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Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    36 years, 15 thousand cases


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  • Sharareh Borhani Hoidra

    Thank you Ms. Pederson for being who you are - I'm sure you're not aware of this, but you inspired me to become an immigration attorney. Many years ago you helped my father secure asylum. You also helped my family members and I (I was 4 years old at the time) follow to join from Iran. Well fast forward 25 years and here I am practicing law in MD and helping others just like you helped me. Thank you for inspiring me. Your influence has spanned generations.


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  • Sean Cleary

    I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant attorney and a highly respected one in the legal community.


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VAAuthorized to practice law201203/31/2016
DCActive 197507/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Edith Lowenstein Award for ExcellenceAmerican Immigration Lawyers Association1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
Consular CorpsMember2008 - Present
French-American Chamber of CommerceMember1995 - Present
IMMLAW/The National Consortium of Immigration Law FirmsFounding Member1990 - Present
International Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember/Elected National Director1978 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1975 - Present
District of Columbia BarMember1975 - Present
District of Columbia BarMember1975 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Visa Processing GuideStrategic Lawyering at Consular Posts2008
Visa Processing GuideRepresenting Clients at the American Embassy in Manila2008
Immigration BriefingsConsular Processing of Nonimmigrant VisasN/A
Interpreter ReleasesRepresentation of Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants at American Embassies and ConsulatesN/A
Interpreter ReleasesProcessing Visas for Iranian NationalsN/A
UnknownProper Utilization of the B-1 and H Working VisasN/A
UnknownAdjustment of StatusN/A
UnknownLabor Certification: Procedures and ProblemsN/A
UnknownThe Refugee Act of 1980, An Operational PerspectiveN/A
UnknownRefugee and Asylum ProceduresN/A
AILA Monthly MailingRefugee and Asylum Practice: Avoiding Discretionary DenialsN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Howard University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1974
University of WashingtonEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1970