Solving Complex Immigration Problems

Challenging Agency Decisions in the Federal Courts

Focused on Solving Your Case

Professional, Client-Centered Representation

We are a law firm that advances noncitizens’ rights in the agencies and federal courts, giving individuals a fighting chance at self-determination and businesses the tools they need to succeed. Our practice includes:

  • Filing appeals and motions in the agencies themselves, including appeals, motions to reopen, and motions to reconsider in the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Administrative Appeals Office;
  • Challenging final removal orders in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, including petitions to review adverse Board of Immigration Appeals orders on direct appeals and motions to reopen, as well as orders in reinstatement proceedings and administrative removal orders;
  • Litigating habeas corpus, mandamus, and Administrative Procedure Act actions, among others, in the federal district courts and federal appellate courts; and
  • Providing technical assistance to attorneys.

Our Slate

Explore What We Can Do for You

We bring skills learned inside the federal immigration agencies and before the courts to challenge agency decisions and vindicate our clients’ rights.

Learn More About Our Principal

Meet Josh

Joshua A. Altman worked in the Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review’s immigration courts, Board of Immigration Appeals, and front office for nearly a decade before moving to private practice in 2018. He brings an extensive knowledge of agency decision-making practices and substantive law and applies his civil litigation and appellate advocacy skills to solving complex immigration matters.

Learn More About Our Associate

Meet Arwa

Arwa Jabir Zakir Kakavand has worked at nonprofit organizations in Paris, France; New Jersey; and San Diego and San Francisco, California, for nearly a decade. 

She has spent the last eight years advocating for the human rights of noncitizens through litigation, resource development and training, and policy advocacy. Arwa brings an extensive knowledge of immigration law and procedure and has significant experience in providing high-quality representation in challenging cases before the Asylum Office, Immigration Courts, and the Board of Immigration Appeals. In addition, she provides distinctive and valuable mentorship and training to attorneys on discrete issues arising in claims for asylum and related protection.

Our Process

How We Work With You

We work on many different types of immigration matters. But our process usually begins with these three steps.


Reviewing your case's history

Whether another attorney referred you or you found us on your own, we generally begin by reviewing your case’s history before meeting with you to discuss it.

We may send you one or more forms asking about you and your case. And we will ask for you or your former counsel to send us certain documents.

We use bank-level encryption to secure that information during its transmission and storage.


Meeting to discuss your case and decide on a plan

At our consultation, we will summarize your case’s posture, screen available options, and, if possible, propose a plan.

If we agree on how to proceed, we will prepare a written agreement soon after that so you know what to expect.

And if we can’t help, will try to help you find someone who can.


Fight for you

We will work on getting you on board as quickly as possible. We use state-of-the-art tools that automate much of the retainer process.

And as soon as the paperwork is in order, we will get started right away. You will have a client portal that will allow us to communicate about your case, including exchanging messages and files securely. And of course, you can always set up a time to talk about developments in your case.

You’ll be able to make informed decisions at every step.

You Deserve Professional, Compassionate, and Tailored Representation

with agency, litigation, and appellate experience

This Is an Evolving Area

Immigration Law Updates

Welcoming Arwa Jabir Zakir Kakavand

We are thrilled to announce the addition of a new associate to our team, Arwa Jabir Zakir Kakavand. With nearly a decade of experience working

A Promising Start

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