Elisa C. Brasil at Law
Founded in 1992
As a first generation immigrant, Elisa Brasil is keenly aware of the difficulties associated with the immigration process and has been helping individuals and families attain their immigration dreams since 2001, when she joined the law offices Kaiser and Capeci. In 2009, after a short break to start a family, she left to start her own practice, The Law Offices of Elisa C. Brasil. She is a graduate of the prestigious University of California, Hastings College of the Law, one of the top public law schools in the country, where she studied with Professor Richard Boswell, eminent scholar and author of numerous books on immigration law. She is a member in good standing of The State Bar of California, where she has been admitted to practice since 1999. She has also been admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Elisa Brasil has litigated dozens of cases before the Ninth Circuit where she has presented oral arguments before the court. She practices before all branches of Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS). She has extensive experience before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Immigration Court and is highly regarded for her competence by many of the immigration judges. Although she primarily practices in San Francisco, she has appeared before immigration courts in Chicago, Illinois; Florence and Eloy, Arizona; Harlingen, Texas and Los Angeles, El Centro and Imperial, California appears regularly before the San Francisco Asylum Office and CIS field offices in San Francisco, San Jose, Fresno and Sacramento. She is fluent in Portuguese and proficient in Spanish.
Elisa Brasil was born in the Azores, Portugal, a small archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. She emigrated to the United States as a child. As an immigrant, she understand the challenges of immigrant communities and the importance of being documented. Ms. Brasil wanted to be an attorney from an early age, as justice and fairness were important ideals she wanted to fight for, but when she attended law school at the University of California Hastings College fo the Law in San Francisco, California, she had the opportunity of studying immigration law with Professor Richard Boswell, and inspiring professor who also was an activist for immigrants rights. After that, Ms. Brasil knew that immigration law would be a perfect fit for her, and she has been practicing immigration law since 2001. With 20 years of experience, a passion for helping immigrants, and a unique understanding of issues affecting her clients, Ms. Brasil is well-positioned to help navigate this complex area of law and to find solutions for even the most difficult cases.