Vasti S. Montiel is an associate at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP, where she practices civil litigation focusing on consumer protection class actions, commercial litigation, and securities.

Vasti received her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law. During law school Vasti participated in the Litigation Skills Clinic through the Community Law Center. Through the clinic, Vasti was able to assist clients with enforcing their consumer rights against various unfair practice creditors and debt buyers. Vasti also participated in various community outreach programs such as the Bridge to Justice Clinic and the Workers’ Rights Clinic. During Spring Break 2020 Vasti participated in the Border Service Project where she traveled with a group of fellow law students to the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project (FIRRP) in Tucson, Arizona for a week of volunteer work. Vasti currently volunteers with Santa Clara University School of Law as 1L Alumni Mentor.

Before law school, Vasti volunteered with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), as an Immigration Support Intern where she worked with mainly Spanish speaking clients to complete immigration-based applications including: Adjustment of Status (green cards), Family Reunification, Citizenship, Travel Documents, Work Permit Authorization, and DACA renewals.


Honors & Awards

Honors & Recognitions

CALI Excellence for the Future Award Recipient for Business Immigration Law

CALI Excellence for the Future Award Recipient for Employment Law

CALI Excellence for the Future Award Recipient for Immigration Law



Latina Lawyers Bar Association

La Raza Lawyers Association

San Mateo County Bar Association 


Santa Clara University School of Law, JD, 2022

Ryerson University, Master of Arts in Immigration and Settlement Studies, 2016

University of Ottawa, Honours Bachelor of Social Science in International Studies and Modern Languages, 2013


  • Post Bar Law Clerk for the Hon. Judge Dabel at the San Mateo County Superior Court. 


  • California State Bar


  • Fluent in Spanish
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