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Iris “Samantha” Portillo Fragoso

Foreign Associate

Advocating for others has been a passion for Samantha from the very beginning. As a licensed Mexican attorney living in the United States for the time being, she aims to help all who seek work here to find a sustainable, legal path forward. Samantha joined Hall Global in June 2018 because, as she puts it, “No firm has the ability to solve problems on both sides of the border like Hall Global.”

Samantha is a compassionate counselor who does not shy away from a challenge. Her career began when she was selected for Mexico’s most prestigious law school, Escuela Libre de Derecho, a program so tough that 80% of her classmates could not finish. She graduated 4th in her class of 250. Following graduation, a Justice 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. Samantha served as Deputy Director of the Ministry of Public Administration for two years.

After compiling a record of accomplishment at the top of Mexico’s legal profession, Samantha looked north to complete her professional development before returning to Mexico. She applied for and won a competitive scholarship to Georgetown University and another from the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) and from the Bank of Mexico. She then earned an LLM in International 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 DC Chapter Pro Bono Award for 2017-2018.

Samantha’s background is a combination of the best of Mexican and American graduate legal education, making her skills, compassion, and capability available to help the H-2A and H-2B employer communities with their legal problems. Working with Hall Global has been a source of professional pride to her. She thrives on the ability to help clients overcome language barriers and support them in the complex process of immigrating to work. This mission is personal to her. “As an immigrant myself, I know the feeling of wanting to feel at home in a different country even if you plan on returning to your home country.”