The Matian Firm dba La Liga Defensora names former Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) Senior Staff Lawyer and Univision Legal Analyst Nancy Reyes Guarderas, as Managing Associate Attorney of The Matian Firm’s immigration department.

LOS ANGELES, July 30, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Shawn Matian Esq., President of The Matian Firm dba La Liga Defensora, is proud to announce the appointment of Nancy Reyes Guarderas.  Mrs. Reyes Guarderas is an immigration attorney, licensed to practice in the State of California, since 1998. Prior to joining The Matian Firm dba La Liga Defensora, Mrs. Reyes Guarderas was a Senior Staff Attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) as an immigration attorney. LAFLA serves as the frontline law firm for poor and low-income people in Los Angeles. Her experience included filing affirmative and defensive applications for her clients before the United States Citizenship & Immigration Service.  Mrs. Reyes Guarderas also conducted hearings before the United States Immigration Court, briefing and appealing before the Administrative Appeals Office, Board of Immigration Appeals, and the United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mrs. Reyes Guarderas has helped over 1400 clients with direct services, conducted community outreach for thousands of people; and trained hundreds of private and non-profit attorneys, social workers, and law students through panels, trainings and guest lecturer opportunities at USC’s School of Social Work and Loyola Law School over her 16 years at that law firm.  During her time at LAFLA she also Chaired the Los Angeles VAWA / U Visa Network for the past decade where she lead the group to make immigration policy changes at the local, state and national level by working closely with law enforcement, prosecutors, USCIS, and other government offices to create and better policies impacting our communities’ immigrants.

Mrs. Reyes Guarderas also serves as a regular Legal Analyst for Univision TV and Radio. Mrs. Reyes Guarderas delivers important legal information, explains nuances and complexities in immigration law and provides breaking news and analysis on the changing landscape of immigration legislation.

The Matian Firm dba La Liga Defensora President and Shawn F. Matian Esq. is quoted as saying  “Nancy Guarderas has spent her distinguished legal career advocating for the rights of thousands of poor and low-income people who otherwise would have nowhere else to turn. Nancy has shined the light of justice in the darkest corners; there is little else one can do with a bar card that is more admirable than that. We look forward to Nancy’s influence and passion here at The Matian Firm.”


The Matian Firm | La Liga Defensora has helped thousands of clients with their immigration and criminal cases by providing excellent legal services. This consistent track record of outstanding work has been notably recognized by the legal community as evidenced by the many awards that have been bestowed upon the firm including: Super Lawyers | Rising Stars; The National Top 100 Trial Lawyers; Lawyers of Distinction Award; Nationally Ranked Top 10 Attorney Award; 10 Best Law Firms Client Satisfaction; and Avvo’s Client Choice Award, amongst other accolades.


The Matian Firm | La Liga Defensora is staffed with experienced, aggressive, and zealous attorneys who are prepared to protect the rights of all immigrants as well as those who stand accused of committing a crime. Associate attorneys include former federal prosecutors, former special task force lawyers, former district attorneys, former public defenders, former asylum officers, former LAFLA (Legal Aid Foundation Of Los Angeles) attorneys, and many other lawyers who strive to make a difference in the fields of immigration law and criminal defense law.


The Matian Firm | La Liga Defensora provides legal services in all immigration and criminal matters including, but not limited to: deportation defense, family petitions, U-Visas, DACA, FOIA, Asylum, and VAWA. The firm also handles all criminal felony and misdemeanor matters including cases related to: Driving Under the Influence (DUI/DWI), drug offenses, domestic violence matters, theft/robbery cases, sex crimes, violent crimes, fraud, arrest warrants, and cases falling under federal jurisdiction.


The Matian Firm is located at 3701 Wilshire Blvd Suite 210, Los Angeles, California 90010. This year also welcomes a new location to serve the Bay Area / Northern California at 111 N. Market Street Suite 888 in San Jose, California 95113.


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