Nancy 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.
Nancy 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.
Nancy 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.