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Family & Marriage Based Immigration Law Certified Specialist*. Check out my blog on unique marriage-based immigration issues: http://marriage-and-immigrationlaw.blogspot.com/


Heather L. Poole, Esq. is the Managing Partner of the Family & Removal Group at Stone, Grzegorek & Gonzalez, LLP, a full-service immigration firm based in Los Angeles, California. *She is a Certified Specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law (State Bar of California). 


HEATHER IS A RECOGNIZED EXPERT.*


Her expertise in immigration law is widely recognized by other immigration lawyers, who she regularly trains on complex immigration topics for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (national & state conferences), Federal Bar Association, Los Angeles County & Orange County Bar Associations, Pasadena Bar Association, and national Continuing Legal Education companies.


She is a frequent speaker on complicated family immigration topics ranging from unlawful presence, misrepresentation and criminal bars to relief to options for conditional green card holders and those wishing to keep a family member in the U.S. She is an internationally published author on complex immigration topics and her articles published by the State Bar of California as well as in Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, Orange County Lawyer Magazine, The Alaska Bar Rag, and AILA’s Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook and Forms & Fundamentals, among others.  She has been interviewed for stories covered by NBC Today Show, The Dr. Phil Show, and spoken to news and legal journalists on variety of immigration subjects. She was the featured immigration lawyer at KFI AM 640 Law Days from 2006-2010, hosted by the #1 nationally syndicated law talk radio show (Handle on the Law) in the U.S.


Heather has been named a “Super Lawyer” for Excellence in Immigration Law (superlawyers.com) – among the top 3% of immigration lawyers in Southern California and she has been named in the “Top Women Attorneys in California” list published in Los Angeles Magazine. Heather also teaches Immigration Law in Fullerton College.


HEATHER IS A COMMUNITY LAWYER.


She regularly volunteers her time representing detained asylum seekers at the Adelanto Detention Center for Esperanza’s Immigrant Rights Project and representing Unaccompanied Children in removal proceedings for KIND in Los Angeles.


Heather’s expertise is recognized and sought by community organizations, schools, and the media. She is currently on Neighborhood Legal Services’ (NLS), Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA), and San Pedro Community Services Immigration Referral lists as a recommended private immigration attorney. 


Her work with immigrants has been commended by the National Domestic Violence Hotline, Haven House – the country’s oldest domestic violence shelter, and Project Sister, a rape crisis center serving the Inland Empire. She is a long-term volunteer helping survivors obtain restraining orders in family court for the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Barrister’s Project. She has received these recent awards for her community service:


—    2008 Los Angeles Superior Court’s Volunteer of the Year


—    2013 Public Service Award from the Los Angeles County Bar Association for over 900 hours of pro bono work with domestic violence survivors over the past decade as part of the Barrister’s Domestic Violence Project.


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STOP PUTTING YOUR LIFE ON HOLD. CALL TO SET UP YOUR APPOINTMENT WITH ATTORNEY HEATHER TODAY to discuss your case: 877.486.2678.


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WARNING TO CONSUMERS: It is illegal and unethical for an immigration attorney to guarantee you an outcome in your case. An attorney can give you an estimate of what they think your chances are based on their experience and your evidence but run away from anyone who guarantees you an outcome! Immigration law is complicated! Remember, if something sounds too good to be true, it likely is. Get another opinion!


We believe that all legal services with an immigration attorney, however small, should be in writing and always get copies of your filings. This is your life and your future!  


 





 



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Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP

800 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 900
Los Angeles, CA, 90017

Heather L Poole, PC, Prof Law Corp

225 South Lake Ave
Suite 300
Pasadena, CA, 91101

HEATHER L POOLE Attorney at Law

Plaza Tower I, 600 Anton Boulevard
11th Floor
Costa Mesa, CA, 92626

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Licensed

  1. Immigration: 100%
    16 years

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Fixed (always)

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Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Sunita Boddu

    Heather Poole is a leader in Southern California's immigration law community. Her expertise benefits not only her clients but her colleagues in this challenging area of law. She is also a warm, dedicated person who brings true caring to her work!

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    Sunita Boddu Immigration Attorney
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  • Erika Rae Scheideman

    Heather is a knowledgeable, enthusiastic and personable attorney! I highly recommend her and she is our go-to referral for Immigration cases.

