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Erika Portillo

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Erika Portillo is a highly experienced immigration lawyer whose interest and passion in law makes her a skillful advocate on behalf of her clients. Ms. Portillo’s knowledge and experience in immigration law and her passion for the subject have helped many foreign nationals secure immigration status and pursue their dreams in the United States.

Ms. Portillo joined Guichard, Teng, Portillo & Garrett in 2005, and 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. Ms. Portillo was admitted to the practice of law in Mexico in 1999. While in Mexico, Ms. Portillo practiced criminal law as a prosecutor in the State of Morelos and then transitioned into the practice of civil law.

The complex immigration process is often difficult to navigate. Ms. Portillo’s work as a compassionate immigration attorney is enhanced by her experience as a government attorney in Mexico. She has experience in family immigration, removal defense, U Nonimmigrant visas, VAWA cases, asylum, and naturalization, among other immigration matters. Her experience in the subject allows her to comprehensively advise clients on the full range of immigration options and risks.

Born and raised in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico, Ms. Portillo earned her Master of Laws in United States Legal Studies from Golden Gate University School of Law, and her J.D. from La Universidad Autonama del Estado the Morelos in Mexico.

In addition to her very active law practice, Ms. Portillo volunteers her time doing pro-bono representation at the Immigration Court in San Francisco as part of the “Attorney of the Day” Program offered by the San Francisco Bar Association.

Ms. Portillo is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), a participant in the advisory council for AILA NorCal, a member of the Contra Costa County Bar Association, a member of the Women’s Section of the Contra Costa County Bar Association, and a member of the One Hundred Club. She is also the former president of the Hispanic Cancer Association.

Ms. Portillo has written articles for the Contra Costa Lawyer Magazine, the California Psychological Association Magazine, among others. She has been a speaker at several conferences, including the Contra Costa Leadership Program, the Contra Costa Bar Association, JFK University, the Hispanic Chamber of Contra Costa, among others.

Ms. Portillo is fluent in English and Spanish.

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  • California, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of CA
  • Mexico, 1999
  • Master of Laws in United States Legal Studies from Golden Gate University School of Law
  • J.D. from La Universidad Autonama del Estado the Morelos in Mexico.
  • San Francisco Bar Association
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association, Immigration Section Vice Chair
  • Leadership Contra Costa, Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Pro-bono representation at the Immigration Court in San Francisco
  • District Attorney’s Office of the State of Morelos Mexico
  • Immigration Attorney, Guichard Teng Portillo & Garrett, 2007 to Present
  • English
  • Spanish
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  • California, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of CA
  • Mexico, 1999
  • Master of Laws in United States Legal Studies from Golden Gate University School of Law
  • J.D. from La Universidad Autonama del Estado the Morelos in Mexico.
  • San Francisco Bar Association
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association, Immigration Section Vice Chair
  • Leadership Contra Costa, Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Pro-bono representation at the Immigration Court in San Francisco
  • District Attorney’s Office of the State of Morelos Mexico
  • Immigration Attorney, Guichard Teng Portillo & Garrett, 2007 to Present
  • English
  • Spanish

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