Biography

Katherine (Katy) Lewis, an attorney at Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP since 2011, has been practicing immigration law for ten years. She has represented individuals a wide array of complex immigration matters before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Ninth Circuit, as well as in Federal District Court. She has experience in complicated motions to reopen, removal defense, asylum, family based immigration, naturalization, waivers, consular processing, and representing victims of abuse and crimes. She has extensive experience representing non-citizens with criminal records facing removal proceedings or in applying for immigration benefits. She has served as the AILA NorCal Office of Chief Counsel liaison from 2011 to present. Katy is a mentor attorney for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights’ pro bono asylum program. From 2006-2007, Katy served as a Judicial Law Clerk/Attorney Advisor with the U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, at the Los Angeles Immigration Court, as part of the Attorney General's Honors Program. While in law school, Katy researched for a book written by Professor Hiroshi Motomura about the history of immigration law, Americans in Waiting: The Lost Story of Immigration and Citizenship in the United States. She received her JD from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2006 and graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.A. in Political Science and Economics in 2001.