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    Erika Scheideman Family Attorney
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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive200105/24/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2016
Top AttorneysPasadena Magazine2016
Top AttorneysPasadena Magazine2015
Super Lawyer: Rising StarSuperLawyers2014
Top AttorneysPasadena Magazine2014
Top AttorneysPasadena Magazine2013
Super Lawyer: Rising StarSuperLawyers2013
Top AttorneysPasadena Magazine2012
Super Lawyer: Rising StarSuperLawyers2012
Super Lawyer: Rising StarSuperLawyers2011
Top AttorneysPasadena Magazine2011
Super Lawyer: Rising StarLaw & Politics Magazine2010
Los Angeles County Volunteer of the YearLos Angeles County Board of Supervisors2009
Super Lawyer: Rising StarLaw & Politics Magazine2009
Volunteer of the Year - Domestic Violence ProjectLA County Bar Association2008
Haven House (Domestic Violence Shelter)Commendation2006
Distinguished AlumnaCalifornia State Polytechnic University Pomona2006
CommendationNational Domestic Violence Hotline2005
Super Lawyer: Rising StarSuperLawyers2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing Partner, Family & Removal GroupStone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP - Immigration Law2015 - Present
Adjunct Professor - Immigration LawFullerton College2007 - Present
Supervising Attorney, Legal Assistance ProjectLos Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women2002 - 2008
Attorney at LawHEATHER L. POOLE, PC, Professional Law Corporation2001 - 2015
Attorney at LawBernard P Wolfsdorf, APLC2000 - 2001
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationElected Director, National Board of Governors2015 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationNational CIS Field Operations Liaison Committee Member2015 - Present
So Ca Chapter, American Immigration Lawyers AssociationChair2014 - 2015
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationNational CIS Benefit Center Liaison Committee2013 - 2015
So Ca Chapter, American Immigration Lawyers AssociationVice Chair2013 - 2014
So Ca Chapter, American Immigration Lawyers AssociationTreasurer2012 - 2013
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationVice Chair & National NMD Newsletter Editor, New Member Division2011 - 2012
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationNational Publications Board Committee Member2011 - 2012
So Ca Chapter, American Immigration Lawyers AssociationSecretary2011 - 2012
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Immigration Law SectionExecutive Board Member2010 - 2011
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationNational Liaison, New Member Division2009 - 2013
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Southern California chapter)New Member Division Chair2006 - 2008
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Southern California chapter)Pro Bono Liaison2004 - 2005
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
10 Year Bar Waiver Approved in MexicoInstantly APPROVED; no backlog referral
Conditional green card waiver approved for Japanese nationalAPPROVED without interview.
Criminal Waiver Approved in SydneyAPPROVED
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Los Angeles LawyerThe International Affair2011
Forms & Fundamentals, 2011 Ed., American Immigration Lawyers AssociationAnnotations to Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence"2011
American Immigration Lawyers Association - California Chapters Conference HandbookModern Marriage Issues Before USCIS and on Appeal2011
The Orange County LawyerThe Quickest Way to a Green Card is Harder than You Think2007
MyUSGreenCard.com; reprinted on LycosCANADA and others"Fear of Fake Marriages making Permanent Green Cards Difficult to Obtain"2007
Legaltarget.comProtecting the Most Vulnerable: Legalizing Your Child’s Immigration Status2006
LawyerIntl.comRecognizing “Abuse” May Be Key Step for Many Immigrants Seeking Green Cards2005
LA County Bar Association Barristers Domestic Violence ProjectDo You Need a Restraining Order?2005
Bucks County Courier Times; reprinted in Pasadena Bar Bulletin (Pasadena Bar Association)"Marriage Is Not Enough: Facing Deportation Because of Your Spouse"2005
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)The V Visa: a New LIFE Form", AILA Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook2001
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
California State Polytechnic University, PomonaN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
New York Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Women's Herstory Annual Celebration, Moreno Valley CollegeMy Path to Immigration Law2012
Offered by LawReviewCLE.comImmigration 101" Continuing Legal Education Seminar2012
National Domestic Violence Awareness MonthLegal Options for Survivors of Domestic Violence2012
Lunch with the ExpertNo More Sails Into the Sunset - Resurrecting, Converting or Ditching the Joint 7512012
LawReview CLE Live EventImmigration 101: Family & Employment Visas2012
Federal Bar Association National ConferenceVAWA Adjustment: Updates and Emerging Issues2012
Federal Bar Association National ConferenceUS CIS Interviews & Tips on Presenting Complicated I-130/I-485/I-754 & Naturalization Cases, Panel2012
Annual California Chapters ConferenceClient Representation in Immigration Practice2012
American Immigration Lawyers Association National Conference, "Taste of Nashville" Dinner with the ExpertsThe Evolving World of I-601 Waivers: Tips for Preparing Your Client & Your Case2012
Project Sister Rape Crisis Center Hotline Advocate TrainingWorking with Immigrant Victims of Crime and Abuse2011
