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Andrew Nietor

Managing Attorney

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• The George Washington University Law School, J.D.

• New York University, B.S.

• State Bar of California, Member

• Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., Board of Directors

• American Immigration Lawyers Association, Board of Governors



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 a member of AILA's San Diego Chapter Executive Committee and Chairman of the Chapter's Criminal Defense Bar and Immigration Court Committees. He has been a faculty member and lecturer for the Institute for Criminal Defense Advocacy (ICDA), the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), and for AILA at both its National and California Chapters Conferences.  Mr. Nietor is the current President of the Board of Directors for Federal Defenders of San Diego.  Mr. Nietor was named 2013 Top Attorney in the field of immigration for San Diego County, and Superlawyer in 2015 in the field of criminal defense.

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