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.
J. D. Whittier School of Law
Bachelor in Business Administration and Management, CSULB
Bar Admissions and Professional Licenses
California Board of Legal Specialization – Certified Specialist, Immigration & Nationality Law
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
Stephanie was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Stephanie personally relates to the stories of many immigrant families seeking a better life in the United States because she is the proud daughter of immigrant parents from Mexico. Growing up in a family and community of hard working immigrants motivated Stephanie to continue her education. From an early age, she developed a passion of advocating for immigrant rights. She soon realized the immigrant community was under-served in the legal field and made it her goal to become an immigration lawyer.
Stephanie is a first generation graduate, as the first person in her family to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Arizona State University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern Law School. While in law school Stephanie completed internships at a prominent law firm in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the immigrant rights project at Public Counsel, and the Southwestern Law School Immigration Law Clinic. During her time in law school, Stephanie was also an active member of the Latino Law Students Association and served as President of the Immigration Law Students Association.
J. D. Southwestern Law School
Bachelor of Science, Arizona State University
Bar Admissions and Professional Licenses
Professional Associations and Memberships
American Immigration Lawyers Association
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.
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 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.
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.
Erika Magaña has 13 years of experience in the immigration field. Growing up Erika saw first hand the struggles of her mother’s deportation proceedings where an Immigration Judge ordered deportation and the BIA remanded the case back twice and after 16 years of battle obtained her Permanent Resident card through NACARA. With her mother’s case in mind, Erika attentively supervises the department/office and ensures cases are handled professionally and efficiently.
Salvador immigrated to the United States from Mexico when he was only 2 years of age. He knows firsthand the struggles immigrant families go through. On June 15, 2012 DACA opened many doors to young adults including Salvador’s. As a DACA recipient, Salvador attempts to help the immigrant community go through their immigration process as painless as possible. Salvador not only relates to the undocumented immigrants, he knows what it feels like to have one’s humanity stripped off by this administration for being a Mexican immigrant, person of color and LGBT member.
Salvador knows the importance of family and education and is currently pursuing his BA in Computer Engineering with a minor in Business Administration. He hopes that his continued development, as an immigration case worker at The Aguirre Law Firm, is able to help as many people as possible before opening his next chapter in life.
Wendy Penaloza is a native Spanish speaking paralegal. She was born and raised in Southern California. She has a BA in Political Science with a minor in pre-law from the California State University of San Bernardino. Miss Penaloza joined the firm in 2018, her passion to work, dedication, and desire to help has brought her to The Aguirre Law Firm.
Grace was born and raised in the US from parents of German and Guatemalan decent. Grace found one of her passions, the passion for helping others, in 2013 when she started her career in the legal field, she quickly learned about immigration law, which captured her attention and decided to learn and help as much she could.
Grace takes great pride to learn and study all her cases individually to learn as much as she can about her clients to help them as thoroughly and accurately as possible.
Grace has been educated in classical music/opera at Hope International University and holds 3 bachelors – Vocal Performance, Conducting and Worship arts and a Minor in Biblical Studies. Music is one of Grace’s other passions. She is now seeking her paralegal certification to further help her career and to better help our clients.
Stephanie was first introduced to immigration 4 years ago as a receptionist for an immigration law firm. She became interested when she saw how she could be making more of a difference in people’s lives and how she could more help others. She is passionate about helping our clients in getting legal status or find a form of relief to make their lives better and to feel safe in the US. Stephanie was born from Salvadorian immigrant parents and knows the struggles of an immigrant first hand and it is a driving force for her to help as many and as much as she can.
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, 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.
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 case 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. She now helps The Aguirre Law Firm with Sales and receptionist work.
Born and raised in Los Angeles. Born from immigrant parents from Mexico and El Salvador. Stephanie has seen the struggles of family members and their legal status. Throughout her life, she has seen first hand family members and friends struggle to gain legal status, enduring notarios and other predatory type attorneys. Her passion for helping others led her to apply for a job at The Aguirre Law Firm and now looks forward to learning all about immigration and growing within the firm to help people others fulfill their American Dream.
Stephanie is our newest Team member and we are glad to have such bright and compassionate individual working the telephone lines. She is a great listener, accurate, honest and always happy to help.