Victorio L. Shaw began his legal career by volunteering at California Indian Legal Services's Eureka Office while working full time as marketing manager at a local casino. While working for the casino, Victorio decided he needed to do more for his community which is what led him to pursue law school and social justice work. Prior to law school Victorio landed a job at one of world's largest and most prominent law firms working at their San Francisco office. While there he quickly rose to one of the firm's most dependable and sought after litigation project assistants. Based upon this work experience and the passion for social justice Victorio displayed he was admitted into the prestigious UC Davis School of Law. UC Davis is the same school that Victorio's grandfather David Risling Jr. co-founded the renowned Native American Studies program.
Victorio spent a number of years as a clerk and attorney at a boutique law firm in Sacramento that specialized in catering to the needs of Native American tribal governments and organizations. There Victorio worked for some of the largest almost powerful tribes in California as well as some of the poorest and least fortunate. In 2012 Victorio made the decision to relocate to Sonoma County where he would go on to found the Law Office of Victorio L. Shaw. The decision for him was to be able to provide individualized services directly to families and individuals, as well as continuing to do traditional tribal representation. Over the years Victorio has helped many families preserve and provide healthy family structures for their children whether it be through custody, visitation, guardianships, adoptions, and name changes. Victorio has also helped many families through sensible estate planning.
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Victorio L. Shaw
From working volunteering at California Indian Legal Services to working at the prestigious Winston & Strawn LLP in San Francisco to opening his own practice in 2012, Victorio has dedicated his legal career to helping those with whom he most identifies. That is why he has worked with numerous Native American tribes, families, individuals and organizations. Victorio is an experienced instructor of Federal Indian Law and other legal topics, having lectured at UC Davis, San Francisco State University, and the California Tribal College among others. He is a frequent contributor to community education workshops, and enjoys volunteering to help Native children and families whenever he can. In addition to being a proud Native American himself, Victorio has an extensive background in the entertainment industry as a musical and visual artist, promoter, booker, manager, and marketer. Victorio has also served in a project strategist capacity on one of the most complex educational projects in the state. He is an skilled mediator, negotiator and organizational consultant.
UC DAVIS SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 2011
HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY
B.A., Fine Arts, 2004
Activities & Affiliations
• California Indian Legal Services, Board of Trustees Member
• National Lawyer Guild
•NORML member at large