San Francisco Sues Immigration Law Firm

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The city of San Francisco is accusing a former lawyer of providing shoddy representation to clients with immigration problems even after giving up his license to practice law.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera has called Martin Guajardo “a notorious predator” who robbed thousands of immigrants of their assets.

The suit claims that Guajardo gave up his license, but continued to advise immigrants with problems, charging high fees and then abandoning their cases.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports::

“These were thousands of people over the course of the last 35 years whose rights were not protected or pursued,” said Herrera.

The suit also names attorney Christopher Stender, who took over Guajardo’s law firm.

Attorney Lynn Hermle said a class action lawsuit has been filed by the Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe Law Firm to recover the victims’ money.

“There is a crying need for justice in this case and to have the victims made whole,” she said.

Guajardo and Stender have not responded to KCBS’ request for comment.

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  • Tony Liu

    What a scub bag, cheating on those who needed his help, I bet he’s been cheating on his own people.

    • christine

      whats up? do you know California history, GoldenStateAmerigirl. U live in mexico, this land was stolen! Mexicans and their children now pick our produce, clean up after us, and build our homes for less than minimum wage! Do you eat food or live in a house? And the deaths on the border are because all us righteous, ethical, ‘Amerigals and Ameriguys’ are doing drugs and liking drugs as if there is no tomorrow and there is little tomorrow in these border towns.. We create the murderous border towns with our drug desires. ever done cocaine Amerigal or any of your friends? I don’t know if you can truely call yourself Amerigal if you have not!
      anyhow, i’m a white girl born in LA, CA, Mexico. xo. live in SF, CA, Mexico now.

    • jeez!

      The lawyer was the crook. He is a person not a country. His clients were obviously trying to be “legal”, hiring a lawyer. Mr.BAD-Law passively probably cause some to become illegal. and who is “THEY” from your post? you r a true american, racist and ‘us and them’ mentality!

  • pablo

    Here’s an Idea. Lets all get together and file a class action lawsuit against the sanctuary cities for failure to adhere to federal law and wasting of taxpayer dollars.

  • claudia

    i agree with this article they charge a lot of money but they don’t do bs i getting deported after being here for 21 years have two kids, try hard to get my license to became a nurse with i love to do,and now everything is going down the hill.

    • christine

      sorry to hear this.

  • lubna sarwat

    It happened to me my friend who was client of Martin Guajardo’s in 2003 and I was the person who always followed up with Attorney Martin and Martin Guajardo charged me $ 10,000 and did not do any thing. Person got deported. I really need to pursue this lawsuit. where I can go and and be part of Martin Guajardo’s lawsuit.

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