Today we’d like to introduce you to Gerri Dolores Marshall.
Gerri Dolores, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I am an immigration lawyer who focuses on transactional entertainment, business and family-based petitions and applications. This means I rarely represent clients in Immigration court. I am a solo practitioner currently based in Las Vegas, Nevada.
I have always been passionate about immigration law due to my personal experiences which consist of growing up in a single parent household (Mexican mother) as a bi-racial woman (Black/Mexican) in the predominantly Latino Boyle Heights, Los Angeles area during the 1990s when the gang scene was at its peak, and having to deal with the challenges that came from my family dealing with Immigration and family-separation issues and trauma. Clearly, this shaped my life and is the principal reason behind me choosing to be an Immigration lawyer.
I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in both History and Political Science from UCLA in 2008 and my Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern Law School (Los Angeles) in 2012. I passed the California Bar Exam in 2013. Immediately after graduating law school, I worked at a boutique entertainment-immigration law firm in Los Angeles County filing 1000s of Work Visa Petition and Lawful Permanent Residency applications for foreign entertainers and business individuals, in addition to numerous family-based petitions and applications and trademark applications. In Los Angeles, I’ve served on several legal panels, executive boards of several associations, and I enjoy taking pro-bono cases. In 2018, I relocated to Las Vegas for personal reasons and established my practice entitled Law Office of Gerri D Marshall. I am happy and humbled that I have had a rewarding career so far as a Solo Practitioner. If you are an attorney and you are contemplating leaving your firm to establish your own, I recommend you DO IT!
I am grateful for the opportunity to share my story because I want others who face horrible daily obstacles to know that they too can achieve anything they set their minds to. No matter the industry, it takes hard work, consistency, a bit of stress, good social skills (networking) and discipline to accomplish anything worth having. I love being able to help others accomplish their dreams of being able to work and/or stay in the United States. My approach with clients and other attorneys is unconventional as many have become my friends and I care about their well-being, sometimes to the detriment of mine. I enjoy music and arts, generally, and I love being able to celebrate these with my clients and friends.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I’ve experienced and continue to experience a challenging but rewarding legal career. I think most individuals who have achieved success have experienced challenges along the way. (They’d be lying if they say they didn’t)
One obstacle – being that my mother and her family were from Mexico and didn’t attend college or law school in the United States, I had to figure these things on my own from the application process for both schools to configuring my full-time work schedule while attending college, to stressing about how I was going to pay for school, to adjusting to an academic and legal language I didn’t previously learn in high school and so much more. I am grateful for these experiences, though challenging, for many reasons such as: the fact that I am a student of life and am constantly learning new things; I learned to question things I was taught; I learned to help others; I learned to network – I’ve met amazing individuals (professionals, friends, clients, etc…) along the way; etc….
Another obstacle – Overcoming trauma from previous relationships (personal, academic and business). Most successful people have had their share of dealing with other individuals who did not have their best interests in mind. I sure did. I am grateful for these experiences, though debilitating for a short period because they forced me to learn confidence and to be consistent in moving forward as an individual and as an attorney.
Another obstacle – Finally becoming a solo practitioner. This is by far one of the hardest, yet the most rewarding experience I have ever engaged in. It has been challenging because, like for college and law school, I have had to figure this on my own, from forming my company, to drafting legal contracts, to marketing, to branding, etc… It is still a work in progress. Fortunately, I have many clients who support my venture. For me, being a solo practitioner has been amazing mostly because I decide the course of action for my practice and for me as an attorney, and I get to decide the clients I work with.
Please tell us about Law Office of Gerri D Marshall.
I am a transactional immigration lawyer who also files trademark applications. I mostly focus on obtaining work visas/authorization for foreign musicians, music groups, DJs, actors, producers, dancers, directors, models, variety artists, hosts, writers, athletes, support staff, and business professionals from countries located in Europe, South America, Central America, Africa, and in Canada, Mexico, Australia and South Korea. I also work on family-based immigration cases such as Lawful Permanent Residency cases, Naturalization, Fiance Visas, and DACA cases.
As part of my work, I interact, almost daily, with numerous agencies and organizations across the United States such as: USCIS (Immigration), U.S. Department of State (U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad), U.S. Customs and Border Protection, American Federation of Musicians, IATSE, SAG-AFTRA, DGA, PGA, CAA, WGA, and others.
I am probably most known for my work with numerous Spanish-language music groups and artists from Mexico and South America, and dancers from Europe.
I must note that the work visas I obtain for my clients are temporary (they expire in 1-3 years), therefore, I have the privilege of working with repeat clients and maintain great relationships with them. I am honored and love seeing my clients perform their art in the United States.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My husband Shawn Alamgir, my mother Maria D. Marshall, my brother Wayne Marshall, My step-father Rodolfo Sifuentes and my best friends: Vanessa Rodriguez (San Bernardino County Public Defender) and Rene Cortez are my biggest cheerleaders. I am blessed to have a big group of close friends who support me with love and encouragement (Lia, Dyana, Melanie, Denise, Lily, and Lisa). I love them so much!
I am grateful for the community of Immigration and non-Immigration lawyers who have supported me along the way. There are so many who have helped me on my path to become a solo practitioner from words of encouragement to providing helpful ideas. The American Immigration Lawyers Association has been wonderful.
I am especially grateful to my client and friend David Diaz who pushed me to become a solo practitioner upon moving to Las Vegas.
- $350 per hour
- Free 20 minute consultation (first time only)
- Address: Law Office of Gerri D. Marshall
8275 S. Eastern Avenue, Suite 200-983, Las Vegas, NV 89123
- Phone: (725) 867-7331
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gdm_law/?hl=en
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