Zooming in on . . . Janis Peterson-Lord, Attorney at Law
Janis Peterson-Lord is the principal attorney of this Zaferia law firm and has over 20 years of experience specializing in Immigration and Nationality Law. Their focus areas are Consular Processing for family members overseas, Waivers of Inadmissibility, Nonimmigrant status for Crime Victims, Citizenship, and Adjustment of Status for Immediate Relatives of United States citizens.
How long has your business been located in the Zaferia area of Long Beach?
I opened my practice in March 2001 at an office at 3454 East Anaheim Street. We moved to 1383 Redondo Avenue in June 2017. I chose this area because of its diversity and the large Cambodian population in Long Beach.
What need does your business meet for residents of Long Beach?
I recognized that there were no immigration lawyers in this area of Long Beach. Since 2001, my firm has handled hundreds of cases for our local Cambodian residents. We have also represented numerous other ethnicities residing in Long Beach. This area of law is complicated and we educate our clients on their rights and help them through the processes. It can be very gratifying.
Why do your clients/customers select you over your competitors?
Most clients have been referred to us. We have a website that people find and we are on Yelp. We are a small firm that provides attention to our clients more than most large firms. Clients are always welcome to contact me directly or to meet with one of my two assistants. We keep clients updated and answer all questions that they may have. Our flat fees are reasonable and clients know in advance what they will be billed. We offer payment plans. We have a very good track record of winning our cases.
What is your background and how did you get started with your business?
I was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota and spent my childhood there. I attended high school here at Millikan and attended Long Beach City College before moving to Los Angeles to study at UCLA. Twenty years after graduating I began law school at Pepperdine University. I initially wanted to go into public interest and advocate for political causes, but it was difficult to find a job in public interest. I really wanted to help people rather than fight in court. However I do like fighting against the government in advocating on behalf of my clients. My first job was in immigration law and I loved it. I have now been practicing for 21 years.