Our Legal Team

Lucy Fong Lee

Being creative for my clients is the best part of my job. I love working with people from all over the world, in any industry or occupation. I assess my clients’ situation and form legal strategies to successfully enable them to obtain work visas, green cards, and US citizenship. I specialize in guiding and advising established organizations, start-up companies, multinational and domestic corporations, investors, and professionals in a variety of occupations from software engineers to ballet dancers, families and individuals. I will identify the best legal options, clearly explain them, and lay out a timeline to achieve my clients’ goals.

My parents are immigrants from China. The story of how they fled Communism and worked hard in America, the country they truly love, inspired me to become an attorney and help immigrants. I grew up working in the family restaurant business, mostly as a sous chef. Upon becoming an attorney, I worked at Tana, Moran & Weil and Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro before joining Fallon, Bixby, & Cheng in 1996. I became the owner of the firm in 2000 at which time the firm became Fallon, Bixby, Cheng & Lee.

Credentials and Qualifications

    • I graduated from New College of California School of Law in May 1991.
    • I completed my undergraduate degree in Business Administration, emphasis in International Business, from San Francisco State University.
    • I serve on the Advisory Council of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA), Northern California Chapter, and am a past Chapter Chair.
    • I am a speaker, author and panelist on immigration topics with AILA and a variety of other organizations.
    • I am an active member of ProVisors, and serve on its executive committee and as a mentor.
    • I am an AV-rated attorney in Martindale-Hubbell.
    • I speak Cantonese and Taishan.

In my spare time I volunteer with my family with National Charity League, Young Men’s Service League, Hillsdale High School Foundation and the Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO).

Julia Day Marquez

I love my job.  Working with people from many different countries in an area of law that is constantly influenced by politics and the economy is always interesting. No two cases are alike because no two people are alike.  I enjoy the challenges, learning about different professions and the intricacies of my clients’ lives which have brought them to this country.  Most rewarding is helping individuals achieve the right to live in the United States, something that Americans so often take for granted.

I discovered immigration law when the “Amnesty” law came into effect in 1986.  I worked for several years as a legal assistant which motivated me to pursue law school with the sole purpose of becoming an immigration lawyer.  Upon receiving my law degree, I worked for almost five years at Angela M. Bean & Associates practicing deportation defense, asylum and family immigration.  I joined Fallon Bixby Cheng & Lee in October 2000.  Here I learned the employment-side of immigration law including the alphabet of temporary visas as well as employer-sponsored permanent residence cases.

In 1994, our country’s immigration laws became personally relevant to me when I married an undocumented immigrant from Mexico.  He is now a naturalized US citizen and we have two beautiful children.

Credentials and Qualifications

    • I graduated cum laude from the University of San Francisco School of Law in May 1995.
    • I completed my undergraduate degree in International Relations from the University of California at Davis.
    • I also hold a Master’s Degree in International Business Suma Cum Laude from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
    • I read, write and speak Spanish fluently.
    • I am a member of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA).
    • I serve as a mentor to AILA attorneys in the areas of Adjustment of Status, Family Immigration, Affidavits of Support and 245i.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, gardening and eating ice cream.

Veronica Guinto

My job is to keep families together, reunite loved ones, and help my clients maneuver through U.S. immigration laws as seamlessly as possible. My clients appreciate my no-nonsense honest assessment of their case. I work collaboratively with clients and provide them with a roadmap of what to expect. No two stories are the same. My clients, who come from all over the globe, are as diverse as the journeys each took to get to America. The unifying thread is their belief that the U.S. is a place of hope, freedom, safety, and opportunity. I’m a passionate community advocate and believe in empowering immigrant communities through education about U.S. immigration process, laws, and policies.

I am a native of the Bay Area. After graduating from U.C. Davis School of Law, I worked at the highest court of New York, the Court of Appeals, and returned to California to become a civil litigator. I left work to start a family and returned to the practice of law as a solo attorney. For five years on my own I handled a variety of immigration cases: complex family-based (i.e. waivers/I-601/I-601a), humanitarian-based (U visas, T visas), and employment-based (H-1Bs). On May 30, 2017, I joined Fallon, Bixby, Cheng & Lee, Inc.

Credentials and Qualifications

    • I am licensed to practice law in California and New York.
    • I graduated from U.C. Davis School of Law (King Hall) in May 2004.
    • I completed my undergraduate degrees in Political Science-Public Service emphasis (highest honors) and Communications (honors) from the University of California at Davis.
    • I serve on the Advisory Council of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Northern California, currently serving as the co-liaison to the United States Citizenship and Information Services (USCIS) Field Office in San Francisco.
    • I am a speaker and panelist on immigration topics throughout the Bay Area and am an author of several articles in AILA publications.
    • I serve on the Executive Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Solo and Small Firms Section.
    • I am an active member of the Asian American Bar Association of Northern California, Solo & Small Firms Committee and am a past Committee Co-Chair.
    • I am a Super Lawyers Rising Star in Northern California from 2016 onward.
    • I am recognized as a Top 40 Immigration Lawyer under 40 in the State of California with the American Society of Legal Advocates from 2015 onward.