Ms. Puertollano is the Managing Attorney of the law offices of Jacob Sapochnick and an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Born and raised in France, she earned two Master Degrees in Law; one in France in Public Law and one in the United States in Comparative Law (LL.M). She is fluent in French, English and Spanish.
As attorney, she represents clients in removal before the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the BIA and immigration court. She also practices all areas of immigration law: family based, employment-based, and investment-based immigrant and non-immigrant visas.
More precisely, she files family based (marriage, fiancé, I-751), employment based (H-1B, H-3, TN, R-1, L-1, PERM, EB1C), and investment based petitions (E-2), as well as naturalization, DACA, F-1 reinstatement, visas based on extraordinary abilities (O-1, NIW and EB-1A), athlete visas (P-1), I-360 Victim of Violence Visas (VAWA) and asylum cases. She prepares clients for their marriage first or second (fraud) interviews, I-751 and citizenship interviews and attend the interview with them. She also deals with complex motions to reopen as well as I-601A and 212(d)(3) waivers.
In her free time, she enjoys exercising and spending time with her family and friends. She is a motivational speaker as well as a mentor to high school students.
A Little Bit More About Marie Puertollano
What is your position with the Law Offices of Jacob J. Sapochnick?
How did you end up working for the Law Firm?
I started as a law clerk in 2012 and I have been there since.
What does your job entail?
I represent clients in court including the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and at the USCIS field office. I also file family based, employment-based, and investment-based immigrant and non-immigrant visas. As manager, I assign deadlines, train new employees and supervise cases; all while building a positive team spirit.
What is the most difficult part of your job?
The most difficult part is when cases are denied by USCIS. It is completely heartbreaking to see the distress of the clients who are losing their legal status.
What is the best part of your job?
Building a relationship with the clients, getting to know them, care for them and get their case approved.
Where are you originally from?
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Giving public speeches (I am a motivational speaker), exercising, hosting parties, reading, playing with my children and meditating.
Do you have any unusual hobbies?
Playing "Settlers of Catan" (a board game)
Can you tell us about your family, pet, etc.?
I have been married to the most amazing man since October 2009 and we have two children.
Do you have a favorite saying or quote and if so, what is it and why?
"Treat others as you want them to treat you". When I interact with somebody, I imagine myself in his/her shoes. It helps me to be more kind and compassionate.
A favorite book or movie you would like to share?
The Bible, especially the New Testament. This book contains a lot of wisdom.