DISCLAIMER: SPECIFIC RESULTS IN ANY CASE ARE NOT PREDICTIVE OF FUTURE RESULTS. EACH CASE IS UNIQUE.
December 30, 2017—The Canto Law Firm, LLC helped five children from El Salvador obtain Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) predicate orders in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The children testified that they would be forced to work back home and would not be able to go to college. The firm helped them apply for their green card which will open a path to citizenship for each of them. Once they are citizens, they can benefit from financial aid packages offered by U.S. universities and colleges.
October 20, 2017—IN THE NEWS. José Z. Canto, Esq. was quoted today in the Washington Post in an article about the State’s Attorney’s recent dismissal of the criminal charges against Henry Sanchez and Jose Montano’s asylum case. To read the full article, click here.
September 30, 2017—The Canto Law Firm, LLC closed six cases this month for six children seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) findings in Circuit Courts in Baltimore County, Baltimore City, and Montgomery County. All six children are now on the path to citizenship and have defenses to deportation.
August 31, 2017—José Z. Canto, Esq. resolved three custody cases for three Central American mothers in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland. Each client was awarded sole physical and sole legal custody even though the fathers could not be located. Obtaining a custody order may help these mothers defend against deportation in the future.
August 8, 2017—José Z. Canto, Esq. spent the day in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to help three youth obtain predicate orders for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). The judges from both courts granted our children relief and now they have a defense to deportation.
August 4, 2017—IN THE NEWS. José Z. Canto, Esq. was quoted today in the Washington Post in an article about Jose Montano’s guilty plea. To read the full article, click here.
July 26, 2017—A young lady from El Salvador now has a chance for a green card thanks to the efforts of José Z. Canto, Esq. The lady was robbed and raped by MS-13 gang members from her home country and fled to the United States to seek protection. A Circuit Court judge for Prince George’s County granted her request for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.
July 25, 2017—A judge from the Office of Administrative Hearings decided to take “no action” against our client’s license. Our client was facing DUI/DWI charges as well as a refusal to take a breathalyzer. The MVA argued that the client’s license should be suspended for 270 days. However, at the hearing, José Z. Canto, Esq. pinpointed flaws in the MVA’s evidence that led the judge to dismiss the case. No license suspension for our client.
July 12, 2017—A Baltimore City Circuit Court judge granted our client’s motion for summary judgment ending a protracted contract and tort dispute between a landlord and a tenant in Baltimore City, Maryland. The judge awarded our client a judgment of $50,000.00 including attorney’s fees for numerous breaches of a lease agreement.
July 3, 2017—Three children from El Salvador are one step closer to green cards thanks to the efforts of José Z. Canto, Esq. A judge for the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland granted our clients’ request for custody as well as for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. Tomorrow, all three children will celebrate the Fourth of July for the first time with the prospect of legal status within reach.
June 28, 2017—In a divorce action in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland, The Canto Law Firm, LLC assisted a client in obtaining a substantial monetary award as well as a reimbursement for attorney’s fees and costs. The opposing party had dissipated marital assets from joint banking accounts. The client was also awarded custody of her minor child and the maximum amount of child support.
June 12, 2017—José Z. Canto, Esq. convinced an immigration judge today that bond for his client should be reduced from $25,000 to $7,500 despite a DUI conviction. The firm argued that the client was a low flight risk given his strong ties to the community. Despite a criminal conviction, one can still obtain a reasonable bond.
June 7, 2017—The Canto Law Firm, LLC, obtained predicate orders for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status today for a young girl from Honduras who was fleeing gang violence in her neighborhood. The young girl’s aunt retained the firm to file a guardianship petition in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland and to file a motion for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. Both the petition and motion were granted.
May 26, 2017—Today, José Z. Canto, Esq. helped two children from El Salvador, one from Honduras, and two from Guatemala obtain predicate orders for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland. These five children are now eligible for apply for U.S. Permanent Resident status in the United States.
