Ms. Mercado, the founder of the Mercado Law Firm, speaks fluent Spanish and has practiced law since 2006. Ms. Mercado received her Juris Doctor degree from American College of Law in Anaheim. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Judaism in Bel Air.
Ms. Mercado has appeared before the Immigration Court in Los Angeles representing non-detained clients at Master Hearings and Individual Hearings. She has also represented clients at Asylum Interviews, Adjustment of Status Interviews and Naturalization Interviews. Additionally, Ms. Mercado has represented detained clients in Bond Hearings, Master Hearings and Individual Hearings.
Ms. Mercado also worked as an appearance attorney representing clients before the Bankruptcy Court, the Superior Court on Family Law matters and at the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.
Among her notable accomplishments, Ms. Mercado volunteered at the Pro Bono workshops held at the United States Bankruptcy Court Central District through the Public Law Center in Orange County where she counseled the nonprofit’s low income clients enabling them to represent themselves in court. She received a Certificate of Appreciation from the United States Bankruptcy Court Central District of California in honor of her contribution as a Pro Bono volunteer in the Central District of California.
Additionally, The Board of Governors of the State Bar of California presented Ms. Mercado with The Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services due to her voluntary provision of legal services to the poor through Bet Tzedek.
Ms. Mercado is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Federal Bar Association (FBA) and Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA).