Héctor E. Quiroga,

Immigration Lawyer Profile

Héctor Quiroga immigrated to the United States in January, 2000.

Being a Spanish speaking Colombian immigrant has not been easy. When Héctor first arrived, he had no knowledge of the English language, and was trying to escape the Colombian civil war.

He had to leave behind his family, culture, and heritage.

The obvious language and cultural barriers can make even the most determined immigrant give up. This, however, has not stopped Héctor Quiroga from achieving the American dream.

In nine years, he learned the English language and put himself through Gonzaga University, where he graduated with honors from both undergraduate and law school programs. He has also become a business owner, a homeowner, a husband, a father, a writer, and last but not least, a United States citizen.

Learning English, acquiring a professional degree, and becoming a U.S. citizen are the paramount achievements Hispanic immigrants and their families strive to accomplish so they can better their standard of living. Even though there are several obstacles (including, but not limited to discrimination) and the road is very difficult, Héctor’s achievements constitute clear proof that the American Dream is very much alive.

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Today, Héctor Quiroga works as a partner at the Quiroga Law Office, PLLC, where he focus his practice on immigration. He enjoys photography. He also enjoys coaching his son’s co-ed soccer team and spending time with his family.

Admitted to Practice in

All Washington State Courts
U.S. District Court of Eastern Washington
Board of Immigration Appeals (Nationally)


Gonzaga University School of Law
Adjunct Professor of Law | Practice Management | January 2015 – Present

Quiroga Law Office, PLLC
Attorney at law | Co-founder. July 2009 – Present

  • Immigration Lawyer – Abogado
  • Based in Spokane, Washington
  • Litigator in Washington federal and state courts
  • Handled several hundreds of litigation matters successfully

Etter, McMahon, Lamberson, & Oreskovich P.
Rule 9 Intern. January 2009 – July 2009

  • Legal research and writing of criminal and civil issues
  • Assisted in litigation preparation and discovery matters
  • Actively worked on insurance settlement negotiations

Eastern District of Washington Federal Court
Law Clerk, July 2008 – January 2009

Law Clerk for the Honorable Chief Judge Robert H. Whaley (retired today)

  • Legal research and writing of criminal and civil issues
  • Drafted motions and orders for matters pending before the court
  • Assisted in the preparation for hearings and trials by drafting opinions and performing legal research of cases, laws, and procedures

Washington Attorney General Office
Department of Labor and Industries
Rule 9 Law Clerk. April 2008 – December 2008

  • Drafted memos, pleadings, and summary judgment motions; argued in front of Spokane Superior Court
  • Researched legal issues and prepared memoranda for arguments in front of the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals
  • Performed legal research and writing directly for the Assistant Attorney General Spokane Section Chief

World Relief
Legal Intern/Project Coordinator. January 2007 – July 2007

  • Hector Quiroga drafted various pleadings, including complaints, memorandums, applications, and appeal documents to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Translated Spanish to English and English to Spanish documents for the firm, and provided Spanish support for client intakes and refugee (Cuban) cases

Safeco Insurance Company of America
Casualty Claim Examiner. April 2003 – August 2006

– General and Special Damages Negotiator

  • Negotiated and settled pain and suffering, loss of consortium, loss of earnings, and loss of quality of life claims
  • Bodily injury settlement authority was $35,000, per liability exposure
  • Evaluated injury claim values for settlement of general damages

– Coverage and Liability Adjuster

  • Responsible for assigning defense attorneys, medical experts, accident reconstructionists, and the fraud unit to injury and liability claims
  • Negotiated negligence and liability decisions with insureds, claimants, attorneys, other insurance carriers, arbitrators, mediators, subrogation adjusters, and with the office of the Insurance Commissioner
  • Averaged over 60 new incoming injury exposures per month
  • Handled claims in Washington, Montana, Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming

Gonzaga School of Law LogoDegrees

  • Gonzaga University School of Law – Juris Doctor, 2009
  • Gonzaga University – Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 2004
  • Gonzaga University – Bachelor of Arts in Economics, 2004


