Dr. Hazel Marinero serves as Of Counsel to the Immigration Law Office of Los Angeles. She is a member of the California Bar. She has practiced exclusively Immigration and Nationality Law in the United States since 1991. Dr. Marinero graduated with a Master’s Degree with Honors in History from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 1976. She received her LL.B from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 1978. Dr. Marinero then undertook doctoral studies in law at Georg August University in Goettingen, Germany and was awarded a doctoral degree in Private International Law (cum laude) in June of 1981. Her doctoral thesis, “Drug Manufacturers: Liability in the United States and Germany”; was published in book form by Peter Lang Gmbh, Frankfurt in 1982. Dr. Marinero attended Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco for 2 semesters to study US Constitutional law and California Real Property Law. Dr. Marinero moved from Germany to Silicon Valley, California in 1981. She conducted legal research for several years at Stanford University’s Office of University Counsel.
She discovered that Immigration law was her true passion after attending a course in Immigration Law given by Bill Ong Hing at Stanford Law School. As part of this course, she took part in the affiliated East Palo Alto Community Law Project and represented clients from Central America and Mexico in Immigration Court in San Francisco.
Dr. Marinero has been practicing exclusively Immigration Law in the United States since 1991. In that year she formed her own law office in San Jose, Silicon Valley. A major focus of Dr. Marinero’s practice is business immigration law. She specializes in the filing of employment-based petitions (immigrant and non-immigrant) for foreign scientists, researchers, and engineers based in companies start-ups as well as established entities in Silicon Valley. She prepares First Preference employment-based petitions for extraordinary ability scientists and outstanding researchers as well as Second Preference National Interest Waiver cases for scientists. She prepares labor certifications for a variety of applicants including researchers and engineers in the high-tech field. She also files L1As for executives and managers from multinational corporations as well as L 1 Bs for specialized knowledge employees. She prepares nonimmigrant O 1 petitions for extraordinary ability scientists and athletes and H 1 B petitions for engineers and research scientists. She also files TNs for Mexican and Canadian professionals and E3s for Australians.
Another major focus of Dr. Marinero’s practice is family-based immigration law. She has obtained permanent residency for thousands of clients through family-based Adjustment of Status cases before San Jose, San Francisco, Sacramento, and Fresno Field Offices. A high proportion of her clientele in family-based cases is Mexican nationals.
Dr. Marinero also specializes in representing Central American clients in NACARA cases before the San Francisco Asylum Office and the San Francisco Immigration court. Dr. Marinero has a satellite office at Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette, Indiana, and represents clients in employment-based immigration petitions who are based in startup companies at the Research Park. She also represents Purdue University faculty members and students in family-based immigration cases.
Dr. Marinero is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She has received recognition from Santa Clara Valley AILA chapter for workshops she has conducted at the Mexican Consulate in San Jose, California on immigration matters. She has served as AILA Santa Clara Valley Chapter liaison with the Department of State and she has also served as Santa Clara Valley Chapter AILA liaison with San Francisco USCIS.
Between 2014 and 2015, Dr. Marinero held a part-time position with Purdue University as Director of Experiential Entrepreneurship at the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship at Discovery Park, Purdue. Whilst in this position she was one of the main founders of the Purdue Monterrey Initiative between Purdue University and Monterrey Tech University in Mexico. She was responsible for bringing in to Purdue through this program, Mexican graduate students funded by Conacyt scholarships to complete PhDs in Engineering. She was also responsible in this position for connecting Purdue University Entrepreneurs, both faculty and students, to resources at Purdue Foundry such as Entrepreneurs in Residence, Venture Capitalists, and attorneys to help them in forming companies and in writing grants to obtain state funding for their start-ups.
Between 2016 and 2017 Dr. Marinero held a part-time position with Purdue University in the Department of Global Engineering as Global Fellows Coordinator where she directed the Purdue Monterrey Initiative. Dr. Marinero travelled frequently to Monterrey, Mexico as part of these 2 positions with Purdue and became very familiar with the Monterrey entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Dr. Marinero speaks fluent Spanish and has a reading knowledge of German.