NILIMA PATEL SHAH, LL.M., EsquireFounder & CEO of Paragon Law Firm, PC.
A visionary in her right, and the founder of Paragon Law Firm and Attorney, Nilima Shah has impressive credentials to her name, along with a decorated career, which makes her just the right person to represent clients in various immigration matters.
Nilima’s alma mater includes many prestigious institutions the likes of Gujarat University, India, from where she earned her Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) degrees; Mt. San Antonio Community College, California, from where she went on to earn her Associate in Science in Paralegal Studies. In addition to her success in academia, Nilima has worked for Superior Court of San Bernardino, and in a number of private law firms for over 6 years; after which she decided to get her license to practice law, earning her Master of Law (LL.M.) degree from Chapman University Dale Fowler School of Law, Orange, California. Moreover, she is a licensed law practitioner in the State of California. She is admitted to practice before Immigration Courts (Executive Office of Immigration Review) across all 50 states, as well as the Supreme Court of California, United States District Court for the Central District of California and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. All these credentials combined make Nilima a celebrated attorney amongst her peers; and have given her the necessary prowess to pursue her passion for justice and equality for the oppressed and marginalized.
CARING AND EFFECTIVE ADVOCATE
Being an immigrant herself, Nilima had to face many hardships along her journey. Being closely involved with the immigration process from nearly every vantage point, gave her a unique perspective that many others lack. She 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, she 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 her 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 and the promise of a better life. As an immigrant to the United States, Nilima has experienced this incredible opportunity first hand and wishes to bring these very opportunities in the reach of others. Helping them make their dreams come true is her passion. Whether in the courtroom or one-on-one legal consultations, she has established quite a rapport with both her clients and colleagues; and a record of professionalism, treating clients with the courtesy and respect that they deserve, so that they feel comfortable entrusting their future to Nilima.
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 applications 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 changed her paradigms and gave her a whole new perspective on how she views the immigration law.
This experience left a lasting impression on Nilima and inspired her to continue providing pro bono legal services to immigration clients. This led her to work as a pro bono attorney for the University of La Verne's Asylum Clinic helping clients with asylum cases, Inland County Legal Services, working on U visas and VAWA petitions for eligible applicants. She also volunteered at Esperanza’s legal representation program taking on pro bono cases including asylum representation for a detained immigrant in Adelanto and SIJS representation for a non-detained minor in Los Angeles immigration court. Additionally, she volunteered as a pro bono attorney at the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Immigration Legal Assistance Program (LACBA), and in doing so has had the pleasure of helping a variety of clients from across the globe in preparing various Immigration Petitions; she has also volunteered 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.
Whilst volunteering for these organizations, Nilima observed that even people who had claims that held merit were being deported due to lack of adequate legal representation. With such factors in mind, she felt the need more than ever to come up with a non-profit called “SEVA” to help detainees and asylum seekers get access to justice.
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
Nilima is an amazingly driven results oriented individual who places the needs of her customers and clients first. She works tirelessly around the clock to insure customer needs are met and provides great insight into legal issues and problems.
By Rowel Manasan, Attorney at Law, on July 2012
LAW FIRM'S EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE.
Immigration Court Representation
Defensive Asylum before Immigration Judge
Bond /Custody Redetermination
Cancellation of Removal
Credible Fear Interview Representation
Ice Stay of Removal / Parole Requests
Negative Credible Fear Review
Motions to Terminate / Reopen / Reconsider
Citizenship, Green Cards & Work Permits
Affirmative Asylum before Asylum Office
Adjustment of Status Based on Marriage -
Green Card Renewals / Replacement
Citizenship and Naturalization
Green Cards for Asylees and Refugees
Green Cards for Family thru Consular Process
Green Cards thru L1 visas
Temporary, Work & Business Visas
TN (NAFTA) Visas for Canadian and Mexican Citizens
L1 Visas for Intra-company Transferees
E2 - Non-immigrant Investors Visas
B1 / B2 Visitor Visas
F-1/ M-1 Student Visas
Appeals Before BIA
(Board of Immigration Appeals)
9th Circuit Court Petitions for Review of BIA Denials
Federal Court Habeas Corpus Petitions