Our Team

Martin Fontes Immigration Attorney

Catherine J. Navarro


Ms. Navarro is a partner at Fontes Law Group and supervises the Family Law and Probate department.  Ms. Navarro was recently named to the 2022, 2023, and 2024 Southern California Rising Stars list, an honor that is determined by Super Lawyers and recognizes no more than 2.5% of the attorneys within California.  Throughout her career, she has represented families in family court and probate court. Ms. Navarro has also represented immigrants and their families before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and has litigated cases before the Executive Office of Immigration Review in Immigration Court. Ms. Navarro primarily focuses on Family Law, Probate Law, and Immigration Law.

Ms. Navarro was born and raised in Orange County, California and earned her two Bachelors in Chicana/Chicano Studies, and Global and International Studies with an emphasis in Latin America from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2011.  Throughout her undergrad career, Ms. Navarro was involved with various Latina/o organizations taking a leadership role.

Upon graduation, Ms. Navarro joined Fontes Law Group in 2011 as a legal assistant working under the direct supervision of Managing Partner and Founder Martin C. Fontes.  Ms. Navarro continued working at Fontes Law Group as a law clerk while simultaneously attending law school.

Ms. Navarro graduated Magna Cum Laude from Whittier Law School in 2016 and was admitted to the California Bar the following year.  During law school, Ms. Navarro received the Dean’s List and Honor Roll awards, and the CALI award for the Immigration Law Practicum. Ms. Navarro also served as the President of the Whittier’s Hispanic American Law Student Association and Treasurer of the Whittier’s Immigration Advocacy Society

Ms. Navarro is admitted to practice law before all California State Courts. She is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court, Central District of California.

Areas of Practice

Probate Law: Guardianship, Limited Conservatorship

Bar Admissions


Central District of California


Whittier Law School, Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, 2016

University of California, Santa Barbara, Bachelors in Global & International Studies with an Emphasis in Latin America, and Chicana/o Studies, 2011

Awards & Honors

2022-2024 Southern California Rising Stars List

The OCHBA Wallace (Wally) R. Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund

The OC HEEF AlvaradoSmith Raymond G. Alvarado Scholarship Fund

Dean’s List Award

Honors Award

CALI Award for Immigration Law Practicum

Associations & Memberships

California Bar Association

Orange County Bar Association

Pro Bono Attorney for Laura’s House

Our Team

Martin C. Fontes

Martin C. Fontes

Managing Partner/Founder

Catherine J. Navarro

Catherine J. Navarro


Victor Franco

Victor Franco

Of Counsel

Eric Marquez

Eric Marquez


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