Nassim’s Story

I always knew I wanted to become an attorney, even at the age of five when I played dress-up with my cousin. We each picked a career and dressed the part. She wore a white coat and dressed as a doctor. I wore one of my mom’s suits, put on her heels, and carried my dad’s briefcase. My cousin asked me why I didn’t want to dress up as a doctor. I told her I do not want to be a doctor, I want to be an attorney! We walked out to the living room introducing each other as Attorney Nassim Arzani and Doctor Sheila Arzani to our parents and grandparents. We told them we have decided our careers and we both stuck to it.

As for the path which led me to Immigration law, my zeal to help immigrants stems from my childhood experiences as an immigrant.  My journey started from Iran to Spain, and ultimately the United States. My family left Iran at the start of the revolution in 1980. We left our beautiful country with just one suitcase and heartfelt memories leaving absolutely everything behind. I have experienced firsthand the sacrifices families make in order to find brighter futures.

I’m a true globetrotter. My passion to explore the world has helped me gain an in-depth understanding of various cultures and their individual needs.  Not only do I represent clients worldwide, but I’m also able to truly understand and relate to them.

When I first started my legal career I was practicing Securities Law which was very lucrative, but not spiritually fulfilling. My background is in accounting, I love numbers and thought I would end up being a CPA Attorney. In 2003, a chance opportunity to do a bond hearing at the San Diego Immigration Court led me to experience first-hand, the incredibly rewarding humane side of Immigration law as opposed to the corporate setting of Securities Law. My special appearance that day left a powerful impression on me. It helped form the “Arzani Philosophy”, the belief that having the right attorney can make a world of difference between helping a client remain united with his/her family or face imminent deportation. That day I quit my job doing Securities Law and the attorney who hired me to do the San Diego bond hearing hired me full time at his firm. Since then I have been helping families make their dreams become reality. For me practicing Immigration law and helping families has become a labor of love.

The biggest challenges I had to surmount recently? (published from a recent article on me by Goss Magazine)
Biggest challenge I recently discovered is being able to control your thoughts. No matter what happens in the world and what obstacles come your way, you are the one who ultimately has control of your mind. Your life will mold into what you want simply by controlling your thoughts, beliefs and attitude. Once you are able to master your mind, you have mastered your life.

What inspires you to keep growing?
Serving Humanity. I believe, if you want to be successful, you should never focus on the money. Your focus should be on how you can be of service to others and make this world a better place. When I see the difference I make in people’s lives, that’s all I need to keep going. We live in a karmic world, you have to use your talents to help others.  I always strive to be authentic, transparent and humble. I get that from my parents who are the most genuine people you can ever meet. Knowing I am serving humanity by helping families stay united and being a voice for the voiceless is all I need to inspire me. This is why I chose Immigration Law, to make a difference in the world and help anyone in need.

What is your 5-10 year goal in your practice?
Unlike many entrepreneurs, I never think about the future. I live in the moment, the here and now, I enjoy the present and if my mind wanders in the past or frets about the future I immediately stop it and bring my focus back to the present. I haven’t always been this way, I used to map out my life and set my future goals but life taught me it doesn’t work that way. I don’t know where I will be five or ten years from now. The only thing I know is I will not be the same person I am today because I believe in constant growth and self improvement. That should never end.
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