LA Legal Advocates is a team of top-notch immigration attorneys in Los Angeles. Everyone on our team has the knowledge and preparedness to take on your immigration case and handle it with the compassion and expertise that you deserve.
Our first commitment is to our community. Los Angeles Legal Advocates advocates for the people of Los Angeles. We’re dedicated to fighting for our neighbors when it comes to their complex immigration hurdles.
We are experts in all aspects of immigration law, so we can help our clients with whatever immigration issue might arise. Our expertise makes us confident in our work, and it means that you can be confident in us.
It helps to have an attorney who keeps the human element of these cases at the center of everything. Our team genuinely cares about our clients, and that’s why we fight passionately for their rights.
Have a question for the Los Angeles Legal Advocates team? Need help with your immigration case? Reach out to us today!
CEO & Immigration Attorney
Attorney Frances Arroyo is a Board Certified Expert in Immigration & Nationality Law. She is a graduate of American University (BA, 2007) and attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law where she obtained her law degree with a specialty in Global Legal Studies in 2010. During law school, Frances Arroyo served as a student representative with Casa Cornelia, the ACLU, and the American Bar Association Immigrant Justice Project. She also worked with human rights organizations and nonprofits to defend against the rampant inequities in the immigrant community. Through her involvement in trafficking cases, removal defense, and legal activism in Law School, Frances E. Arroyo decided that her passion for immigrant rights would be best served within the practice of immigration law.
Frances Arroyo has devoted her legal career to helping hundreds of immigrants across the U.S. legalize their status. Specifically, Ms. Arroyo has focused her practice on removal and deportation defense along with Federal District Court, the Board of Immigration Review, USCIS, and the State Department, among other agencies. Admitted to the State Bar of California in 2011, Attorney Arroyo has passionately and effectively advocated for the immigrant community in the U.S. and has been invited by the State Bar of California to participate in the drafting program for the State Bar of California Legal Specialization Examination. Throughout her career she has aimed to educate immigrants about their rights and obtain the best and safest legal resolution in their cases. Frances Arroyo has taken on complex immigration cases like claims to U.S. citizenship, appeals with the Board of Immigration Appeals on Due Process issues, Relief under Asylum, Withholding of Removal, and Article III of the Convention Against Torture, among other expert level matters. She prides herself in being an ethical and proactive counselor who is devoted to the defense of immigrants in the U.S.
Frances ha dedicado su carrera legal a ayudar a cientos de inmigrantes en los Estados Unidos a legalizar su estatus. Específicamente, Frances ha centrado su práctica en la defensa de deportación y deportación junto con el Tribunal de Distrito Federal, la Junta de Revisión de Inmigración, USCIS y el Departamento de Estado, entre otras agencias. Admitido en el State Bar of California en 2011, Lcda. Arroyo ha defendido con pasión y eficacia a la comunidad inmigrante en los EE. UU.
Steven I. Shin is an attorney at the Los Angeles Legal Advocates whose primary focus is on complex immigration law. He has been practicing immigration law for almost 20 years and has a wide range of experience with cases before the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State. His own experience through the immigration system was the catalyst that inspired him to become an immigration attorney. His background gives him the capacity to relate directly with clients. He was born in South Korea and immigrated to Peru at the age of four and then to the United States when he was nine years old. It took Steven’s family several years to obtain legal permanent resident status in the United States and he eventually became a naturalized US Citizen after finishing Law School.
Steven has successfully represented thousands of clients from an extensive range of immigration related cases from complex waivers, asylums, U visas, naturalization, VAWA, NACARA, TPS, SIJS, removal/deportation and detention, business and family immigration cases. He has had the opportunity to work with clients that have immigrated to the United States from all over the world.
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Attorney Carlos J. Ortiz was born in Quito, Ecuador, South America and immigrated to the United States with his family as a young boy. Attorney Ortiz and his family struggled like any other immigrant family when they first arrived in the United States. The story of his families’ boarding crossing and their struggles is what motivated him to become an immigration attorney.
He is a graduate of California State University, Dominguez Hills (BA, 2013) and attended Whittier School of Law where he obtained his law degree in 2017 (With Cum Laude honors). Admitted to the State Bar of California in 2017. In his last semester of law school an immigration course he attended once again sparked his interest in immigration law.
Carlos J. Ortiz has focused his practice on removal and deportation defense (Asylum, Adjustment of Status, Cancellation of deportation), Special Immigration Juvenile Status (Juvenile visas in Family Court and Probate Court), USCIS, and Board of Immigration Appeals. Attorney Ortiz has pride in what he does because he is able to help immigrant individuals just as someone once helped his family.
Juan Villanueva Jr. is excited to join Los Angeles Legal Advocates. Mr. Villanueva obtained his doctor of jurisprudence from Western State College of Law in 2019, and was admitted to practice law in the state of California in December of 2019. In law school Mr. Villanueva earned his immigration law certificate and was a certified law student for the immigration clinic at Western State College of Law. In addition, while attending law school Mr. Villanueva worked for an immigration office where he gained much valuable experience. Prior to joining Los Angeles Legal Advocates, Mr. Villanueva was an attorney for a debt collection firm and, subsequently, was a court appointed attorney for the dependency court. Mr. Villanueva’s passion and yearning to advocate for people pertaining to their immigration matters led him to join Los Angeles Legal Advocates. Mr. Villanueva is excited to join the team at Los Angeles Legal Advocates and is ready and willing to make a difference.
In addition to his J.D degree Mr. Villanueva’s education includes the following: In 2007 he obtained his bachelor’s degree in history; in 2010 he obtained his master’s degree in history; and in 2014 he obtained his master’s degree in education.
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