Psychological Evaluations: A Critical Tool for Undocumented Immigrants

Erika Portillo (eportillo@gtplawyers.com) is an immigration lawyer and a partner at Guichard, Teng and Portello, with o!ces in San Francisco, Walnut Creek and Davis. She is admitted to practice in the State of California, the U.S. District Court Northern District and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She has practiced immigration law for over 10 years. Her practice focuses mainly on removal defense, family based immigration, asylum, form of relief for victims of crimes and naturalization.   A significant focus of immigration law in the United States addresses the issues of  family unity and victim protection. If one takes a close look at the different forms of immigration relief (i.e., relief from removal from the United States) available to foreign nationals, one realizes that psychological evaluations often serve as critical evidence in support of an individual’s application for relief from removal. In hardship … Continue reading

Waiver of Inadmissibility

Don’t forget that GTP also provides a range of immigration legal services. Our partner, Erika Portillo, specializes in immigration law. Do you need a waiver? Erika Portillo specializes in waivers of inadmissibility. She has been able to successfully help secure the immigration status of our clients What is an immigration waiver of inadmissibility? A person not eligible to be admitted into the United States or to adjust her status may obtain lawful admission by filing an a…pplication for waiver of the grounds of inadmissibility. Give us a call at 925.459.8440 to speak with Erika Portillo or email her at eportillo@gtplawyers.com. Maybe she can help you!

Civil Jury Verdicts – Contra Costa Lawyer

Civil Jury Verdicts Matt Guichard | Sep 01, 2017 | There was a time I prepared a Civil Jury Verdicts Column every month. And in almost all cases, the reports came right out of our Superior Court in Martinez. Back then the Court statistics showed somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 or so civil cases to verdict in Martinez Superior Courts. As the years have passed, that number dwindled to 15 or so each year. Now of course I know the mention of those statistics always causes heartburn for the PJ, but there is a good reason for the decline. I have been told that the Civil Jury Verdicts column is a very popular column. Sad to say I write only a couple of columns a year at this time. And as you have heard me say too many times: … Continue reading

Bar Soap – March 2017

As I mentioned in my last Bar Soap, the Contra Costa High School Mock Trial Competition was on the horizon. It has now taken place and it was the usual tremendous success. Miramonte High School was the winner this year. That makes two years in a row for Miramonte. I served as judge two nights during the preliminary rounds. I never cease to be impressed by the skill and enthusiasm of all the participants who appeared before me. Another shout out needs to go to all the volunteer judges. Many of our sitting judges volunteer their time, as well as many of our local attorneys. Additionally many of our local judges and attorneys spend months with the high school students, mentoring them as they prepare for the competition. Thanks to all for making it an incredible experience. Let’s chat now … Continue reading

Mock Trial Results – 2017

A nice way to give back to the community: Matthew Guichard volunteers each year as a judge for the Contra Costa County Mock Trial Competitions. The competition is in February. The high school students do an incredible job and you can see all the hard work they did. The 2017 mock trial results are in! Congratulations to Miramonte HS for placing 1st. 2nd place went to California HS, followed by Acalanes HS and Alhambra HS. Well done! You can read all about it here:  http://www.cccoe.k12.ca.us/supe/events/tresults17.html

Bar Soap – February 2017

Here we are starting another new year. Seems as though we just started 2016 and here we are in 2017. I know, I know, many of you just want to put 2016 behind you. But many good things happened in our wonderful Contra Costa County legal community in 2016. If it is January I am preparing for trial. Not sure how that always seems to happen, but once more I spent the vacation time between Christmas and New Year’s Day, preparing for a jury trial. At least this year it is in Contra Costa Superior Court. That makes it a little less stressful. Although I must say, trials have become much more stressful in the past few years. Anyone disagree? I keep mentioning the MCLE Spectacular and indeed it was once again spectacular. The attendance at the event is truly … Continue reading

Davis Move: Sharing Office Space – Find out more about Will Portello, Kira Wattenburg & Heather Tattershall

Here’s some additional information regardng our Davis office. There are three attorneys/firms sharing office space at 355 2nd Street, Suite B. They are Will Portello, Heather Tattershall and Kira Wattenburg. Will Portello grew up in Davis, graduated from UC Davis, attended law school at the University of Oregon, and is a member of both the California and Oregon state bars. He has been practicing law since 1993. He has been with Guichard Teng & Portello since 1997. We have… had an office here in Davis since 2004, and have other offices in Walnut Creek, Willows and San Francisco. We handle civil litigation and trial advocacy, including the representation of injured parties in personal injury matters, as well as the victims of sexual abuse. In addition, we represent employees in wage-hour disputes. Our additional practice areas include business litigation and insurance … Continue reading

Immigration News – Politico article attached

President Trump did not take any action today regarding NAFTA or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and Politico reports that, according to a USCIS spokesperson, DACA applications and renewals continue to be processed normally. Here’s an article from POLITICO that you might find interesting: Trump administration signals no immediate reversal on Dreamer program By Josh Gerstein Updated 01/23/17 03:01 PM EST Applications from so-called Dreamers seeking to renew their immigration status and work permits are being processed normally, despite President Donald Trump’s repeated claims that the program set up by President Barack Obama is illegal, a government spokesman said Monday. A spokesman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services told POLITICO Monday that there was no immediate change to how the agency handles applications and renewals under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program Obama set up in … Continue reading