Catherine Jiang, Esq., Ph.D.
Catherine Jiang practices immigration law, personal Injuries, business law, and wills and trusts. She believes that the principles of empathy, transparency, and accessibility are the foundation of legal practice. She is passionate about community service and has served on various legal and non-legal community boards.
Jiang Law Firm has utilized the team members' legal experiences in Immigration Law, Personal Injuries, Wills and Trusts. Clients can always communicate with hard working staff and directly talk to a case managing attorney. Between the attorneys and supporting staff, we speak a total of eight languages. Jiang Law Firm has been serving a diverse range of clientele to the fullest extent.
University of Arizona, James. E. Rogers College of Law, J.D.
University of Birmingham, UK, Ph.D. (Economics)
Seoul National University, Economics
Jilin University, Physics
Community Services & Professional Affiliations
Board of Directors, Arizona Asian American Bar Association (2014-present
Secretary for Immigration Law Section, State Bar of Arizona (2020-2021)
Member at Large for International Law Section, State Bar of Arizona (2020-2021)
Secretary for International Law Section, State Bar of Arizona (2015-2016)
City of Mesa Redistricting Commission(2021)
Admitted to State Bar of Arizona & State Bar of Oregon
District Court of Arizona
Member of American Immigration Lawyers Association
Member of National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Member of Global Chamber
Member of Arizona Association for Justice
Bar Leadership Institute, State Bar of Arizona Bar
English, Chinese, Korean
Baoqin Wang, Of Counsel (Exclusively Immigration Practice)
Baoqin Wang has been practicing immigration law in the US since 2000. She has extensive experience in business and family-based immigration law, including H1-B, noncitizen of extraordinary ability, outstanding professor or researcher, national Interest Waiver, labor certification, investment immigration, temporary work visas including L1, TN, K1, K2 visa and other family-based immigration, and naturalization.
Before coming to the United States, she worked as a legal counsel for China Northwest Airlines (Xi’an, China) for six years.
Ms. Wang is committed to provide clients with prompt and quality services. She uses her spare time serving the immigration community by writing immigration articles to Chinese newspapers in Oregon. Ms. Wang received the 2001 Distinguished Community Service Award from Chinese Professionals and Entrepreneurs Association (CPAEA). She has been rated as AVVO Top Lawyer in the past several years.
Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, J.D. 1999
Jilin University Law School, Bachelor of Law, 1990
Member, Oregon State Bar, 2005 - present
Member, the State Bar of California, 2000 – 2013 (currently inactive)
Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2001 - present
Brittany Whiteley: Legal Assistant
Britt Whiteley was raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and moved to Arizona to pursue opportunities where she could help people. Prior to joining the Jiang Law Firm, she worked as a criminal defense paralegal and took the opportunity to develop her skills in the legal field. She is currently working on her paralegal certification at Rio Salado College and and hopes to become a practicing attorney in the future.
Rio Salado Community College, Paralegal certification (in progress)
Susquehanna University, BA Secondary Education, Spanish - PA Certification in Spanish (K-12)
English, Spanish, Russian
Virgilio B. Suzzarini: Case Manager
Virgil B. Suzzarini has over 30 years of legal experience in personal injury, business contracts, compliance, and legal translations. He holds a JD and an LLM from the University of Arizona, an MBA from Grand Canyon University, and a Masters of Science in Computer Engineering from Western International University. He is a foreign trained lawyer in Venezuela (LLB) and Italy (JD and LLM) with working experience in Venezuela and Europe.
University of Arizona, J.D.
Western International University, MSCE.
Grand Canyon University, MBA
Università degli Studi di Roma 'La Sapienza', J.D.
Universita' Pontificia Salesiana, J.D.
Universidad Católica Andrés Bello: LLB Law
English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and French
Xiaoman Bian, J.D. (Intern)
Admitted to State Bar of Oregon
University of Washington School of Law, LL.M. Candidate 2021
Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, J.D. 2019
Beijing International Studies University, China, Business English (B.A.)
Community Service and Volunteer
Asian/Pacific American Law Student Association, Graduate Student Representative
Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Student Volunteer
International Law Society, International Student Representative
Lawyering Appellate Brief Writing, Best Brief
Admissions Office, All-Star Volunteer Lewis & Clark Law School
Law Magazine Interview
AALM: "What drew you to your career as an attorney?"
Jiang: "Born and raised in China, I wanted to become a scientist and Madam Curie was my ideal throughout my youth years. While studying physics in college, I was more and more drawn to social science and social justice. So later I studied economics in Britain, believing that a fair, just, and peaceful society is founded upon economic equality and mobility. I came to the United States 20 years ago with my husband, and after staying home for several years raising two children, I received my doctorate degree in economics. It was difficult to find a job as I was either over qualified or under qualified for most jobs. Naturally I thought about becoming a lawyer because the U.S. legal system was fascinating to me, meanwhile, I would be the one who gets to decide when to retire."
AALM: What was the greatest lesson you learned in law school? How do you apply that to your career today?
Jiang: Three years of law school was a challenge, but I immensely enjoyed. I often tell my lawyer friends that law school for me was worth every penny and every minute spent because I knew nothing about law before I entered law school. All cases defining U.S. legal system – Constitution, torts, contracts, criminal, immigration, estate and trust cases, that most students learned before attending law school, for me, were fresh and new. In comparison, the bar examination right after the three years of law school was relatively easy.
AALM: What experiences have taught you the most?
Jiang: Looking back at the years of practice, all my academic background and experience of having lived in four different countries, have been a great asset in practicing law. In many situations, I can establish rapport with clients from different background quite easily, and identify a client’s legal needs efficiently.
AALM: Why did you decide to start your own practice?
Jiang: While still in law school, as a nontraditional student in many ways, I realized I would not be employable. I started reading books like “Hanging Out a Shingle,” and explored websites for those encouraging stories and set up law practice right away.
AALM: What decisions have you made that shaped your practice?
Jiang: There have been three major decisions that I’ve made that have been the most important in my legal career. First one was being a summer intern in 1L. Rather than applying in the private sector or get a paid position, I chose to intern at Maricopa Superior Court. I had a great opportunity to observe full trail cases, which later helped me to understand court procedures. The second important decision was filling mentorship application on State Bar of Arizona website. Attorney and Judge Pro Tempore Debbie Weecks became my mentor. Ms. Weecks’ encouragement motivates me even today. She has been a forever mentor for me and I have always turned to her for difficult questions. The third one was joining Arizona Asian American Bar Association while attending law school and I have never left . I have been an AAABA board for last five years and I learnt tremendously from many AAABA members. AAABA is a very collegial and warm organization. We support each other professionally, attend National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Conference together, and some of us have become personal friends.
AALM: What are your plans for your practice?
Jiang: My law firm moved to Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe recently. I have also been appointed as a legal liaison for Arizona by Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles. With a more centrally located office, I hope there are more opportunities to grow my practice and to better cater Asian communities’ legal needs.
AALM: How has advancements in technology and an ever-global world affected your career?
Jiang: The advancement of technology has provided competitive edge for small and solo practitioners because the cost of accessing information and database critical for legal practice has become affordable. Especially for a lawyer like me who speaks Chinese and Korean, an ever-global world has created more opportunities for me to develop clientele.”