Katja has been with Serotte Law since 2006, giving her over 13 years of experience in Immigration Law. At the beginning of her career as a Paralegal with Serotte Law, she primarily focused on Extraordinary Ability cases such as O-1 nonimmigrant visas and EB-1 Immigrant petitions. However, she also handled many family-based cases, waivers, and some outbound Canadian immigration cases. Most recently, Katja has been focused on Extraordinary cases since she became an attorney in November 2014. Katja has also been responsible for creating writing pieces for the Serotte Law website.
Katja was born and raised in Germany and immigrated to the United States in 2003 on a K-1 fiancée visa. She earned her dual citizenship in 2011 and is now both a legal citizen in Germany and the United States. While in Germany, Katja earned her diploma in psychology and worked for 5+ years as a psychologist in a German psychiatric hospital, where she also had to provide forensic evaluations for use in criminal proceedings at the time.
Katja earned her Paralegal Certificate from the University of California, Irvine, University Extension. She also obtained her Juris Doctor Degree for St. Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio, Texas in 2014 and finished in the top 14% of her class.
Some of Katja’s professional accomplishments include being a staff writer on St. Mary’s Law Review on Race and Social Justice. She was also invited to author an extensive article on cross-border considerations for Canadian event planners which was published in the July/August 2017 issues of Canadian print magazine Meetings + Incentive Travel. She is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Editorial Freelancers Association.
Outside of the office, Katja describes herself as a podcast junkie, animal lover, avid violinist, and Scandinavian noir fan. When asked how she describes herself and her attention to her clients at Serotte Law, she said she would describe herself as methodical, curious and tenacious.
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