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Thanh Van Thi Doan

Immigration Attorney at Columbia, MD

4.9   21 reviews

also known as Van T. Doan

  • Licensed for 21 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2002
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At the Law Firm of Van T. Doan, LLC, our practice is focused on immigration law and family law. We have a comprehensive understanding of the complex nature of immigration law and the implications that may arise from emotionally charged domestic matters. The firm is routinely called upon to either consult or handle immigration matters where the parties may be separated or going through a high-conflict divorce. We also frequently receive referrals from domestic law attorneys where one of the parties is a foreign national and concerns have been raised regarding lawful status, child custody and visitation, and domestic violence.

As a certified mediator and collaborative law practitioner, I believe in negotiation and that eventually, calmer heads will prevail. However, when the situation demands immediate action such as when a child has been removed from the home without notice or consent, I have successfully petitioned for the Court to take action for the safe return of the child.


Law Offices of Van T. Doan, LLC
10440 Little Patuxtent Pkwy
Suite 300
Columbia, MD, 21044

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4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Anna | March 26, 2024
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Thank You!
Ms. Doan helped me with my guardianship case. She was very knowledgeable and helpful every step of the way. She was also thorough when filing documents with the court and patient when there were hiccups in the case. Thanks for all your help!
Posted by Dennis | January 29, 2024
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Great understanding and responsiveness
Van is efficient, clear, and understanding. Her depth of knowledge and experience are unmatched in the visa space. She has compassion for both sides and cares about everyone involved, and works towards both the most realistic and mutually beneficial solutions
Posted by Chris | August 24, 2022
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Extremely knowledgeable in immigration law
If I could give a higher rating than 5 stars I absolutely would. Ms. Doan was retained for a complicated immigration issue, which made other lawyers scratch their head in confusion. She was extremely knowledgeable in my matter and was thorough in the case. I can't thank her enough for all the hard work, care, and effort she put in.
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Posted by Christine | September 13, 2019
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Recommended lawyer
Mrs. Doan help me so much in working on my prenup. She explained everything very well so that I understand. She also has a kind and friendly personality. I’m glad that I chose her as my lawyer. Thank you, Mrs. Doan.
Posted by Roshni | September 9, 2019
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Divorce case
I am very happy and thankful about Ms. Doan's work. She helped me to resolved my case very efficiency and timely manner. She guided me on right path. I felt that I was in good hands. She is very professional in her work. I am very impressed about her punctuality and things to follow up. Before even I asked her she emailed me all the updates. You don't need to wait for any updates. She is kind and flexible with payment too. She understood my economic and emotional situations. I would highly recommend as very excellent attorney.
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Posted by Christopher | September 16, 2015
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Van T Doan Is Fantastic!
First of all it's obvious she really knows what she's doing and that she's a very serious and intelligent woman and knows things need to be done right. She is extremely thorough and professional about her work. Don't try to do this immigration process by yourself, I did and my mistakes made the process take many more months than it needed. Van had to straighten up my mistakes and put the process in the correct direction. Yes, it's a bit of money but it's that "you get what you pay for" saying which is so true here. Van T Doan is a professional, highly intelligent, confident and competent attorney. I highly recommend her without reservation.
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Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2015
Immigration Representation
Mr. Doan represented me very well, she was affable and kept me at ease during our conversation. I felt the meeting was unrushed and we discussed at length my particular issue. She was forthright and very straightforward in her guidance which is refreshing. She spoke with conviction and was frank in her advice. She sets the bar high for success but she works to ensure that her clients find success. She is very client focused and wants to see her clients succeed rather than get a check. I am highly appreciative for her advice and I am looking forward for her representation in the future.
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Posted by Hoang | June 9, 2014
Very good attorney for my divorce case
I came to Ms. Doan for help with my divorce. I was thinking about doing it myself since I don't have any children involved. However, I'm glad that I have obtained her legal services because the separation agreement and divorce filing that she has done for me made the case went smoothly and fast! She was very detail-oriented and thorough in drafting my separation agreement and preparation for the divorce hearing. She was very pro-active and kept on top of my paperwork process. She kept an eye out and made sure that I get all the paperwork done correctly. I felt very secured and prepared having her guidance in my divorce process. I definitely recommend her services.
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Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2014
Excellent immigration lawyer for Family related immigration matters
Ms. Van Doan helped me with a situation involving possible marriage fraud. As a United States Citizen we are extremely vulnerable to immigration fraud. Ms. Van Doan helped me drafting a letter to the USCIS, Dept. of State and FDNS explaining my situation. She was very prompt in delivering the first draft of the letter and subsequent edits. She also kept me informed on various matters that were involved in my case and took personal responsibility in keeping us safe. I will always recommend her for immigration related matters that involve family. And as a caution, please do not file I-130 and sign I-864 form without evaluating all the possibilities and consulting a responsible attorney. If you do, you are possibly signing your life away. As a United states Citizen, you are the most vulnerable one when it comes to immigration. As an immigrant who became a citizen, I have come to this realization with great sadness. Please try to engage an attorney early in the process before I-130 is filed.
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Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2014
Highly recommended
