Torrance, California Immigration Lawyers

Marie Puertollano
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Free Consultation! Dedicated Immigration Attorney! All Areas of Immigration Law!

I am an experienced and knowledgeable immigration attorney. I provide skilled legal help on all immigration issues. I am here to help you! Visit my website to see testimonials and results. Call for a free consultation.
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Romben Aquino
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Guiding immigrant families towards achieving their American dreams.

I bring immigrant families together and defend against families being torn apart. Although based in Southern California, I am able to assist clients nationwide. I have also successfully litigated numerous appeals.
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Jeffrey C. Pettys
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California Immigration Law Lawyer

Capital University Law SchoolOhio
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Cynthia Grande
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Torrance, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(310) 713-2334 3812 Sepulveda Blvd
#220
Torrance, CA 90505
Immigration and Bankruptcy
University of the Pacific
Cynthia Grande grew up in San Pedro, California, in a heavily Spanish-speaking neighborhood. Her parents immigrated to the United States from El Salvador and pushed her to be the most educated woman she could be. She witnessed first-hand the number of friends and neighbors that did not have the legal help they needed due to language barriers, lack of resources, education, or just plain fear. The struggles these people went through and their need for help is what inspired Cynthia to become the attorney she is today.

Cynthia earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California, and later, her...
Cynthia Irene Valdez Navarro
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Torrance, CA Immigration Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(424) 329-0506 18051 Crenshaw Blvd.
Suite F
Torrance, CA 90504
Free ConsultationImmigration
Southwestern Law School
Jason Mark Murai
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Torrance, CA Immigration Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(310) 776-5604 21250 Hawthorne Blvd. #700
Torrance, CA 90503
Free ConsultationImmigration, Bankruptcy, Business and Estate Planning
Chapman University Fowler School of Law
Madhu Kalra
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Torrance, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 30 years experience
(310) 325-9012 23720 Arlington Avenue Ste 5
Torrance, CA 90501
Free ConsultationImmigration, Bankruptcy, Business and Family
University of Delhi, Campus Law Center
Admitted 1988, practice focused on Bankruptcy, Chapter 7, 11, 13, Immigration, Employment and Family based , Business Law, incorporation, Probate
Gary Orin Haase
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Torrance, CA Immigration Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
21515 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 200
Torrance, CA 90503
Immigration
Santa Clara Univ School of Law
*Attorney Admitted in California and Japan (licensed foreign attorney) at GOH Foreign Law Office *California law firm and in-house counsel experience *Adjunct Lecturer
William Suk Yun
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Torrance, CA Immigration Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(323) 863-3414 21250 Hawthorne Blvd.
Suite 500
Torrance, CA 90503
Immigration and Estate Planning
UC Hastings COL
Law Office of William S. Yun - Immigration Law - Estate Planning - Litigation www.WilliamYunLaw.com - reviewed on Yelp (search Law Office of William S. Yun) William Yun is a graduate of UC Berkeley (Dean's List) and UC Hastings School of Law. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers' Association (AILA), and a former judicial extern of the Los Angeles Superior Court. The Law Office of William S. Yun is dedicated to diligently serving clients in the fields of Immigration Law, Estate Planning, and Litigation. Should we have the honor of representing you or your...
Alan Herbert Sarkisian
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Torrance, CA Immigration Law Lawyer with 37 years experience
(424) 247-1152 3655 Torrance Blvd., Suite 301
Torrance, CA 90503
Immigration, Business and Personal Injury
USC Law School
I am a sole practitioner. My practice areas cover a wide range with an emphasis on immigration, personal injury, business litigation, and small business transactions. Within these areas of law, I have assisted a wide variety of clients on matters ranging from immigration asylum hearings to EDD unemployment insurance administrative hearings to shareholder disputes before the American Arbitration Association. In addition, I have represented clients regarding misdemeanor criminal cases, family law matters, and probate/estate planning matters. My work experience includes arbitrations; mediations; hearings, motions, and trials in state courts; hearings and trials before the Executive Office...
Torrance, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 34 years experience
(310) 542-9710 3424 Carson St
Torrance, CA 90503
Immigration, Business, Collections and Estate Planning
Loyola Law School
Torrance, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(310) 257-0373 2780 Skypark Dr
Torrance, CA 90505
Immigration, Bankruptcy and Personal Injury
Western State Univ COL
Torrance, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 38 years experience
(310) 540-1300 3868 W Carson St
Torrance, CA 90503
Immigration
UCLA School of Law
Jeffery L. Greco
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California Immigration Law Attorney with 13 years experience

