Managing Attorney – San Diego

Derek J. Poulsen - San Diego Immigration Lawyers Derek Poulsen is the managing attorney at the San Diego office of Wilner & O’Reilly, APLC.  He is admitted to the Iowa State Bar and the Nebraska State Bar. Mr. Poulsen focuses his practice on removal defense cases where he represents clients before the Immigration Court and on appeal with the Board of Immigration Appeals. He graduated from Utah State University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a Minor in Spanish. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Creighton University School of Law. During law school he was selected to be on Creighton’s National Trial Team and earned the Honorable Lyle E. Strom Trial Advocacy Award. Derek previously worked at the immigration law office of Jason Finch and Associates, PC, LLO, in Omaha, Nebraska. During his time there his practice included criminal defense. He gained valuable knowledge of the negative immigration consequences that differing criminal activity has on an individual’s ability to remain in the United States. He also worked on family based immigration, U-Visas, Special Immigrant Juvenile Visas, and 601/601A waivers. While in Nebraska Derek provided pro bono legal service at the Latino Center of the Midlands where he provided legal advice to immigrants.

Having lived in Peru he has a great love for the Hispanic culture and is fluent in Spanish. While not at work Derek enjoys spending time with his wife and four children, traveling, building things with his hands, and attempting to golf.

Areas of Practice

  • 100 % Immigration

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Iowa
  • Nebraska


  • Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Nebraska
    • J.D. – 2014
  • Utah State University, Logan, Utah
    • B.S. – 2015
    • Major: Sociology

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Attorney, 2014 – 2018

Past Employment Positions

  • Jason Finch and Associates, PC. LLO, Attorney, 2016 – 2018
  • Jason Finch and Associates, PC. LLO, Law Clerk, 2013 – 2015
  • Utah First District Court, Legal Intern, 2012 – 2012

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