ABOUT US

OUR WORK

Cano Law, LLC is a Charleston, SC-based law firm dedicated exclusively to the practice of immigration and naturalization law, including all matters before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and immigration courts located in Charlotte, NC, and Stewart, GA.  Our bilingual legal team understands that the immigration process is life-changing and complex which can be intimidating for most people. This is why our office philosophy is to work with clients step-by-step so that you can make informed decisions throughout the entirety of your representation. We cannot promise results but we do promise honesty, hard work, and zealous advocacy to all of our clients


Whether you are petitioning immigrant benefits for your relative, or you need representation in immigration court, we have the experience and dedication to assist you through this difficult process.


Our office has provided legal assistance people from all over the world including Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, Venezuela, the Philippines, Ireland, Egypt, Ghana, Colombia, and India.

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MEET THE TEAM

MARIBEL SANTIAGO

Paralegal

Maribel is a College of Charleston graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Psychology and  is fluent in English, Spanish, and Mixteco.  After graduation, Maribel worked as an early interventionist providing children with developmental delays the essential support needed to access critical services. Maribel uses these skills daily as a paralegal on our family-based petition team to serve our clients. Whether you need help getting medical records for your immigration applications or support in preparing your case, organization, intelligence, and experience are the skills Maribel contributes to the Cano Law team.  Maribel takes pride in giving back to her community by facilitating their immigration case, something that is already intimidating as it is. Maribel looks forward to working with you and your family to continue helping families remain united.

MARIA ROJAS ALFONZO

Receptionist 

Maria joined the firm in May 2020 as the office receptionist. With Mexican roots, Maria is native Spanish speaker and eager to help our clients communicate with our legal team in English or Spanish.  Maria is a political science major at Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C. and looks forward to serving the Charleston immigrant community. 

BRENDA CORONADO

Paralegal

Brenda Coronado is a Paralegal at Cano law, LLC. and has been with the firm for almost four years. Brenda was born in Monterrey, Mexico and speaks English and Spanish fluently. As an immigrant herself, she knows first-hand the struggles of the immigrant community. She feels a strong empathy with the particular needs of our clients and recognizes the importance of obtaining and maintaining a legal status in the U.S. She provides a wide range of support for our clients, office staff, and keeps the office running smoothly. Each day she is motivated by the opportunity to help people, and experience new and interesting challenges. During her free time, Brenda enjoys spending time with her family and friends. 

NINA CANO RICHARDS

Attorney, Owner

Attorney Nina Cano has exclusively practiced immigration law since 2013 when she began representing unaccompanied minor children at the Texas-Mexico border in Harlingen, TX. This is where she learned how to handle deportation defense cases in a high capacity stressful environment. Nina wanted to dedicate her career to reuniting immigrant families so in 2015, Nina opened Cano Law LLC to begin serving the immigrant population in her hometown of Charleston, SC. Since Cano Law LLC's opening, Nina has represented hundreds of families in immigration proceedings in the Charleston area. Her dedication to promoting immigrant rights does not stop there, Attorney Nina Cano also participates and is a board member in numerous nonprofit organizations such as Charleston VOTA, Charleston Immigrant Coalition, and others. Attorney Nina Cano’s kind heart but strong voice for justice vibrates in any room she enters. She also enjoys teaching and inspiring other law students and community members on immigration law in hopes of getting them infected with a passion to practice or learn more about immigration law!

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ROSA MORATAYA

Law Clerk

Rosa is a 2L at Charleston School of Law and is involved with several organizations including the school's National Black Law Students Association, the Immigration Law Association, and the Latino Law Student Association. Rosa is a graduate of the University of North Carolina where she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Global Studies: Peace, War, and Defense. With Nicaraguan roots and experience living in Spain, Rosa is bilingual and always happy to assist our clients or staff in research projects. Last Summer, Rosa researched various issues involving inadmissibilities in immigration family petitions. On her off time, Rosa likes to travel and spend time in the outdoors! 

LAUREN NICHOLSON

ATTORNEY 

A bilingual experienced immigration law practitioner, Attorney Lauren Nicholson has been practicing law for over 13 years and exclusively in the area of immigration law since 2014.  Attorney Lauren brings years of experience in immigration matters including family based petitions, adjustment of status, consular processing, waivers of inadmissibility, U visas, VAWA, and naturalization. Having lived abroad in Europe and Asia, Attorney Lauren understands firsthand the challenges of life in a foreign country and the importance of lawful immigration status.  Attorney Lauren is fluent in spanish and is passionate about working with her clients to find the best short- and long-term solutions to these challenges for them and their families.  Lauren's expertise in both simple and complex family based petition cases will contribute much to Cano Law's goal of Keeping Families Together.