How can we help you?
We are a team, of dedicated and passionate immigration attorneys. We’re not just bilingual; we’re bicultural. Most of us studied in Mexico and in the United States. With various team members licensed to practice in California and Mexico, we can serve you on both sides of the border.
– Founder and Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law
My parents were immigrants to the United States, and I appreciate all of their hard work to be able to offer my family a better life. My father founded his immigration consulting practice in 1972 and taught me everything he knew about the process of immigration. After I attended law school at the University of San Diego, I thought I was going to go into corporate law, but after a short time in that field I missed something. In immigration law, I am able to make a profound impact on the lives of individuals, and that is extremely rewarding. This is why I do what I do. I’m in the business of uniting families, realizing dreams, and securing futures for the next generation of Americans.
My parents were immigrants.
I understand your challenges.
– Filex Sanchez, Esq., Founder and Certified Specialist
Union Law Group is the culmination of all of my years of education and hard work, as well as the tremendous work and effort of my parents. I am honored for the opportunity to serve my community and make a difference in the lives of so many hardworking families.
Ricardo Elorza – Associate Attorney
I remember arriving to Los Angeles, California, in 1998, from Oaxaca, Mexico, without knowing how to speak or write English. I was 11 years old and my parents, living in a new and unknown country, enrolled me in the schools they thought were best for me.
Then, three years after my arrival, I learned I had entered the United States “illegally” and that my presence in this country was of an undocumented immigrant. From that moment on, I decided to learn and understand what in meant to be undocumented in the United States. Ultimately, such endeavor launched what is now my profession—an immigration attorney.
Today, I am grateful to have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA, because it allows me to put myself in my client’s shoes as I personally know the difference between having and not having a social security number. Thanks to DACA, I had the opportunity to obtain my legal education, my attorney license, and, the honor to help change my client’s lives.
Now at Union Law Group, I enjoy helping our clients achieve their dream of living legally in this country. My legal focus is in family immigration procedures such as adjustment of status, consulate procedures, U Visas, VAWA, immigrant and non-immigrant waivers, DACA, and parole-in-place, among others.
I obtained my legal education at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and my bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
DACA changed my life, and I now want to do the same for our clients.
– Ricardo Elorza, Associate Attorney
Lilia Rodriguez – Associate Attorney
Immigration, for myself and many of our clients, represents opportunity. Although I grew up in Southern California, my story began in small agricultural town in Zacatecas, Mexico. It was parents’ courage that gave me the opportunity to obtain a bachelors from the “University of California Los Angeles” and later gradate cum laude from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
In honor of my parents’ sacrifices, I always felt my most important career goal should be to better the lives of others. During and immediately after law school, I focused on immigration removal defense. Now, as part of the team at Union Law Group, I work with clients in the United States and abroad helping them build their dreams and create opportunities for their loved ones.
“From the moment I walked into your office,
I felt welcomed & comfortable enough to ask all the questions & doubts I had”.
– Botello Family
Guillermo Carrasco – Attorney Licensed to Practice in Mexico Only
I was born and raised in Tijuana, and living in the busiest border-crossing city in the world inspired me—I wanted to pursue a career where I could work with people in both sides of the border. I am a licensed attorney in Mexico with a L.L.M from the University Of San Diego School Of Law. My first job was as a junior associate at a top firm in Tijuana. Having immigrated myself, I am eager to help clients navigate the immigration process.
Today I lead the Tijuana office for Union Law Group where we assist our clients with all aspects of Mexican and international law.
When I am not in the office you can find me outside, surfing or logging miles on my bike training for a triathlon.
Leonardo Cortés – Assistant Manager
I graduated from the Baja California State University with a degree in law. I then began my career working with Cortes y Tapia Law firm in Tijuana, where I developed an interest in international law. After that, I gained valuable experience working with the Mexican Government Secretary with the National Immigration Institute (INAMI), learning how to help people from all over the world immigrate to Mexico, gain work permits, residency and citizenship.
Since joining Union Law Group in 2013, I’ve continued to consult and support individuals needing service in either Mexico or the United States. After moving to San Diego in 2015, my greatest passion is still helping the immigrant community. I like to travel read, do outdoor activities and always enjoy a good happy hour with friends.