I am a trial lawyer by trade. People do not hire me to plead them guilty. They hire me to fight for them and that is what I do. I cut my teeth as an assistant district attorney in the third largest city in... Read More »
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Maurice Rene Dyson
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California Immigration Law Lawyer with 18 years experience

Maurice Dyson, Esq. has successfully handled over $166 billion dollars of business deals and class action litigation worth over $15 billion. He was inducted to the Bar of the U.S.Supreme Court, NY Supreme... Read More »
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Torrance, CA Immigration Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(310) 515-2888 18411 Crenshaw Blvd
Torrance, CA 90504
Immigration, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Family
Univ of West Los Angeles
Torrance, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(310) 371-4611 3440 Torrance Blvd
Torrance, CA 90503
Immigration, Estate Planning and Personal Injury
Whittier Coll School of Law
Torrance, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 44 years experience
(310) 851-8661 19191 S Vermont Ave
Torrance, CA 90502
Immigration, Business and Estate Planning
Loyola Law School
Torrance, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(310) 891-2875 25202 Crenshaw Blvd
Torrance, CA 90505
Immigration, Business, Estate Planning and Real Estate
Whittier Coll School of Law
Ryan Okabe
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Redondo Beach, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(310) 953-3799 225 Avenue I
Suite# 201
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Free ConsultationImmigration, Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Ryan T. Okabe is one of the founding members and a general partner in Southern California's premier criminal defense firm of Okabe & Haushalter. His experience with both sides of the adversarial system provides his clients with unparalleled advantages in obtaining the best possible legal defense. Mr. Okabe has successfully tried a wide variety of cases, and his dedication to his clients, attention to detail, and involvement in high-profile cases have made him one of the top criminal defense attorneys in Southern California. Located in Beverly Hills and Redondo Beach, Mr. Okabe handles California and Federal criminal cases.
Naoki Sekiya
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GARDENA, CA Immigration Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(310) 217-4031 879 W. 190TH ST
Suite 400
GARDENA, CA 90248
Immigration
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Naoki Sekiya is the founder of Sekiya Law Office, and has been practicing immigration and nationality law exclusively since 2004. He has been a certified specialist in immigration and nationality law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.
Andres James Ortiz
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Los Angeles, CA Immigration Law Lawyer with 6 years experience
(323) 493-0740 5670 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 1350
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Immigration and Criminal
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Andrés Ortiz is one of California's top immigration lawyers and a foremost authority on the potential adverse immigration consequences of criminal convictions and plea deals (“Padilla Opinions”). Attorneys from across the nation consult Andrés on a regular basis for his expertise in how to resolve criminal cases without triggering deportation and removal.

A graduate of Loyola Law School, Andrés has been the recipient of numerous awards for his work. He was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers and was Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy's pro bono attorney of the year for 2016.

Andrés handles cases in immigration court, the...
Eileen Shimizu
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Long Beach, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(530) 513-4942 100 Oceangate, Ste 1216
Long Beach, CA 90802
Immigration
Temple University
I recently relocated from New Jersey to Long Beach. I have had an independent immigration and criminal law practice for over 20 years. In Long Beach, I will only handle Immigration cases, either applications or immigration court. I am a Member of AILA(Association of Immigration Law Attorneys)I am available for private consultations and for public informational sessions with your group. I prefer e-mail contact: e.c.shimizu@hotmail.com
Marc Aaron Goldbach
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Long Beach, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(562) 216-8296 111 West Ocean Boulevard, Ste 400
Long Beach, CA 90802
Free ConsultationImmigration, Bankruptcy, Employment and Family
Southwestern University School of Law
For more then 2 decades, Mr. Marc Aaron Goldbach has worked tirelessly to develop a successful bankruptcy and civil law practice for clients located throughout Los Angeles County. Whether his clients are facing insurmountable debt, foreclosure, serious felony charges, immigration or other legal issues such as personal injuries, workplace harassment, family and medical leave act violations, whistle blowing and retaliation, consumer law, criminal defense they can be rest assured that Marc Aaron Goldbach will take all steps necessary to fight for their legal rights to protect their interests. Marc Goldbach has represented many legal cases with 100% success...
Wilfred I Aka
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Los Angeles, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 9 years experience
7019 6th Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90043
Free ConsultationImmigration, Business and Tax
University of West Los Angeles Law School
J Craig Fong
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Exceptional Immigration Law Attorney! Experienced & Aggressive Representation!

