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Eli Aragorn Echols

Immigration Attorney at Duluth, GA

5.0   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2005
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Eli

Learn Eli’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Immigration
    I represent clients in deportation or removal proceedings in Immigration Court, before the Board of Immigration Appeals, and in the U.S. Courts of Appeals. I also represent clients before Immigration and Customs Enforcement regarding detention and orders of supervision. And of course I represent clients seeking green cards with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, especially family cases.

    16 years

Some fun facts about me: I'm the oldest of eight children; I was homeschooled for most of my elementary school education; I am married to a South African who was born in Zimbabwe; I have three children.


To my mind, being an attorney makes me part of the "helping professions."  It is my only goal to bring peace and stability to my client's lives.

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Lunch in beautiful Duluth with my most excellent colleague (and former co-worker) Tracie Klinke


Socheat Chea, P.C.
3500 Duluth Park Lane
Building 300
Duluth, GA, 30096

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Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Eli is The Go-To-Man
My experience with Eli on the phone was exceptional. Even though we have never met or talked on the phone prior to my calling him, he nonetheless took my call, asked the correct questions, followed up via email and was able to assist me with the information i needed from his law firm with the speed of a bullet. ( I request a copy of my I-707 , Notice of action) I contacted him on Friday and got the information on Monday - this is especially noteworthy because he was not involved in handling my petition which was filled long before he joined the firm . Last words: If you want action taken on your case - Eli is the go-to-man
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Posted by SabinaMominAli | December 10, 2014
Excellent Immigration Attorney
Eli Echols is an excellent immigration attorney! He is very personable, honest and set's realistic expectations. He will also be forthright with information and truly cares about his clients. He is well versed in regards to navigating the complexities of immigration law. He worked through the deadlock of numerous delays in bringing my husband back to the US. Most attorney would not even consider our case due to the complicated nature, it took Eli diligent determination! He is my miracle worker and I would very highly recommend him to anyone! Thank you Eli for reuniting my family!
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Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2014
Tremendous Immigration Lawyer
Eli, successfully, lead me through a very difficult immigration process. Two other immigration attorneys told me that citizenship would be unlikely, but were still willing to accept my case and money, but without a clear plan. When Eli's firm accepted my case, they explained the potential pitfall, but were able to articulate a clear plan. I was naturalized two months ago. During the entire process, I commended Eli on his efforts and progress. Based on that alone, I was recommending him to others in need of an immigration attorney.
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Posted by Bri | December 4, 2014
Very Knowledgable and honest with complicated Immigration cases
Eli Echols helped my husband and I with a very complicated immigration case. He was optimistic but very honest in explaining the possible results and outcome of the case. In our case Eli explained the consequences of having a aggravated felony and the immigration stance on the issue. Yet, he knew that we were qualified for a 212h waiver once he reviewed our case thoroughly. Eli was very realistic with pointing out that it was a very discretional waiver and that he and the firm would do everything possible to help persuade the judge. He was very thorough/knowledgeable and helpful with gathering the information needed to help our case. Eli visited regularly with my husband and kept him encouraged and updated him with with everything pertaining to the case. He fought until the end for my husband and it ended with a victory in our behalf!! We are so thankful to Eli and his firm for all that they did!! Thank you Eli!!
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Posted by Bridgetta | January 2, 2013
You can't go wrong with ELI!!!
Socheat Chea and his team are more than exceptional. My husbands case started in August 2009 and didn't finish until May 2012 and this group of lawyers made the journey less stressful by basically taking care of everything except personal paperwork that we were responsible for gathering. Socheat was the lawyer that we spoke to initially, but Eli and Tracey are the two that carried us through to the end. I read one review that stated how attentive Socheat is until he's paid and I see why how that person came to that conclusion, but I disagree. I think he evaluates and excepts the cases and after he and his team set a plan to attack and win, the responsibilities are passed to the next appropriate lawyer! This is a very knowledgable group of lawyers who I believe cares for their clients and the outcome of their cases. If I EVER need any legal help with immigration. This is the ONLY law office I'll call! Also a special thanks to Eli for carrying us through all of our stressful court hearings including trail! I couldn't think of any other way to so my appreciation so I figured a testimony would do! Thanks again man and may your 2013 be full of accomplishments!
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Posted by Jenny | October 5, 2012
Truly Great!
I feel so lucky to have met Mr. Echols. Without his help, my family couldn't have been able to stay in the US. He helped my family to adjust immigration status. Before we were feeling hopeless, but after he started to work on our case, we were so impressed with his ability, knowledge, and professionalism. He is very honest, providing information upfront and realistic expectations. His support and great attitude along every step of the immigration process was invaluable. He is the role model for other lawyers, and has set the highest standard for this profession.
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Posted by anonymous | October 5, 2012
Best attorney
Mr. Echols is the best attorney I've ever worked with. He helped me to become a permanent resident. Before I've consulted and worked with other attorneys about my complex case , but none could help me. Mr. Echols worked a miracle. He really knows what he is doing, so professional and knowledgable, as well as supportive and personable. I am touched by how hard he worked on my case. He also has a great presence in court. I give him the highest recommendation to anyone needing immigration help, especially difficult cases. I am so glad to have him on my side, I'm sure you will too!
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Posted by Godfrey | January 24, 2012
My name Godfrey, i had the opportunity to work with Mr Eli Echols and was extremely impressed with his Knowledge of the Law, his work Ethic, His passion, Honesty, concern,His knowledge of Law and ability to explain very complicated & technical Language to my complete understanding is commendable. I wish every Lawyer in practice possess the same qualities and values as Mr Echols. He is a true Hero to me and my family.
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Work Experience

