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Andrew Nietor received his B.S. in Finance and International Business from New York University in 1988. After working in the private sector for 10 years, including a year in Mexico, Mr. Nietor attended The George Washington University Law School, receiving a J.D. in 2000. Mr. Nietor was involved in both criminal defense and immigration advocacy during law school, winning his first criminal case in Washington, D.C. and his first political asylum case in Baltimore, MD while still a law student. He interned at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and at AYUDA, an immigrant advocacy agency. 

After graduating law school, Mr. Nietor began working at Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc. During his four years at this nationally-renowned criminal defense office, Mr. Nietor developed his skills as a zealous and aggressive trial attorney, representing clients accused of controlled substance offenses, illegal entry, fraud, bank robbery, racketeering and conspiracy. During this time he also began a career in training and lecturing. He traveled to Santiago, Chile working for the U.S. State Department to train attorneys from across South America and lecture on the American legal system.

In 2004 Mr. Nietor founded his own firm, with a focus on criminal defense and immigration advocacy. In addition, Mr. Nietor expanded his lecturing, and has provided training not only in San Diego, but internationally, including throughout Mexico and Chile. Mr. Nietor is fluent in English and Spanish.

Mr. Nietor is a member of the State Bar of California and American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), as well as Chairman of the Criminal Defense Bar Committee of AILA's San Diego Chapter. He has been a faculty member and lecturer for the Institute for Criminal Defense Advocacy (ICDA), the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) at its National Conference and California Chapters Conference. In 2013 Mr. Nietor was asked to be a member of the Board of Directors for Federal Defenders and Appellate Defenders of San Diego.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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  1. Immigration: 50%
    14 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%
    14 years

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    This attorney works very hard for the client and keeps up with the law by attending legal seminars to assist them in this regard. I endorse this attorney.


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Law Office of Andrew Nietor

110 West "C" St Ste 2105
San Diego, CA, 92101


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
San Diego Super Lawyer 2015Thomas Reuters Super Lawyers2015
San Diego Top AttorneySan Diego Daily Transcript2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of Andrew Nietor2004 - Present
AttorneyFederal Defenders of San Diego, Inc.2000 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers Association (San Diego chapter)Executive Committee Member2013 - Present
Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc.Board of Directors2013 - Present
Institute for Criminal Defense AdvocacyBoard of Directors2013 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)Pracatice Advisory: Illegal Entry Cases2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Washington University National Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
New York UniversityInternational BusinessBS - Bachelor of Science1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Criminal Defense Bar Association of San DiegoRecent Developments in Immigration Law2015
American Immigration Lawyers Association: Annual ConferenceImmigration-related Criminal Charges2014
American Bar Association: Immigrant Justice ProjectAnalyzing Criminal Convictions2013
American Immigration Lawyers Association: Annual ConferenceIntersection of Immigration and Criminal Law2012
American Immigration Lawyers Association (California chapter)Intersection of Immigration and Criminal Law2012
Litigation Skills Training, Mexico City, MexicoLitigation Skills Training2010