Ms. Leiva is the managing owner at Leiva Law Firm. Ms. Leiva represents clients in family-based petitions, including consular processing and waivers, obtaining legal permanent residency through marriage to US citizen, Fiancé Visas, Provisional Waivers, U-Visas for victims of crime, DACA, Travel Permits, and assisting clients in applying for naturalization including those with criminal issues in their past.
She has extensive experience in representing LGBT clients in all immigration filings and also prepares and represents couples in marriage fraud interviews. She graduated Cum Laude from John Marshall Law School. While in law school she was an intern at the Georgia Public Defender’s Office and participated in the Catholic Charities Immigration Clinic where they represented individuals before the Immigration Courts.
Prior to passing the bar, Ms. Leiva worked at an Atlanta Worker’s Compensation firm representing clients against insurers and assisting the trial attorney before the Workers’ Compensation Board. As the daughter of immigrants herself, Ms. Leiva believes in giving back to the immigrant community and volunteers with Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of San Francisco to represent clients on a pro bono basis.
As a second-generation immigrant she has personal experience dealing with the bureaucracy of the agencies involved in the immigration process both here and abroad.
Elyse is a legal assistant at Leiva Law Firm. She joined the firm in November of 2011 and has always been dedicated to providing clients with strong personal support and guidance throughout their immigration case. Ms. Fontanilla is involved in almost all areas of immigration law, which include Family-based Petitions, Adjustment of Status Applications, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, K1 Fiancé Visas, Consular Processing Support, Application for Naturalization and Citizenship, Military Parole in Place, and Advance Parole.
Ms. Fontanilla is passionate about keeping families together and reuniting them after years of being separated. Moreover, Ms. Fontanilla specializes in helping current and former U.S. Military with Military Parole in Place, a special program that congress set up to help military families obtain legal permanent residence.
Ms. Fontanilla has a high regard to customer service and navigating clients through the complicated world of immigration. She is a San Francisco native and alumnus of San Jose State University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts and Applied Sciences in Justice Studies.
Ms. Betty Salazar is the Office Manager and Administrator at Leiva Law Firm. She is responsible for the overall administration of both our San Francisco & Walnut Creek office. Ms. Salazar has over 10 years of experience in management. She has a B.S. in Administration & Management. Ms. Salazar is also proficient in Spanish.