Iris “Samantha” Portillo Fragoso is a licensed Mexican attorney who joined the Hall Law Office in June 2018.
Samantha’s career began when she was selected for Mexico’s most prestigious law school, Escuela Libre de Derecho, and graduated 4th in her class of 250. This program was so tough that 80% of her classmates could not finish.
But Samantha had only just begun. Upon graduation, Justice Jose Fernando González Salas of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, Mexico’s Supreme Court, personally invited her to work for him in a coveted position as Deputy Law Clerk. She performed stellar work there for four years. After that,Samantha served as Deputy Director of the Ministry of Public Administration for two years.
Samantha then looked north. She won a competitive scholarship to Georgetown University and won another scholarship from the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) and from the Bank of Mexico. She then earned an LLM inInternational Legal Studies and a Certification in Human Rights, both from Georgetown University. Samantha also worked for Catholic Charities Pro Bono Immigration Law Program, which received the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s DC Chapter Pro Bono Award for 2017-2018.
Samantha combines the best of Mexico with the best U.S. graduate legal education andmakes that skill, caring, and capability available to help the H-2A and H-2B employer communities with their legal problems. She can be reached at (202) 434-8761 or firstname.lastname@example.org.