Marie joined Reid & Hellyer in June 2016 and practices business and real estate litigation as well as immigration law with an emphasis in employment and business-based immigration. She is licensed to practice law in the State of California having been admitted in 2010 to all state courts and U.S. District Courts (Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern). In November 2019, Marie accepted an invitation to join the California Lawyers Association (CLA), Real Property Law Section (RPLS) Executive Committee and is proud to represent over 6,500 RPLS members at this level.
Prior to joining Reid & Hellyer, Marie worked for a business and real estate boutique firm representing lending institutions from the inception of a case to post-judgment proceedings in business and real estate matters in state, federal and bankruptcy courts.
Marie’s interest in immigration law comes from being an immigrant herself having immigrated from Mexico at an early age. Marie is fluent in Spanish. Her experience has provided her with an opportunity to apply complex cross-over business, real estate, contract and other issues with immigration law.
Marie served as the 2017 president of the Southwest Riverside County Bar Association where she remains a board member. She is a founding member of the Hispanic Bar Association of the Inland Empire, and a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Riverside County Bar Association, the North County Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, and the Southwest Inn of Court. She was an adjunct professor at Palomar College from 2010-2016, has been a guest speaker at California State University San Marcos and is on the Advisory Committee of the Mt. San Jacinto College Legal Studies Program.
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.