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Shan D Potts

"Nothing compares to practicing law and advocating for those who need a voice is extremely rewarding."

Shan Potts is instinctively oriented with an imaginative mind and an optimistic outlook.  Shan has exemplified perseverance, determination, and a profound belief in the power of justice. While his journey boasts significant professional achievements, it's the undercurrent of his indomitable spirit and dedication to fairness that truly sets him apart.

Even as a young man, Shan was marked by a potent blend of empathy and passion. This deep-rooted desire to champion the marginalized naturally steered him towards the field of law. Shan envisioned a life dedicated to amplifying the voices of those less heard, and to be of service.

His scholastic endeavors at the University of California, Berkeley, brought him into contact with a rich tapestry of cultures and perspectives. This diverse environment fostered a broadened worldview, but it was his subsequent travels and studies that would profoundly deepen his global perspective. Venturing beyond the confines of the United States, Shan embarked on immersive journeys through El Salvador,  Mexico, Spain, Italy, Thailand, and Cambodia, each travel enriching his understanding of human rights in varied socio-cultural contexts.


Perhaps one of the most transformative periods of his academic journey was his study of comparative law at the University of Guanajuato in Mexico. This experience not only honed his legal acumen but also instilled in him a nuanced appreciation of the multifaceted nature of justice in different jurisdictions.


Today, Shan Potts is celebrated not merely for his legal expertise but for what his name signifies: resilience, deep-seated empathy, and an unwavering commitment to human rights. In a world where skepticism often casts long shadows, Shan stands as a luminary, constantly reminding us that each effort made in the pursuit of justice moves humanity closer to a brighter and more equitable tomorrow.

Human Rights Attorney and Global Advocate for Justice

Shan Potts at work

Mr. Mata's focus is in all aspects of business immigration, assisting both corporate and individual clients. He has extensive experience in sponsoring employees for permanent residence and temporary work visas, including H-1B, L-1, TN, O, P, and E visas. Mr. Mata's knowledge encompasses immigrant visa petitions filed under extraordinary ability, outstanding researcher, multinational manager & executive, national interest waiver categories. He also helps clients file labor certification (PERM) applications under the EB-2 and EB-3 categories. 

Over the past 20 years, Mr. Mata has developed effective strategies for business immigration for Shan Potts, ensuring compliance with applicable rules and regulations mandated by immigration laws, the Labor Department, and USCIS. Mr. Mata is a trusted and experienced professional and is fluent in Tagalog.

Gil Mata at Shan Potts Law Offices

Business, Employment and Family-Based Immigration 

Gil Mata

Our Commitment to You: Embracing the "Client First" Ideology

At Shan Potts Law Offices, we believe that our client's needs and aspirations are the driving force behind our legal practice. Our unwavering commitment to the "client first" ideology forms the bedrock of our services. When you choose us as your legal advocates, you're choosing a partnership where your priorities come first.

Client First at Shan Potts Law Offices


Listening and Understanding

We understand that every legal situation is unique, and that's why we take the time to actively listen and understand your circumstances. Your story, your concerns, and your goals are essential in shaping the legal strategies we craft.


Empowerment through Information

We are dedicated to empowering you with the information you need to make well-informed decisions. We believe that an informed client is an empowered client. We'll guide you through the legal complexities, providing clarity and insight at every step.


Tailored Strategies for You

Our legal experts work tirelessly to tailor strategies that align with your objectives. Your success is our success, and we take pride in designing approaches that are uniquely suited to your situation.


Advocates for Your Rights

Rest assured, we are not just legal representatives; we are passionate advocates for your rights and interests. Your voice is our driving force in negotiations, settlements, and litigation. We're here to ensure your story is heard and your rights are protected.


Building Trust and Lasting Relationships

Our commitment to the "client first" ideology extends beyond just the legal process. We're here to build lasting relationships based on trust, respect, and shared goals. Your journey is important to us, and we're dedicated to working it with you every step of the way.


Your Success, Our Priority

When you choose Shan Potts Law Offices, you're not just hiring legal professionals – you're partnering with a team that puts your success at the forefront. Experience the power of a "client first" approach with us.