May 16, 2017—The Canto Law Firm, LLC helped two young Guatemalans obtain DACA status in the United States today. DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals provides some children protection from deportation and offers them a work permit.
May 8, 2017—IN THE NEWS. José Z. Canto, Esq. was quoted today in the Washington Post in an article about the dropping of rape charges against his client, Jose Montano, and his continued detention in ICE custody. To read the full article, click here.
May 8, 2017—José Z. Canto, Esq. assisted a U.S. Permanent Resident from Cameroon in his release from Custom and Border Protection (CBP) custody at Washington Dulles airport. The client was released or “paroled” today after José Z. Canto, Esq argued that urgent humanitarian reasons required that he be returned to his family.
April 5, 2017—José Z. Canto, Esq. participated as a panelist today at the Pro Bono Coordinating Counsel meeting held in Silver Spring, Maryland. Mr. Canto spoke on best practices for case placement and supervision of pro bono cases among provider agencies in Maryland.
April 4, 2017—The firm celebrated a victory today in the District Court of Maryland for Prince George’s County on behalf of a carpet installer who was not paid for several carpet installation projects. José Z. Canto, Esq., argued that the client should be awarded her unpaid wages, treble damages, and attorney’s fees and costs pursuant to Maryland’s Wage Payment and Collection Act. The judge agreed.
March 30, 2017—José Z. Canto, Esq. successfully obtained an Order Appointing Guardian of a Disabled Person today in the Montgomery County Circuit Court.
February 13, 2017—IN THE NEWS. José Z. Canto, Esq. was quoted today in an article concerning Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and pro bono work in Maryland. To read the full article, click here.
November 23, 2016—It has been a banner-month for SIJS findings at The Canto Law Firm. The firm went 6 for 6 today in obtaining predicate custody orders to allow six minor children in Prince George’s County, Maryland, to petition USCIS for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.
November 14, 2016—Today in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland, the firm went 5 for 5 in obtaining predicate custody orders to allow five minor children to petition USCIS for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.
November 9, 2016—The Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland granted our client’s Complaint for Child Support and found that the opposing party had voluntarily impoverished himself. The judge imputed income in determining the child support.
November 4, 2016—The Circuit Court for Baltimore County, Maryland granted, in part, our client’s Exceptions of the Magistrate’s Findings and Recommendations. The Magistrate incorrectly calculated the work-related child care expense and did not award retroactive child support to the date of the client’s initial pleading. The end result was an optimal child support award.
September 9, 2016—The Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland granted our client’s petition for guardianship of her nephew and granted our motion for findings to allow the nephew to qualify for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). The nephew lived in a gang-controlled area of El Salvador and could not attend school as a result. As a result of the Court’s findings, the Minor will one day receive U.S. Permanent Resident Status, a “green card,” and can continue to excel in Baltimore City Public Schools.
August 18, 2016—The Circuit Court of Prince George’s County, Maryland granted our client’s complaint for sole legal and physical custody for her daughter and made findings that will allow her daughter to qualify for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). The daughter was sexually assaulted by a local gang member and fled to the United States to be with her mother. The child is excelling and is applying for a green card.
August 9, 2016—José Z. Canto, Esq. attended a day-long training session at the Developmental Disabilities headquarters in Laurel, Maryland, for Support Brokers who assist individuals under the Self-Directed Services waiver program.
June 27, 2016—The Anne Arundel County Bar Association recognized José Z. Canto, Esq. today as a finalist for the President’s Pro Bono Award.
April 13, 2016—The Circuit Court for Prince George’s County granted our client’s complaint for sole legal and physical custody of her daughter and made findings that allow the daughter to qualify for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). The child came to the United States fleeing Mara gang violence in her home country of El Salvador. As a result of these findings, the daughter can now apply to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for U.S. Permanent Resident status so that she can remain living with her mother in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
April 6, 2016—The firm prevailed in a contested custody case in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County. The Court denied the opposing party’s request for shared physical custody and awarded sole physical custody to our client.