  • Selected as a Washington State Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine (2015, 2016, and 2017)
  • Selected as a Washington State Lawyer Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine (2015, 2016, and 2017)
  • Selected as the face of Spokane Community College for the winter quarter (2011) as honorable graduate and example to other students
  • Casey and Hector were featured in the community college billboards, post cards, catalog cover, and website.
  • Gonzaga University School of Law Academic Dean’s List
  • Gonzaga University School of Law Academic Honor Roll
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School Academic Dean’s List
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School Academic Honor Roll
  • 25% Law School Academic Merit Scholarship Recipient
  • 2009 Moot Court Council Member- Gonzaga University School of Law
  • 2009 Washington Association of Corporate Counsel Academic Scholarship Recipient
  • 2009 Loren Miller Bar Association Academic Scholarship Recipient
  • 2009 Latina/o Bar Association of Washington Bar Preparation Scholarship Recipient
  • 2008 to 2009 Second Best Oralist (Linden Cup) – Gonzaga University School of Law
  • 2008 Latina/o Bar Association of Washington Diversity Scholarship Recipient
  • 2007 and 2008 Carl Maxey Diversity Scholarship Recipient presented by the Spokane County Bar Association / Diversity Section
  • 2004 Inducted as Member of the International Honor Society in Economics

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • Spokane County Bar Association – Diversity Section
  • Spokane County Bar Association – Family Law Section
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Eastern Washington Bankruptcy Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Washington State Association for Justice – formaly known as Washington State Association for Trial Lawyers
  • Past President of the Hispanic Law Caucus at Gonzaga University School of Law
  • Member of the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington
  • Member of the Hispanic Business and Professional Association


  • Book Publications by Hector Quiroga:
  • Settle Your Own Injury Claim
  • eBook Format (Publication pending)Publisher: Sabiduria Legal -Year: 2009
  • The Auto Policy and the Claim Investigation Process
  • ISBN Number: 978-0-615-20360-7
  • Publisher: Sabiduria Legal -Year: 2008

Newspaper publications by Hector Quiroga:

  • The Spokesman Review, Technology and Business sections
    August 10, 2008 Office Space with a Twist
    July 13, 2008 Podcast This!
    June 2, 2008 A Few Pointers
    May 26, 2008 Caution: Building Site
    March 17, 2008 Blogging for Bucks
    April 14, 2008 Protection has Limits
  • La Prensa Bilingue
    August, 2010 Quiebra y Su Caso De Inmigración (Bankruptcy and your Immigration Case)
    July, 2008 ¿Que hacer si le roban su automóvil? (What to do if your vehicle is stolen?)
    May, 2008 ¿Que hacer en caso de un accidente? (What to do in case of an accident?)
    April, 2008 Defienda sus derechos en la Corte de Reclamos Menores (Protect your Rights in Small Claims Court)

Speaking Engagements

  • Presentation on International and Immigration Law in the Private Sector. Gonzaga University School of Law. Spokane, WA. November 5, 2015
  • Protecting Immigrant Children and Youth Through Special Immigrant Juvenile Status in State Court Actions. Gonzaga University School of Law. Spokane, WA. November 4, 2015
  • Immigration Law Primer for English as a Second Language Teachers. Eastern Washington University. Cheney, WA. October 28, 2015
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. 10th Annual Solo and Small Firm Conference. Spokane, WA. July 10, 2015
  • Immigration Consequences of Crimes. Spokane County Bar Association. Spokane, WA. December 12, 2014
  • Immigration Considerations for the Non U.S. Citizen Defendant. Spokane County Bar Association. Spokane, WA. December 13, 2013
  • Effective Use of Blogs and Social Media and Related Ethical Concerns. Seminar given by the Spokane County Bar Association. Spokane, WA. December 10, 2011
  • Diversity in the Legal Profession. Seminar given by the Spokane County Bar Association. Spokane, WA. December 3, 2011
  • Interview by KYRS Community Radio (Spanish program Latitude/Latitude) Bankruptcy and Debt Reduction strategies. Spokane, WA. August 2, 2010

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