About Us

Silvia Aguirre Immigration Attorney

Silvia Aguirre
Certified Specialist, Immigration & Nationality Law
State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization

Silvia discovered her passion for counseling families while working during her youth with her parents, the company’s founders. She realized early on that to better serve the immigrant community she needed to become an attorney with the proper legal education and experience. Therefore she decided to further her goals and undertook the challenge to attain the needed skills and license to practice law.

Silvia earned her Bachelor in Business Administration and Management from the California State University of Long Beach where she was an active member of the Hispanic Student Business Association. She went on to attain her Law Degree from Whittier School of Law. While in Law School she furthered her experience and understanding of the legal system by interning for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services – California Service Center, the Whittier Law School Children’s Rights Clinic and the Glendale YWCA domestic violence center.

After passing the California Bar Exam, Silvia has successfully represented Immigrants in deportation defense, family, bankruptcy, and criminal courts. She is licensed to practice before the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. She also recently passed the Immigration Specialist exam in the State of California. Silvia continues to further her legal education by attending legal seminars, participating in the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), and the Mexican American Bar Association (MABA). She also participates in free legal informational forums in our local community.

Education
J. D. Whittier School of Law
Bachelor in Business Administration and Management, CSULB

Bar Admissions and Professional Licenses
California
The United States District Court for the Central District of California
The United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Associations and Memberships
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Los Angeles County Bar Association
The Mexican American Bar Association

 

Immigration Attorney Yolanda MartinYolanda Martin, Esq.
Yolanda Martin was born in Los Angeles, California. Her family immigrated to the United States from Mexico in 1985. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego in 2009, and her Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 2012.

While in law school, Ms. Martin served as a law clerk for the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law in Los Angeles, CA, District Attorney’s Family Violence Division in Los Angeles, CA, and Los Angeles Superior Court, CA. Ms. Martin discovered her passion for immigration law while she was a member of the Immigration Law Society during law school.

Following law school, Ms. Martin served as a fellow with Neighborhood Legal Services (NLS), Los Angeles, CA, in the domestic violence and family law division. During her time with NLS, she provided services to immigrants who have survived domestic violence or victims to other crimes.

Education
J. D. Loyola Law School
Bachelor in Political Science, University of California, San Diego

Bar Admissions and Professional Licenses
California
The United States District Court for the Central District of California
The United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Associations and Memberships
Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA)
Mexican American Bar Association (MABA).

The Aguirre Law Firm and Staff

The Aguirre Law Firm’s goal is to continue providing the same level of service it has provided to the community since 1970. To continue the family tradition of providing professional, honest and cost effective immigration legal solutions the community can trust.

The Company first opened its doors in 1970 under the name of “Arturo Aguirre Business Service”. It was founded by Arturo Aguirre and his wife Maria Castillo-Aguirre, by immigrants for immigrants. The Company has thrived based on its commitment to providing prompt, caring, and understanding services. It has built a loyal customer base on their honest assessments of individual cases families can trust. It is what has kept clients returning and referring their families and friends for years.

In February 2010, the Company officially became The Aguirre Law Firm, a Professional Law Corporation, after Silvia Aguirre, the founder’s daughter earned her law degree. It expanded its services to offer Attorney representation and analysis for the client’s legal needs and is now able to provide greater services for our community.

Today The Aguirre Firm APC remains committed to assisting Immigrants with the same care and understanding the founders have provided since 1970. With the Founders continued insight, leadership, and example, The Aguirre Law Firm looks forward to assisting thousands of immigrants in the many years to come.

Administrators

Arturo Aguirre
Arturo founded the Business in 1970 with the vision of helping the immigrant community legalize their status in the US. He knew the challenges and difficulties of new immigrants and dedicated himself to studying the ever changing legal procedures in order to help explain and successfully guide many through this legal process. The business has thrived based on his commitments to providing excellent prompt services with the utmost care and understanding. In 2006, he received the prestigious Exemplary Service award from the State of California for his extraordinary contributions to the community. Arturo also served as president of the National Association of Immigration Consultants for many years. With his many years of continuing success, he now serves as a mentor to The Aguirre Law Firm.

