Tabitha Villarrubia is a partner at Moreno & Villarrubia LLP’s Indianapolis office. She is the Co-chair of the Global Mobility and Immigration Practice Group and Chair of the firm’s Family Law Department. She is the Co-chair of the firm's Latin American services as a member of the Global Services Practice Group.
Ms. Villarrubia’s legal practice requires close interaction with a variety of government agencies, including the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, National Visa Center, Department of State, Department of Justice, Consular Offices, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection, Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Executive Office of Immigration Review.
Being a native of Puerto Rico, Ms. Villarrubia is able to speak to her clients in both English and Spanish. Ms. Villarrubia understands the cultural issues that arise out of both Immigration cases and Family law cases. Having a family of immigrants, Ms. Villarrubia understands the hardships that immigrant families face.
Ms. Villarrubia represents individuals in all aspects of immigration law. Ms. Villarrubia has extensive knowledge in helping individuals through marriage and family petitions, adjustment of status, consular processing and the waiver process. Further, Ms. Villarrubia has helped numerous of individuals and families through humanitarian visas such as U visas, T visas and VAWAs. Further, Ms. Villarrubia has helped many individuals facing removal through Cancellation of Removal, Temporary Protected Status, Voluntary Departure and Prosecutorial Discretion. More recently, Ms. Villarrubia has helped many students through the new program referred to as Deferred Action.
Ms. Villarrubia also represents individuals facing the difficulties of divorce, legal separation, custody, paternity, parenting time, child support, contempt petitions, emancipation, protective orders, children in need of services (CHINS) and Termination of Parental Rights (TPR). Within her family, she has firsthand encounters that have equipped her to approach each case with compassion and a fire for justice for her clients. Ms. Villarrubia works closely with clients and uses a “team approach” . Ms. Villarrubia gives her clients options and allows her clients to take the lead on their case.
Active in the community, Ms. Villarrubia is the secretary to Purchased, a non-profit organization that educates the community on modern day slavery, past secretary to the Latino Affairs committee to the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA). Ms. Villarrubia also educates immigrants in the community by speaking at churches and other organizations about their rights and options as immigrants. Ms. Villarrubia is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Indiana State Bar Association and the Indianapolis Bar Association.
Ms. Villarrubia received her J.D. from Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis in 2005. She received her Bachelor of Arts at Olivet Nazarene University in 2001. While at Olivet Nazarene University, Ms. Villarrubia studied in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Guatemala for four months and as a result, she is able to comprehend the cultural issues that face immigrants in the United States today.
Ms. Villarrubia is admitted to practice law in Indiana, Indiana Supreme Court and the Southern District of Indiana.
Areas Of Practice
- Immigration Law 90%
- Family Law 10%
- Indiana, 2006
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 2006
- Supreme Court of Indiana
- Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana
- J.D. - 2005
- Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois
- B.A. - 2001
- Major: Political Science
- Major: Spanish
- Comprehensive Immigration Reform Failed-Now What? The Challenges on Employers and Undocumented Immigrants, Indiana State Bar Association CLE
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Indiana State Bar Association, Member, 2006 to Present
- Indiana State Bar Association, Latino Affairs Committee, Secretary, 2010 to 2010
- Indiana State Bar Association, Latino Affairs Committee, Community Affairs Chair, 2007 to 2010
- Indiana State Bar Association, Family Law Section
- Indiana State Bar Association, Women in Law Section
- Indiana State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Sections
- Indianapolis Bar Association, Member
- American Immigration Lawyer's Association, Member, 2012 to Present
Past Employment Positions
- Baker, Pittman & Page, Law Clerk, 2004 to 2005
- Harshey Law Office, Law Clerk, 2003 to 2004
- Marion County Public Defender Agency, Contract Attorney, 2008 to 2013
- Julian Center, Contract Attorney, 2010 to 2012
Pro Bono Activities
- Marion County Public Defender, 2006 to 2006
- Marion County Public Defender Agency, C.H.I.N.S. / T.P.R. Contract Attorney
- M.A.I. Legal Services, Contract Attorney
- The Julian Center, Contract U-Visa Attorney
- Indianapolis Protective Order Pro Bono Project, Contract Attorney
- Heartland Pro Bono Council, 2007 to 2011
- M.A.I. Legal Services, Pro Bono Immigration Attorney
- Purchased, Secretary