Attorney Emma Zhang has a strong background in venture capital, startup law, and M&A, combined with a specialization in US immigration law. Her experience has placed her in a unique role to serve startups and corporations for all of their business immigration needs. As an immigrant herself, she has experienced the lengthy and complex immigration process firsthand while chasing the American dream. Now, she provides clients in the San Francisco Bay Area with the thorough, transparent, and step-by-step guidance they need throughout the legal process. She is known for her high success rate, response time, honesty, and efficiency. The turnaround time for immigration cases is quick and no time is wasted. Attorney Emma Zhang is dedicated to helping her clients succeed.
“I love solving problems for people. Maybe that’s why I became an attorney. I love the complexity of immigration law so I chose to become an immigration lawyer after law school. I worked in one of the largest immigration law firms for years, gaining in-depth experience and specialties in PERM-based EB-2/EB-3 green card applications, H-1B visas, L-1 visas, EB-1 green card (Multinational Manager, Outstanding Researcher, and Extraordinary Ability), E-2 investment visas, etc. While enjoying ample resources and best practice standards that the large immigration law firm got to offer, I was feeling less connected to the clients and lacking a picture of each client’s unique stories in my head.”
Over the years, The Law Office of Zhang has overseen families reunited, small businesses grew into unicorn companies, and talents and experts realized their values in the United States of America. While it is satisfying to see our clients’ life and business grow, the law firm grows with them. We now proudly manage immigration programs for corporations in all sizes in the greater San Francisco area & Dallas.
” I listen to each client’s life stories and immigration problems and provide a customized plan to reach their immigration goal.”
“Nothing is comparable to the joy I have when I see the case approval notice mailed in because I know what it means to each client and where it fits in their future life chapters.”
“Fun facts about me: I love martial arts and practice boxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jujitsu and Wrestling. I almost made a professional boxer when I was 16 years old. I also love traveling and have visited 5 continents.”
Cortney Shegerian is a founding member of Shegerian Conniff LLP and lead trial lawyer. Her practice focuses on employment law and includes all aspects of case management from inception through trial, with particular emphasis in jury trials and case resolution. Ms. Shegerian has extensive experience and success in mediation, all aspects of litigation, trial preparation and jury trials. Throughout her career as an attorney, she has tried numerous cases in both State and Federal Court. Ms. Shegerian has argued in the California Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of California. Ms. Shegerian places her focus on discovering each client’s personal experience in order obtain the best possible outcome for their case.
Ms. Shegerian was named one of the “Most Influential Women Lawyers in Los Angeles” in 2017. In February 2017, she became one of the youngest attorneys in California to argue a case before the California Supreme Court.
Ms. Shegerian has served as a speaker and panelist in the area of employment law for the Consumer Attorney of California Travel Seminar in Hawaii, November 28-December 1st, 2017, Speaker on the topic of “Gender Discrimination in the Workplace: Is It Affecting Your Client?”, Consumer Attorney of California Travel Seminar in Sonoma, April 1-2, 2016, Panel Speaker on the topic of “Finding the Story in your Employment Trial.”, the Los Angeles County Bar Association Saturday Seminar November 14, 2015, Panel Speaker on the topic of “Nuts and Bolts” of Employment law, “Plaintiff’s Perspective on Disability Discrimination.”
Ms. Shegerian is licensed to practice in the State of California. She is admitted to the State Bar of California and the United States District Court for Central District of California, She also is a member of a number of legal memberships and affiliations, including Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Consumer Attorneys of California, American Bar Association, Armenian Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Women and the Los Angeles, Orange County, and Fresno County Bar Associations.
Ms. Shegerian is an active Board Member for the Peggy Albrecht Friendly House and a volunteer at the Sojourn Battered Women’s Shelter in Santa Monica.
Shauneen Militello is a corporate transactional associate representing public and private clients in a broad range of US and cross-border corporate transactions .
Her practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, debt and equity financings, public and private offerings, corporate restructurings, leveraged buyouts, public regulatory disclosures, general corporate governance and other general corporate and securities matters. Her clients cover a wide range of industries and include publicly traded corporations, emerging growth companies, multinationals, financial institutions and both distressed companies and investors of distressed companies.
Elisa Gozarkhah is a founder and managing director of The Law Man Group. Elisa’s practice includes helping victims of personal injuries, as well as family law, and workers’ compensation. She also has experience working as criminal defense counsel.
Elisa is a member of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and regularly volunteers at the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law.
Jonna Lothyan is an associate in the San Diego office of Lewis Brisbois. Ms. Lothyan practices general liability, professional liability, products liability, environmental/toxic torts litigation, employment and business litigation.
Ms. Lothyan’s professional liability practice focuses on both legal and medical malpractice. She also represents vehicle manufacturers in products liability cases. Ms. Lothyan’s business litigation includes trade secret, unfair competition, contractual disputes, shareholder derivative actions and intellectual property. Additionally, Ms. Lothyan handles appellate matters at both the state and federal levels.
Ms. Lothyan is admitted to practice before all the courts in California. She has participated in over 25 mediations, including complex case mediations. Ms. Lothyan is a member of the San Diego trial team. She has prepared over a dozen cases for trial and tried three jury trials where she obtained either a defense verdict or favorable settlement during trial.
In addition, Ms. Lothyan provides strategic advice to clients and trial counsel with respect to significant trial court motions and post-trial matters where an appellate challenge is anticipated.
