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Lawyer from Universidad Externado de Colombia with 17 years of experience – joined Alexandru A. Cristea Law Office in 2000 and obtained the “Immigration Consultant” License issued by the California Secretary of State. Since 2012, has been associated with Copete Law Firm Professional Corporation. Between 2005 and 2007, coordinated the “Colombia Nos Une” program of the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Southern California.

Extensive experience in the field of immigration in the United States, handling family petitions, political asylum cases, U visas, Wawa visas, Widow visas, Status Changes, Student Visas, Waivers, providing assistance through the office in deportation cases, and appeals to the appellate court.

In Colombia, is the founder of Alexco Realtors SAS, established over 33 years ago, providing legal assistance in civil, real estate, and family matters in Colombia and serving clients from the United States.


Catina Copete is the Office Manager at COPETE LAW FIRM. Catina works behind the scenes to support the firm’s employment and consumer practice. Catina is the point person for clients, and other business representatives. She also oversees the firm’s billing, technology, and space issues.

Catina began her career with Copete Law Firm in 2019. She joined the firm after gaining 20 years of administrative experience as the Owner of Legal Office in her Natal Country – Colombia as attorney and Owner of Real Estate Company. There is a pattern of self-made success in Catina’s story as she has demonstrated impressive resolve and independence throughout her life and career. At Copete Law Firm, Catina approaches her job as if it were a puzzle—and each day she strives to arrange the many different pieces creatively and efficiently.


Michelle Velez is the office manager of Downey Office and the legal assistant of the law firm.

She is a lawyer graduated from a Colombian University, currently studying a paralegal career. She has also a postgraduate certificate in administrative law, commercial law, and Master of Law with emphasis in business law, and a U.S. equivalence Bachelors and Master Degree. She is currently eligible to sit at the BAR. Experienced in the private sector, business, immigration, and intellectual property. She is also Corporate law compliance and quality control consultant.

Due to she is English and Spanish speaker, she is able to take care of all our clients and help them with their needs. She works assisting our attorneys in the areas of practice. She has an extended experience practicing law in Colombia and now starting her journey in California.