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Daisy Olivarez, Legal Assistant

Daisy is a Legal Assistant at Jacobs & Schlesinger LLP. Since joining the firm, she has primarily worked in supporting our employment-based cases. Daisy graduated from UC San Diego in 2018 with bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Spanish Literature. As the daughter of immigrants from Mexico, Daisy has always been interested in the topic of immigration. While at UCSD, she completed an honors thesis titled “Voces Migrantes: Representations of the Mexican and Central American Immigrant” that examined the political theme in literature. She recently completed her Paralegal Certificate at the University of San Diego this past spring.

Mayra Barrera, Legal Assistant

Mayra is the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants. She is one of the three Legal Assistants at Jacobs & Schlesinger LLP. Mayra began her journey at Jacobs & Schlesinger LLP through first-hand experience. She now works with our attorneys representing clients in a wide range of immigration matters including removal defense in immigration court, family-based petitions, and humanitarian remedies. She has been with Jacobs & Schlesinger for 7 years but continues to learn something new every day. She loves that her work provides her with the opportunity to make a positive difference in people’s lives.

Samantha Ayala-Lucio, Legal Assistant

Samantha is one of the six Legal Assistants at Jacobs & Schlesinger LLP. She has been working for our office for a couple of months now. Samantha provides support to our family and employment-based cases. Samantha completed her Bachelor of Arts from the University of San Diego. She currently attends the Paralegal Certification Program at the University of San Diego and is expected to graduate this summer. Growing up in an immigrant community sparked Samantha’s interest in all immigration matters and the reunification of families.

Perla Rocha, Legal Support Supervisor

Perla is the Legal Support Supervisor at Jacobs & Schlesinger LLP. She has been with the firm since March 2012. Perla is a San Diego native who graduated from UCLA. Besides supervising the Legal Assistants, she supports our family-based and appellate attorneys with their cases. She most enjoys being able to help families so they can remain in the U.S.


Nneka is a first-generation Nigerian- American and North Carolina native, who relocated to California in 2021. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History, and a master’s degree in History from North Carolina Central University. She recently joined Jacobs & Schlesinger LLP and primarily works on our employment-based cases. She enjoys assisting our clients reach their immigration goals, as she learns more about immigration law.


Jazmin Rodriguez, Operations

Jazmin is the Office Manager at Jacobs & Schlesinger LLP. Both of her parent’s immigrated to the U.S. looking for a better future. Jazmin’s parents are agricultural workers in the Imperial Valley, and she considers their life story her inspiration to help others. Jazmin left her hometown to pursue her education and received her bachelor’s degree with cum laude honors from CSU San Marcos in 2017. In 2019, she received her Paralegal Certificate from the University of San Diego. She has been working for the firm since November 2017.

Lorena Lopez, Operations

Lorena Lopez grew up in a small town outside of Mexico City before moving to the United States. She attended the National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico before moving to San Diego and receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from SDSU. Lorena brings many years of experience to the firm and feels very happy to have joined as the Financial Manager. She looks forward to continuing to grow with the team and being a great asset to the firm.

Pedro Adame, Receptionist

Pedro Adame is the Legal Receptionist at Jacobs and Schlesinger LLP. He recently graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor in Political Science in Public Law and is currently preparing to go to Law School by 2024. Pedro is a Los Angeles native but came to San Diego to study and is excited to continue his journey down the legal path. He is grateful to have the opportunity to see immigration attorney’s at work and is excited to learn more on the job as he continues working with us.

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