Catherine has been practicing for over twenty years exclusively in immigration law. She had her first major success in immigration as a law student where she won an asylum case before the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. She has continued with a winning record for a wide variety of immigration matters in both business cases and humanitarian immigration related cases.
Catherine currently advises businesses and professionals on immigration strategies and represents clients before various U.S. government agencies in the U.S. and overseas, for the full range of business visas including H1B professionals, E1 and E2 investors, L1 intra-company transferees, O-1 artists, EB1 executives , EB2 advanced professionals, and employees through the PERM process. She previously led another immigration firm’s business immigration section.
During her many years in immigration law she has gained experience in all aspects of immigration cases. Aside from representing businesses, she has worked with the entire spectrum of immigration law, for those persons seeking relief from deportation to those obtaining U.S. citizenship through Naturalization. She has won many complex cases for clients in need of immigration waivers, or those seeking asylum in the U.S. She has successfully litigated federal cases before the Board of Immigration Appeals, and in the Fourth Circuit and Seventh Circuit U.S. Courts of Appeals.
Catherine recently served as Chair of the Washington D.C. Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and served on the Executive Committee for five years. As leader for five years of this non-profit and award winning lawyers association of over 1200 members, she oversaw educational programs for its members, led immigration workshops, coordinated pro bono events, and regularly met with government agency leaders, including Congressional leaders advocating for fair immigration laws.
- Maryland Court of Appeals 1995
- US District Court for the District of Maryland 1999
- US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit 2004
- US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit 2006
- Loyola University School of Law New Orleans, LA, Juris Doctorate, 1995
- Mary’s College Notre Dame, IN, Bachelors English Writing & Fine Arts, 1987
- Widener University in Geneva, United Nations Legal Internship at UNEP, June – July 1994
- American Immigration Lawyers Association; Member 1996 – Present
- Maryland Bar Association, Member American Bar Association, Member, 2015 – Present
- American Bar Association, 2016 – Present
AILA Washington D.C. Chapter
- American Immigration Lawyers Association, Washington D.C. (AILA DC) Chapter, American Immigration Council Ambassador, July 2018 – Present.
- AILA DC Chapter Executive Committee, Chapter Chair, May 2017 – May 2018.
- AILA DC Chapter Executive Committee, Chair-Elect, May 2016 – May 2017. In charge of government liaison activities, meetings, and updating chapter membership.
- AILA DC Chapter Executive Committee, Vice-Chair, May 2015 – May 2016. Responsible for creating and coordinating all educational programs for the chapter, including Conference.
- AILA DC Chapter Executive Committee, Secretary, May 2014 – May 2015. Responsible for Advocacy with legislative leaders, newsletter, and all communications with chapter members.
- AILA DC Chapter Executive Committee, Treasurer, May 2013- May 2014. Responsible for coordinating chapter pro-bono activities and fund-raisers for indigent immigrants.
- AILA DC Chapter, Fall Conference 2015. Lead Organizer.
- AILA DC Chapter’s AIC Writing Contest Committee, 2011, 2012 and 2014.
- AILA Board of Governors, June 2017 – May 2018.
- AILA National Conference, Day Coordinator, 2015.
- AILA’s National Day of Action on Capitol Hill; Oversight Committee 2015, Lobbying Participant: 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, & 2018.
- AILA DC Newsletter, Put out Weekly newsletter for chapter, May 2014 – May 2015.
- AILA DC Chapter’s Citizenship Day Committee, Site Coordinator, 2013 and 2014.
- Equal Justice Works Conference Oct. 2013 – Pro Bono workshop on Immigration and Community Presentation on Protection from Unauthorized Practice of Law.
- AILA National Conference, DC Chapter Event Coordinator, 2010.
- Panelist, Immigration Law Fundamentals: Visas, Residency, and Relief from Deportation, myLawCLE and the Federal Bar Association, January 2019
- Panelist, Immigration Issues for Educational Professionals, September 2018
- Moderator, AILA D.C. Chapter Webinar, Burden of Proof in Immigration Matters, July 2015
- Speaker, Immigration Law for Foreign Nationals, INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France, February 2017
- Speaker, Immigration Law for Foreign Nationals, INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France, November 2015
- Panelist, “Strategies for Success in Asylum Cases” AILA Audio Seminar, Oct. 2013
- Panelist, “Representing Clients before EOIR” Panelist, Equal Justice Works Conference, Crystal City, VA, Oct. 2013
- Panelist, “Keeping the Hope Alive, Creative Ways to Obtain Benefits” Advanced Issues in Family Based Immigration, AILA Wash. D.C. Chapter Conference, 2012
- Panelist, “TRIG Related Inadmissibility Grounds in Asylum law,” AILA National Conference, San Diego, June 2011
- Panelist, “Canadian and U.S. Asylum Law, Similarities in Bars to Obtaining Asylum,” Law and Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, May 2010
- “Out of the Fire and into the Pot: The Over Breadth of North American Immigration Security Provisions,” V. 25 Geo Law J. No. 4 (Summer 2011).