Our Team

Managing Attorney: Matt Pietsch

Matt earned his undergraduate degree in foreign service from Georgetown University.  During the course of his studies at Georgetown, Matt attended La Universidad de las Americas in Quito, Ecuador and La Universidad de Costa Rica in San Jose, Costa Rica.  He earned his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law, and began his legal career serving as a prosecutor in West Palm Beach, Florida and in Nashville, Tennessee.  Since leaving government service, Matt primarily represents clients from all nationalities in the areas of immigration, criminal defense and personal injury law.  He is admitted to practice before the United States Department of Justice Executive Office of Immigration Review (also known as Immigration Court), the Board of Immigration Appeals, and all state and federal courts in Tennessee, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

He is a graduate of the International Association of Defense Counsel Trial College at Stanford University and the United States Department of Justice National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina.  Matt has received an AV Preeminent® rating for ethical standards and legal ability from Martindale-Hubbell, and has been named a Mid-South Rising Star by Super Lawyers® since 2014.

Matt speaks English and Spanish.

Senior Paralegal: Miriam Aguado-Staggs

Miriam was born and raised in Mexico City. After high school, she studied as an international student at Santa Barbara City College, where she graduated with a associate’s degree in French and one in Spanish.  After City College, Miriam attended San Francisco State University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish language and literature.

Miriam graduated from the University of California, Davis with a master’s degree in Spanish with a linguistics emphasis.  She focused her research on the difficulties that underrepresented groups within the Hispanic immigrant community face.  In addition to her graduate studies, Miriam also worked as an associate instructor for all three first-year Spanish courses at the university.

In her free time, Miriam volunteers for different pro-immigrant organizations and organizes Spanish book clubs for Spanish learners.

Miriam speaks English and Spanish.

Legal Assistant: Zitlali Mejia

Zitlali was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee.  She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, where she double-majored in International Relations and Spanish.  She has traveled to many parts of Latin America, including  Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.  Most recently, she traveled to and studied in Cuba in 2016.

Zitlali is passionate about the laws and issues affecting immigrants, and has volunteered with local organizations in the community.

Zitlali speaks English and Spanish.