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Eli Kantor has more than 40years of experience in the areas of labor, employment and immigration law. He has been interviewed  on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and featured in articles by Businessweek Online, the LA Times, the Daily Journal, USA Today, the Arizona Republic and He has the ability and expertise to creatively solve your problems in these complex and rapidly changing areas of the law, so that you can sleep well at night. For further information, see our websites:;; and also


He has been married for 35 years and has 3 children, Jessica, Stephanie and Jonathan. He is a member of Toastmasters, where he practices his public speaking skills every week.


Several years ago, his eldest daughter, Jessica, graduated from Loyola Law School. Since he is an alumni, he was honored to be a "special presenter" at her graduation, and had the pleasure of handing Jessica her diploma on stage.


He is also a published author, who has written a book about how his father survived the Holocaust, Chosen for What.


Mr. Kantor received his B.A. Magna Cum Laude from U.C.L.A. in 1973 and his J.D. in 1976 from Loyola Law School. Mr. Kantor was a Trial Attorney at Region 21 of the National Labor Relations Board from 1976-1980. Since 1981, Mr. Kantor has been in private practice in Beverly Hills specializing in Immigration and Employment Law and has achieved Martindale-Hubbell's highest accolade: an AV rating. In addition, he has been selected as a Superlawyer for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.


In addition, since 1981, he has written numerous articles, and he has lectured at U.C.L.A. Extension, at the U.C.L.A. Institute of Industrial Relations, and at numerous continuing education programs on immigration and labor related topics.


Mr. Kantor is a member of the California State Bar and is also admitted to practice before the United States District courts for the Central District and Southern District of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.


Mr. Kantor is a member of the  Immigration Law Sections of the Los Angeles County Bar and Beverly Hills Bar Association. He is a member of AILA,   the American Immigration Lawyers Association, where he has served on their national employer sanctions committee, and he currently serves as their Media Liaison. In addition, Mr. Kantor is also a member of the U.C.L.A. Institute for Industrial Relations as well as the Labor and Employment Law Sections of the American Bar, California Bar, Los Angeles County Bar and Beverly Hills Bar Association.


And last, but not least, Mr. Kantor speaks five languages: English, Hebrew, Farsi, Spanish, and Yiddish.


Languages spoken: Hebrew, Persian, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 50%
    40 years
  2. Employment: 50%
    40 years



Hourly ($450/hour), contingent (33-40%), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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    I have worked with Eli on various matters and found him to be a skilled and experienced lawyer. I enthusiastically I endorse this lawyer.


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    Eli was a pleasure to work with and helped our company get a desired employee his visa in a fast and friendly way. I highly recommend him for your immigration needs!


    Christia Karp
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Office of Eli M. Kantor

