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Lahaina U. Araneta

Immigration Attorney at Irvine, CA

4.7   14 reviews
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2013
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Lahaina

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Lahaina was born to an immigrant family; thus, her passion for immigration law is deeply personal. Her experiences have created and fostered an innate passion to work on behalf of the immigrant community.


She is eager to help the city’s residents in a rapidly changing and daunting legal environment. She will navigate the complexity of these laws and access their full benefits, while simultaneously being a compassionate and accessible attorney. In law school, she participated in the immigrant justice practicum and served as a volunteer with several nonprofit agencies.


She graduated from Loyola Law School, in Los Angeles, in 2012. Immediately after law school, she worked for an immigration impact litigation nonprofit and then as an immigration solo practitioner.

Location

Yekrangi & Associates
1 Park Plaza Ste. 660
Irvine, CA, 92614

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Posted by anonymous | October 18, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Immigration Attorney
Lahaina is one of the best immigration attorneys I have ever met. She is smart, thorough, resourceful, and positive. She is a genuinely good person who actually cares about immigrants and understands the hardships immigrants go through (let’s face it. The system is stacked against immigrants in every possible way, so having an excellent immigration attorney who truly cares about immigrants is crucial). She always answers my emails within 24 hours if not immediately. She is resourceful, and she has ideas. She knows how to present a case and get positive results (I mean… you may have a good case, but you still need to present it in a good way to get the result(s) you want). Okay, I’ll stop here for now (I’ll update my review and write even more as time goes on). Thank you!
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Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
N400 got approved in 6 Months
When I was looking for a lawyer to help me filed my citizenship I came across Lahaina Araneta after a brief consultation over the phone I made an appointment in her office I was very impressed after I explain her my case not only she carefully listen to all details but also explain me how she would filed and affidavits she would use to help my case get quickly approved her price was very reasonable with easy payments and she won’t bug You for money she cares more about getting your case approved after she filed it in less than 9days I received my receipt and my appointment to take biometrics afterwards few months I was so surprised to received my appointment letter for the interview which of course got approved the whole process took approximately 6 months considering how long the citizenship process be taking now I was glad mine was quicker Thanks to you Lahaina now I’m officially a proud us citizen.
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Posted by Emily | June 9, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The Best
Lahaina is not only the most helpful lawyer, but the most helpful person and human being! She is genuine, dependable and compassionate. Whenever I need her she's there with her legal knowledge to help.
Posted by Dan | October 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Organized, Efficient and Knowledgeable
When helping me through my E3 visa process, Ms. Araneta thoughtfully and efficiently guided me through the entire application. She explained in simple terms what to expect at each phase of the visa process, enabling me to feel completely aware and in control. From lodging the LCA form, booking my visa appointment, organizing all my documents, handling the visa officers and finally pick up my valid visa, she was organized, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. Whenever I had a question she was available with sound and reassuring advice. I’ve already recommended her to all my friends hoping to get the E3 visa.
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Posted by Johnathan Leonard Mills | September 22, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Brilliant and Compassionate
Lahaina is an exceptional attorney with a very big heart. She believes in the law and she works relentlessly to bring justice to her client. She is insurmountable in her defense, and compassionate beyond words. When Lahaina represents you, you are not only getting a brilliant doctor of jurisprudence, you are getting Superwomen.
Posted by Jesse | February 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Lahaina was very kind and most importantly was willing to listen to our concerns. She was also punctual and went above and beyond to help us with our case. She looks young but she's very knowledgable and professional. Highly recommend.
Posted by Paula | July 23, 2015
Outstanding Lawyer - Highly Recommend
Lahaina was extremely helpful in my case. She was attentive, asked the right questions, and promptly executed what needed to be done. She followed up and kept me in the loop each step of the way. On top of that, she's friendly and really connected with me and the cause. I would highly recommend her to anyone needing legal assistance. Thanks Lahaina!!!
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Posted by Selene | June 26, 2015
Amazing lawyer!
I am very glad I met Lahaina. She is a great lawyer, very professional, careful and knowledgeable. She is also very human, understanding and she just wants the best for you. I had a great experience with her and I would always go back to her if I ever needed an immigration lawyer again. Thank you for all your help.
Posted by Mark | June 23, 2015
Hardworking, caring, and thoughtful lawyer: Lahaina Araneta
Lahaina helped my wife get her green card when she immigrated from China a year ago. I consulted with multiple lawyers before I settled with Lahaina but what made me go with her is the fact she actually cared about my wife's case and actually took the time to listen instead of getting me to put a deposit down and sign the paperwork. Of course there were roadbumps and challenges along the way but Lahaina was extremely professional. She kept us in the loop at all times, met with me before every stage of the green card process, and made the process much simpler and easier to digest. By the end I really knew Lahaina has mastered immigration law and will make a difference in many lives in the future.
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Posted by Rae | June 12, 2015
Wonderful lawyer, helped me with several issues
Lahaina Araneta was truly a blessing and helped me quickly solve a contract/labor dispute. I was owed payment for some freelance design work I did and after 4 months of repeated attempts to collect my fee, I had no luck. After I contacted Ms. Araneta, she sent my contractor a letter outlining her course of action and I received my funds within 24 hours! She also helped me write a freelance contract in order to avoid these issues in the future. She is a quick, yet thorough and dutiful lawyer who goes above and beyond to help her clients. She also helped me with some landlord/tenant issues I had. She is wonderful lawyer and helps easily explain complicated terms.procedures for anyone to understand. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | June 11, 2015
Lahaina is seriously the BEST immigration attorney
She is very helpful, knowledgeable and kind. She is always there to answer our questions, She picks up every time I call!!! So nice to have some like her work your case. She helped us with my husband's residency. We submitted the application in late Nov,I got my ss# in September, our interview appointment was in April. Even though we were not approved right away (not Lahaina's fault), I received approval letter one month later!! The whole process took 5 months!! She made my application process so stress less and she is very detail oriented and walked us through every single step of the process, I feel so lucky to find Lahaina. If you need an immigration attorney you should absolutely go to Lahaina Araneta. She cares about her clients and she will fight for you.
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Posted by Kris | April 14, 2015
Good Small Biz Lawyer!
Lahaina was great! I run a small business and needed her expertise in dealing with hardball clients the correct way, she walked me thru the process and even gave me tips on how to protect my work, very important if you are in the hollywood industry. Will work with her again!
Posted by anonymous | April 14, 2015
Quick and efficent
Lahaina helped us resolve an ongoing debate with a problematic landlord that wasn't responding to our concerns. She was quick to contact them and solve the issue. We had been writing personal letters to the landlord for months with no response about our commercial building that had serious plumbing problems. Lahaina sent them a letter and the very next day we were contacted with a schedule for the plumbing to be fixed. Lahaina was quick and always responded immediately to calls and emails. Unlike other lawyers she doesn't put you off and you can always reach her directly.
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Posted by anonymous | March 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
disappointed
I hired her as a lawyer for an immigration case that I had with my wife, at first she seemed to be a very nice person, but after time passed and started working on my case not so much, the truth is, based on my experience, I would not recommend her.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Yekrangi & Associates
  • 2017 - Present
  • Attorney
  • LMG Law
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Los Angeles Center for Community Law and Action
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Moe and Associates Law Group
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Carol Sobel
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Staff Attorney
  • Center For Human Rights & Constitutional Law
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Clerk
  • Law Offices of David Dudley
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Clerk
  • Law Offices of David Dudley
  • 2011 - 2011
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Education

