WHO WE ARE

AT SAENZ & BILLHYMER LAW PLLC,

YOU ARE NOT JUST ANOTHER CLIENT, ANOTHER CASE.

We take great pride in taking our time to develop a case strategy tailored to your particular needs.  Our team understands the impact our work will have on all aspects of your life.

This is why we offer great care, empathy and professionalism to each individual and family we have the honor of representing.

JULYA BILLHYMER

Julya is a lifelong resident of Tarrant County, having grown up in Hurst, Texas. She has been in the field of criminal law for 35 years, starting out as a 911 operator, while attending Texas Woman’s University, where she received her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice.

Julya was a police officer for 8 years and served in Tarrant & Dallas counties in a variety of capacities, including patrol sergeant and crime scene investigator. She received her Juris Doctor in 1999, from Texas A&M University School of Law, formerly Texas Wesleyan. 

In federal court, Julya is sworn in to practice in the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas.  She has vast experience in federal bank fraud, mail fraud, drug cases, possession of child pornography, and weapons offenses, among others.

In state court, Julya takes cases in Dallas, Tarrant, Parker, Johnson, Hill, and Wise counties.  Got caught?  Call Julya!

When not defending the citizens of North Texas accused of a crime, Julya is a big fan of the Dallas Mavericks, enjoys fine dining with friends, and golf.


ARVIN SAENZ

Arvin Saenz is a first-generation Mexican-American. He was born and raised in the border town of El Paso, Texas. Before working in immigration and deportation defense, Arvin joined the nation’s most elite military branch (United States Marine Corps) at the tender age of 17. As a field radio operator, military policeman, and corrections specialist, Arvin has visited and lived in countries abroad. After returning from combat deployment (Ramadi, Iraq 2005) he decided to put his mental faculties to work and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso with a major in Accounting. After earning his bachelor degree, he worked the business private sector in various management positions before working civil service for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Arvin’s devotion and empathy for others inspired him to seek a profession in the legal field. Namely, working in deportation defense. In just two and a half years, he earned a law degree from Charlotte School of Law along with Pro Bono honors gained from immigration-related work. During his tenure as a law school student, Arvin volunteered over a hundred fifty hours of his time—he helped clients accused of crimes by co-authoring appellate briefs in the Texas 8th Court of Appeals as well as assisting central American immigrants with their applications for asylum relief. As an attorney, Arvin has obtained litigation experience (over 50 contested cases in Administrative Court) and has authored many appellate briefs. Arvin is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is fluent in Spanish. He is active in community events that aim to empower and embolden immigrants. He has volunteered legal services for various agencies such as Catholic Charities, Juntos Podemos, North Texas Dream Team, and the Dallas Mexican Consulate. Arvin has volunteered deportation defense services traveling to Mexico in order to help immigrants get out in the highly controversial “wait-in-Mexico” program.

Arvin’s other interests aside from immigration are chess and tax preparation.

IVETTE MELGAREJO

Ivette possesses a go-getter attitude and has compassion for our client’s needs. At Saenz-Billhymer Law, PLLC she manages criminal and immigration cases. Her main goal at Saenz-Billhymer Law, PPLC is to make the attorney’s life easier by treating each client’s file as if it were her own.

Ivette is an immigration paralegal who has helped many immigrants in the past 9 years in Texas and internationally. She has assisted with many family petitions, Naturalization, Removal of Conditions, Employment Authorization Documents, Visitor’s Visa, U-Visa, VAWA, and Fiance Visa. In her spare time, Ivette provides self-defense handgun training. She enjoys hiking, cycling, traveling, concerts, and volunteering at local nonprofit organizations. Ivette is a devoted mother of two.