Our Story



Shan Potts obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the Southwestern School of Law. Additionally, he pursued further studies in international comparative law at the University of Guanajuato in Guanajuato, Mexico. During his law school years, he worked for El Rescate, a non-profit immigration organization. He also served as an international election observer in El Salvador, driven by his commitment to fair governance.

After graduation, he worked as a criminal defense attorney at a prominent law firm, where he honed his skills in the courtroom. Later, he joined a significant immigration law firm in Los Angeles, where he specialized in asylum litigation. Leveraging his background in immigration law, he provided valuable insights to non-citizen clients facing legal challenges.

Recognizing the pressing need in the community, he started his practice- Shan Potts Law Offices, focusing on complex immigration issues, criminal defense, and post-conviction relief. Over time, he developed expertise in immigration complexities and post-conviction relief, which earned him a reputation in Los Angeles. As a result, colleagues started seeking his assistance with their clients' record-clearing needs.

To expand his reach and share his expertise, he launched an online platform dedicated to post-conviction relief education, aiming to provide clear, impactful legal assistance and education to those in need. Throughout his legal career, he has achieved several pivotal milestones, including establishing a legal fellowship at UCLA dedicated to asylum and presenting oral arguments before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California Supreme Court. Furthermore, his tenure as a board member of the non-profit "Free Arts for Abused Children" reflects his dedication to community service and supporting vulnerable populations.

Legal Experts at Shan Potts Law Offices
Benjamin Hinojos at Shan Potts Law Offices

Employee Rights Advocate

E. Benjamin Hinojos

Mr. Hinojos graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Philosophy from California State University, Long Beach. He earned his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, specializing in real estate law and civil litigation. 

Mr. Hinojos specializes in employment and business litigation, with extensive experience representing employees and businesses in all aspects of employment litigation such as wage and hour disputes, workplace discrimination, and harassment claims. 

Having handled complex business litigation, Mr. Hinojos is a trusted advocate who brings important expertise to Shan Potts Law Offices.

​Catalina Zech at Shan Potts Law Offices

Business Operations

Catalina Zech

Catalina, our Operations Manager, handles all business aspects and ensures efficient functioning. She is an alumna of the University of LaVerne, California.

​Jerrell Martin at Shan Potts Law Offices

Youth Counselor

Jerrell Martin

Jerrell, a Harlem, New York native, earned his Political Science degree with Cum Laude honors from Delaware State University. During his time there, he actively participated in the Student Government, Men's Council, and the University's Marching Band. Presently, he's preparing to become a practicing attorney in California while also dedicating his time to mentoring and coaching the city's youth as a counselor.

​Marcelo R. Avendano at Shan Potts Law Offices

Intake Specialists

Marcelo R. Avendano

Marcelo, an intake specialist at the Law Offices of Shan Potts. Marcelo hails from El Salvador and spent most of his life there, where he established himself as an attorney. After moving to the United States, he pursued an L.L.M. degree from Loyola Marymount Los Angeles. When he's not working, Marcelo enjoys playing soccer or hitting the gym. He's currently studying to take the CA Bar Exam and hopes to become a practicing attorney next year.

​Jazmin Guevara at Shan Potts Law Offices

Client Lead

Jazmin Guevara

Jazmin works as a client assistant in a law office located in Glendale, CA. She enjoys spending quality time with her daughters and discovering new outdoor adventures by hiking. Jazmin has ambitions of pursuing a legal career and expanding her education.

​Parthiban Krishnaraj at Shan Potts Law Offices

Research Specialist 

Parthiban Krishnaraj

Parthiban is a native of India. He obtained his master’s degree in International Business from a renowned San Francisco business school. Outside the office, Mr. Krishnaraj enjoys traveling, cooking, and working out.

​Carina Torres at Shan Potts Law Offices

Client Lead

Carina Torres

Carina was born and raised in the bustling city of Los Angeles, California. She is a proud alumna of Cal State San Bernardino, where she completed her bachelor's degree in Sociology with a concentration in Social Services in 2020. In addition to supporting attorneys in court preparations, Carina enjoys maintaining her fitness routine and cherishing moments spent with her family.

​Miranda Vasquez at Shan Potts Law Offices

Client Lead

Miranda Vasquez

Miranda, a Los Angeles native who is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice at California State University Dominguez Hills. When not studying, Miranda enjoys spending time with her family and friends and indulging in her love for reading.

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