National Conference, Federal Bar Association Immigration Section"VAWA Adjustment: Updates and Emerging Issues" Panel, Moderator2011
CLE Event, Beverly Hills Bar Association, Immigration Law SectionMaking Hardship Easy: Understanding the Grounds of Inadmissibility and Preparing Successful Waivers2011
California Chapters Conference, American Immigration Lawyers Association"Modern Marriage and Family Issues before USCIS and On Appeal"2011
Annual Conference, Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Section"US CIS Interviews & Tips on Presenting Complicated I-130/I-485/I-754 & Naturalization Cases"2011
American Immigration Lawyers Association National Annual Conference"I-751 and Waivers: Removing the Conditions on Residency" Fundamentals Panel2011
Univ of La Verne School of Law - Annual Immigration SymposiumHot Topics in Immigration Law2010
Quarterly Advocate TrainingsImmigration Options for Abused Immigrants2010
New Members Division Training“VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) Basics”, (August 2010);2010
Handle on the Law DayThe I’Dos and Don’ts of Marriage-Based Immigration2010
CLE Training, Immigration Law SectionSpeaker, “Making Hardship Easy: Understanding the Grounds of Inadmissibility and Preparing Successful Waivers"2010
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Southern California chapter)VAWA Basics" for the Immigration Attorney2010
Spring Training for Haven HouseThe Legal Aspects of Domestic Violence: Immigration Law & Restraining Orders2009
Los Angeles County Volunteer of the Year Award CeremonyLos Angeles County Volunteer of the Year Award Ceremony2009
Immigration Section CLE EventFrom Birth to Marriage to Death: Handling Complex Issues in Family-Based Immigration: I-751s & Waivers2009
Handle on the Law DayThe I’Dos and Don’ts of Marriage-Based Immigration2009
ESL students, friends and family, El Monte Rosemead Adult School, El Monte, CaliforniaUnderstanding the Route to Permanent Residency and Legal Status2009
Commission on the Status of WomenImmigration Options for Abused Immigrants2009
Barristers CLE TrainingImmigration & Domestic Violence Law2009
Tabling at El Monte Rosemead Adult School as part of the 2008 Community Resource FairOne on One with Attorney Heather2008
Shephard's Door Domestic Violence Resource Center's 2008 National Domestic Violence Awareness Month EventImmigration Options for Victims of Domestic Violence2008
Handle on the Law DayThe I’Dos and Don’ts of Marriage-Based Immigration2008
Family Law Section CLE eventThe Foreign Affair: Immigration Consequences of Marriage, Divorce & Custody2008
ESL students, friends and family at El Monte Rosemead Adult SchoolUnderstanding the Route to Permanent Residency and Legal Status2008
Winter Training for Haven House October 6, 2007The Legal Aspects of Domestic Violence: Immigration Law2007
Winter Training for Haven House March 24, 2007The Legal Aspects of Domestic Violence: Immigration Law2007
Immigration SectionU.S. Citizenship via Naturalization: Avoiding Denials, Heartbreak and Deportation Triggers"2007
Immigration Law Section, CLE EventA Marriage to Save, Ditch or Escape? When to Opt for a Conditional Green Card Waiver2007
Handle on the Law DayThe I’Dos and Don’ts of Marriage-Based Immigration2007
Free consultations on citizenship cases to community members in attendance November 10, 2007Community Citizenship Clinic2007
Free consultations on citizenship cases to community members in attendance March 24, 2007Community Citizenship Clinic2007
Free consultations on citizenship cases to community members in attendance January 27, 2007Community Citizenship Clinic2007
Free consultations on citizenship cases to community members in attendance April 28, 2007Community Citizenship Clinic2007
ESL students, friends and family at El Monte Rosemead Adult School February 2, 2007Understanding the Route to Permanent Residency and Legal Status2007
ESL students, friends and family at El Monte Rosemead Adult School August 7, 2007Understanding the Route to Permanent Residency and Legal Status2007
ESL students, friends and family at El Monte Rosemead Adult SchoolUnderstanding the Route to Permanent Residency and Legal Status2007
Association's Family Law SectionThe Foreign Affair; Updates on the Immigration Consequences of Marriage, Divorce, and Custody2007
Annual Conference on Domestic ViolenceThe Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Immigrant Population2007
Training for Project Sister's (the Inland Empire's only rape and sexual assault agency) hotline advocatesHuman Rights Problems in Our Own Backyard: Legal Options Available to Abused Immigrants2006
Training for Attorneys of Peace Over Violence'sImmigration Options under Violence Against Women Act2006
Private venue/training for Glendale Episcopal ChurchHuman Rights Problems in Our Own Backyard: The Lives and Options Available to Abused Immigrants2006
Handle on the Law DayThe I’Dos and Don’ts of Marriage-Based Immigration2006
Fall Training conducted by Attorney Heather L. PooleThe Legal Aspects of Domestic Violence: Immigration Law2006
Discovering PCC DayRoutes to Permanent Residency & Citizenship: Understanding the U.S. Immigration System2006
Discovering PCC DayUnderstanding the Route to Permanent Residency and Legal Status2006
Communications Department Annual ConferenceReal-life Consequences: Media Coverage of Immigration2006
CLE Training, Legal Assistance ProjectOptions for Abused Immigrants2006
2006 Distinguished Alumni for Cal Poly Pomona's College of Letters, Arts & Social SciencesDistinguished Alumni Award Dinner2006
Family Law Section CLE EventThe Foreign Affair: Immigration Consequences of Marriage, Divorce & Custody2005