Taxation, Immigration, Political Asylum, Business Immigration, Citizenship,
Deportation/Removal Proceedings, Employment Visas, Family Visas, Labor
Certifications, Visas, Tax Audits, Offer in Compromise, Tax Returns, Tax Collection,
Tax Liens and Levies, Business Taxation, Back Taxes, Late Tax Returns
Admitted: U.S. Supreme Court, 2002; U.S. Tax Court, 1998; Maryland, 1996
Law School: Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M. (Master of Laws); District of Columbia School of Law, J.D. (Doctor of Jurisprudence)
Member: American Bar Association, American Immigration Lawyers Association, American Hospitals Association, California Hospitals Association
Biography: Transcriber, Israeli-Lebanese Peace Treaty, 19911992. Member, District of Columbia Law Review,
19921994. Teaching Assistant, Contracts Law, with Professor Gay Gellhorn, 19931995. Legal Intern for the Honorable William C. Pryor, Chief Justice of the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia, 19931994. Summer Fellowship Awardee and Law Clerk, Montgomery County Public Defender's Office, 1994. Tax Associate, Deloitte and Touche, LLP (Los Angeles, Tax Division) 19971999. Senior Tax Associate, Ernst and Young, LLP (Irvine and
Newport Beach, Tax Division), 19992001. Attorney, The Law Offices of Bella Reyes, 2001Present
Languages: Our Attorney and staff read, speak, and write Tagalog fluently, and we speak conversational Spanish. We also have a Vietnamese paralegal on staff. Translators and interpreters for clients who need them can be provided upon request.
Agencies: Federal Law Practice before the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. State Department
Other Information: Ms. Reyes is a Filipino-American immigrant to the United States. She first moved with her family from Manila to Orange County, California. Shortly after arriving, she moved to Washington, D.C. to work for international groups there. She enrolled in law school and pursued her Masters Degree in Laws while living in Washington, D.C.
After finishing her LL.M., Ms. Reyes moved back to California to work for global firm Deloitte & Touche, LLP as a Tax Associate. She later joined another global firm, Ernst & Young, LLP, as a Senior Tax Attorney. Ms. Reyes had high-profile clients in the high-tech and entertainment industries, including such giants as Broadcom, IHOP, Marie Callender's and Icon Productions.
Ms. Reyes later started her own legal practice as a Federal Tax and Immigration Attorney in Orange County, California, with clients from all over the United States and from countries around the world.
Specialties: Our cases usually involve health-care professionals seeking Employment-Based Sponsorship and/or Family-based Petitions, Naturalization, or Tax Representation for issues with the federal and state governments, tax audits, back taxes, and filing tax returns. Also, we handle cases involving the INA Section 245(i) applications and the complications of the provision.
Languages: Filipino, Spanish and Vietnamese. Translators and interpreters for clients who need them can be provided upon request.
Ms. Reyes received countless distinctions for her academic achievements since her early school days. She received her Master of Laws (LL.M) from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., receiving it with Honors. She also graduated cum laude from the District of Columbia School of Law where she obtained her Juris Doctor degree.
Ms. Reyes also received the Joseph Rauh Equal Justice Fellowship Award during law school for her law clerkship with the Montgomery County Public Defender's Office in Maryland. She also worked as a law clerk for the the Honorable Chief Justice William C. Pryor of the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia.
Ms. Reyes graduated with Honors from the prestigious Ateneo De Manila University, a Jesuit-run university opened in 1859 in the Philippines, for her bachelor's degree in legal management.
Ms. Reyes also received several other medals and awards of recognition for her outstanding achievements in high school and elementary school.
Ms. Reyes enjoys traveling within the United States and internationally with her family. She also dabbles in international gourmet cooking and reading for fun.