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Inspiring Conversations with C. Antonio Delgado

Today we’d like to introduce you to C. Antonio Delgado.

C. Antonio, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I escaped Civil War in El Salvador at seven-year-old with my parents and one-year-old brother. We immigrated to South Central Los Angeles. We rebuild our lives after leaving behind the only home we ever knew and everything we had built in our home country. Life was not easy in South Central Los Angeles. My first day in school, I was put a gun to my head by three gang members. This was my introduction to my new country and the gang reality I desperately avoided to be a part of. I’m the first in my family to go to college, I graduated from Cal State Los Angeles 2004 and later attended and graduated from Law School (2009). We get ahead when we don’t fear honest work and put our ego aside. I worked numerous jobs, including valeting cars and graveyard security, just to make ends meet while I studied for the bar exam. After passing the bar, immigration law chose me. I graduated while the country was still recovering from the recession of 2008. I couldn’t find legal work. Not being able to find legal work was the best thing to happen to me. I started my own immigration law practice in order to provide services to the people around me; friends, family, etc. With only $500 dollars in my bank account, I started my now thriving practice. I’m the beginning, I would meet new clients at coffee shops, at their homes. Today I has seven offices in California, Texas and Nevada. My success is attributed to my philosophy, work ethic, compassion, and commitment to self-improvement. I want to help everyone live the life they only dreamed of, as I do now.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
In 2009, I had a motorcycle accident that almost took my life. The dr’s were luckily able to save my life and my leg. It was a long painful recovery to learn how to walk again. Only a short three months later, my father passed away from terminal cancer. My relationship of 7 years came to an end as well. I was broken, physically, emotionally, spiritually. I rose like a Phoenix during that time. Everything that has happened since those times have been a walk in the park for me. Nothing can and will break me.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
I started my immigration law practice in Los Angeles. Now we have offices in San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Houston. I serve people all across the United States, from almost every Nationality. It’s been a pleasure being the person they trust in their most desperate time of need, to help them make their dreams come true of becoming an American Resident or citizen. To help people finally find safety from an oppressive situation in their home country, as I once did as a child. I have been blessed and have been given more than I could ever imagine in my wildest dreams. At one point in my life, I didn’t even consider attending college because I was such a terrible high school student. Now I’m dedicated to helping others make their dream come true. I want to share my good fortune with all those around me. I mentor many young man and woman to help them realize the reality they were meant for. To help them connect to something greater than themselves in order to realize purpose and meaning in life.

Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
Give value, give value, give value. You have to see the situation from a mentor’s point of view. People always want something from them. Why instead of wanting to take from them, be it their time or what not, why don’t you ask them what they need. Give them some value. In time they will reward you handsomely.

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