Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ms. Soderlund completed her education at Case Western Reserve University both at the Weatherhead School of Management and the Franklin Thomas Backus School of Law. As an undergraduate student at the University of Puerto Rico, she worked in research at the School of Medicine in the Medical Sciences Campus, Dept. of Physiology while completing a double major in literature and science. Her passion for research and learning led her to work in complex litigation and appeals at both the state and federal levels once she settled in San Juan to raise her family. She participated in the Commission Against the Death Penalty of the Colegio de Abogados de Puerto Rico, the Civil Rights Commission and the Committee for the Defense of Civil Disobedience Defendants during the unrest related to the demonstrations against the US Naval practices in the municipal island of Vieques, Puerto Rico.
Her career includes membership in the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel for the US District Court for the District of Puerto Rico and in the CJA Panel for the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, in Boston, MA. She relocated to Houston, Texas, to work in immigration and criminal defense, and is now a member of the CJA Panel for the Southern District Court for Houston-Galveston, Texas.
She has worked with Abraham J. Galaviz in all aspects of criminal state and federal litigation, and is a proud member of the firm’s staff. Their cooperation in cases before the Executive Office for Immigration Review, EOIR, and their successes in representation before both that court and US Citizenship and Immigration Services are the product of team work and a shared passion to help each client to the utmost best of their abilities and the law. With Abraham as leader of the team, and Julie as co-counsel, her goal is to continue to facilitate the firm’s growth while following her passion for the defense of the rights of her clients.
As a bi-coastal resident of both Houston and San Juan, she keeps busy with her CJA panel and firm-based work. Her daughter and son in law live in Houston, and her son, daughter in law and grandson in Salt Lake City, Utah. Two Puerto Rican cats are in Texas with her, and her precious, Houston-native dog just came into her life. Her passion has always been the ocean and the East Coast, and now Houston, a city where she feels at home and where she proudly represents all the best that Puerto Rico has to offer.