Executive Board, First Vice Chair

 Elizabeth Hildebrand Matherne

Elizabeth MatherneElizabeth Hildebrand Matherne is a solo practitioner who focuses her practice on Removal/Deportation Defense, Humanitarian Petitions and Family Based Immigration. Her firm Matherne Immigration Partners, LLC opened in 2010 and is located in Cumming, GA.

She completed her undergraduate degree in International Trade with a Minor in Spanish Language at Georgia Southern University (B.S. in 2001). She studied abroad in Segovia, Spain and then earned her law degree (J.D.) from St. Thomas University, School of Law, in Miami Gardens, Florida in 2007. While in law school she interned for the Honorable Judge David M. Gersten, Florida Third District Court of Appeals and was a certified legal intern for the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office.

Elizabeth began her legal career Assistant Public Defender in Orlando, Florida. The landmark Padilla decision led her to the fascinating intersection of criminal law and immigration law where she found her passion for removal defense. She is a member of the Florida (2008) and Georgia (2010) State Bar, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia (2016), American Immigration Lawyers Association, Georgia-Alabama Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and Forsyth County Bar Association.

In 2015, Elizabeth was recognized for “Exemplary Service to the Chapter” (GA-AL AILA Chapter) and this year (2016) he was the recipient of the “Chapter Pro Bono Champion” award. Prior to joining the Executive Committee she has served as GA-AL AILA Chair of Pro Bono/Attorney of the Day Committee, EOIR Vice-Chair and Committee member and Military Assistance Program (MAP) Committee Member. She is an acting Director of the Board of Directors for Girls on the Run North Georgia a local non-profit.

In addition to being an attorney, Elizabeth is the proud wife of a United States Marine Sergeant (who is now a civilian Global Mobility Tax Consultant) and mother to three children, two Chihuahua/Terrier mutts and one cat.