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Karel Raba

Litigation Attorney at Orange, CA

5.0   6 reviews

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Karel Raba, a co-founder of Holborn Law, is devoted to championing for his clients’ needs and a passionate contributor to the legal society. At Holborn Law, Karel directs the civil litigation department and shares jointly with Nesa Targhibi in handling immigration and corporate matters.

 

A native of Prague, Czech Republic, Karel moved to the United States at the age of seventeen to attend United World College USA, a distinguished international high school in New Mexico. After high school, he moved to Indiana to pursue a bachelor's degree at Earlham College with a double major in International Studies and German. Upon graduating from Earlham, Karel received both College and Departmental Honors---the highest honors awarded---and was elected into Phi Beta Kappa.

 

Following college, Karel began his legal career as a law clerk at Mirbagheri & Smith LLP, a boutique immigration law firm located in the Washington, DC, area. After two years of working as a law clerk, he pursued his Juris Doctor degree at Chapman University School of Law in Orange, CA, where he was awarded a full merit scholarship. In law school, Karel served as a Senior Notes and Comments Editor on the executive board of Chapman Law Review and published two notes. In 2013, Karel graduated cum laude with an emphasis in Advocacy and Dispute Resolution.

 

While in law school, Karel began working as law clerk for Lanak & Hana PC, a full service civil litigation law firm in Orange County. Following his admission to the bar, he continued his legal career at Lanak & Hanna as an associate attorney. Karel is active in the legal society and has contributed to multiple editions of the National Association of Credit Managers' Manual of Credit and Commercial Laws.

 

Karel brings a great advantage to Holborn Law with his experience in both immigration and litigation. His training in both fields provides him with the necessary knowledge required to successfully handle the crucial and often delicate needs of his clients. 

 

Disclaimer: Thie information on this website is meant for general informational purposes only, and it is not to be construed as legal advice. References to the outcome of cases are not intended to guarantee the same results. The page may constitute Attorney Advertising as defined by the rules of professional responsibility of some jurisdictions. The attorneys of Holborn Law APC are active members of the State Bar of California and licensed to practice law in California. All services relating to immigration and naturalization provided by Holborn Law APC are provided by active members of the State Bar of California or by a person under the supervision of an active member of the State Bar of California. 

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Licensed for 9 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2019
Updated 06/05/2022
State CO
Status Active
Acquired 2017
Updated 10/04/2022
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 2016
Updated 09/18/2022
State NM
Status Active
Acquired 2016
Updated 05/10/2016
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2013
Updated 08/06/2022

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Karel Raba
500 N. State College Blvd. #1100-434
Orange, CA, 92868

Reviews

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Posted by Edward | September 2, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you SOO much!!!
I have sought advice from several lawyers, all of whom seemed more concerned with a monetary gain versus what is right. This cannot be more INCORRECT about Mr. Raba. I'm not gonna pretend I know much about law or the legal system here in the U.S. I only "know" what I believe to be "right." During my initial consultation with Mr. Raba I described instances where I was being harassed and penalized at work. I truly felt empathy from Mr. Raba as I explained my anxieties about pursuing legal action against my employer. He was able to help me see legally I was protected and advised a plan of action to move forward. When I returned to work I decided to implement his suggestion. Once my employer realized I was privy to my rights things changed for the better. I'm a worrier by nature, so I still feel slightly uneasy anticipating retaliation but I'm confident Mr. Raba will assist me if any reprecussions come to fruition. All-in-all, great experience, reasonably priced (sliding scale) and knowledgeable.
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Posted by Yuliya | August 27, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent
I received exceptional service from Karel Raba. He followed up with me without me having to reach out to him and kept me well aware of the current status at all times. His response times to emails and phone interactions were also exceptional, making the legal process much easier. Most importantly, Karel is well aware of the law and was able to guide me using his experience through advising me of what was typical in a way that put me at ease.
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Posted by Yuliya | August 12, 2015
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| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable and Experienced
I received exceptional service from Karel Raba. He followed up with me without me having to reach out to him and kept me well aware of the current status at all times. His response times to emails and phone interactions were also exceptional, making the legal process much easier. Most importantly, Karel is well aware of the law and was able to guide me using his experience through advising me of what was typical in a way that put me at ease.
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Posted by Ema | August 7, 2015
Excellent help with immigration case
Karel Raba assisted me with an immigration case and he did an excellent job! He guided me through the process and made sure to explain everything in detail. Thanks to his professional attitude and thorough knowledge of the applicable laws, I felt secure despite the high stakes. He always responded promptly to my questions and was able to meet with me at times that worked with my schedule. I wholeheartedly recommend him!
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Posted by Kamran Khosravi | July 15, 2015
immigration and Corporate case
Mr. Raba is a very attentive and knowledgeable attorney. He helped me with my immigration case as well as an unrelated corporate matter. He was able to meet me at times that worked for me. He was prompt, professional and courteous. I would definitely refer him to others.
Posted by Eric | June 18, 2015
Diligent
Karel is diligent and detail oriented. He is very bright and able to manage volume and complexity.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-250 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-45%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Vice President and Attorney
  • Holborn Law APC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney
  • The Moore Law Group APC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Lanak & Hanna PC
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Intern/Law Clerk
  • Orange County District Attorney's Office
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Law Clerk
  • Lanak & Hanna PC
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Research Assistant
  • Chapman University School Of Law
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Academic Fellow for Legal Research and Writing I & II
  • Chapman University School Of Law
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Law Clerk
  • Mirbagheri & Smith LLP
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Research Assistant
  • Earlham College
  • 2007 - 2008
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Education