Prior to passing the bar and during law school, Ms. Lothyan was a law clerk with Lewis Brisbois where she drafted various appellate briefs and petitions for writ of mandate. As a law clerk, Ms. Lothyan successfully obtained an alternative writ on an order denying a motion to quash service of a summons. Ms. Lothyan has experience drafting trial briefs, memoranda, and motions in civil litigation cases.
Ms. Saryan specializes in commercial litigation, with a focus in false advertising, breach of contract, unfair competition, business disputes and intellectual property.
She also practices transactional law, with experience representing entertainment production companies and film producers, charitable foundations, and start-ups.
Ms. Saryan’s previous litigation experience ranges from employment class actions, to special education law.
Ms. Saryan received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Tufts University in 2007. She obtained her juris doctorate from Whittier Law School in 2013, where she received multiple awards for her high performance in litigation and entertainment law.
Ms. Saryan is admitted to practice law in the state of California, and is licensed to practice before the U.S. District Court, in the Central and Southern Districts of California. Ms. Saryan is a member of the Armenian Bar Association.
Ms. Alznauer has almost 15 years of experience in Immigration Law. During this time, she gained enormous experience in family- and especially business- immigration. Ms. Alznauer’s current law practice at Perry & Associates focuses on complex business immigration, aliens of extraordinary ability (scientists, artists, businessmen and others). She has extensive experience with visas and green cards for investors, work and student visas, as well as international business transfers to the United States.
In the family based field, her most recent interest includes assisting the LGBT community acquiring equal immigration law benefits, family unity and seeking political asylum for those whose rights are abused abroad. Ms. Alznauer frequently represents our clients during the interviews at the Immigration Service.
An immigrant herself, Ms. Alznauer knows what it is like to need a work permit and green card, therefore she is always ready to help.
Ms. Alznauer is a member of American Immigration Lawyers Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, State of California Bar and American Bar Association. Born in Belarus, Ms. Alznauer is fluent in Russian and Belorussian. She reads Polish, Ukrainian and French.
Heather Conniff is a founding member of Shegerian Conniff LLP. Her practice focuses on employment law and includes all aspects of case management from initiation through trial, with particular emphasis in law and motion, litigation, and appeals. Ms. Conniff has extensive experience and success in drafting and arguing substantive motions, including Motions for Summary Judgment, Demurrers, and Post-Trial Motions. Ms. Conniff also has successfully briefed and argued appeals in both the California Court of Appeal and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Conniff places special emphasis on the personal investment of vindicating her client’s rights to achieve the best possible resolution and outcome for their cases. A magna cum laude graduate of Whittier Law School, Ms. Conniff worked for the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Staff Attorneys Office, as well as the Department of Justice, Office of the United States Trustees during her law school tenure. Ms. Conniff also served as Executive Editor of Whittier Law Review. Prior to law school, Ms. Conniff attended the University of California, Irvine, where she received both a B.S. in Biological Science and a B.A. in Political Science.
Ms. Conniff is licensed to practice in the State of California. She is admitted to the State Bar of California, the United States District Court for Central District of California, as well as the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She also is a member of a number of legal memberships and affiliations, including Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles American Bar Association and the Los Angeles and Orange County Bar Associations.
Maynes v. Western Christian
California Court of Appeals reverses the district courts’ dismissal of plaintiff’s lawsuit and finds that the determination of whether a defendant qualifies as a nonprofit religious corporation exempt from liability under FEHA was not appropriate at the demurrer stage where extraneous evidence could not be considered.
Wexler v. Jensen Pharmaceuticals
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals determines whether there was sufficient evidence on summary judgment of age discrimination against a 12-year pharmaceutical representative of Jensen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Bishara v. Rite Aid
California Court of Appeals determines whether there was sufficient evidence on summary judgment of age and medical leave discrimination against a 32-year employee of Rite Aid.
Amelia J. Mattis is an owner in the law firm of Huguenor Mattis, A.P.C. Ms. Mattis has represented clients in a variety of complex family law issues and has successfully litigated multi-day trials on behalf of the firm. She has prevailed in court regarding child custody move-away and relocation issues, defeated unwarranted requests for restraining orders, obtained court-ordered domestic violence restraining orders (DVROS) for clients who needed protection, prevailed in a variety of child custody requests and in opposition to child custody order modifications. She is adept at the DissoMaster™ program the family courts use to calculate support and is able to work with clients to give them a projection of what support orders they can expect to receive or pay, as well as how to successfully apply for a reduction or increase in support. She has prevailed in evidence hearings involving issues to terminate spousal support. Amelia is skilled in “discovery” issues (such as interrogatories and depositions), which has successfully allowed significant evidence to be received by the Court. Attorney Mattis enjoys working closely with clients to help them communicate effectively to the Court the issues that are important to them. She understands the process can be overwhelming and confusing and ensures clients understand their rights and options. She is sensitive to the delicate nature of client concerns and has experience with cases where domestic violence or child abuse is alleged, as well as obtaining child welfare services (CWS) and police reports. Amelia graduated law school cum laude and was a staff member and editor on her school’s law review. She was awarded several scholastic honors from her law school. Prior to that, Amelia graduated summa cum laude from the University of San Diego. She was a member of the Communications Studies Honor Roll.
Areas of Practice
- Family Law
- Child Custody