Meet Our Team

You’ve come a long way – we’ll help you stay.

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“Arriving as a foreign student and now a naturalized U.S. citizen, I am one of the few immigration attorneys who have personal and firsthand experience in their area of practice.”

Maximilian Law is a noted immigration law firm focused on helping clients obtain visas, permanent residency and citizenship in the United States. Our team is comprised of highly educated and experienced and legal professionals. Immigration law is federal which means we can assist you even if you are not close to our office. So wherever you are coming from, and wherever you are going within the United States, we can get you there even if it’s a thousand miles away.

Cedric M. Shen, Esq.  Immigration Attorney

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Cedric M. Shen is a U.S. immigration attorney who has been practicing law for 14 years. Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada and currently headquartered in Los Angeles, Mr. Shen is a proud dual Canadian & U.S. citizen. He has also been through the U.S. immigration process firsthand – as an F-1 student, to TN visa, to H-1B visa, to EB-2 green card and finally naturalizing as a U.S. Citizen. Mr. Shen has been licensed to practice law in the State of California and in all United States Immigration Courts since 2004. He is also licensed to practice U.S. law in the province of British Columbia as a Practitioner of Foreign Law. In addition, Mr. Shen is a certified as a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC). Mr. Shen has been interviewed by major news media outlets, such as Fox News, National PostThe Globe and Mail, KNX Radio, and CNN Money. He has also been invited to speak on the topic of immigration law by numerous organizations across North America, including the Canadian Consulate General, State Bar of California, California Employers Association, the University of British Columbia, and the Asian Real Estate Association of America – to name a few. He has also published several legal articles – including two published articles before graduating from law school. Mr. Shen’s articles have been featured in Los Angeles Lawyer magazine, Curve Magazine, Southwestern Law Review, the Florida Coastal Law Journal, and the Jewish Journal.

Speaking Engagements

  • Canadian Consulate General (Seattle, WA)
  • California Employers Association (Sacramento, CA)
  • State Bar of California – 84th Annual Meeting (Long Beach, CA)
  • Asian American Real Estate Association – National Convention (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Asian American Real Estate Association – Vancouver Chapter (Vancouver, B.C.)
  • University of British Columbia, Cross-Border Seminar Series (Vancouver, B.C.)
  • Canadian American Chamber of Commerce, Cross-Border Tax & Immigration Seminar (Dallas, TX)
  • Re/Max, Cross-Border Tax, Investment and Immigration Seminar (Palm Springs, CA)

Jose Ruano, Esq.  Immigration Attorney


Mr. Ruano is outside counsel to our firm, and oversees our waiver and inadmissibility cases, including I-601 waivers, I-601A waivers, I-212 waivers, and other non-immigrant waivers.  He is fluent in English and Spanish.

  • Cal State University, Los Angeles | B.A.
  • Glendale University College of Law | J.D.

Karina G. Martinez, B.A.  Paralegal


Ms. Martinez has extensive experience in preparing a variety of visa and green card applications, including: consular processing, adjustment of status, family-based petitions, marriage-based petitions, K-1 fiancé visas, E-2 treaty investor visas, DACA applications, and naturalization applications. Ms. Martinez is a certified paralegal holds a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA in Los Angeles, California.  She is fluent in English and Spanish.

  • University of California, Los Angeles | B.A.
  • Los Angeles City College | A.A., Paralegal Program

David G. Gonzalez, B.A.  Paralegal


Mr. Gonzalez’s experience includes: family-based petitions, consular processing, waivers, and naturalization.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kansas.  He is fluent in English and Spanish.

  • University of Kansas | B.A.

Leslie Knowles-Davis  Paralegal


Ms. Davis is the lead paralegal for Maximilian Law’s employment-based green card applications.  She has over 25 years of business immigration experience, particularly with EB-1 green cards, EB-2/EB-3 green cards, PERM, and L-1 visas.

Kristie Tran, MBA  Marketing Director


Ms. Tran has over 15 years of marketing experience.  She possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

  • University of California Irvine | Master of Business Administration
  • California State Fullerton | Bachelor of Arts

Cynthia Benitez  Administrative Support


Ms. Benitez is charge of billing and social media at Maximilian Law.