United States Supreme Court, 2006
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2002
United States District Court, Central District, 1997
State Bard of California, 1997 (Verify Admission)
Whittier Law School, J.D., 1997
University of California, Los Angeles, B.A. 1989
Ms. Padilla was born in Guatemala. She immigrated to the United States in 1983. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and her law degree from Whittier Law School. In addition to being the founding attorney for the Law Office of Annaluisa Padilla, she currently serves as the President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She has also served in various capacities with the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), including past Assistant VP of the Board of Trustees and Chair of their Immigration Section. She is also a member of LACBA's family law section and the American Bar Association (ABA).
Mayra Banuelos joined the Law Office of Annaluisa Padilla in 2016. She is the principal Legal Assistant for our office. She oversees client intakes, gathering of client information and documents, preparing applications, maintaining client files and assisting with general inquiries. She is in charge of ensuring timely and accurate completion of case paperwork and monitors cases with USCIS.
Christine Brito was born in Orange, California and of Mexican-Peruvian descent. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 2012, and her law degree from Loyola Law School in 2017. Christine has over six years of experience serving low-income, monolingual immigrant families acquire legal status. She also volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for two years before moving back to Southern California.
As a Public Interest Scholar at Loyola Law School, Christine participated in the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic for two years and served as a law clerk for Olmos and Reynolds during law school. In December 2016, she received the Darlene R. Seligman Immigration Law Award for academic achievement. After graduation, Christine assumed employment practicing both family law and immigration law with the Law Office of Annaluisa Padilla as an Associate Attorney. Christine is an avid runner and Boston Terrier mom.
Beatriz Islas is the Office Manager with our office. She assists clients with the management of their cases as assigned in our office, office policies and procedures, accounts receivables and general office management. She is also an experienced Paralegal and oversees the preparation of complex cases and pleadings. Prior to joining the Law Office of Annaluisa Padilla, Beatriz held various positions as a legal assistant. Beatriz is also a Notary Public. Beatriz Islas has an Associate of Science Degree in Administration of Justice from Rio Hondo College.
Vladimir Aguilar joined the Law Office of Annaluisa Padilla in 2018. He has a Bachelor's in Political Science from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and extensive experience assisting clients with family law filings through the Los Angeles Superior Court Fellowship Program. Vladimir assists the firms clients with all initial paperwork in their family law cases including declarations and preparation of judicial council forms. He is in charge of ensuring timely and accurate completion of court paperwork for filing and service and monitors cases through the court process.
Laura Razo joined the Law Office of Annaluisa Padilla in 2018. She is the Office's Receptionist and our clients' first contact. Laura is in charge of maintaining the Office's calendar and appointments. She is responsible for incoming and outgoing mail, answering the firms telephone calls and online inquiries, setting up consultations and following up with clients.
Ms. Padilla has over 20 years experience in family law and immigration law, representing individuals and corporations at all stages of their legal matters including litigation and appeals. She is a firm believer in giving back to the community and has volunteered with the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), LACBA's Domestic Violence Project, and has served as mentor for the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) and Kids In Need of Defense (KIND).
Ms. Padilla is also a frequent legal commentator on CNN International, CCTV, MSNBS, Univision and Telemundo. She has given numerous presentations on issues covering immigration benefits, know your rights, and the interplay between family law and immigration law.
State Bar of California, 2017 (Verify Admission)
Loyola Law School, J.D., 2017
University of California, Berkley, B.A. 2012