised just outside of Logan, Utah, and graduated cum laude from Utah State University in 2014. As a paralegal at the Cueva Law Firm, Aly focuses on some of our most complex cases, including I-601 waivers of inadmissibility and affirmative asylum petitions. 

Aly's favorite part about working at the Cueva Law Firm is the extensive research that is required for affirmative immigration applications. She enjoys knowing that her work helps families stay together and allows them to move past their immigration concerns and on to creating a better life here in the United States.

Outside of work, Aly enjoys drawing and crafting, staying up-to-date with politics and world news, and going on adventures with her three-legged dog Sage.


Diana Penelope Rodriguez, Legal Assistant

Diana was born to Mexican immigrant parents who came to the United States during the Reagan era. After more than 20 years in this country, her parents were finally able to obtain U.S. citizenship - a very proud moment for the Rodriguez family.

Diana is finishing her final year at the University of Utah in pursuit of a Bachelors in History. Not only is Diana taking more than 20 credit hours per semester to graduate early, she works full-time to fund her education and is preparing to attend Law School after graduation.

Aside from her ambition, Diana is set apart by her compassion and sweet-caring nature. If you call our office, chances are Diana will be answering your call. She is always eager to help in any way that she can. 


Susana Maldonado, Senior Paralegal

Susana was born and raised in Los Angeles. She relocated to Utah last year with her husband and three children. In her decade of work in the immigration system, she has helped countless people gain residency and citizenship, including members of her own family.

Susana is bilingual and travels to Mexico annually with her family. Her firsthand knowledge and friendly disposition make her a wonderful asset to our firm.