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Houtan Yaghmai

Immigration Attorney at Sherman Oaks, CA

5.0   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 8 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2014
    Active No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    Focus on extraordinary ability cases such as EB-1A and O-1 petitions for sports & entertainment. I also handle marriage based green cards, family based green cards, consular processing, and citizenship/naturalization matters.

    9 years

  2. Personal injury
    Focus on motor vehicle accidents including collisions involving trucks, buses, Uber, Lyft, bicycles, pedestrians, trains, and more.

    9 years

Houtan left his hometown of Toronto, Canada in 2005 to attend college in California at the University of California, Riverside, where he received a B.S. in Business Administration. Always told he was a good advocate and that he had an affinity for argumentation, Houtan began law school at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California, in August of 2010. During his academic career at Thomas Jefferson, Houtan was granted a Jeffersonian Fellowship for his outstanding academic achievement, among other accolades. He has also served in numerous leadership capacities, including as Treasurer for the Student Bar Association and for the law school's Middle Eastern Law Students Association.

Deeply committed to entertainment and the protection of creativity, Houtan focused his legal studies on issues related to intellectual property and entertainment law. He has served as a staff law clerk at Thomas Jefferson's Arts and Entertainment Law Project at the Small Business Law Center, where he has acted as a legal advisor on intellectual property and business-related issues to low-income artists, actors, dancers, writers, musicians, filmmakers, and related non-profit organizations.

After becoming licensed, Houtan began practicing law in the fields of immigration and entertainment and later founded the Yaghmai Law Firm, APC in August 2015. The firm's practice centers around extraordinary ability immigrant visas for athletes, entertainers, actors, actresses, musicians, artists, executives, and other individuals with extraordinary ability who are at the very top of their field.

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Yaghmai Law Firm, APC
15303 Ventura Blvd. Suite 900
Sherman Oaks, CA, 91403


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Posted by Roza | September 2, 2020
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Best Immigration Attorney
Mr. Houtan yaghmai is a very intelligent , professional, knowledgeable, and caring attorney. He assisted me with my family based green card petition. I highly recommend him for those who need an immigration attorney.
Posted by Ray | September 2, 2020
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I have been a client for a few years now & have received nothing but excellent service. Professional, responsive and caring Lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2020
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Professional and excellent service
I was referred to Houtan by a friend. Houtan is very knowledgeable & pays attention to details. He’s very prompt in answering questions & explains clearly. He’s very honest & trustworthy. Highly recommended.
Posted by Sharon | April 23, 2020
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Thank you so much!
How refreshing to have found someone so knowledgeable and above all patient. Mr. Yaghmai was extremely helpful with my concerns which made this whole experience so much smoother.
Posted by Pedram | April 21, 2020
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Immigration lawyer
Houtan is an amazing lawyer, has helped me with many different cases and every time he has been excellent and very knowledgeable. Highly recommend him


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Work Experience

  • President & Managing Attorney
  • Yaghmai Law Firm, APC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Legal Intern
  • Small Business Law Center
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Legal Intern / Mediator
  • Superior Court Of California County Of San Diego
  • 2012 - 2012


  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • University of California - Riverside
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2010

Legal Cases

  • Multiple EB-1 Extraordinary Ability Petitions for Karatekas (Karate Players)
  • Approved
  • EB-1 Extraordinary Ability Petition for Olympic Wrestler
  • Approved
  • EB-1 Extraordinary Ability Petition for International Soccer Player
  • Approved
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  • Consumer Attorney Association of Los Angeles
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Southern California Chapter)
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Persian

Honors and Awards

  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2020


Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (6)
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Immigration Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Houtan strives to provide excellent services to his clients and welcomes the challenges that come on the way. I am happy to endorse Houtan."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Houtan's talents and knowledge are easily exhibited by his professionalism and dedication to the practice of law. Houtan is not only committed to supporting his clients' legal rights but he will also find the time to support his peers and colleagues to help them excel in the practice of law. Whether you are a client looking for legal consultation/advice, or a law student or new attorney needing guidance, Houtan will direct you with honest and knowledgeable guidance and support."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Yaghmai is the epitome of professionalism. He truly puts his heart and soul in any case that he takes on and his attention to detail is nothing short of extraordinary. I will continue to work with Houtan and refer all my friends and family to him without reservation!"
Immigration Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Houtan is an intelligent and dedicated advocate within the legal community. Throughout his legal career, Houtan has strived to provide excellent representation, and is truly invested in his clients. I have no doubt that his depth of knowledge regarding extraordinary ability immigrant visas produces great results and happy clients. I highly recommend this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Houtan understands the EB-1a Extraordinary Ability Green Card very well and is excellent at helping athletes come to the US."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"The best immigration and personal injury attorney in town!"
Immigration Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Houtan is one of the most meticulous people I know. He strives to be perfect in his work and the results he obtains for his clients shows his level of dedication and knowledge of the law. Houtan is a caring attorney and never stops helping his clients."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Yaghmai is one of the most intelligent people I have ever met. I have worked closely with him on several matters. He is extremely skilled on immigration matters specifically on handling cases related to EB-1 (National Interest Waivers), O-1 applications and many others. His work is impeccable. I fully endorse Mr. Yaghmai."
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