I am a skilled and knowledgeable immigration law attorney. My practice is devoted to exclusively advocating for immigration and nationality matters! Visit my website to see client reviews or call now for a consultation.
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Jacob J. Sapochnick
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Free Consultation! Dedicated, Skilled Immigration Lawyer for Clients Worldwide!

I provide aggressive legal counsel for a wide array of immigration matters. I have answers to your immigration questions! Visit my website for reviews, results and immigration information. Call for a free consultation.
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Sina Maghsoudi
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Rolling Hills Estates, CA Immigration Law Attorney
(310) 896-2326 609 Deep Valley Drive
Suite 200
Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
Immigration, Appeals and Bankruptcy
Columbia Law School
Dina Jayne Sakita
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Manhattan Beach, CA Immigration Law Attorney
1230 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 300
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Immigration
Jeffery L. Greco
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Huntington Park, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(323) 583-1200 7136 Pacific Blvd.
Suite 230
Huntington Park, CA 90255
Free ConsultationImmigration, Criminal, DUI and White Collar Crime
South Texas College of Law
I am a trial lawyer by trade. People do not hire me to plead them guilty. They hire me to fight for them and that is what I do. I cut my teeth as an assistant district attorney in the third largest city in the U.S., handling narcotics cases and major felony cases. I rose to the level of Chief Prosecutor and then I left and took that trial experience with me. I switched sides to become a defense lawyer to protect my clients' constitutional rights that get trampled everyday. Based out of New York, I run the New York...
Mr Brian D. Lerner
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Long Beach, CA Immigration Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(562) 495-0554 3233 E. Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90803
Free ConsultationImmigration
McGeorge School of Law Univ of the Pacific
Immigration Law: Many years ago, Brian D. Lerner has passed a rigorous examination and extensive experience requirements by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. He can handle the most difficult of immigration cases arising from business visas, work permits, Green Cards, non-immigrant visas, deportation, citizenship, appeals and all other areas of immigration. He received his B.S. Degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on Computer Information Systems, from the University of Southern California. He graduated from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law with a Juris Doctorate degree. Mr. Lerner is admitted to...
Nikki Mehrpoo Jacobson
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Los Angeles, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(888) 207-9600 801 S Grand Ave
11th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Immigration and Workers' Comp
Pepperdine Univ School of Law
Attorney at Law | Professor of Law | Certified Specialist
Expert Witness | Legal Analyst | Author

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(888) 207-9600 (310) 277-2266
(818) 276-9866 (213) 275-3012


For over 20 years, Attorney Nikki Jacobson has been a dedicated advocate for California injured workers and immigrants from all over the world. She has focused her practice of law exclusively on workers’ compensation and immigration law. Los...
Carl Shusterman
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(213) 623-4592 600 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 1550
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Los Angeles, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 45 years experience
Immigration
University of California - Los Angeles
The Law Offices of Carl Shusterman is one of the top immigration law firms in the United States, representing both corporate and individual clients in all 50 states. Founded by a former INS Trial Attorney and staffed by 8 veteran immigration lawyers, the firm has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the National Law Journal and dozens of other national and international media outlets. Our website, https://www.shusterman.com, is a virtual encyclopedia of U.S. Immigration Laws and Procedures.

