Mr. Bonilla’s experience in the field of immigration law includes deportation defense, citizenship, marriage and family-based petitions, fiancé visas, conditional green cards, U and T visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions for abused immigrants, adjustment of status applications, and 3 & 10-year bar waivers.
Mr. Bonilla volunteered for the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST), a non-profit organization in Los Angeles, where he helped obtain relief for victims of serious crimes and human trafficking through U and T visa applications under the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (VTVPA). Mr. Bonilla also volunteered for New Hampshire Catholic Charities, gaining significant experience with refugee applicants.
Mr. Bonilla graduated from California State University, San Bernardino with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 2008. He became the first person in the California State University System to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arabic Language, Literature, & Culture in 2009. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law in 2012. During law school, Mr. Bonilla served as president of his law school’s Hispanic National Bar Association chapter and was a member of the Diversity Action Coalition. He also participated in the Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Mr. Bonilla is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). He currently serves as a State Advocacy Liaison for the southern California chapter, building relationships with state representatives in Sacramento. He reviews proposed bills related to immigration and analyzes which bills merit support from the chapter. Mr. Bonilla is responsible for communicating and creating relationships with state representatives so that they contact him when questions relating to immigration law arise.
In December 2015, Mr. Bonilla was elected to the Board of the Immigration Law Section for the State Bar of New Mexico. The Immigration Law Section is responsible for sponsoring continuing legal education programs, advancing the quality of legal services, and sensitizing the public to the benefits of securing legal counsel for immigration matters.
The son of an immigrant, Mr. Bonilla understands the U.S. Immigration system firsthand and is always willing to give back to the indigent immigrant community. In September 2015, he volunteered his services for Citizenship Day hosted by the southern California chapter of AILA and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), where he helped low-income individuals apply to become naturalized U.S. Citizens. He regularly speaks at colleges and high schools across southern California, offering valuable immigration information to immigrant students and their parents.
In addition to his work with AILA and the State Bar of New Mexico, Mr. Bonilla is a member of the American Bar Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association, and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He is licensed to represent clients in immigration matters in all 50 states.
Mr. Bonilla was born and raised in southern California. He is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Arabic. He enjoys reading, listening to music, watching movies, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Spanish, Arabic, English
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Immigration Law “10 Best Attorney” Selection for California||American Institute of Legal Counsel||2018|
|Top 40 Under 40||American Academy of Attorneys||2018|
|Top 10% in the U.S.A.||Lawyers of Distinction||2017|
|Designated Immigration Attorney||Consulate of Nicaragua in Los Angeles||2017|
|Certificate of Appreciation - "Inspiring Our Dreamers"||George Washington High School||2015|
|Managing Attorney||Manuel Solis Law Firm||2017 - Present|
|Associate||Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP||2015 - 2016|
|Case Manager||Heather L. Poole, PC, Professional Law Corporation||2012 - 2015|
|Student Attorney||University of New Hampshire School of Law, Immigration Clinic||2012 - 2012|
|Legal Intern||Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking||2011 - 2011|
|Legal Intern||Michael T. Dabit & Associates||2008 - 2008|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Riverside County Bar Association||Member||2019 - Present|
|San Bernardino County Bar Association||Member||2019 - Present|
|State Bar of New Mexico, Immigration Law Section||Board Member||2016 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association (Southern California chapter)||State Advocacy Liaison||2015 - Present|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association||Member||2015 - Present|
|Hispanic National Bar Association||Member||2014 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2014 - Present|
|Manuel Solis Newsletter||Federal Judge Trumps the President’s Termination of TPS for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan||2018|
|New Mexico Lawyer||The Sunset of 245(i) and the Rise of New Hope in Immigration Waivers||2016|
|University of New Hampshire School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2012|
|California State University, San Bernardino||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2009|
|California State University, San Bernardino||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2008|
|Nicaraguan Mother’s Day 2017||U Visa Options for Nicaraguans, Consulate General of Nicaragua, Los Angeles, CA||2017|
|Christmas 2018 TPS Community Information Speech by Attorney Alfredo Bonilla (Los Angeles, CA)||TPS Information for the Community||2016|
|South Central Scholars Career and Leadership Conference, University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)||Information on the Legal Profession||2015|
|Inspiring Our Dreamers, George Washington High School (Colton, CA)||How I Became an Immigration Attorney and a Summary of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals||2015|
|Marriage-Based Green Card - APPROVED!||Approved|
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