Katherine Collins, Associate

AILA MemberKatherine Collins joined Gibbs Houston Pauw in February 2019.

Prior to joining Gibbs Houston Pauw, Katherine was recruited by the U.S. Department of Justice for a position with the Attorney General Honors Program under former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch. From 2016 to 2019, Katherine served as an Attorney Advisor for the Seattle and San Diego Immigration Courts. In this position, she drafted decisions and orders for immigration judges on detained and non-detained dockets, and advised immigration judges on complex issues of immigration, criminal, administrative, and constitutional law.

Katherine earned her Juris Doctor in 2016 from California Western School of Law, graduating magna cum laude. During law school, Katherine gained litigation experience working on immigration cases of national importance, interning with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Immigration Litigation, District Court Section, in Washington D.C., and with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California, in San Diego, California. As a law student, Katherine also interned for Human Rights Watch, where she provided support to the U.S. Program’s immigration research team. She also interned for a boutique immigration law firm, where she worked one-on-one with clients to assist in their representation in removal proceedings and before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

In 2013, Katherine received a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies, with a concentration in International Migration, from University of California, San Diego. Her master’s research focused on U.S. immigration policy relating to immigrant victims of crime and the policing of immigrant communities in San Diego County. In 2009, Katherine received a Bachelor of Arts from Western Washington University, majoring in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics.

Katherine is fluent in Spanish and is licensed by the State Bar of California.