NILIMA PATEL SHAH, LL.M.founder of Paragon Law Firm
Founder of Paragon Law Firm and Attorney, Nilima Shah earned her Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) degrees from Gujarat University, India. Nilima also earned her Associate in Science in Paralegal Studies from Mt. San Antonio Community College, Walnut, California. After working for Superior Court of San Bernardino and private law firms for over 6 years, Nilima decided to get her license to practice law. Nilima earned her Master of Law (LL.M.) degree from Chapman University Dale Fowler School of Law, Orange, California. Nilima is admitted to practice law in the Supreme Court of California. Nilima is also admitted to practice before Immigration Courts (Executive Office of Immigration Review) of all 50 states, United States District Court for the Central District of California and United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
CARING AND EFFECTIVE ADVOCATE
Being an immigrant herself, Nilima has been closely involved with the immigration process from nearly every vantage point. Nilima understands how complicated and daunting the process can seem to those unfamiliar with the law and has seen the joy that comes from a successful outcome -- be it work authorization, asylum, a green card, or U.S. citizenship. And, above all, Nilima knows how important it is for individuals, families, and employers to have an immigration attorney they can trust and understands first-hand how complicated the immigration process can be. This personal familiarity with the immigration process, together with her extensive professional training and experience, makes Nilima a compassionate and effective advocate in immigration matters. Nilima is eager to offer her significant skills and knowledge to help individuals, families, and employers with their immigration needs.
COMMITTED TO IMMIGRANTS
Immigration is the greatest passport that anybody in the world could hope for. It provides the freedom to live and work anywhere in the world. As an immigrant to the United States, Nilima has seen the incredible opportunity first hand. Bringing those opportunities to others and helping them make their dreams come true is her passion. Whether in the courtroom or one-on-one legal consultations, Nilima has an established record of professionalism, treating clients with the courtesy and respect that they deserve.
INVOLVED IN PUBLIC INTEREST
As a law student at Chapman, Nilima participated in the Bette and Wylie Aitken Family Violence Clinic, where she handled U visa and VAWA application for clients. Learning about the international refugee law and the asylum process for immigrants exiled from their homes as a result of war and bigotry has given Nilima a whole new perspective to look at the immigration law. This experience left a lasting impression on Nilima. Helping a real client obtain her U visa status has inspired Nilima to continue providing pro bono legal services to immigration clients.
Nilima worked as a pro bono attorney for University of La Verne's Asylum Clinic helping clients with asylum cases and for Inland County Legal Services, working on U visas and VAWA petitions for eligible applicants. Currently Nilima volunteers at Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Immigration Legal Assistance Program (LACBA) helping variety of clients from different parts of the world in preparing various Immigration Petitions. Nilima also volunteers at LACBA’s Pro Bono Legal Representation program by making limited court appearances for individuals without attorneys and informing them of their rights and available forms of relief.
We would highly recommend attorney Mrs. Nilima Patel Shah, who we found to be prompt, hard working and reliable. Mrs. Shah is sensitive to the needs of immigrants and has appeare in Immigration Courts throught out the United States, on behalf of our Law Offices and has left favorable impression upon the Immigration Judges.Law Offices of Garish Sarin, on November 2, 2016
I have known Nilima for a number of years. Because I am a spanish speaking attorney I receive a number of immigration related questions from my clients that I refer to Mrs. Shah. In addition I was extremely impressed to hear Mrs. Shah's own story of migration to the US and the manner in which she became an immigration attorney shows that she is 100% invested in her practice. For these reasons it makes it simple to refer clients to her with full confidence.Mark Martinez Real estate Attorney on Mar 5, 2015
We had the privilege of a brief stint with Nilima before she became an attorney. Even back then, she was extremely knowledgeable both about immigration law and about local procedures and practices. Since she opened her practice, she has really excelled and raised the bar for immigration practice in the Inland Empire.Marc Grossman Workers compensation Attorney on Oct 28, 2014