9595 Wilshire Boulevard Suite 405
Beverly Hills, CA, 90212-2504


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2016
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Outstanding Service Lawyer in the Classroom ProgramThe Constitutional Rights Foundation1983
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Eli M. Kantor1981 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorUCLA Extension1982 - 1985
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity Of La Verne College Of Law1981 - 1985
Trial AttorneyNational Labor Relations Board1976 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers Association (California Chapter)Media Liaison1982 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Immigration and Labor and Employment Law SectionsN/A1981 - Present
Beverly Hills Bar Association, Immigration Law and Labor and Employment Law SectionsN/A1981 - Present
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionN/A1981 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaN/A1976 - Present
U.S. District Court of Central District of CaliforniaN/A1976 - Present
U.S. Distirct Court of the Southern District of CaliforniaN/A1976 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Joselito Torres v. Sokolobl Entertainment, MTV NetworksThe jury returned a defense verdict,defeating Carnie Shegarian, one of the top plaintiff's attorneys in Los Angeles..
Shaw v. Martin GoldmanThe Jury returned a unanimous defense verdict -12 to 0
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Publication nameTitleDate
Los Angeles Daily JournalNLRB Balks at the NCAA2015
Los Angeles Daily JournalEmployers: apply for H-1B visas while they last2015
Talking Points Memo . ComWhat Obama Can - And Cannot - Do on Immigration by Executive Action2014
The Press EnterpriseImmigration: After a long journey young migrant still faces an uncertain future2014
National Public RadioSpouses of H-1B visa holders may now hold jobs in the US2014
Los Angeles Daily JournalPlayers Union Vote a Secret for Now2014
jdsupra.comPresident Obama's Executive Action for Immigration Reform2014
National Public radioTaking chances with lottery for high skilled workers visas2014
The Press EnterpriseImmigration: Migrants Face Long Odds at being able to stay2014
Los Angeles Daily JournalNLRB's Northwestern Decision Will Climb the Courts2014
Los Angeles Daily JournalNew Minimum Wage Law Trap2014
jdsupra.comNLRB's General Counsel's Announcment that McDonald's is a Joint Employer with its Franchisees - A Super-Sized Headache for McDonalds2014
The Press EnterpriseImmigration: Obama seeks 3.7 billion to deal with border crisis2014
Christian Science MonitorWith Immigration Reform Dead, Will Obama Act Alone?2014
Washington TimesObama in Political Bind Over Border Crisis with Illegal Children2014
Los Angeles Daily JournalFacebook Privacy Rights at Work2013
Los Angeles Daily JournalOverly Broad Dress Codes Haunt Employers2013
Los Angeles Daily JournalLong Story Short: NLRB does not "like" Facebook Firings2012
Los Angeles Daily JournalFinding Balance on Social Media2012
Los Angeles Daily JournalExecutive order: Dream Act or Nightmare?2012
Los Angeles Daily JournalNLRB's 24 Hour Fitness Ruling Consistent with Precedent2012
Los Angeles Daily JournalNLRB provides clarification of an acceptable social media policy2012
Los Angeles Daily JournalNLRB eyes non union workplaces2012
Los Angeles Daily JournalDemanding Confidentiality in the Workplace2012
The Arizona RepublicShift in illegal-immigrant policy2012
Daily JournalYour Workplace Computer Is A Lonely Public Roadway2011
Daily JournalWelcome to California: The Captain has Turned on the Overtime Sign2011
Daily JournalComputers Don't Sue For Overtime Pay...Yet2011
Journal. USImmigration cases flooding U.S. Courts; experts say judges pressured2010
Daily JournalThe Cat's Paw: How Social Media Can Lead You Astray2010
Daily JournalThe New 9 to 5: Work in the iPhone Age2010
Daily JournalIf It Walks, Talks and Looks Like an Employee...2010
Daily JournalYour Social Media Policy Needs A Status Update2010
Daily JournalSocial Media At Work: A Growing Danger2010
Business WeekEnterprising Employee Presses to Be Partner2010
MZoneArticles.comSticks and Stones Will Break My Bones, But Twitter May Ruin Me!2010
ArticleSqueeze.comJust Because You're Paranoid, Doesn't Mean Your Employer Isn't Listening2010
Content for RepringHow to obtan a TN Visa2008
Immigration Law TodayMust Employers Choose the Rock or the Hard Place2008
Content for ReprintHow to Get an O-1 for Entertainers2008
Articles BaseSponsor Your Employees For H-1B Visas by April 1, 20082008
Articles BaseMinimum Wages on the Rise in California2008
Articles BaseEmployers Beware: Violation fines to increase exponentially2008
Ezine Article BoardTHE ICE MAN COMETH- Immigration Revises Eligibility Verification Form I-92008
Content for ReprintSeven Secrets for Keeping Your Company Out of Court in 2008- How to Avoid Sexual harassment Lawsuits2008
Articles UnleashedWhat's an Employer to Do When they Receive an SSA Mismatch Letter2008
Go ArticlesSeven Secrets to Surving an Immigration Audit2007
Legal Article SearchEmployers Beware- US Supreme Court Opens Floodgates for Employee Retaliation Lawsuits2007
Article DigestEmployers Need to Prepare for Immigration Reform Now2006
Ezine Articles7 Secrets to Keeping Your Company Out of Court2006
Go Articles3 Keys to Keeping Your Company Out of Court2006
News USAImmigration Policy Hurts U.S. Farming Industries2006
L.A. County Bar AssociationH-1 B Visas1999
Immigration and Nationality LawSupervisory Status and Employer Liability1989
UWLA Law ReviewThe Impact of the New Immigration Act on Labor and Employment Law: "A Shotgun Marriage"1987
UWLA Law ReviewThe Uncertain Future of the Employment At-Will Doctrine1983
Readarticles.comHow to Get an E-2 for Treaty InvestorsN/A
Readarticles.comHow to Obtain a Green Card Through InvestmentN/A
The RepublicShift in illegal-immigrant policyN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
University of California - Los AngelesHistory - Magna Cum LaudeBA - Bachelor of Arts1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Commercial Law League of America, Western Region ConferenceWhat every Employer needs to know about Employment Law2015
Immigration Employer Compliance SeminarImmigration Employer Compliance2007
California's Recent Updates on Employment LawUpdate on Employment Law2007
United Shoe Retailers Association (USRA) 2006 National ConventionEmployment Law2006
The Definitive Guide to Employment Law for HR Professionals in CaliforniaEmployment Law Update2002
Immigration Law for the General PractitionerImmigration Law for the General Practitioner1991
1989 Annual AILA National Conference on Immigration LawImmigration Law1989
Employer Compliance with the New Immigration LawHow to Fill Out I-9 forms1987