Nina is responsible for all aspects of Firm management and works closely with the Firm Owner and CEO to perform administrative and functional operations of the Firm, to include oversight of Firm personnel, human resources and team development; strategic planning for Firm growth; budget development and general oversight of the Firm’s financial operations; evaluating and managing the Firm’s information systems; assisting in the marketing of the Firm’s legal services and client development activities; and evaluating, managing and supervising the facilities of the Firm. Nina’s primary goal is to empower the Firm’s team members and ensure that they have the necessary support and resources to stand behind the Firm’s main principle of putting the client first and delivering exemplary legal service to the Firm’s clients.
Nina has more than 17 years of combined experience in the areas of Legal Administration and Human Resource Management. She is a member of the National Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) and the local Atlanta Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators (AALA). Nina holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Sociology as well as a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management. She obtained both degrees from Troy University where she was a member of Phi Theta Kappa national honor society. Nina is most fulfilled in her job when helping people grow professionally and personally while finding satisfaction in their purpose with the Firm. Her vision, passion for her work, and ability to nurture relationships has proven to lead to long-term solutions and overall success for the Firm.
Nina is originally from Madison, Mississippi and has lived in Atlanta, GA for the past 11 years. She is a proud mom to one adult son, Grant Jones, and two rescue terriers, Jerry and Stella. Nina loves to travel and spends most of her free time with friends taking advantage of all the Atlanta area has to offer. She is a dedicated Ole Miss college football fan and an avid supporter of the Atlanta United FC, Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta Braves sports teams.
Michelle Mendez is the Administrative Assistant. Michelle’s primary responsibilities are to prepare retainers for new, former, and/or current clients, open cases for clients. Michelle is in charge of preparing all incoming and outgoing mail. Michelle also handles client billing and client payments for the Firm. While fulfilling her administrative duties, Michelle also takes on the responsibility for preparing renewal DACA’s and work permits. Michelle is the first backup assistance to reception and assists the Intake department with potential new client inquiries.
Michelle was born in Mexico City, but moved to the United States when she was only seven years old. Although she was still very small, it was tough to leave her grandparents in Mexico since they are almost like her parents. This experience has helped Michelle have a firsthand understanding of what challenges families face when they immigrate to the United States in search of a better future. While studying Criminal Justice, she became aware of a pattern of injustice for minorities, which has motivated her to fight for justice and to speak out for those who are not able to speak out on their own. Working with Solano Law Firm has given Michelle the opportunity to help others. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family and participating in outdoor activities. Michelle is very passionate about animals and the protection of animals and often participates in voicing her concerns through public demonstration.
At Solano Law firm Vanesa primarily works on removal defense and family-based immigration cases including but not limited to family petitions, provisional waivers, U visas, adjustment of status, humanitarian parole, special immigrant juvenile status and naturalizations. Vanesa has extensive knowledge working on immigration cases and with the immigrant community. Prior to joining Solano Law Firm, she served as a Paralegal at two different mid-sized immigration law offices in Atlanta. Vanesa is a zealous advocate for her clients and is most fulfilled when complicated cases are resolved in the client’s favor.
Vanesa was born and raised in Springfield, Virginia and is a proud Salvadoran-American. Both of her parents were born in El Salvador and immigrated to the United States. She holds the delighted title of second-generation immigrant in the United States, which has fueled her desire in helping the immigrant community. Growing up she witnessed how one’s immigrant status can affect the entire family and community.
In 2012, Vanesa moved to Atlanta to complete a program committed to living out social justice and faith in inner cities of the United States. She fell in love with the city of Atlanta and decided to stay long term; in fact, she still lives in the same neighborhood in which she completed the program. In 2014, Vanesa met her significant other and together they have a 2-year-old son, Eli. She enjoys exploring different parks in Atlanta, watching movies, road trips and hanging out with friends.
Karla Jimenez joined Solano Law Firm in August 2017 as a Paralegal. Karla primarily works with removal and detainee cases in addition to Adjustment of Status, Consular Processes, Work Permits, Naturalizations, and U Visas. Karla became a Paralegal at Merritt College in California. Prior to joining Solano Law Firm, Karla worked at a non-profit immigration office in Berkeley, California that assisted with asylum cases. After working at Solano Law Firm, Karla has realized how much she enjoys working with immigrants and helping to keep families together.
Outside work Karla enjoys traveling, dancing, exercising, and spending time with friends and family.
Rosalinda “Rosa” Guzman
Rosa is a Legal Assistant with Solano Law Firm and works in the Firm’s Birmingham, Alabama location. Rosa’s specific areas of work include Adjustment of Status, Family Petitions, SIJS, Stay of Removal, Removal Defense, Work Permit Renewals, Consular Process, U-Visas, I-601A Waivers, FOIA’s, DACA, Parole in Place and Naturalization.
Rosa was born in El Paso, Texas, but spent most of her time growing up in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. In 2002 Rosa moved to Alabama. During the time of transition, Rosa became aware of struggles people face finding available resources within the community, and how language barriers have a tremendous impact in their daily lives. Upon this realization, Rosa decided to embark on a new journey and become a family and immigration advocate. She graduated with a focus in Applied Science in 2010 and worked for the Alabama Hispanic Interests Coalition (HICA!) From May 2011 to February 2017. Ms. Guzman has helped many families find resources within the community to enable them to be proactive and thrive in their daily lives and activities. She also has experience working with victims to create an emergency plan, sign court orders, seek shelter, gather evidence, and find community resources.
Rosa has been a BIA-accredited representative for several years and has worked extensively with victims of crime and domestic violence as a VAWA interim specialist. She has a passion for guiding our voters through the immigration process in an effective way. She has also served as an advocate for Family and Immigration to assist the community in the Family Reunification Process, which included fingerprinting and counseling from sponsors. Rosa has also participated in several committees to advocate for the community and to share not only the dynamics of the Hispanic community, but also the richness of their culture.
Rosa is the mother of a wonderful 14-year-old son who loves to play soccer. During her free time, Rosa loves to go to concerts, go dancing, travel, meet new people, and spend time with family.
Aurora currently works with Solano Law Firm as a Legal Assistant and has also worked with the Firm in the role of Client Intake Specialist. Experience in both roles has given her a broad knowledge of firm services and client relations. Aurora supports the legal team by assisting with various types of immigration cases such as adjustment of status, work permit renewals, naturalizations and U Visas, however, her primary focus is working with the team on renewal and detainee cases. Aurora was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. She also lived in Canada for a few years, before moving to Atlanta to finish high school and attend college. While attending college full-time, Aurora also worked for a local company as an Operations Manager. After 4 years in that role, she decided to make a career change that would allow her to grow with a company that is more aligned with her passion of helping others and more specifically, helping the immigrant community. Aurora holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. In her spare time, Aurora helps to rescue and find homes for stray animals. She also enjoys travelling and exploring new cities through her passion for food and local culture.
Lucy Freeman, J.D.
Lucy works with Solano Law Firm as a Law Clerk preparing corporate immigrant and non-immigrant visa petitions and other immigration applications. She researches and organizes case law information for legal documents and case materials. Lucy is an alumn of the University of Alabama – Birmingham with a double B.A. in Latin American Studies and Psychology. She is also a graduate of Cumberland School of Law. Lucy is originally from Guatemala City and has been living in the Birmingham, Alabama area for nine years. She enjoys giving back to the community and looks forward to helping clients find solutions through creative problem solving and aggressive legal strategies. In her free time she enjoys watching movies, cooking, yoga, and spending time with her two dogs.