  • Senior Associate
  • Socheat Chea, PC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Associate
  • Socheat Chea, P.C.
  • 2008 - Present
  • Temporary Associate
  • The Fogle Law Firm
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Staff Attorney
  • United Stated Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • 2005 - 2007
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  • Boston University School of Law
  • law
  • 2004
  • Bryn Athyn College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Detained Green Card Holder with Criminal Record
  • Cancellation of removal granted.


  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Atlanta chapter)
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia, Appellate Practice Section
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Mentor of the Year 2012
  • Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network
  • 2012


Speaking Engagements

  • YLD Criminal Committee CLE
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions
  • 2012
  • Fort Stewart JAG Training with AILA
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions
  • 2012
  • Atlanta Bar Association, March Madness: The Asylum Project
  • Fundamentals of Asylum
  • 2012
  • JAG Attorney Training and Pro Bono consultations
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions
  • 2011
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions Seminar
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (5)
Endorse Eli
Immigration Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Eli for several years, he is a well-known figure in the immigration law community, and he has developed a reputation for caring and quality representation of his clients. He is deeply devoted to helping those immigrants who are most in need."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer for his knowledge and passion for the practice. Excellent litigator with exceptional results. He is very passionate and cares greatly for the success of his clients."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"Eli is a great attorney who genuinely cares for his clients and is highly respected in the immigration bar. He is a zealous advocate for his clients. I highly endorse him as a competent immigration lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Eli and I worked together for over four years and I can't say enough kind things about him. He is intelligent, thoughtful, and honest. He's also a genuinely nice person. Anyone would be fortunate to have him as their attorney."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Eli is not only a great attorney, he is a genuinely great person. He is always willing to roll up his sleeves and help whomever needs it, and always with a smile. I highly recommend Eli Echols!"
Immigration Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Eli is a great attorney. He is well versed in the law. Most importantly, Eli genuinely cares for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Along with Socheat Chea and Joe Rosen, Eli is one of the most knowledgeable and helpful immigration attorneys I know. He is outstanding when is comes to immigration related appeals. Clients whose hopes rest on winning their case on appeal to the BIA and 11th Federal Circuit would be wise to talk to Eli."
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Duluth Immigration Lawyer Eli Aragorn Echols
Eli Aragorn Echols
Immigration Attorney
Duluth, GA
Licensed for 19 years