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Certified Specialist, Immigration and Nationality Law
State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization

Immediate Past Chapter Chair (2014-2015)

San Diego Chapter, American Immigration Lawyers Association


Member, Board of Governors (2014-2016)

American Immigration Lawyers Association



Immigration Section, San Diego County Bar Association



Languages spoken: Portuguese, Spanish, English, French, Russian

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    9 years, 700 cases



Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Bashir Ghazialam

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Holt is truly a leader in the immigration legal community. He contributes an enormous amount of his time to the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) nationally as well as locally for the San Diego and Imperial County chapter.


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Contact info

Hurwitz Holt, APLC

409 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 300
San Diego, CA, 92108


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Robert S. Gerber Memorial AwardAmerican Bar Association2013
San Diego Best Attorneys - 2012San Diego Metro Magazine2012
2011 San Diego's Top AttorneysSDMetro Magazine2011
Immigration Justice Project - Special Recognition CertificateAmerican Bar Association2011
Immigration Justice Project - Certificate of AppreciationAmerican Bar Association2011
Special Recognition CertificateAmerican Bar Association - Immigration Justice Project2010
Wiley W. Manuel AwardState Bar of California2006
Trustee Scholarship (full tuition)California Western School of Law2004
High HonorsUniv of California Santa Barbara2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerHurwitz Holt, APLC2011 - Present
Immigration AttorneyLaw Offices of Leah W. Hurwitz, APLC2007 - Present
Judicial Intern (full-time)Executive Office for Immigration Review2007 - 2007
Law Clerk (full-time)Guerrero Jacobs & Schlesinger LLP (now - Jacobs Schlesinger Ople & Sheppard, LLP)2006 - 2006
Law Clerk - VAWA PetitionsAccess, Inc.2005 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationNew Member Division Steering Committee Member (national level)2011 - Present
American Bar Association - Immigration Justice ProjectPro Bono Volunteer Attorney2009 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationChapter Chair2014 - 2015
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember of Board of Governors2014 - 2016
California Western School of Law Community Law ProjectVolunteer Attorney2013 - 2015
American Immigration Lawyers Association (San Diego chapter)Vice Chair2012 - 2014
San Diego Immigrant Rights ConsortiumEducation Committee2010 - 2012
American Immigration Lawyers Association (San Diego chapter)Office of the Chief Counsel (DHS) - Chapter Liaison2010 - 2011
American Immigration Lawyers Association (San Diego chapter)Executive Committee - Treasurer2010 - 2011
American Immigration Lawyers Association (San Diego chapter)Media & Advocacy Committee - Co-Chair2009 - 2011
American Immigration Lawyers Association (San Diego chapter)New Members Division - Chair2009 - 2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
California Western School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
University of California - Santa BarbaraN/AB.A. - History of Public Policy, Minor - Portuguese2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Immigration Presentation - Seventh Day Adventist Church, San Diego, CAKnow Your Rights - Immigration2016
Immigration Ministry at the Rock ChurchKnow Your Rights - Immigration2016
Annual Conference - Las Vegas, NVDealing With Difficult Immigration Judges2016
LGBT Center, Hillcrest, San Diego, CAExecutive Action2015
Immigration Ministry at the Rock ChurchKnow Your Rights - Immigration2015
28th Annual California Chapters Conference, Coronado, CABurden of Proof in Immigration Law2015
AILA Southern California Winter CLE ConferenceI-601 Waivers2014
27th Annual California Chapters Conference, San Jose, CAComplex Consular Processing Issues - Gangs, Tattoos, and Drugs2014
26th Annual California Chapters Conference, Anaheim, CAAdmissibility and Inspection Issues2014
Winter Immigration CLE ConferenceI-601A Provisional Waiver Workshop2013
Wesley United Methodist ChurchImmigrants' Rights2012
Representing Immigrants in Removal ProceedingsBond and Detention Issues2012
AILA California Chapters ConferenceEOIR / CBP2012
2012 Annual Conference - Nashville, TNSubregulatory Guidance in Immigration Law2012
National Day of Action - Washington, DCComprehensive Immigration Reform2011
Know Your Rights WorkshopUnlawful Stops, Searches, & Seizures - Immigrant's Guide to the 4th & 5th Amendments2011
Immigrants' Rights WorkshopConstitutional Rights for Immigrants2011
Immigrants' Rights WokshopSearch and Seizure Issues for Immigrants2011
AILA National Conference - 2011Immigration Advocacy2011
ABA's Immigration Justice Project's Attorney Training WorkshipBond, Parole, and Detention Issues for Immigrants and Arriving Aliens2011
San Diego County Bar Association - YNLDImmigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions and Acts2010
Despierta San Diego (Univision Channel 17)Immigration Reform for Military Families2010
AILA New Member Division Meeting - MarchImmigration Reform - 20102010
AILA CA Chapters Conference 2010Media Training Panel for Immigration Attorneys2010