Maria A. M. Zavaleta is an associate attorney at Bean, Lloyd, Mukherji, & Taylor, LLP. In 2000, 7-year-old Maria Zavaleta migrated with her mother from El Salvador to the U.S., seeking a better life. A year later, her older half-brother was granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Ms. Zavaleta traces her passion for immigration law to her fight to help her brother retain his legal status, after the Trump administration ended the program for immigrants from El Salvador. Ms. Zavaleta graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she was a Dean’s Scholarship recipient. She received her B.A. from the University of California, Irvine in Criminology, Law & Society and Psychology and Social Behavior, with a minor in Political Science.
Ms. Zavaleta is admitted to practice law in California, Washington D.C., and the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. She is a board member for the Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers’ Association. Additionally, she is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Northern California Chapter, San Francisco Trial Lawyers’ Association, and Alameda County Bar Association.
Along with her work at Bean, Lloyd, Mukherji, & Taylor, LLP, Ms. Zavaleta is an active member of her community. She is a member of the National TPS Alliance and volunteers with the production team for Carnaval San Francisco. Further, she mentors law students and undergraduates interested in pursuing a career in law.