Patricia G. Mattos
Ms. Mattos has practiced immigration law since 1982. During her career, she has represented businesses and individuals at all stages of both the family and employment based immigration process.
In December 2006, the United States Supreme Court ruled in her client’s favor in the landmark case of Lopez v. Gonzalez 549 U.S. 47 (2006). This case has allowed many immigrants to present their cases to an Immigration Judge rather than being removed without a hearing.
In addition to her casework, Ms. Mattos served as Chair of the Immigration Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association and Chapter Chair of the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. One of the founders of the Asylum Project of the Advocates for Human Rights (formerly Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights) she remains a member of the steering committee. She is committed to advocacy on behalf of immigrants, their employers and their families. Ms. Mattos has participated in Lobby Day on Capitol Hill and has spoken extensively in her career regarding the need for workable immigration reform. In 2003, she received the President’s Award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association for her advocacy on behalf of clients.
Ms. Meza, a native Spanish speaker, joined the staff in June 2012. She earned a Paralegal Certificate from Hamline University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Latin American Studies and Biology from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.
Ms. Meza’s interest in working with immigrants began when she was an intern for a nonprofit organization that assists immigrant dairy farm workers in Southwestern Wisconsin and Southeastern Minnesota to find resources available to them and to know their rights. Ms. Meza is passionate about helping people.
Ms. Meza is a native Spanish speaker, fluent in both English and Spanish.
Ms. Rios is the receptionist at Mattos Law Office. She joined the staff in January of 2012. She has an associate degree in Pharmacy Technician from National American University. Her primary duties include answering phones, making appointments, interpreting and translation work. Ms. Rios is a native Spanish speaker and is fluent in both Spanish and English.