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Marie E. Wood
- mwood -AT- rhlaw.com
Marie joined Reid & Hellyer in June 2016 and practices in all areas of immigration law, including family-based, employment-based, and business-based immigration, and transactional law. She is licensed to practice law in the State of California, and throughout the United States in federal immigration matters. She is admitted to California state courts, U.S. District Courts (Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern), and Immigration Courts. Her experience also includes representation of individuals and lending institutions in civil litigation from inception of the case to post-judgment matters, and in exercising creditor rights in bankruptcy court.
Marie immigrated to this country at a young age, and is fluent in Spanish. As an immigrant, she has personal knowledge of the emotional and financial struggles faced by individuals and families during the immigration process. This personal experience is what encouraged her to become an immigration attorney. Throughout the years she has volunteered countless hours at legal clinics and other events in which she has offered pro bono legal services in both immigration and civil matters. She is also an adjunct professor at Palomar College, Business and Legal Studies Programs, and is a guest speaker at California State University, San Marcos.
Marie is the 2016 vice-president and 2017 president-elect of the Southwest Riverside County Bar Association, and a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the AILA San Diego Chapter, the Riverside and North County Bar Associations, and the Fiorenzo V. Lopardo Chapter of the American Inns of Court.
Marie received her Juris Doctor degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2009, where she graduated magna cum laude. While attending law school, she was a Notes Editor of the Thomas Jefferson Law Review, and a member of Phi Alpha Delta, the country’s oldest legal fraternity.