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Honors and Awards: AV rated peer review, Martindale Hubbell (over 10 years); SUPER LAWYER, peer selected, Los Angeles Magazine (2004-2013); Avvo Client Appreciation for 2012; Avvo superb (10) rating since 2010. 


Special Licenses/Certifications: Certified Specialist, Immigration and Nationality Law, State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization.


Bar/Professional Activity: Past President, American Immigration Lawyers Assn, So. Califronia Chapter, Past Chair, Unathprized Practice of Law Committee, American Immigration Lawyers Assn., Speaker and moderator of numerous panels at national and regional conferences of American Immigration Lawyers Assn.  


Scholarly Lectures and Writings: Huffington Post Blog on various immigration topies:

Served as co-author of comments to proposed federal regulations in the field of immigration law., presenter, moderator, American Immigration Lawyers Association


Verdicts and Settlements: Yeghiazaryan v. Gonzales, 439 F.3d 994 (9th Cir. Cal. 2006); and Yeghiazaryan v. Gonzales, 431 F.3d 678 (9th Cir. 2005),Matsko v. Reno, (C.D. Cal), Case No. CV 96-6766-IH (RNBX), 1996 Loretta v. Herman, (C.D. Cal.),  CV 97-4479WJR(SHx)1997.


Transactions: NONIMMIGRATNT VISAS: B-1/B-2, E-1/E-2, H-1B, H-2, K, L, O, P, & R. IMMIGRANT VISAS/ GREEN CARDS: EB-5 (entrepreneurial investor) based on $500,000 in CIS approved Regional Centers or $1,000,000 in any qualifying investment); EB-1 (extraordinary alien), EB-2 (advanced degree and national interest waiver); EB-3 (professional and skilled worker)' PERM, unskilled workers; political asylum granted for natives of Venezuela, Egypt, Russia and Armenia; family based immigration, including complex marriage cases and removal of conditions after failure of marriage (I-751), waivers of inadmissibility (I-601); naturalization; successfully defended llegations of visa fraud;   IMMIGRATION COURT:  Cancellation of removal, application for asylum, withholding of removal, protection under the Convention Against Torture, motion to reopen based on ineffective counsel. FEDERAL LITIGATION: mandamus to compel the governmet to adjudicate delayed processing; Declaratory Relief to change erroneos government decisions;  challenge incorrect government interpretation of law and overturn government action; motion to reopen erroneous decisions; prevailed against allegation of marriage fraud.   APPELLATE WORK:  Board of Immigration Appeals, Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals, Administrative Appeals Office (CIS), Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Representative Clients:  EB-5 status based on $500,000 investment granted to Iranian national & UK citizen; EB-5 granted to Turkish national and Israeli citizen; Many L-1 visas granted for new US office, including to Turkish national and to Indian national; Many H-1B petitions granted for variety of occupations and based on combination of education and work experience. O-1 obtained for jockey; E-2 and E-1 investor visas granted based on as little as $25,000 investment for Japanse and Filipino nationals. EB-1 obtained for Mexican jockey.  EB-2 national interest waiver granted for teacher of incarcerated youths, teacher of arts, charity fundraiser, bilingual dentist, and  journalist.  Labor certifications and PERM granted for a variety of occupations, including phyicians, mechanics, hotel managers, apartment managers, housekeepers, child monitors, as well as restauarant and household cooks.  Multiple permanent resident status granted in cases of failed marriages. Permanent residence granted to abused spouses, both male and female. Cancellation of removal granted to Ukrainian based on exceptional and extremely unusual hardship to US citizen parent.  Political asylum granted to gay male from Mexico.  Ninth Circuit remanded Motion to Reopen previously denied by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) based on ineffective counsel and ineffective interpreter.  The BIA then granted reopening. Political asylum granted Venezuelan who opposed Chavez's efforts to be re-elected.  Motion to Reopen granted by Immigration Judge based on ineffective counsel to elderly Armenian citizen, who also received resident status. Waiver of inadmissibility (10 year bar) granted to Russian based on extreme hardship to US citizen husband and permanent resident son.  Removal proceedings were terminated for Iranian national convicted of two theft offenses.  Stay of Removal granted by Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to Tunisian national while his appeal is pending.  Preliminary Injunction granted by U.S. District Court against the U.S. Department of Labor in a labor certification case.    


Educational Background: Participated in an intensinve Russian studies program in the USSR pursuant to a grant from the National Defense Education Act., 1969, Participated in intensive Russian studies pursuant to National Defense Education Act., 1968, B.A in Education with a major in Spanish and minor in Russian,1968.


Languages spoken: Hungarian, Hebrew, Russian, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 80%
    40 years
  2. Appeals: 10%
    19 years
  3. Asylum: 10%



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Alexander Joseph Segal

    One of the best immigration attorney one can run into, Aggie Hoffman deserves the endorsement and I am giving it with pleasure.


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  • Adam A Studnicki

    Ms. Hoffman is a well-respected lawyer and a valuable asset to this community. Her continuing dedication to the law and her clients is admirable.


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Contact info

11500 W. Olympic Blvd.
Ste. 400
Los Angeles, CA, 90064-1525


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Super LawyersLos Angeles Magazine2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Super LawyerSuper2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Super LawyerSuperLawyer2007
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2006
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2005
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
N/ALaw Offices of Aggie R. Hoffman, Attorney at Law1976 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationPast President (So Cal Chapter)1978 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationN/A1978 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Yeghiazaryan v. Gonzales9th Cir Court of Appeals Reversed error of the Board of Immigration Appeals
Lauretta v. HermanUS Dist Court granted Prelimanry Injunction against US Dept of Labor
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
San Fernando Valley College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
University of AkronSpanishB.A. Education1972
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
American Immigration Lawyers Assn--Annual and California conferences;multiple topics in immigrtion law; resident status through marriage and through employmentN/A