Barbara K. Strickland was born in Hopewell, Virginia, a small city near the state capital in Richmond. Neither of her parents had graduated from high school. Barbara’s family moved frequently while she was growing up. In addition to Virginia, she lived in Oklahoma, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, finally coming to Long Beach California when she was a senior in high school.
Barbara received her bachelor’s of arts degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara. After working for the County of Los Angeles, Barbara went back to school at Western State College of Law in Fullerton, California where she graduated 8th in her class. Barbara took and passed the California Bar Exam in 1977.
After obtaining her license to practice law, Barbara moved to Mexico City in 1983. While in Mexico Barbara worked as a legal advisor for the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Relations. Returning to California in 1991, Barbara worked for several years as legal advisor to the Mexican Consulate General in San Diego and then opened her own law office in 1999. In June of 2012, she formed a partnership with Attorney Maricela Amezola.
Barbara is fluent in Spanish and due to the many moves her family made, together to the time she lived in Mexico, she identifies strongly with migrants. During her entire professional life of 35 years, Barbara’s focus has been in the field of immigration law. Barbara is a member of the State Bar of California, the San Diego County Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Barbara is married and has one son who is a student at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She enjoys traveling and has visited more than 20 foreign countries. She has visited 5 out of 7 of the modern wonders of the world and is on her way to completing her list. In her spare time she likes to read and take long walks.
Maricela Amezola is a native Californian. She was born in Santa Ana, California and was raised by migrant working parents. She is fluent in Spanish. She obtained her law degree from Michigan State University College of Law where she graduated Cum Laude.
She relocated to California where she sat and passed the California Bar. Maricela opened her firm on January 2010. She has represented various types of clients from celebrities to indigent people.
She prides her practice in the representation of pro bono clients which consists of 10% of her practice. Currently, Maricela devotes her practice to Family and Immigration Law and represents clients in all aspects of divorce, child custody, visitation, support, division of property, to name a few. Her immigration practice is focused in deportation defense, family immigration visas and asylum cases. She travels all throughout California representing clients in various immigration courts.
Her goal is simple, to help all people, promptly, with care and exceptional competence. She prides herself in helping individuals when they are most vulnerable and guiding them through the process from beginning to end. In her spare time, she speaks at various colleges and Universities to non-traditional students, high school students at risk and anyone else interested in the law. She is a mentor and role model to many.
Maricela is a passionate advocate for the marginalized and voice-less. Maricela lives in San Diego with her husband and her two dogs. When she is not advocating for clients, she likes to take her dogs for long walks.
Amy B. Quimby is a native Pennsylvanian but has lived in California for more than ten years. She was born in Wellsville, New York and was raised on a family dairy farm in rural northern Pennsylvania. She obtained her law degree from Widener University School of Law, where she graduated cum laude. Upon graduation, she relocated to California and was admitted to the California bar. Amy opened her own office in April 2010 and joined Strickland & Amezola, APC in September 2013. She has represented various types of clients from employers to human trafficking and crime victims. Currently, Amy devotes her practice to Immigration Law, including family-based and employment-based immigration, non-immigrant employment visas, citizenship, deportation defense, and consular processing as well as waivers. She travels throughout California and neighboring states to represent clients in various immigration courts. Throughout her practice, Amy’s primary goal is to respectfully and professionally meet the immigration needs of her clients by diligently preparing each case with the careful consideration and care each deserves. Her secondary goal is to help to educate those she meets about their potential immigration options so they can make wise and informed decisions for themselves, their family, and/ or their business. In her spare time, Amy volunteers with Mision Vida Nueva and the North County Food Bank, which provides over 10,000 pounds of food to the Escondido community every Saturday. Amy is also the volunteer attorney coordinator for a pro bono legal clinic at North County Solutions for Change, a homeless family shelter and program. Amy lives in Valley Center with her husband and their pets. Amy enjoys a good cup of coffee in the company of a good friend or a good book.
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Ariane Bautista and her family migrated from the Philippines when she was 18 years old. She spent her first two years of college at De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines and finished with a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University in Hayward, CA. Ariane has 7 years of paralegal experience in different areas of the law, but is most knowledgeable in the areas of Immigration and Family Law. She knows the importance of immigration law as she too was a migrant. She became a citizen through the naturalization process. Ariane speaks fluent Tagalog. She’s lived in Northern California and the Los Angeles Area and has been a San Diego resident since 2005. She lives in San Diego with her daughter. Ariane is a paralegal at Strickland & Amezola.
Lidia Pantoja was born in Tijuana B.C. Mexico. She obtained a degree in Business Administration from the Technological Institute of Tijuana. She immigrated to the United States in 1993. She was naturalized in May 2010. She began working in the United States in 1998 with a law firm where she remained for 10 years. While there, she learned immigration law and gained experience in this area. In December 2010 she began working for the Law Offices of Ms. Barbara K. Strickland (now Strickland & Amezola). It is a great satisfaction to her that clients obtain their residence status and that she is part of that process. Lydia lives in San Diego, likes listening to music, and does outdoor activities with her family. Lidia is a paralegal at Strickland & Amezola
Javier moved to the United States at the age of 14. He was born in Michoacán, Mexico but was raised in Guadalajara, Jalisco. Upon his arrival, he started junior high school and had to learn the English language. He participated in various school organizations and dedicated his extra time to playing soccer. He graduated from High School in 1994. He started managing various Italian restaurants in Fresno, California. Then, he moved to Michigan and started working for Darden Company for over 6 years as a manager. Javier has 15 years experience in management. Javier became a citizen through the naturalization process in 2008. He is currently a full-time student studying business management/administration at San Diego State University. In his spare time he likes to play soccer and go hiking. Javier is married and lives in San Diego. Javier is the officer manager at Strickland & Amezola.
Alejandra Baron was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She attended school there until graduation from high school in 2006 and moved to Austin, Texas in 2007 to pursue her government degree at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the oldest of 3 children and born to Mexican parents who acquired their residency through a petition from her. Her parents and siblings currently live in El Paso. Alejandra moved to San Diego in 2012 to pursue a legal degree and joined Strickland & Amezola, APC in Spring of 2013 as a law clerk. She is fluent in Spanish and English and can speak conversational French. Alejandra enjoys reading, following some television shows, listening to music, hanging out with her friends, and watching the Longhorn football games. Texas Fight! Alejandra is currently a legal assistant at Strickland & Amezola, APC.