Psychological Evaluations: A Critical Tool for Undocumented Immigrants

Erika Portillo ( 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 Maybe she can help you!

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

Here’s a link to FAQs re DUIs.

We understand getting pulled over for a DUI is a huge problem and embarrassment. Here’s a link to commonly asked questions.  CA DUI FAQs We’re here to help if you need more assistance.  We have the experience you need to navigate the courts and DMV.  Give us a call at 925-459-8440. We can help.

DUI? We can help!

Although no one ever wants to be in this position, if you were pulled over for a DUI – give us a call at 925.459.8440 or 530.297.3290.  We can help navigate the courts and DMV for you making a tough, embarrassing experience more manageable.  Call us.  We can help!

Coroner’s Inquests – Published in Contra Costa Lawyer March 2015

For a number of years, I have served as the hearing officer in Coroner’s Inquests in Contra Costa County and a few other Northern California counties. I am often asked to explain the process. In doing so, more often I discuss what it is not, rather than what a Coroner’s Inquest actually entails. In most counties in California, the elected sheriff is also the elected coroner. That is the case in Contra Costa County, where a Coroner’s Inquest is held in all cases involving a death related in any way to law enforcement. That means when an inmate in county jail dies in his sleep of natural causes, we have an Inquest. When a death involves a police shooting, a fatal car chase, a suicide witnessed by law enforcement, a fight with officers resulting in a death, a Coroner’s Inquest is … Continue reading