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I have been practicing immigration law for over 25 years And am certified as an Immigration Specislist in the State of California. I enjoy it because I enjoy my clients.  Most of them become my friends of the future.  We experience so many things together, by the time their case is done, we often cry together in happiness that things are Ok.  Many of my clients are removal cases which involve criminal matters.  Those are the ones that are often the most rewarding when we win.

Immigration law is getting harder and harder to practice.  So many things are unknown, and with the US' political views being so bipolar, you never know how the law will change overnight.  That is why we have so many resources to check, and double check.  Predicting the future is definitely a difficult task.

Our office is small and we offer individualized attention.  If you want an attorney to accompany you somewhere, you will get me.  I finalize everything, and work with you throughout the entire process we will go thorugh.  My paralegals are nice too, and very concerned about our clients.  Here you are not a number for us, but a first name with a family and a future.    


Languages spoken: Armenian, Russian, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%



Hourly ($350/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Christopher George Vidiksis

    This lawyer is knowledgeable and provides reliable legal advice.


    Christopher Vidiksis Immigration Attorney
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  • John M O'Brien

    An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of her clients and getting them the most favorable result possible.


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Contact info

Law Ofc DL Karapetian

550 N Brand Blvd.
Suite 1640
Glendale, CA, 91203


TXInactive 198508/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Immigration SpecialistState Bar of California Specialization2015
Woman of the YearNational Association of Professional Women2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Atorney/OwnerLaw Office of Deborah L. Karapetian1998 - Present
Managing AttorneyLaw Offices of Michael J. Gurfinkel1993 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1992 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember1987 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
17 years of traumaCase Terminated - Green Card Filed
Green Card through VAWAVAWA granted
H-1BH-1B granted
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Texas Christian UniversityCommunicationsMA - Masters1978
Central Michigan UniversityCommunications and MarketingBA - Bachelor of Arts1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Private SeminarsImmigration Topics2012