Guillermo Ortiz

Supervising Attorney, Pearl Law Group

Guillermo began his immigration career as a Law Clerk while completing his J.D at St. Mary’s University School of Law. After graduating, Guillermo launched into a career of Immigration Law, serving multiple firms before arriving at Pearl. He has specialized on multiple nonimmigrant visas, including H-1Bs, E-2s, L-1s and EB-1As. At Pearl, he supports Partner Elizabeth Jamae as a Supervising Attorney, where he works on H’s, TN’s, and PERMs.

Connection to Immigration

I was born in El Paso, but I grew up in Juarez, and I’ve always been interested in international relations and how immigration plays a role. Looking back on it now, the relationship between the two cities is amazing. There’s an organic relationship created with families and individuals living their everyday lives, exchanging ideas, goods and services, people that are visiting, studying, working, living, the families living on both sides, the economic and market share relationships that happen, and even the unpleasant one of crime.

Education

J.D., St. Mary’s University School of Law

B.A., St. Edwards University (International Relations & Latin American Studies)

 

 

What is a fun fact about you?

I went to school in Juarez up until high school. For high school I got half a scholarship to join the swim team at Cathedral High School in El Paso. I crossed the border almost every day. (There were also a lot of swim meets on the weekends!) I remember college applications asking, “how many times have you left the country?” and not really knowing how to answer that question in the tiny space provided!

Languages

English, Spanish, Conversational German

My Family's Journey

Mexico