March 31, 2016—José Z. Canto, Esq. counseled and represented a Colombian citizen in her I-130 Petition for U.S. Permanent Resident Status through her marriage to a U.S. citizen from Puerto Rico. The United States Immigration and Nationality Services granted her I-130 Petition and awarded her U.S. Permanent Resident Status.
February 4, 2016—The Circuit Court for Baltimore City granted our Motion to Strike Plaintiff’s Complaint when the opposing party failed to comply with the requirements of Maryland Rule 2-303.
January 13, 2016—The firm successfully represented a Baltimore City woman obtain sole legal and physical custody of her two children despite the opposing party’s request for the same and his desire to relocate the children to his home in the Caribbean.
December 15, 2015—José Z. Canto, Esq. helped a Baltimore City woman obtain sole legal and physical custody of her two minor children. The Circuit Court for Baltimore City found the father to be an unfit parent because of past sexual abuse of two children and denied father’s request for access.
October 5, 2015—The firm assisted a Baltimore County woman obtain a Final Protective Order on behalf of her minor children in the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore County (Catonsville) when one of the children reported being touched inappropriately by the father during visitation. The father appealed the decision to the Circuit Court for Baltimore County, but the mother still prevailed.
September 25, 2015—The firm celebrated an en banc victory last Friday in an appeal before a three judge panel of the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland. In a 3-0 decision, the en banc panel agreed with our client’s arguments that the trial court’s decision to transfer a custody case from Maryland to California was in contravention of several provisions of Maryland’s Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act.
August 26, 2015—The firm successfully represented a U.S. postal mail carrier in workers compensation proceedings before the U.S. Department of Labor. The letter carrier, who suffered numerous spinal ailments as a result of over 20 years of carrying mail, initially was denied any workers compensation. After retaining our firm, we filed for reconsideration to appeal this decision and assisted the letter carrier in obtaining the medical evidence needed. After submitting a written brief and additional medical evidence, the firm successfully helped the letter carrier reverse the decision and receive workers compensation.
July 30, 2015—In a 4-3 decision, the County Board of Appeals of Anne Arundel County granted our client’s request for a conditional variance to perfect dwelling additions (shed and covered porch) with fewer setbacks than required for property owners in Glen Burnie, Maryland. Throughout a two days hearing, the Petitioners presented a case for a variance based upon one of the residents needing a shed to store handicap equipment and a covered porch to allow the resident ease of access to the equipment and to keep it operable and dry. The majority found that the “Petitioners have presented persuasive testimony to meet the criteria set forth in Anne Arundel County Code 3-1-207 to obtain the requested variance.”
July 17, 2015—During a child support trial in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland, José Z. Canto, Esq. successfully impeached an opposing party who offered doctored W-2s and paystubs from his employer into evidence. Our firm, however, obtained the authentic W-2s and paystubs through a subpoena to the party’s employer and entered that into evidence. In part because of this fraud upon the court, our client received the maximum amount of child support, plus arrears, and an award of attorney’s fees in excess of $5,000.00.
July 9, 2015—After a contested hearing, the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County granted our Motion for Discovery Sanctions against an opposing party for his failure to answer interrogatories and produce documents in discovery. The opposing party was also prohibited from defending against our client’s claims at the merits trial.
July 8, 2015—The firm successfully represented a Prince George’s County father in obtaining joint physical and legal custody of his minor child. The Mother had previously denied visitation to the Father for over a year, but as a result of the court process, the Father was able to change the status quo and regain his parental rights as a Father.
May 21, 2015—The Circuit Court for Prince George’s County granted our exceptions of a child support hearing before a Family Law Magistrate. Our client appealed the Magistrate’s findings of fact and recommendations because he underestimated the opposing party’s income and ordered a downward deviation of the Maryland child support guidelines. At the exceptions hearing, the judge agreed with our client’s arguments and ordered that the child support be re-calculated and vacated the downward deviation. This ruling doubled the client’s child support award.
