I obtained my law degree from the University of Bucharest in 1998 and started as an in-house counsel for an established civil engineering company serving both Romanian and German markets. I learned a lot during that time, mostly about myself as a professional and about the ethic and beauty of a job well done. As my life changed and I immigrated to the United States in 2003, I had to start all over again and dare to hope that I can reinvent myself and do what I most liked. It started with the opportunity offered by a great mentor that is Attorney Nikki Jacobson, who was the first to bring me on board at Jacobson and Han in 2011 and encourage me to pursue a license with the California Bar. I discovered the complicated field of immigration law during the 5 years of assisting three attorneys, along with the rewards of seeing people's lives changing in front of my eyes.
After passing the California State Bar, I became a member of American Immigration Lawyers Association and a member of Los Angeles County Bar Association. I knew that immigration law is what I wanted to continue to do. I marked another milestone as my first position as an associate attorney at Han Law Group, under the guidance of another great mentor, Attorney Susan Han.
The efforts, the pressure, the long hours of work in preparing a case, the butterflies in the stomach before every hearing in front of the judge, all is worth when my clients look me in the eyes and say: “God bless you!” (“Que Dios la bendiga!”) And more than anything, when they say “Que Dios ME la bendiga”, I feel their love and I know I am one of them. I'm Marina Andrei. I am an Immigrant. I am your Immigration Attorney.