Expertise You Can Trust
Daniel Shanfield, Esq.
Founder and President
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’
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
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Paris Etemadi Scott
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
Rodrigo Ivan Canido
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
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.
Esmeralda is the firm's paralegal. She has worked in the area of immigration
law since 2006. Prior to joining our San Jose office, Esmeralda served
as a Board of Immigration Appeals Accredited Representative with Catholic
Charities of Santa Clara County, working with immigrant victims of crime
and successfully representing numerous domestic violence survivors in
obtaining U visa status and permanent residency. Esmeralda has worked
extensively with non-profits before entering the immigration field. She
mentored at-risk high school youth in San Jose, California, and also served
as an Americorps volunteer in Seattle, Washington as a service learning
coordinator. Esmeralda is a graduate of the University of California,
Berkeley (B.A. Political Science).
What We Can Do For You
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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