April 15, 2015—The Circuit Court for Baltimore City granted our motion to dismiss a complaint for modification of custody, child support, and alimony that was filed less than one year after the parties executed a Marital Settlement Agreement. The Court found that there was no material change of circumstance.
March 20, 2015—The firm obtained a custody modification for a mother in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County after the minor child reported being physically abused by his father.
March 19, 2015—José Z. Canto, Esq. helped a Glen Burnie woman reclaim her Section 8 voucher after it had been terminated by the local housing authority.
February 14, 2015—The firm assisted a Cecil county woman open a small estate (for litigation purposes) to facilitate payment of a asbestos settlement owed to her deceased husband.
January 21, 2015—José Z. Canto, Esq. successfully represented a property owner in complex title insurance claim to correct a defective deed to a home in Baltimore County, Maryland. The firm reached a favorable settlement for the homeowner for the value of the lost land due to the title defect, all paid for by the title insurance company. The deed was also corrected.
January 7, 2015—The firm reached a settlement for our client, an individual lender, in a lawsuit pending in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County, involving a breach of an oral contract loan to a commercial crabbing business.
October 15, 2014—IN THE NEWS. The Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) awarded José Z. Canto the 2014 Partnership Award today at its annual Celebrate Pro Bono ceremony at the University of Maryland Law School. The Partnership Award is given annually to individuals that have uniquely contributed to the mission of MVLS. Mr. Canto was recognized for his efforts to increase access to justice for Spanish-speaking individuals. For coverage of the award in the Daily Record, Maryland’s flagship legal and business daily, click here for the full article.
August 5, 2014—José Z. Canto represented a Glen Burnie resident in a handgun permit appeal before the Handgun Permit Review Board. Client requested a handgun permit that would allow him to carry his firearm at all times while employed at his private plumbing business. Client received the permit requested.
August 1, 2014—IN THE NEWS. The firm’s recent success in representing a mother in a highly contested custody and child support case in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City was profiled in the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) August newsletter. Click here for the full article.
July 17, 2014—After several months of negotiations with an insurance carrier, the firm filed a motor tort lawsuit in the Circuit Court for Harford County, Maryland on behalf of a Pennsylvania woman involved in a serious automobile accident. Promptly after filing the complaint and conducting discovery, the insurance carrier agreed to settle for the client’s requested amount.
July 14, 2014—IN THE NEWS. José Z. Canto was awarded the 2014 Volunteer Partnership Award from the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS). Mr. Canto closed nineteen (19) contested custody cases in FY 2014, eight (8) of which involved more than 20 hours of legal work. For FY2014, Mr. Canto clocked 420 hours of volunteer service hours as part of the MVLS panel.
July 10, 2014—The firm successfully defended a landlord in a security deposit action initiated by a former tenant in the District Court of Maryland for Anne Arundel County (Glen Burnie). Tenant’s suit requested the return of the security deposit, treble damages, and attorney’s fees. After a year of litigation, landlord prevailed and defeated tenant’s three count complaint.
June 12, 2014—The Circuit Court for Baltimore City granted our Motion to Rescind a Marital Settlement Agreement for a former military wife who was pressured to sign a grossly one-sided agreement that waived her rights to alimony, pension rights, and a monetary award.
May 15, 2014—After being denied compensation for a posttraumatic stress injury sustained on the job, our firm successfully represented a federal employee at an oral hearing before the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor reversed its decision. As a result, the employee was paid her full salary for the time missed from work due to her injury.
February 28, 2014—The Circuit Court for Prince George’s County granted our request for supervised visitation against minor child’s father who had attempted to stab the minor child by piercing the child’s baby carriage with a Swiss army knife.
December 17, 2013—The firm successfully represented a handicap, Section 8 tenant in rescinding a residential lease when the landlord refused to make the rental home handicap accessible. The firm filed discrimination complaints under the American Disabilities Act (ADA) with federal and state agencies.