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Daniel Shanfield, Esq.
Founder and President

Daniel Shanfield

Daniel Shanfield has succeeded in some of the most difficult immigration cases. Overseas, he led an appeals project to overturn visa denials by the U.S. Consulate, and has overseen numerous successful appeals for detained immigrants in the United States. He is a former INS litigation attorney who advised the government on a broad spectrum of immigration law issues, and was adjunct clinical law professor at New York Law School in Downtown Manhattan. Before entering private practice, Daniel was the Legal Services Manager with the U.S. refugee program in Europe, where he brought immigrants to safety and helped reunite them with loved ones in the United States. Daniel has also served as a migration and refugee advisor to the United Nations, and as an attorney overseeing pro bono legal representation for the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, now Human Rights First. His legal knowledge and uncommon insights are the critical difference behind his clients’ success.

Daniel is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law and UCLA (magna cum laude). He is admitted to practice before the California Supreme Court, Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal District Court, Executive Office for Immigration Review, State Department, and Department of Homeland Security. He is currently the Consulate General of Mexico in San Jose Liaison for the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA SCV). Daniel previously served as AILA SCV Chapter Chair, and was Chair of the Immigration Section of the Santa Clara County Bar Association. Daniel enjoys teaching and writing on immigration law topics, and is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the International Law Committees of the American Bar Association and California State Bar. Daniel holds a deep commitment to pro bono service, serving as an asylum law mentor for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco, and on the Legal Advisory Board of the Stanford Law School Immigrants’ Rights Clinic. For his efforts on behalf of Northern California's immigrant community, Daniel has been awarded the Premio Tequio by the Consulate General of Mexico in San Jose.

Daniel, a California native, is fluent in Spanish and French. As the child of parents from Latin America, he understands the challenges his immigrant clients face.

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Paris Etemadi Scott
Associate Attorney

Paris Etemadi Scott is an Associate Attorney with our office. She has over 5 years of experience as a litigation attorney with a recent focus on immigration law and international human rights. Before joining our practice, Paris worked as a Pro Bono attorney at The Bay Area Legal Aid Society and managed her own Immigration Law practice. Her focus on human rights law expands to the Asian continent where she worked with refugees at Christian Action NGO in Hong Kong, representing refugees in their resettlement claims before the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Prior to her immigration practice, Paris worked for the law firm of Bullivant Houser Bailey in San Francisco where she litigated insurance and complex commercial matters. Her passion for litigation and advocacy was fueled by a full-time externship at the U.S. District Court of Northern California. She partly attributes her successful law career to her previous professional experience as a Systems Analyst and IT Project Director with multinational companies in Europe and America.

Paris is a graduate of Golden Gate University School of Law (J.D. with Honors) and The University of Maryland (B.S., Honors in Computer Science).

Associations and Memberships include:

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Ninth Circuit of California
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association

Paris is fluent in French and Farsi. As an immigrant herself, she zealously advocates on behalf of her clients and passionately strives to relieve their plight.

Rodrigo Ivan Canido
Associate Attorney

Rodrigo Ivan Canido is an Associate Attorney with the firm and has been practicing exclusively in the area of immigration law since becoming licensed to practice in California.

Prior to joining the firm Rodrigo worked at a number of private immigration law firms, where he successfully represented clients before the Department of State, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Immigration Courts, and the Board of Immigration Appeals.

Rodrigo has a long-standing commitment to immigrants’ rights. While in law school, Rodrigo served as a student advocate at the Washington College of Law, Immigrant Justice Clinic, where he successfully represented low-income clients with immigration matters involving asylum, human trafficking and family petitions. Rodrigo takes great joy in serving as a board member for Sunday Friends, a non-profit organization serving low-income families in the City of San Jose.

Rodrigo is a graduate of American University, Washington College of Law (J.D.), American University, Kogod School of Business (M.B.A., Cum Laude) and San Francisco State University (B.A., in Political Science). His unique background in law, business and negotiations gives his family and business clients a critical edge on the most challenging immigration cases.

Juan Gil García
Immigration Services Coordinator

Juan Gil García is the Firm’s Immigration Services Coordinator, and serves as the Firm’s senior paralegal. Juan Gil brings more than 20 years of government and non-profit experience in immigration law, and while in the non-profit sector successfully represented numerous immigrant families as an accredited representative before USCIS, the Immigration Court, and the Board of Immigration Appeals.

Juan Gil previously served as an Asylum Officer with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. While at DHS, Juan Gil developed in depth knowledge of immigration and asylum law, and a unique insider’s perspective of how USCIS works.

Juan Gil has a deep commitment to immigrants’ rights. In 2012, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors recognized his contributions to the immigrant community with the Unity in Diversity Award. Juan Gil has presented at numerous regional and national immigration law conferences and trainings, and is highly sought after by The Bay Area’s English and Spanish language media for his insights on immigration issues.

Juan Gil holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Stanford University and a Master of Fine Arts in Directing Motion Pictures and Television from the Academy of Art University. He has also studied at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City, Mexico and the Centro Linguistico di Ateneo in Florence, Italy.

Juan Gil is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Italian.

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No matter what you’re facing, our firm can help you sort out the best solution for your immigration needs. Here are some of the services we offer:

Our firm can help English, Spanish, and French-speaking clients, and arrange for interpreters in almost any language. No matter what you’re facing, we can help you sort out the best solution for your immigration needs.

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