My wife needed to renew her Visa and we decided that retaining legal counsel would be helpful. We chose Van Doan after reviewing her experience and several positive endorsements. The qualities evidenced in those endorsements—attention to detail and responsiveness—were both important to us. Van continually lent clarity, thoroughness and insight at every stage of the process—from affidavit and document gathering to interview preparation—and brought spirited toughness and honesty at the precise moments we needed it. Our case has reached its successful conclusion, and we have Van to thank for it.
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Posted by Tiffani | December 11, 2013
Thank you for your wonderful help!
It was a pleasure working with Ms. Doan. She was kind, easy to understand, efficient and very knowledgable. She really made the final step in the otherwise complicated process of adoption easy and painless. Thank you so much!
Posted by anonymous | June 1, 2013
Posted by Choubineh | May 30, 2013
Great Lawyer
She is a great lawyer and a great person. She makes your money worth. She cares and goes out of her way to help out in anyway. I highly recommend her.
Posted by anonymous | April 8, 2013
Best Lawyer I have ever had
I am glad that I had Ms Doan as my attorney for my complicated immigration & divorce case. I was on a 2 year conditional permanent residency and had to come to a divorce before I was able to remove the condition on my green card. I had a very tight deadline to adjust my status as my case was complicated by a pending divorce to a rather vindictive and uncooperative ex-spouse but the strategy that Ms Doan devised allowed me to get divorce promptly and adjust my status without delay. Ms Doan is an excellent lawyer that you can count on. As an immigrant in a foreign country, you definitely need a lawyer like Ms Doan. She was always there whenever I was in panic and whenever I needed help. She always responded to my emails and my calls promptly whereas other attorneys did not. She is the best attorney I have ever had – VERY RELIABLE! Ms Doan successfully had the condition on my green card removed and now I am a legal lawful permanent resident! Thank you Ms Doan. You are the best!
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Posted by Eddie | July 26, 2012
Exceptional! I am very pleased with the service I received from Mrs. Doan. The legalities of my case were a bit overwhelming; however, Mrs Doan's knowledge of the law, her candor, and personable approach gave me the confidence that things were likely to transpire as she said they would. I am very please and would use her again.
Posted by anonymous | August 22, 2011
My best recommendation
It is my pleasure to write a recommendation for Miss. Doan. My case was outside of expertise of most attorneys practicing family law: modification of a child custody agreement involving two different US (MD and NY) and three international (US, France, and Russia) jurisdictions. Miss. Doan took my case despite the apparent complexity. By our first interview she already conducted a preliminary research and presented me different options. She proved to be a carful listener and provided me with all the facts needed to select the most appropriate course of actions. After that Miss. Doan was very quick and precise in implementing it. Very quickly Miss. Doan put together all the documents needed for my case, her writing is logical, clear, and concise. The negotiations turned to be long and difficult. Miss. Doan provided the best kind of support. Whether a consultation, advice, or modification of document is needed, she responded usually the same, or the following day. The matter was urgent, so even on vacation she kept working on my case. I attribute the success of my case largely to Miss. Doan’s persistency, logical thinking and clarity of advice. If needed again, Miss. Doan would be the first I ask for help.
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Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2011
Excellent service
Van is straight forward, reliable, efficient, and great to work with. She is extremely organized and proactive, and her communication of information and updates is always timely. We never have to worry about following up with her, as she always on top of things and keeps us in the loop without us asking. She is very professional and we will not hesitate to recommend her to anyone we encounter that is looking for an immigration lawyer.
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Posted by Kevin | April 2, 2011
Lee Family K1 Visa
Van Doan (My families attorney) was !!PERFECT!! in every way. At first when filing for my wife's K1 Visa i first hired an attorney by the name of Ana Zigel. In my opinion my experiance with the first attorney was a confusing mess. A document was lost, I was told that Ms. Zigel would be explaining the step by step process to my wife in spanish by calling Peru (never once did this happen), there were arguments about charges and fees, and i lost complete faith in her to the point that i thought i was going to have to start the process all over again with another attorney. Thank god a co-worker recomended Van Doan, she was and still is truly the best lawyer i have ever had. Van Made my wife and i both feel secure at all times.. Van is extremely organized, professional, and family oriented, i could call her anytime at no cost and she never made me feel as if my questions or concerns were silly. Van also Made hard and soft copies of every document used and gave it to me at the completion of our case. I do not know about you but i would have thought having a bilingual attorney (Spanish Speaking) would have only help things. to the best of my knowledge she does not speak any spanish but was able to help me make my wife feel relaxed and patient. If you want a no B.S. attorney that listens and gets things done in a timely and cost effective manner hire Van Doan, because she is, in my opinion the best immigration lawyer in Maryland. and to top everything off in the begining i was charged a flat rate and I even got a refund for money that was not used during the case. What Attorney ever gives money back to a client. I give Van Doan a 11 out of 10.
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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2011
Excellent communication.
Very proffesional, reliable lawyer. Excellent communication through the whole process (immigrant petition of a spouse). Very patient, she explained everything my husband and I needed to know, always reminded us what we needed to do by e-mail or phone, and kept us updated.
Posted by sasha | January 18, 2011
above and beyond the call of duty
I'm glad that I had the privilege of working with a lawyer like Thanh Van Thi Doan. I definatelty felt as if she was heaven sent and she came right in the knick of time. she was very professional, optimistic, caring and she never gave up. My case was by far the most complicated, and seemed impossible to defend. When my case was given to other attorneys, they looked at it and just gave up without trying I was even told to get married, and to just leave and go to another country.Thanh Van Thi Doan was 10 notches above any attorney that I've worked with in the past and who ever gets the chance to work with her is guaranteed quality and above and beyond service.I highly recommend this attorney for for your complicated immigration cases she always comes out on top.
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Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Law Office of Van T. Doan, LLC
  • 2003 - Present
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Susan Souder
  • 2002 - 2003
  • Judicial Intern to the Honorable Diane O. Leasure, Chief Administrative Judge
  • 2002 - 2002


