STELLA M. SHIH, ESQ.
Stella is a recipient of the Wiley W. Manual Award for Pro Bono Legal Services recognizing excellent legal services to the under-represented. She has extensive experience in dealing with family, unlawful detainer, estate planning, immigration, and tax matters. The formation of the firm, SMS Law, initially a solo practice, is now a thriving practice based on Stella’s ideals and hard work. Stella now has over seven years of experience in the legal profession and has worked with hundreds of clients and consistently provided excellent results. She is tri-lingual and is fluent in English, Chinese (Mandarin), and Taiwanese.
JAMES S. SHIH, ESQ.
James specializes in family law, immigration, estate planning, and commercial leases. He is one of the main Family Law attorneys at SMS Law Firm with extensive experience in family and civil court. Similarly, he has focused his immigration specialty to EB-5 clients. He has provided hours of voluntary legal work for the San Diego community including small claims, employment disputes, unlawful detainer, driving under the influence, and housing issues. He has become an important influence to the growth and expertise of SMS Law Firm.
James entered SMS Law Firm in December of 2011 after graduating from the University of San Diego, School of Law. From the beginning of his career, he has taken the role as lead attorney in multiple cases to gradually become the primary trial attorney for the firm.
KEVIN QI, ESQ.
Kevin Qi joined SMS Law in 2012. During his career at SMS Law he has provided critical expertise on diverse immigration issues, from applying for immigrant visas, overseeing the naturalization process, to submitting L-1 visa applications. While at SMS Law, he oversaw and coordinated a legal staff in drafting business plans for numerous multinational companies petitioning USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) to send their chief executives abroad. He additionally was involved in the final decision making process in successfully formulating responses to RFEs (Request for Evidence) from USCIS. He was responsible for USCIS approval for a multitude of immigrant and non-immigrant applications. Kevin is now critically involved in each step of the EB-5 process, from initial filing to naturalization.
Kevin has also successfully represented clients in a wide variety of legal issues beyond immigration, most notably family law. He has successfully represented his clients on many major issues typically found within the field, including hearings for child custody, spousal support, property division, status dissolutions, and domestic violence.
Kevin attended the University of San Diego, School of Law. During school he accumulated criminal law experience at the Multiple Conflicts Office and the California Appellate Project, and provided pro bono assistance for new business owners at the Entrepreneurship Clinic. He graduated from Binghamton University in New York with a concentration in Chinese and English Literature. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
PETER LAY, ESQ.
Peter joined SMS Law Firm in 2013. Peter has experience in immigration law, family law, estate planning and civil litigation. He gained valuable experience in civil litigation as a judicial extern for the Honorable Judge Ramona G. See at the Stanley Mosk Court in Los Angeles. He also gained valuable experience in criminal law while interning at the San Diego Office of the Primary Public Defender’s in the Felony Division. He attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law where he received the CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for Legal Writing I and International Taxation.
He also attended the Zhejiang University Guanghua College of Law in Hangzhou China during the summer of 2012. Prior to law school he graduated from UCLA with a concentration in History. He is proficient in Khmer.