Meet the Team

Gabriela Ferreira - Head Attorney

Gabriela Ferreira Santa Barbara Family Law Attorney
Gabriela Ferreira

Ms. Ferreira is the founder and CEO, she has been an attorney in Brazil since 1988 and in California since 2006. She is first-generation immigrant from Brazil and is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English.

Ms. Ferreira is dedicated to her clients and to the legal community. She is currently a Commissioner on the board of the Santa Barbara County Superior Court Juvenille Justice and Deliquency Prevention Commission - JJDPC. She is also a board member of the Santa Barbara William L. Gordon Inns of Court, a member of the National Bar Association, California Bar Association Family Law Section, the Los Angeles Bar Association and the Santa Barbara County Bar Association. Ms. Ferreira is a past president and past board member of the Santa Barbara Women Lawyers - SBWL, Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Foundation - SBWLF and Santa Barbara Barristers Association.  Ms. Ferreira is also a past board member of the Santa Barbara County Bar Association.

She has dedicated her life to not only helping others in the legal field but also volunteers her time helping animals in need, taking on foster dogs and cats for DAWG and other rescue groups. She provides pro-bono legal work for a foundation that assists homeless people.

For fun Gabriela loves to paint, do yoga and go for sunset runs on the beach with her three dogs.

Maria DoCouto - Attorney

Maria DoCouto, Attorney at Law
Maria DoCouto

Ms. DoCouto began her college studies in Brazil at the Federal University of Bahia.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree, Cum Laude, from the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and her Law Degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts. Ms. Docouto has been practicing United States Immigration Law since 1997.

Ms. DoCouto’s background includes being a Legal Intern at the Immigration Court in Boston, Massachusetts; an Assistant District Attorney for Plymouth County, Massachusetts; a Co-founder of the Santa Barbara Teen Legal Clinic (a nonprofit organization providing immigration and other legal aid to juveniles); a Researcher on International Adoption Proceedings; a Researcher on Women’s Prosecution Claims for Asylum Protection; a Translator and Editor to the Portuguese language for the article “A Dermatologic Opportunity for the Cancer Prevention”, published in the Archives of Dermatology (1995).

Ms. DoCouto is bilingual ( Portuguese/English), fluent in Spanish, and dominates the written French language in which she is conversant. And most importantly, Ms. DoCouto is dedicated to providing an incomparable professional service to her clients.

Jasmin Velasquez, BA - Paralegal/Chief of Staff

Jasmin Velasquez, BA
Jasmin Velasquez, BA

Ms. Velasquez is the daughter of Mexican immigrants from the State of Jalisco.  In her family, she is a first generation american born. She was the first in her family to graduate from college and proceed with her graduate studies. During her school years,  Ms. Velasquez was an honor student, well dedicated to her goals and still made time to learn music, be a member of the marching band and to become a talented painter.

Ms. Velasquez has been with the firm for almost 8 years working in various roles. She is in her final year of law school and plans on continuing in family law and immigration upon her graduation. She graduated from UCSB in 2013 with a degree in English and Chicano Studies. During her UCSB years she served as treasurer of San Rafael Hall Dorm.  

Jasmin is fluent in English and Spanish and has conversational skills in the Italian language.

Between work and school Ms. Velasquez has very little time for leasure. However, any opportunity she has, she dedicates to her passion which is currently reading and writting fiction novels.  Ms. Velaquez also volunteers with Ms. Ferreira's foster animals.

A.J. San Diego - Legal Assistant

A.J. San Diego
A.J. San Diego

Mr. San Diego was born in Auckland, New Zealand to Filipino immigrants. When he moved to the United States at four years old, his family built their own tax business from the ground up and sent four of their kids to pursue their dreams in college.

Sixteen years later, Mr. San Diego is expecting to graduate in 2020 from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he pursues a bachelors of arts in Environmental Studies with a History minor. He currently intends on attending law school and practicing criminal and environmental law upon passing the Bar.

In the past years, he has been an active member of his Filipino community, serving as Executive Financial Coordinator for Pilipino Cultural Night, Academic Chair and now Professional Development Chair for Kapatirang Pilipino. He also dedicates his time to mentoring underprivileged highschool students for organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club, H.O.P.E. at UCLA, and F.I.E.R.C.E. in UCSB.

Timothy "TJ" Jose - Legal Assistant

TJ Jose
Timothy "T.J." Jose
Mr. Jose was born in Alameda, California to Filipino immigrants. His family moved to Ventura County when he was three years old, and has lived in the 805 area ever since. 
Mr. Jose graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and a minor in Asian American Studies. While at UCSB, he was heavily involved in the Filipino community on campus. He has served as Social Chair of Kapatirang Pilipino, Director of Pilipino Cultural Night, and Operations Chair of Pilipino Graduation. Mr. Jose plans to attend law school in the near future and practicing environmental and immigration law upon completion of his studies. 
Outside of work and school, Mr. Jose is passionate about fitness and music. He regularly exercises and strives for a healthy lifestyle. As a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer, Mr. Jose is working on original music for release.

Solon Tan - Legal Assistant

Solon Tan
Solon Tan
Mr. Tan was born in Monterey Park, California to Chinese immigrants and has lived there his whole life. Mr. Tan is currently a 3rd year at the University of California, Santa Barbara pursuing a degree in Political Science and Chinese.
Mr. Tan is expected to graduate in the Spring of 2021 and plans to attend law school after finishing his studies at UCSB. Before making a decision on what field of law he wants to pursue, Mr. Tan wants to gain more exposure and experience in the different fields of law first. 
In the past few years, he has been an active member of Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity. He has served as an Events Coordinate and volunteered for a mentoring program. Outside of school, Mr. Tan is passionate about sports, fitness, and music. In his free time, he likes to study finance and hopes to become more cognizant about it.