Immigration Attorney Carl Shusterman has over 40 years of experience practicing immigration law. He served...
Joshua L. Goldstein
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Los Angeles, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(213) 262-2000 811 W 7th Street
12th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Immigration
Boston University School of Law
Immigration attorney Joshua L. Goldstein practices in all areas of immigration and citizenship law on America's East and West coasts. Attorney Goldstein works tirelessly to protect families throughout Massachusetts and California from being destroyed by deportation or removal from the United States. In immigration matters, Attorney Goldstein represents businesses who seek to employ foreign nationals. Joshua Goldstein resolves immigration delays with writ of mandamus lawsuits and appeals the denial of N-400 citizenship and I-485 adjustment of status applications.
Janis Peterson-Lord
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Long Beach, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(562) 494-1010 1383 Redondo Avenue
Suite Two
Long Beach, CA 90804
Immigration
Pepperdine University School of Law
Serving the immigration-related needs of businesses and individuals throughout the United States and abroad, we strive for the highest level of skill and integrity for our international client base. We place an emphasis on accessibility and service, offering personal attention to you and your case along with our commitment to excellence. Our mission is to provide high quality service while maintaining the personal relationship clients receive in a firm of our size. We provide a full range of immigration services. Our focus is on employment and business immigration, consular practice and waivers, family immigration including marriage, fiancés, siblings, children,...
John Khosravi
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Los Angeles, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(818) 934-1561 11620 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 900
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Immigration
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
John Q. Khosravi's law practice focuses on Family, Business (Investment & Employment) and Talent (Artists, Athletes, Scientists/Professors/Researchers & Individuals with Extraordinary Abilities) based Immigration to the United States. Visa Petitions include EB-1, EB-2, EB-5, E-2, L-1, H1-B and TN NAFTA Visas. Mr. Khosravi works with individuals and clients of various sizes, from start-ups and small businesses to multinational corporations, in a broad range of industries, including academic, advertising, medical and research, technology, athletics, arts, fashion and entertainment fields. Mr. Khosravi is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and currently serves as the Southern California...
Alex Sarajian
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Los Angeles, CA Immigration Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(877) 861-8601 222 S. Reno Street #101
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Free ConsultationImmigration, DUI, Employment and Personal Injury
Loyola Law School
After graduating with honors from USC, Alex Sarajian received his J.D. from Loyola Law School. Prior to forming LA Injury Attorneys, Mr. Sarajian worked at the nationally recognized firm of Geragos & Geragos where he practiced in the areas of civil litigation, products liability, and insurance bad faith. Mr. Sarajian has over 20 years experience in handling personal injury cases of various complexity. As a former insurance adjuster and fraud investigator for Farmers Insurance Exchange, Mr. Sarajian gained invaluable insights as to the claims handling process and procedures which allows him great latitude and experience in securing high dollar settlements...
Yingfei Zhou
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Free Consultation! Experienced Lawyer for All of Your Immigration Concerns!

I am a dedicated and successful immigration attorney. I provide exceptional advice and representation for a wide array of immigration matters! Visit my website for reviews and results, or call for a free consultation.
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John Khosravi
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We Believe You Deserve An Excellent Immigration Experience

John Q. Khosravi's law practice focuses on Family, Business (Investment & Employment) and Talent (Artists, Athletes, Scientists/Professors/Researchers & Individuals with Extraordinary Abilities)... Read More »
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Pamela Hartman
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Los Angeles, CA Immigration Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(310) 597-4222 11340 West Olympic Boulevard
Suite 222
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Immigration
UCLA School of Law
Pamela Hartman practices exclusively in the area of immigration law. She is a California Certified Legal Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law, certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California and a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Since graduating from UCLA Law School in 2003, she has earned a reputation as a tireless advocate for immigrants. As an attorney, Pamela has worked on a variety of immigration matters. She has filed successful petitions for many immigrants of extraordinary ability, including musicians, jugglers, actors and scientists. Pamela has helped dozens of Iraqi immigrants...
Leonard Manalo
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Van Nuys, CA Immigration Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(818) 904-5900 14500 Roscoe Blvd
Suite 415
Van Nuys, CA 91402
Immigration, Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Leonard (“Leo”) Manalo is a Los Angeles-based attorney who defends clients accused of California and federal crimes. His practice covers everything from asset forfeiture, to DUI and drug crimes.

A graduate of Loyola Law School, Mr. Manalo also holds a degree in economics from San Francisco State University. With his ability to understand complicated financial evidence, he particularly enjoys helping clients get back assets seized by the government.

