Helen Halldorsson, Esq.

Associate Attorney

Helen Halldorsson is an Associate Attorney at Valerian Law, where she represents employees and consumers in individual and class and representative actions. Her past cases include representing an administrative support professional in an overtime and reasonable accommodation case and representing female airport security workers in securing a class action settlement.

Helen's strong advocacy background helps her effectively fight for the rights of employees. Prior to joining Valerian Law, she worked as an immigration attorney representing a variety of clients, with a focus on asylum-seekers from Venezuela. She previously completed an international human rights law fellowship at a Bay Area non-profit, where she engaged in advocacy before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. She also served as a law clerk at the Department of Homeland Security in the Chief Counsel’s Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. As the daughter of two immigrant parents, she is incredibly passionate about advocating for the rights of those seeking fair and equal treatment in society.


Helen received her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and is admitted to practice in California and Texas.


Marcelo López

Legal Assistant

Marcelo López is a Legal Assistant at Valerian Law. Marcelo is fluent in Spanish and Portugese and enjoys collaborating with clients at all stages of their legal case. He graduated magna cum laude from Middlebury College with a B.A. in International Global Studies, specialization in Latin America, and a minor in American Studies. As the product of immigrant families, Marcelo is passionate about social justice, advocacy work, and empowering marginalized communities by way of education, an interest he recently pursued through a Fulbright fellowship. His prior experience includes community organizing, interpreting, and establishing the first Queer and Trans People of Color student organization at Middlebury.


Eileen Torrez

Legal Assistant

Eileen Torrez is a Legal Assistant at Valerian Law. She is fluent in Spanish and has previously worked with youth and families from diverse backgrounds as they navigate the education and social service systems. Originally from rural New Mexico, she leverages her own life experiences and her skills as a case worker to effectively support clients through the legal process.


Eileen graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University in 2013 with a BA in Philosophy and spent 6 years as a community organizer, arts educator and social worker in San Francisco before joining Valerian Law. Eileen is passionate about advancing civil rights for low-income and marginalized communities, and expanding access to education about our legal, social and economic systems for a more empowered workforce.