James A. Rivera

As a long time resident of the area, James Rivera opened the Law Office of James A. Rivera, PLLC to serve local individuals who may not otherwise be able to hire an attorney.  James has defended hundreds of criminal and traffic cases in Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Prince William County and Arlington County.  He has also represented individuals in various criminal matters in the Richmond, Virginia area. He represents those who are charged with anything from a Class 1 felony to a Class 4 misdemeanor.  James also has experience with representing clients before Federal Immigration Courts in Arlington, Baltimore, York, Pennsylvania and other jurisdictions. He has successfully obtained immigration bonds for clients, reopened deportation orders for many clients and hashelped individuals achieve some form of legal status through asylum hearings and cancellation of removal hearings.

Mr. Rivera earned his law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law in Baltimore, Maryland.  While attending law school, Mr. Rivera was an active member of the Civil Advocacy Clinic where he represented low-income individuals and was able to sharpen his advocacy skills.

Robert Bruce

Robert Bruce joined the Law Office of James A. Rivera after 20 years of experience in human rights, economic development and public defense. For the last decade he has represented thousands of Spanish, Arabic and English speaking clients charged with criminal offenses and, after joining the Law Office of James Rivera, those seeking immigration relief. He is a fierce advocate for his clients from the police investigation stage through to trial and appeals. He possesses extensive experience in case management, forensic evidentiary issues, trial practice, and client advocacy, and can readily call upon a network of experts to assist in areas of specialized needs.

Robert graduated cum laude in 2006 from the George Mason University Antonin Scalia School of Law.  He received advanced Arabic Language training at the Fajr Center and the American University of Cairo, Egypt.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and International Relations from Georgetown University.  He is foreign service-level certified in Spanish and Arabic.

Genevieve J. Miller

Genevieve was born and raised in northern Virginia, and graduated from Herndon High School.  She received her B.A. in Psychology, with distinction, from the University of Virginia.  After working for a few years at a non-profit, Ms. Miller decided to switch careers and work towards her law degree.  She graduated from the George Mason University School of Law, where she was Senior Articles Editor for the Journal of Law, Economics and Policy and served a term as President of the VBA Pro Bono Society.  Since graduating, Ms. Miller has been practicing law in the northern Virginia area.  She also volunteers with legal-related organizations such as the Thomas D. Horne Leadership in the Law Program.

Genevieve  worked for the Office of the Public Defender in Leesburg, Virginia, for nearly four years before moving into private practice.  While there, she handled all aspects of representation for her clients charged with criminal allegations.  She has tried over a dozen cases before a jury, and has handled numerous bench trials.

As an associate with The Law Office of James A. Rivera, PLLC, Genevieve  represents individuals charged with criminal allegations.  She also handles immigration matters.  When not representing clients, she enjoys traveling.

Seth Peritz

Seth Peritz is a graduate of William & Mary Law School and a member of the Virginia State Bar.  At the Law Offices of James A. Rivera, Seth handles a full case load of misdemeanor, felony and appellate cases in the  Northern Virginia and Richmond areas.

Prior to joining the Law Offices of James A. Rivera, Seth worked as a legal fellow for the Loudoun County Public Defender’s Office, handling dozens  misdemeanor cases. Seth also assisted in felony cases including contractor fruad, murder, and assault and battery of a law enforcement officer.

While attending William and Mary he interned as a prosecutor in the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office in Illinois for two summers prosecuting various criminal cases.  He also interned at the Richmond Federal Public Defender’s Office for one semester.

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