  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1993


  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) DC Chapter
  • Co-chair DMV/MVA committee
  • 2012 - Present
  • Education/Conference Committee for AILA D.C. Chapter
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Howard County Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Family Law Section of MSBA
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Maryland State Bar Association, Immigration Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2010 - 2011
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (MD DC VA Chapter)
  • Co-chair State Legislation
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Vietnamese

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Champion
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • 2016
  • Judge Robert M. Bell Award
  • Pro Bono Resource Center
  • 2015
  • Presidential Best Section Project To Benefit Its Members
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • 2011


  • The Barrister
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - Implications for the Family Law and Criminal Law Practitioner
  • 2012
  • MSBA Bar Bulletin
  • How Immigration Laws May Effect Your Law Practice
  • 2010
  • Maryland Vietnamese Mutual Association Newsletter
  • Welcome to America – Immigration Facts and Myths
  • 2008
  • Maryland Vietnamese Mutual Association Newsletter
  • How to Hire the Right Attorney
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • Family Immigration
  • 2013
  • University of Maryland School of Law
  • Navigating the Immigration Labyrinth
  • 2013
  • Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA)
  • Inadmissibility & Waivers - Putting Theory to Practice
  • 2013
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) Process in Maryland
  • 2013
  • Judicial Institute of Maryland
  • Immigration Law in Maryland Courts
  • 2013
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington D.C. chapter) Fall Conference 2013
  • Home Alone - Children In the Immigration Process
  • 2013
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) - – Representing DREAMers in an Evolving Process
  • 2012
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington D.C. chapter) Fall Conference 2012
  • Evidentiary Requirements for DACA Applicants
  • 2012
  • Legal Aid Bureau Annual Training
  • Immigration Issues in Divorce & Custody Matters
  • 2011
  • Fall Conference
  • Immigration Law Jeopardy
  • 2011
  • Bar Association of Baltimore City
  • How Immigration Law Effects Family Law
  • 2011
  • 2011 Fall Conference
  • How Immigration Law May Affect Your Law Practice
  • 2011
  • MSBA Immigration Law Section
  • Essential Resources to Building A Successful Immigration Practice
  • 2010
  • AILA D.C. Chapter Fall Conference 2010
  • Intersection of Family Law & Immigration Law - A Jurisdictional Perspective
  • 2010
  • Summer 2009 meeting of the Anne Arundel County Bar Association
  • Children in the Eyes of Federal Immigration Laws
  • 2009
  • Fall 2009 meeting of Family Law Section of the Howard County Bar Association
  • Family & Immigration Law – At the Crossroads
  • 2009
  • 2009 MSBA Annual Convention
  • The Children’s Hour – Children and Immigration Law
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
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Immigration Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I know her well and can say without hesitation that she is terrific. She has a wonderful grasp of immigration law and works very hard for her clients. She is a leader in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Thanh is an excellent choice for a lawyer. She is easy to work with and very skilled in her hard work."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Van has a unique appreciation of the impact immigration status can have on family law matters, and vice-versa. I routinely seek her perspective on matters and wouldn't hesitate for a moment in referring clients to her. An excellent attorney."
Family Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Van is a highly competent and ethical attorney who practices family law and family-based immigration law. I was honored to be invited to present on a panel she co-organized for the DC area chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. On the panel a family lawyer and an immigration lawyer from DC, Maryland, and Virginia each addressed the overlapping issues that practitioners from both areas should be alert to, as well as relevant differences in family law in the three jurisdictions. Van is respected by her colleagues and clients for her tenacity, generosity, and the depth of her knowledge."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Van is a trusted colleague whose counsel I have sought on many occasions for issues involving the intersection of immigration and family law. She is a dedicated, hard-working attorney who fights for her clients and a valuable member of the bar."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Doan and I have worked together in a few cases and I find her knowledge of the law to be extraordinary and equaled by her commitment to getting the best results for her clients. Ms. Doan has been a tremendous help to my clients in their immigration cases and Ms. Doan is equally dedicated in her work as a domestic relations lawyer. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Thanh Van Thi Doan is a dedicated and committed attorney. She is well regarded and is a leader in the legal community. It is attorneys like Ms. Doan that makes me proud to be in this profession. I would not hesitate to recommend her."
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