Our Staff

hans-linnartz Hans Christian Linnartz is the lead attorney at the Linnartz Immigration Law Office. He has taught Immigration Law at Duke Law School for 10 years, where he also founded and directed the Summer Institute for Law, Language and Culture. Hans has been certified an immigration law specialist by the Board of Legal Specialization, N.C. Bar, since 2005. He has testified as an expert witness in Immigration Law in North Carolina Superior court and has taught many Continuing Legal Education programs on immigration for organizations including: the North Carolina Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Wake Forest University Continuing Legal Education, the N.C. District Court Judges Association, and the Center for International Understanding. Although he has handled all kinds of immigration cases, he specializes in deportation defense, immigration consequences of criminal cases, and appeals from denials of benefits.

At other times in his life, Hans has been an Associated Press newswriter, a pastor, a professor of Old Testament at the Indonesian Bible Institute in East Java, Indonesia, and a singer with Triangle Opera Theatre, the Durham Savoyards, the North Carolina Opera Company, and the North Carolina Master Chorale. He and his wife, Ann Robertson, also a North Carolina board certified immigration specialist, are members of Raleigh Mennonite Church and live in Historic Oakwood, Raleigh, N.C.



pedro-2017 Name: Pedro J. Mantilla Hometown: Raleigh, NC

Undergrad: UNC Chapel Hill Class of 2008. Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies.

Law School: Elon University School of Law Class of 2014

My passion for serving the immigrant communities of North Carolina began shortly after I moved to Raleigh with my family from Yorktown Heights, New York, at the age of seven. Often while growing up, my mother would take me to the Catholic Parish Outreach Center to assist in organizing and distributing food, and interpreting and translating. Both of my parents proved to be excellent mentors and role models. My mother has dedicated her life to her family and philanthropic projects. My father is an electrical engineer who always instilled the importance of education. They immigrated to the United States from Mexico close to forty years ago. Thankfully, my parents, two older siblings, and nephews and niece all live in Raleigh.

After graduating from Cardinal Gibbons High School, I attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I then spent a year with AmeriCorps in Durham serving at the Alcohol/Drug Council of North Carolina providing information and referrals in English and Spanish for substance abuse facilities throughout the state. After that rewarding experience, I enrolled in law school at Elon University School of Law, where graduated in May of 2014. received my law license in 2015 and began practicing at the Linnartz Law Office in July of that year.

It is a privilege to be able to call this wonderful city home. I love exploring the restaurants, parks, and museums the city has to offer. I also enjoy visiting the mountains and beaches of North Carolina, so it is safe to say I am happy to be practicing in the state.




Hans Christian Linnartz and the staff and students of the Summer Institute for Law, Language and Culture, Duke Law School, 2015