Delia L. Franco is the CEO and Founding Attorney of the Franco Law Group and a California Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law. She is an experienced immigration attorney with over 14 years practicing diverse issues and areas ofimmigration law and specializing in litigating complex deportation defense.
Attorney Franco has accumulated a wide-range of skills, litigating hundreds of immigration trials. These include asylum, withholding of removal, protection under the Convention Against Torture, cancellation of removal, the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act, Temporary Protective Status, adjustment of status, the Cuban Adjustment Act, waivers of inadmissibility, the Violence Against Women Act, and contested hearings on removability before the Executive Office of Immigration Review, the Board of Immigration Appeals and federal and district appellate courts.
Attorney Franco was born in Hollywood, California to an immigrant mother from Jalisco, Mexico. Her father, born in Roseville, California was of Mexican and German descent. Attorney Franco grew up in East Los Angeles, along with a myriad of immigrant families similar to hers and learned the personal impact that immigration policies can have on a family and a community.
With the collective effort of both of her hardworking parents, grandparents and uncles, Attorney Franco graduated from the famous Garfield High School in East Los Angeles with honors, and went on to pursue her bachelor’s and law degree. She was the first to graduate high school in her family.
Delia L. Franco founded the Franco Law Group after recognizing a demand for authentic, genuine legal concern for the immigrant community. She has a comprehensive understanding of the fears and challenges faced by immigrants in the U.S., and extensive knowledge on the avaricious and unethical “notaries” and lawyers that target this population.
Upon passing the California Bar, Attorney Franco began her career at a small immigration law firm in downtown Los Angeles with a high volume of cases. Being one of only two attorneys in charge of the entire firm docket, and with several trials a month, she was in court daily. Years later, she accepted a position with a larger immigration law firm, where she was the youngest attorney yet one with the most litigation experience.
EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Attorney Franco attended the University of California at Irvine, studying abroad in China, Spain and Mexico, and graduating Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Criminology, Law and Society. Her passion for law stemmed from her intrigue over the ethics of attorneys and their vast power over their clients’ future. Understanding that the law is acritical tool for a single person, or entire community’s livelihood and safety, her concern came with the acknowledgement that attorneys too often focus on profit or personal gain, and become dismissive of quality service and winning results. During her last year at UC Irvine, she wrote her Honors Senior Thesis on "The Lack of Morals and Ethics in the Regulation of Attorney Conduct, "which was published, presented in symposia and adopted and integrated into the Legal Profession course at UC Irvine.
As an undergraduate, Attorney Franco clerked for the Public Defender's Office in Orange County and the Immigration Department for the Catholic Charities Non-Profit Organization in Orange County. In order to help immigrant detainees in despair at the Santa Ana Detention Center, she held weekly sessions to inform them of their rights.
In addition, she was committed to helping Latino children advance in academics. To that end, she was involved in the Mathematics Saturday Academy, Saddleback High School Retention Program and Government Housing After-School Tutoring Programs. She also volunteered extensively at the Isaiah House Homeless Shelter.
Attorney Franco went on to attend the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, one of the most prestigious law schools in the United States. While in law school, she served as a Managing Editor for the Latino Law Review and Treasurer for La Raza Law Student Association. She also volunteered at the El Centro Clinic where she represented veterans and people experiencing homelessness before the Social Security Office and Homeless Court. Moreover, Attorney Franco gained invaluable criminal law experience working in a Santa Monica Criminal Defense Firm under the direct supervision of now Judge for the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, Mr. James Bianco. She also worked for Weinberger and Associates, a civil law firm in Westwood throughout her duration in law school. In 2006, she graduated UCLA School of Law and passed the California Bar in July. After law school, Attorney Franco clerked for the Public Defender's Office in San Diego.
COMMITMENT TO OUR COMMUNITY
As a bilingual speaker, Attorney Franco provides an array of free legal services to English and Spanish speakers in her community. For many years she participated in the LACBA Immigration Court Pro-Bono Representation Panel, assistingimmigrants who appear without an attorney and educating them on avoiding “notario” fraud and unethical attorneys. Furthermore, she and her attorneys hold monthly legal clinics at Community Lawyers Incorporated in Compton.
To lift the most vulnerable of the immigrant community up, Attorney Franco created the FLG Pro-Bono Program which ensures that ten percent of the Franco Law Group cases are allocated to pro bono services including elderly, infirm and unaccompanied minors. An Associate Attorney is elected each year to supervise the integrity of the program.
In addition, Attorney Franco strives to demystify a profession in immigration law for young minds, which is why she created the FLG Paid Internship Program. The internship program provides an opportunity for individuals interested in immigration law to gain exposure to various components and manage their own cases with the direct supervision of an attorney. The objective of the program is to expose minds passionate about helping our immigrant community to a reputableimmigration law practice, and create a solid and talented pipeline of legal advocates to strengthen our profession and, ultimately, help more immigrants.
Attorney Franco has generated a strong presence for herself, and her law firm, in the community. Below are the organizations and associations Attorney Franco and Franco Law Group have maintained:
HGSA College PATHS
Kids in Need of Defense
The Good Shepherd
Downtown Women’s Center
Learning Rights Law Center
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)
East Los Angeles Women’s Center
Familias Unidas Centro De Consejería
Casa de la Familia
State Bar of California
Mexican American Bar Association
Latina Lawyers Bar Association
UCLA Law School Raza Student Organization
UCLA Law Fellows Program
National Latina Business Women Association (NLBWA)
Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce
East Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
American Immigration Law Association
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Central District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Board Committee- Beverly Care Hospital
Loyola Law School
Belvedere Elementary School
Garfield High School
Griffith STEAM Magnet Middle School
Morris K. Elementary School
Alliance College-Ready Middle Academy 8
Esteban Torres High School
Maywood Center for Enriched Studies (MACES)
Southwestern Law School
East Los Angeles College, Pathway to Law Program
Keck School of Medicine of USC
UCLA School of Law
Garfield 5K Scholarship Fundraiser
East LA Dreamer’s Community Fair
Franco Law Group Jet Blue Long Beach 5K
Senator Lara’s and Council Member Austin Immigration Forum
Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano Yearly Immigration Clinic
MABA & Mayor Garcetti's Virtual Immigration Clinic
Awards and Recognition
UCLA School of Law – La Raza – Alumna of the Year
State of California Senate Certificate of Recognition
Certificate of Congressional Recognition
10 Best Immigration Attorneys in California – American Legal Institute of Legal Counsel
ALEGRIA Magazine – Latina Influencer in Law
National Latina Women’s Business Association – Nomination Exceptional Latina
Business Woman of the Year
National Latina Women’s Business Association – Nomination Entrepreneur of the Year
NAHREP Power in Heels – Inspirational Speaker
Univisión: Noticias 34, Noticias Nacional, Al Punto California
Estrella TV: Buenos Días Familia and Noticias 62
Telemundo: Noticias 52
CNN en Español
La Que Buena
Café con Leche
Voces de Hoy – Radio Latino Inc.
Pasadena En Español
Attorney Franco continues to cultivate a winning spirit for her law firm in order to succeed with immigration cases and provide relief to these vulnerable populations. She is driven by the belief that the freedom and prosperity of her clients and their family should come first, always.