Our Team

Meet Our Team of Immigration Experts, Here To Defend Your Rights

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 Values


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.

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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.

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Immigration Attorney

Abisag Ayala is an attorney specializing in Immigration and Nationality law with a zealous commitment to the preservation of all immigrant civil and constitutional protections.  She is an advocate for child migrants, survivors of human trafficking and victims of violent crimes.

Mrs. Ayala attended UC Berkeley where she majored in Political Science and Latin American literature. She received her Juris Doctor Degree (J.D.) in 2006 with a specialty and certification in International Law. During law school, she served on the board of the Latino Student Bar Association, the Hispanic Student Bar Association and was the recipient of the Public Interest Law Foundation grant. She also received several CALI Awards in Immigration Law.  While still completing her degree, Mrs. Ayala was honored to receive a law clerk position with the prestigious Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), where she worked on several major public policy projects concerning immigrant and Day laborer rights.   Throughout her legal career Mrs. Ayala has remained active serving as President of several outreach organizations that promote higher education in underprivileged sectors.  

Attorney Ayala has represented thousands of noncitizens before the Executive Office for Immigration Review, CA State Superior Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Federal Ninth Circuit Court and United States Citizenship and Immigration Service. Attorney Ayala has provided zealous and passionate representation to her clients in Los Angeles, California for more than 15 years.  


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Christiana Michaels



Christiana Michaels

Personal Injury Attorney

Christina Michael is a fiercely dedicated senior trial lawyer at Los Angeles Legal Advocates.  Her mission is to achieve justice for people who are being ignored or left feeling inferior by insurance companies and big businesses. 

Energetic, focused, and relentless, Christina is a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who is wholeheartedly committed to protecting her clients and getting the best possible results. 

Christina strives to make accident victims’ voices heard and ensure they receive fair compensation for the life-altering injuries and losses they suffered. She has never shied away from a difficult case, whether it’s in Federal Court, Superior Court, or even Uninsured Motorist Arbitration. 

Christina takes a holistic approach to litigation. Not only does she focus on legal strategy and diligently litigating each case she handles, but she also devotes incredible time and effort to getting to know her clients and tailoring her methodology to each of their individual needs.

Before joining Los Angeles Legal Advocates in 2023, Christina worked for 13 years as in-house counsel for a large insurance company in Los Angeles and San Diego. She left the defense side in favor of plaintiff’s work, seeking justice and channeling her energy into making injured plaintiffs whole again.


Christina received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, majoring in Biology and Genetics. She then obtained her J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. Christina is licensed to practice law in California.

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Immigration Attorney

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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