Karine serves as corporate immigration counsel to a wide range of clients, from small domestic entities to large multinational corporations in varying industries. She manages a growing legal team of attorneys and paralegals that provide cutting-edge immigration solutions to corporate clients and counsels them on all matters of U.S. immigration and nationality law, regulation, policy and compliance.

Karine immigrated from France in the 1980s and has practiced exclusively in the field of U.S. corporate immigration and nationality law for over 20 years. While in law school, Karine received the Grotius Award for Academic Excellence in International Law and was also on the Dean's list honors. She was a member of the Jessup International Moot Court team and after graduation was awarded an International Advocacy Fellowship.

Karine's pro bono work is extensive, having: provided legal counseling to the Center for Community Solutions, Healing & Preventing Sexual Assault & Relationship Violence, to ascertain whether VAWA cases could be filed; represented clients for Casa Cornelia, a non-profit organization in San Diego, California, that provides legal services to women and children who have been the victims of abuse and who qualify for immigration benefits to remain in the U.S.

Karine speaks English, Spanish and French.


Golden Gate University School of Law | J.D., 1998
University of California, San Diego | B.A., 1994


Listed in Best Lawyers in America, 2018 to 2021

Inn of Court Pro Bono Publico Award, Casa Cornelia Law Center’s 10th Annual La Mancha Awards, 2017

Named one of the “San Diego County Top Attorneys,” San Diego Source, 2014 to 2015

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Bar Admissions: California

Member, Lawyers Club of San Diego

Member, San Diego Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association

Advisor Emeriti, International Law section of the State Bar of California

Editorial Board of the California International Law Journal

Past AILA Chair and Executive Committee member, San Diego Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association

Executive Committee member, International Law section of the State Bar of California

Board of Directors for the San Diego French-American Chamber of Commerce

Member, Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce

Represents global leaders in the telecommunication industry, creating and implementing immigration programs customized to their specific needs, and managing them in a streamlined and cost-effective manner

Provides innovative solutions and legal guidance in all aspects of employment-based immigration ranging from nonimmigrant issues to obtaining permanent residency

Assists start-up and small international businesses in strategizing and facilitating the employment of foreign personnel through L-1 intra company transfers and establishing E-1 and E-2 registration at U.S. consulates around the world

Manages immigration programs on behalf of companies in the hospitality, entertainment, shipbuilding, manufacturing, and biotechnology industries in all aspects of securing immigrant and nonimmigrant visas

Publications and Lectures

Contributor, “Rethinking immigration policies for STEM doctorates.” Science, 27 January 2021.

Speaker, “The CWS Summit Court.” 15th Annual CWS Summit North America, San Diego, CA, 9 September 2019.

Contributor, “ICE Knocking on Doors of Companies Hiring Foreign Tech Students.” Bloomberg Law - Daily Labor Report, 13 August 2019.

Contributor, “H-1B visa policies favor large companies, study says.” The San Diego Union-Tribune and Los Angeles Times, 5 August 2019.

Speaker, “New Immigration Realities - Changes in Immigration Policies, Regulations and Trends.” Tech San Diego HR Roundtable, San Diego, CA, 27 March 2019.

Contributor, "USCIS Policy Changes Put STEM Students on Shaky Footing." Law360, 25 July 2018.

Presents/lectures extensively to seminar groups in the United States, including but not limited to:

  • 20th Annual AILA California Chapters Conference
  • AILA 2007 Spring Fundamentals of Immigration Law Conference
  • AILA’s Conference “The Essentials of Immigration Law for Paralegals, Legal Assistants, and Law Office Staff”
  • State Bar of California
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, San Diego Chapter
  • Sterling Education Services