Attorney Mary Elizabeth Perez is fluent in English and Spanish, and works with a diverse population of clients from Greece, Canada, Japan, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Italy, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and numerous other countries. She has excelled in representing clients in removal proceedings, and focuses the bulk of her practice on representing clients in front of the United State Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. Immigration Courts. She has assisted clients in obtaining family – based and employment based visas and in obtaining deportation proceedings relief.
Attorney Perez ensures that clients receive individualized attention. Unlike a large firm, where clients may interact primarily with paralegals or non-lawyer office staff, Attorney Perez interacts with clients 100 percent of the time. She is accessible to clients, she and returns all texts, calls, and emails within twenty–four (24) hours.
Attorney Perez graduated cum laude from California Western School of Law, where she was a member of Law Review. During law school, she was also a distinguished Peggy Browning fellow. Additionally, she conducted field research with undocumented migrant farmworkers in Vermont. She also served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Gilbert Nares at the California Court of Appeal.
After law school, Attorney Perez worked in criminal law and acquired substantial trial experience that enhances her current practice. Attorney Perez has litigated six criminal jury trials, and has earned acquittals for her clients in five of those trials. Although her practice is now focused on immigration law, her jury trial experience distinguishes her from her peers in that she has a keen understanding of the criminal process and its impacts on immigration status.
Prior to law school, Attorney Perez worked as an educator in Chula Vista, CA, where she interacted extensively with the Latino community and developed sensitivity and empathy for their unique needs. That experiences also sets her apart from her peers in the immigration legal community, as she understands the dynamics of family- based immigration from a first-hand perspective
Attorney Perez takes tremendous pride in her work and a passionate interest in the best possible outcome for each client.