Managing AttorneyAs the daughter of immigrants, Maria’s passion for immigration law started at an early age. She knew early on in life that she wanted to be an attorney and advocate for the rights of others. She obtained her associate degree in paralegal studies and began her legal career here at the Law Office of Angela Novas McGill as a legal assistant in 2012. She attended night classes at California State University Long Beach while working as our legal assistant and obtained her bachelor’s degree in Sociology with emphasis on interactions and group relations.
Maria then attended Western State College of Law in Irvine where she had the fortune of working as a certified law clerk at the law school’s immigration clinic representing clients pro bono in a variety of immigration matters. She was an editor of the school’s law review and a member of the dean’s circle all the while maintaining the number one rank of her class. Maria emphasized on immigration related courses in law school and obtained the Immigration Certificate. Maria graduated summa cum laude and she was the valedictorian of her graduating class. She went on to pass the bar on her first attempt and joined our firm as an attorney in December 2018. She speaks fluent Spanish, Italian, and English.
Outside of the office Maria enjoys spending time with her young son, going on hikes, discovering new foods, and traveling.
California Supreme Court – December 2018
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals – March 2020