KATHRIN S. MAUTINO
KATHRIN S. MAUTINO is certified as a specialist in immigration and nationality law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization, one of fewer than 190 attorneys in the state to receive such designation.
A cum laude graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, Ms. Mautino is the managing partner of Kathrin S. Mautino, APLC, a San Diego law firm providing only immigration services to its clients. Ms. Mautino has a general practice providing business and family based immigration services, removal defense, Federal Court litigation as well as citizenship and naturalization services. Ms. Mautino is a recognized expert in American citizenship law as well as priority date issues, including the often over-looked Western Hemisphere Priority Date Program.
Ms. Mautino is asked frequently to write and speak on various immigration issues for local, regional and national audiences, including the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the San Diego County Bar Association, the Consular Corps of San Diego and Los Angeles, and the State of California Family Courts in San Diego and Escondido. Ms. Mautino's articles have appeared in The Journal of Immigrant Health, San Diego Law Review, The Los Angeles Daily Transcript, The San Diego Lawyer, Benders Immigration Bulletin, and various publications of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Ms. Mautino comes by her interest in immigration and citizenship law naturally. She was born in Finland, where she lived as a diplomatic dependent, later moving with her family to Washington, DC and Tijuana, Mexico. Years later she worked as a Department of Justice Honors Program designee assigned to the Immigration Courts in Denver, Colorado and Los Angeles, California. She then entered private practice as an immigration staff attorney with the San Diego firm of Gray, Cary, Ames and Frye, specializing in business immigration law. In 1993, she joined her father, Robert Mautino, in the firm of Baxley and Mautino, which was renamed Mautino and Mautino in 1995. In 2016, Robert Mautino retired, and the firm was renamed again.
In addition to English, Ms. Mautino speaks Spanish, Swedish and Finnish. In 2000, she was appointed by the government of Finland to serve as Honorary Consul in San Diego, a position she still holds.
She currently serves as Chair of the Immigration and Nationality Law Advisory Commission for the State Bar of California..
In her free time, Ms. Mautino enjoys competitive ballroom dancing, hiking and listening to music.