 

Raul ArteagaRaul Arteaga
Raul is the Law Firm’s Marketing and Information Systems Director. He was born in El Salvador and immigrated to the United States at the age of ten. He faced adversity but overcame and earned his Bachelor degree in Interactive Design. He brings over 10 years of experience in his field. He has the passion to assist immigrants find the resources they need to succeed in attaining legal status in the U.S. He knows and understands the great need families have to find the trustworthy and affordable services. Raul is also Silvia’s husband and together they make a formidable team sharing the same passions and goals.

Case Assistants

Maria Aguirre
Maria has been one of the principal leaders for the business with Arturo. She has equally devoted herself to assisting many immigrants legalize their status in and outside the United States. She brings over 40 years experience of provided exceptional and caring services. She continues to be a key asset to our team by supervising and setting an example for true dedication and passion to help the community. She sets a high bar for excellence and is an inspiration to us all. She is also a caring, supportive, and motivating wife and mother.

 

Maria Martinez Lead Paralegal at The Aguirre Law FirmMaria Martinez
Maria immigrated to the United States as a baby and knows first hand the struggles immigrant families go through. Maria has 10 years of experience as a Paralegal. She has the knowledge and experience needed to explain legal requirements and procedures. She knows how to relate to our clients because she has lived the immigrant experience. She truly enjoys her work and values the opportunity to work with a variety of clients and people from many backgrounds.

 

Nevine Vargas Paralegal at The Aguirre Law FirmNevine Vargas
Nevine as a first generation American has experienced firsthand the cultural differences and disadvantages faced by the immigrant community. However, thru her perseverance and resilience has overcome numeral obstacles and hardships and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from California State University, Los Angeles. In addition, she served as a Board Member for Joseph A. Vail Center for Immigrant Rights for over two years, where she provided assistance to low income families facing deportation. Nevine is passionate and dedicated to the advancement of the immigrant’s human and legal rights in her community. At our Firm she continues to strives to provide Immigrants the legal guidance and advocacy she knows they need.

 

Eliana Roca Paralegal Assistant at The Aguirre Law FirmEliana Roca
Eliana was born in Santa Cruz De la Sierra, Bolivia. She immigrated to the US at the age of 21. That is when she discovered her passion of helping immigrants through their struggles of immigration difficulties and challenges. Eliana worked as a legal assistant for 2 years before joining The Aguirre Law Firm in 2013. As a legal assistant with The Aguirre Law Firm, Eliana has assisted in the opening of the Aguirre Law Firm’s Van Nuys Office. She’s well known for treating all her clients with the utmost respect. Eliana listens to every individual case thoroughly to assist in their legal requirements and procedures. She uses her compassion, knowledge, and experience to help immigrant families surpass their struggles in the US through legal ramifications.

 

Michelle Castro Paralegal Assistant at The Aguirre Law FirmMichelle Castro
Michelle is the first member of her family to be born in the U.S. Her family came to California a couple years before she was born and she has seen them struggle first hand through all the hardships of surviving and supporting a family while having no legal status in the U.S. These experiences encouraged her to want to help others like her parents who gave so much for a better life and opportunity. Now working with the Aguirre Law firm she looks forward to growing with the office and helping those who are struggling with the same challenges her parents went through.

Support Staff

Melly Navarro Receptionist at The Aguirre Law FirmMelly Navarro
Melly from an early age found a passion for assisting immigrant through various legal procedures. She has worked for over 25 years as a legal assistant, paralegal, and interpreter at Immigration Interviews in Amnesty, NACARA, and other residency applications. Through her unwavering selfless dedication to immigrants she had encouraged many to seek and attain legal status in the U.S. Her optimism, good humor, and keen eye for details inspires everyone around her. Her experience and talents are invaluable and our Firm is honored to have her on our team. Melly is also like family to the Aguirre Family as we have shared an over 20 year friendship.