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Immigration Attorney Powell

Awards & Recognitions

  • For the last three years in a row, Attorney Powell has been recognized as one of the “Top 40 Immigration Lawyers under 40 in California” by the American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA). Less than 1.5% of attorneys meet the criteria specified by ASLA to be selected for the "Top 40 under 40" award. Those recognized reflect a diverse population of legal representatives who are experienced and skilled in a wide variety of legal practice areas. 
  • Attorney Powell has been nominated for Lawyers of Distinction Award 2018. The nomination recognizes attorneys of high degree of professional competence and peer recognition.
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  • Attorney Powell has also received Lead Counsel Verification in Immigration Law for 2017. The Lead Counsel Rating recognizes attorneys who have demonstrated significant professional experience, a solid reputation through peer endorsements and a clean disciplinary history.

Teaching & Speaking Engagements

  • Attorney Credits CLE Course “Visa Options for Entrepreneurs and Startups,” 2017
  • AILA San Diego Seminar “Business Immigration Requests for Evidence,” 2017
  • Access MCLE CLE Course #518 “Nonimmigrant Visa Options for Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners,” 2016
  • Immigration Workshop “Family & Employment Forms,” 2012
  • Seminar “Employment & Immigration Law Updates,” 2011



  • English
  • Russian

Executive attorney

Ekaterina Powell

Ekaterina Powell is a California-based immigration attorney working from San Diego, California. As an immigrant from Russia, she is well aware of the complications a foreign national may confront upon moving to the United States. It is only natural that a passion for law and the experience of being an immigrant herself inspired Ekaterina to choose immigration law as a career path.

In 2007, Ekaterina graduated with a Law Degree from Samara State University in Samara, Russia. She subsequently moved to California and attended California Western School of Law in San Diego, where she earned her Master of Laws Degree (LL.M.) with cum laude honors in 2009. Upon completion of her schooling, she passed the Bar Exam and became a California-licensed attorney.

Attorney Powell primarily focuses on employment-based, investment-based and family-based immigration cases. She has experience addressing a myriad of issues including EB-1, PERM, National Interest Waivers, EB-5 investor visa cases, other immigrant as well as non-immigrant work visas, H-1B compliance issues and citizenship cases as well as complex requests for evidence, motions and appeals. Ekaterina has produced a number of articles regarding these very processes, many of which can be found on the practice’s site and ILW blog. She has also written for VOICE: An Immigration Dialogue, the publication of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Her passion for the subject has even led her to present at numerous workshops and seminars devoted to the various topics of immigration law in addition to having taught Continuing Legal Education courses for fellow lawyers.

In addition to her busy work at the firm, Ms. Powell volunteers for non-profit organizations helping immigrants from all over the world obtain legal assistance.

Her experience as an immigrant helps Ekaterina empathize with each of her clients, making her passionate about their success. There is nothing more rewarding for her than to see her hard work and dedication help the clients solve their immigration issues and help them reach their American dreams.

Outside of the office, Ekaterina enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and cooking.


  • California Western School of Law

Master of Laws in Comparative Law, Cum Laude

  • Samara State University, Russia

Law Degree

  • Samara State University, Russia

English Translation Degree


Professional Affiliations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates

Bar Admissions

  • California State Bar
  • US District Court - Southern District of California
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Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of American life.
— John F. Kennedy

Immigration Attorney Victoria Kuzmina

Awards & Recognitions

  • Nominated as the Rising Star in the Field of Immigration Law by American Institute of Legal Advocates (2018)
  • Selected as one of the Best Lawyers in Immigration Law Washington DC by Expertise (2018)
  • Selected as one of “10 Best Attorneys” in District of Columbia for Client Satisfaction in the practice area of Immigration Law by American Institute of Legal Counsel (2017)
  • Selected as one of the Best Lawyers in Immigration Law Washington DC by Expertise (2017)
  • Lead Counsel Rated for Immigration Law (2016, 2017)
  • Client’s Choice Award by Avvo.com (2015)
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Alternative Dispute Resolution (2013)
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Scholarly Writing (2013)
  • American Jurisprudence Awards in Specialized Legal Research (2013)

Immigration Attorney

Victoria Kuzmina

Victoria graduated from the University of Arizona in the top 25% of her class. Before attending law school, Victoria became a certified paralegal at the University of San Diego and worked for the business litigation law firm English & Gloven in San Diego, California. 

Attorney Kuzmina graduated from California Western School of Law with a Cum Laude distinction. While in law school, Ms. Kuzmina interned with multiple prestigious civil litigation law firms – The Kindley Firm and the Dummit, Buchholz & Trapp.

Victoria has a strong presence in the legal and local communities. Not only does she zealously represent her clients, but she participates in various local immigration clinics and takes numerous pro bono cases annually. She volunteers with the Britepaths Organization and supports various charities.  

Victoria Kuzmina has a deep understanding of diverse cultures and nationalities as well as the personal experience of how complicated and stressful the immigration process can be. Due to Mrs. Kuzmina’s diverse personal background and outstanding legal training, Victoria is uniquely equipped to assist professionals, businesses, and families with their immigration needs.


  • California Western School of Law

Juris Doctor, Cum Laude

  • University of San Diego

Paralegal Certificate, High Honors

  • University of Arizona

achelors of Science


  • English
  • Russian

Professional Affiliations

  • California State Bar
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • AILA DC Chapter

Bar Admissions

  • Attorney Kuzmina is a licensed attorney who is authorized to handle immigration matters and proceedings before federal courts and agencies, including USCIS and NVC
  • Attorney Kuzmina is admitted to California State Bar
  • The Washington DC immigration law practice is limited to matters and proceedings before federal courts and agencies

Immigration Paralegal Pettus


  • University of San Diego

B.A. in Political Science - Minor in Psychology


  • English
  • Spanish



Dalton Pettus

Having been raised in Southern California and obtaining a degree from the University of San Diego in political science, Dalton Pettus has developed what simply began as a familiarity with immigration law into a consuming and emphatic passion. His fervor for the subject is not something that only takes place at the office, nor would such a practice be in line with the law firm's established values - instead, he consistently does all he can to stay informed of the constant dynamics of the the U.S. immigration system, keeping himself updated on his nation's policies, and speaking out for a system that is open and just. 

After graduating, Dalton combined his zeal for research and policy through a variety of jobs workings as columnist, both for his own website and for others. It was then that it became readily apparent that immigration stood out so prominently among his interests, the topic being such a frequent subject of his writings and analyses. 

As fate would have it, it was not long after that he became aware of Powell Immigration Law PC, its executive attorney searching for an assistant to help with the management of its clients as well as its publications and media presence. Impressed by his experience and writing concerning complex topics such as immigration, attorney Powell hired Dalton and they've been working together ever since.

Under attorney Powell's guidance and instruction, it is through her extraordinary knowledge and adroit maneuvering of the U.S. immigration system that Dalton is able to assist in attaining the best possible outcomes for Powell Immigration Law PC's clients. He contributes to the law firm's mission not only through its skillful handling of the diverse cases it is presented with, but with an intense internalized desire that all prospective immigrants are provided with every opportunity to better their lives and secure a viable future, a right he believes to be inherent of all humanity. To be a part of a business that actively pursues this purpose for its clients, there is no experience more rewarding. 

In his spare time, Dalton enjoys fitness, reading and writing, as well as the continuous honing of his education for informing his activism in the road ahead.