Fernando A. Leal-CalandraLitigation Paralegal

BIO

Mr. Fernando A. Leal-Calandra was born in Mexico, but moved to Dallas in 1999. He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and enrolled in a doctorate program. During this time, Fernando applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, and conducted research at UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Seay Biomedical Building that was later published in neurocognitive publications. In 2013, Fernando and a separate research team were selected by NASA’s Reduced Gravity Office at Johnson Space Center to conduct research aboard C-9 jet – “The Weightless Wonder.” This marked the first time a non-U.S. citizen was allowed to work at NASA. The project findings were also published.


In 2018, Fernando attended UNT Dallas College of Law and clerked for Shamieh Law after his first year of law school. While clerking, he gained valuable experience on representing plaintiffs in motor vehicle collisions, breach of contract cases, premises liability cases, Dramshop actions, and wrongful death cases. Here he refined his motion practice skills, won several motions before the court, and gained a more complete understanding of personal injury cases. During law school, Fernando was President of the UNT Dallas Criminal Law Society, member of the Board of Advocates, co-authored proposed State legislation for police education reform, and competed in several mock trial competitions. His mock trial team won the First Annual DFW Metroplex Mock Trial Competition where Fernando earned the Top Advocate of the Competition Award. He graduated law school, passed the Universal Bar Exam and joined Shamieh Law as an Associate in 2021.


While currently focusing on personal injury cases, Fernando’s passion for helping others has led him to start an Immigration practice at Shamieh Law. His first-hand experience in handling matters before the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) gives him a unique perspective to better represent clients. He is currently licensed in Texas but will expand his practice into, New Mexico, and Alabama. In his free time, he enjoys sky diving, underwater cave diving, flying, playing video games and playing music.