Appointments

Staff Members


Reina Franco

reina francoReina Franco is Senior Legal Assistant with the Law Offices of Shirley Sadjadi, where she has worked since 2000.  Reina was the firm’s first receptionist and legal assistant.  Her hard work, professionalism, integrity and easy going nature with all of our clients have helped her excel at her job and gain greater responsibility over the years.  Reina obtained her Bachelors Degree in Communications and Management from Judson University and  her Associate of Applied Science Degree from Elgin Community College. She has lived in Elgin, Illinois and Cuernavaca, Mexico.  Reina is a first generation Mexican American, and is fluent in English and Spanish.

Reina assists clients in all immigration matters the firm handles and provides the highest quality services to everyone she meets. Reina loves helping and giving back to her community every day.  Reina is an active board member of the Elgin Hispanic Network.  As well as the Elgin Youth Leadership Academy, where she mentors local youth to become active community leaders and seek higher education.


Nereyda Gutierrez

Nereyda GutierrezNereyda Gutierrez is a Legal Assistant with the Law Offices of Shirley Sadjadi, where she has worked since 2005.  Nereyda started with the firm as receptionist and was promoted to legal assistant based on her hard work and excellent rapport with our clients.  Nereyda was born in Mexico and raised in Elgin, Illinois, and is a graduate of Elgin High School.  Nereyda assists clients in all immigration matters the firm handles and provides the highest quality services to everyone she meets.


Marta Gomez

Marta Gomez has been a Legal Assistant with the Law Offices of Shirley Sadjadi since 2015. Marta began working in the immigration field as a volunteer in 1996 with a local nonprofit BIA accredited organization. Shortly thereafter, she became an immigration counselor where she assisted clients with various immigration matters.

Marta obtained her law degree from her native country of Peru, and has been an Illinois licensed real estate agent since 2001. Marta is fiercely passionate about serving others, so has always worked and volunteered with her church and her community since she immigrated to the United States. She strives to instill that same community spirit in her son Sammy, so takes him to community volunteer events whenever possible.

She believes all human beings deserve respect and understanding — “Mi corazón esta con la comunidad y los inmigrantes. There are no borders, no colors, or languages. My faith has showed me that Jesus’s ancestors were immigrants. Jesus was an immigrant and was accepted.” -Marta Gomez-

 


Andrea Nava

Andrea NavaAndrea Nava is a Legal Assistant with the Law Offices of Shirley Sadjadi, where she has worked  since 2012 .  Andrea was promoted from our Receptionist in November 2015,  due to her excellent customer service skills and attention to detail.

Andrea is currently pursuing her Associates Degree at Elgin Community College.  Andrea was born and raised in Elgin, Illinois, and a first generation Mexican American.  She is bilingual in English and Spanish.

As the daughter of immigrants, Andrea has seen first hand the challenges all immigrants face while adapting to and working in a new country.  From the moment our clients walk through the door, Andrea strives to treat all our clients with the respect and efficiency they deserve.


Maria Pizana

Maria PizanaMaria Pizana is Lead Receptionist with  the Law Offices of Shirley Sadjadi.  Maria was promoted from Clerical Assistant in November 2015. She was born in Mexico and has lived in Elgin since 2007.  Maria graduated from Larkin High School in Elgin, and is pursuing her Associates Degree in Accounting at Elgin Community College.  Maria is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Prior to joining our firm, Maria worked in customer service.  She always makes sure to give our clients the professionalism, respect and treatment they deserve and enjoys assisting immigrants like herself.


Cathleen RodriguezCathleen Rodriguez

Cathleen R. Rodriguez joined the Law Offices of Shirley Sadjadi in 2016 as a Receptionist. Cathleen was born and raised in Chicago, IL.  Her family moved to Elgin when she was five years old. Cathleen’s parents immigrated to United States in 1985 from Mexico.  Cathleen graduated from Elgin High School and is planning to study law when she begins college.  She is bilingual in English and Spanish. Cathleen has nine years experience in Customer Service and is looking to grow and learn more about immigration.  She loves giving back to her community.