  • Loyola Law School
  • Law
  • 2012
  • Loyola Marymount Univ
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2009

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Lavan v. City of Los Angeles

Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Immigration Association (Southern California Chapter)
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best Attorneys - Yekrangi & Associates
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2019
  • Zealous Advocate
  • Yekrangi & Associates
  • 2019
  • 10 Best Attorneys - Yekrangi & Associates
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2018

Publications

  • Loyola Journal
  • Split By Law
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Venice Call to Justice
  • Venice Justice
  • 2016
  • Day of Action
  • Know your Rights
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (5)
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Immigration Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Lahaina is a superb attorney and advocate for her clients and is deeply passionate about seeking justice. I have worked directly with Lahaina on a number of immigration matters and seen the immense amount of work and dedication she commits to each of her clients. In fact, every time Lahaina wins an asylum case or earns someone their green card, you can see the excitement and spirit in her eyes. Lahaina is honest and fair in all her dealings and sees her work as a service for the public good. Lahaina is the type of attorney you want on your side."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lahaina is an excellent immigration lawyer who advocates strongly for her clients. I endorse her!"
Immigration Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lahaina is a top-notch immigration attorney. She is a zealous advocate for her clients and well respected in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Lahaina cares deeply about her clients and works vigorously to get them the best outcome. She is quick to reply to her clients' needs and explains the process thoroughly. Lahaina is always willing to go the extra mile for her clients. Lahaina very knowledgeable in her field. She has been doing immigration law for quite some time and her quality of work is outstanding."
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Irvine Immigration Lawyer Lahaina U. Araneta
Lahaina U. Araneta
Immigration Attorney
Irvine, CA
Licensed for 10 years