Mr. Manalo began his career with the San Diego County public defender's office, where he helped investigate a wide variety of crimes. While there, he discovered that even innocent people aren't always treated fairly...
H. Glenn Fogle Jr.
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Los Angeles, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(213) 344-3780 631 South Olive Street
Suite 960
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Immigration
Georgia State University College of Law
H. Glenn Fogle, Jr., the founding member and principal of The Fogle Law Firm, LLC, is in his twenty-fifth year in the field of Immigration and Nationality Law. Raised in the United Kingdom until he was fourteen, Mr. Fogle returned to the U.S. with his family to attend high school and college. Mr. Fogle is a member of the bars of the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals of the Second Circuit, the Fourth Circuit, the Fifth Circuit, the Sixth Circuit, the Ninth Circuit and the Eleventh Circuit. He is a longtime member of the American...
Jeff Jung
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Lakewood, CA Immigration Law Attorney
(213) 373-4872 4909 Lakewood Blvd., Ste 302
Lakewood, CA 90712
Immigration
Northwestern California University
Attorney Jeff Jung has successfully defended his clients from deportation and assisted others to gain lawful status in the U.S. He is also an educator with a Ph.D. from UCLA, which is why he places special emphasis on ensuring that clients fully understand their options and the law that affects their rights. We understand that just as important as winning your case is the confidence and peace-of-mind needed to get through the fear and uncertainty that the immigration process can produce.
Tsion Abate Chudnovsky
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Los Angeles, CA Immigration Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(213) 212-5002 1933 S Broadway #1100
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Free ConsultationImmigration, Criminal, DUI and International
Loyola Law School
Chudnovsky Law is a premier criminal defense, professional license defense, immigration and personal injury law firm based in Los Angeles and Orange County, California.

Our team includes experienced former government prosecutor and public defense lawyers that have successfully handled over 8,000 cases.

Often it isn’t the facts of the case that result in the best outcome, but experience with the legal system, relationships and a careful presentation of your side of the case to the prosecutor or judge. Our former government lawyers know what courts and prosecutors are considering and what they need to see for the best outcome.

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Scott McVarish
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Los Angeles, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(800) 792-9889 6601 Center Drive West
Suite 500
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Immigration
University of California - Los Angeles
Scott McVarish has over 15 years of experience practicing immigration law. He has succeeded in many areas of immigration law such as appeals, petitions, motions to reopen, and Post-conviction Relief in superior court in order to overturn criminal convictions.
Ali Elachkar
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Los Angeles, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 3 years experience
(213) 223-2117 633 W 5th St.
Ste. 2600
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Free ConsultationImmigration
Pepperdine University School of Law
Nicolette Glazer
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Los Angeles, CA Immigration Law Lawyer with 18 years experience
(310) 407-5353 1875 Century Park East, 7th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Immigration, Consumer, Employment and International
Pepperdine Univ School of Law
Norma Duenas
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Los Angeles, CA Immigration Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(213) 330-8999 515 S. Flower St.
36th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Immigration, Bankruptcy, Business and Foreclosure Defense
University of San Diego School of Law
Consumer bankruptcy attorney representing clients in Southern California.
Janine A. Soukiasian
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Los Angeles, CA Immigration Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(310) 650-4665 900 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 1440
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Free ConsultationImmigration and Criminal
Law Offices of Janine A Soukiasian provides legal services throughout Southern California.
Mark I. Davies
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California Immigration Law Lawyer with 21 years experience

University of PennsylvaniaCalifornia, New York and Georgia
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Matthew J. Merrick
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Immigration Law Attorney with 17 years experience

Matt Merrick is an experienced attorney whose practice is focused solely on U.S. immigration law. Matt earned his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., and is an active... Read More »
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The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement are components of the Department of Homeland Security and handle the processing, enforcement, and adjudication of U.S. immigration matters. U.S. immigration laws treat persons as either citizens or aliens. The law classifies aliens according to immigration status, with each group afforded different rights and obligations, such as the right to reside in the United States, the right to sponsor relatives, and the right to work in the United States. Aliens may be lawful permanent residents (i.e., green card holders), immigrant visa holders, temporary lawful visitors, or undocumented persons.

Immigration lawyers represent persons seeking visas or green cards, which allow them to enter or remain in the United States. Two common types of visas are employment-based visas and family-based visas. Employment-based visas grant a non-U.S. citizen the right to work in the United States. Spouses and children may sometimes accompany employment-based immigrants. Family-based visas confer lawful permanent resident status to a foreign national based on an immediate relationship to a U.S. citizen.

Immigration attorneys also handle deportation/removal, naturalization (citizenship) and asylum matters. Because immigration proceedings are often complex, an immigration attorney is invaluable to those dealing with immigration issues.


Deportation/removal: The formal removal of an alien from the United States when the alien has been found removable for violating the immigration laws. Removal (formerly called deportation) is ordered by an immigration judge without any punishment being imposed or contemplated.

Lawful permanent resident: Any person not a citizen of the United States who is residing in the U.S. under legally recognized and lawfully recorded permanent residence as an immigrant.