  • Chapman University School of Law
  • Certificate
  • 2013
  • Chapman University School of Law
  • JD
  • 2013
  • Chapman University School of Law
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 2012
  • Earlham College
  • BA
  • 2008
  • United World College USA
  • IB Diploma
  • 2004
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Legal Cases

  • Matter of E-A
  • Appeal Sustained
  • Khan v. Mooman, et al.
  • Favorable dismissal
  • Cammy Investments, Inc. v. Kitchen
  • Favorable dismissal

Associations

  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2015 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2015 - Present
  • Executive Office for Immigration Review
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2015 - Present
  • Legal Aid Society of Orange County
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2015 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Immigration Law Section
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Immigration Law Section
  • Secretary
  • 2015 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2013 - Present
  • Chapman Law Review
  • Senior Notes and Comments Editor
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Chapman Law Review
  • Staff Editor
  • 2011 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Czech
  • German

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer Rising Stars
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • 2015 Patricia Herzog Pro Bono Service Award
  • Legal Aid Society of Orange County
  • 2016
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • 2015
  • Cum Laude
  • Chapman University School of Law
  • 2013
  • M. Katherine Baird Darmer Memorial Scholarship
  • Chapman University
  • 2013
  • National Order of Scribes
  • Chapman University School of Law
  • 2013
  • CALI Award (Advanced Seminar: Copyright Law)
  • Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2013
  • CALI Award (Client Interviewing and Counseling)
  • Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2013
  • CALI Award (Law, Lawyers, and the Legal System in Film)
  • Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2012
  • CALI Award (Legal Research & Writing II)
  • Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2011
  • CALI Award (Civil Procedure I)
  • Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2010
  • CALI Award (Legal Research & Writing I)
  • Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
  • 2010
  • Full Merit Scholarship
  • Chapman University
  • 2010
  • College and Departmental Honors
  • Earlham College
  • 2008
  • Arthur M. Charles Award for Excellence in a Foreign Language
  • Earlham College
  • 2008
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Earlham College
  • 2008
  • Merit Scholarship
  • Davis Foundation
  • 2004
  • Merit Scholarship
  • Earlham College
  • 2004
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Publications

  • National Association of Credit Managers
  • Contributor, Manual of Credit and Commercial Laws, National Association of Credit Managers, Ed. 2016
  • 2016
  • National Association of Credit Managers
  • Contributor, Manual of Credit and Commercial Laws, National Association of Credit Management, Ed. 2015
  • 2015
  • National Association of Credit Managers
  • Contributor, Manual of Credit and Commercial Laws, National Association of Credit Management, Ed. 2014
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Conference
  • “Why Is It Important To Teach International Law to Undergraduate Students?”
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (20)
Endorse Karel
Litigation Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I strong endorse Karel Raba. He is an excellent lawyer with a strong attention to detail. He will not let you down."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is well respected by his peers."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karel is a very knowledgeable and hardworking attorney. He dedicates himself to his clients' goals. I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I would not hesitate to refer my friends or family to Mr. Raba. He's honest, smart, and hard-working."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karel Raba is who I recommend when I have a client with actual or potential immigration issues. Very professional. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is thorough and caring in his approach to serving clients."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karel is a passionate attorney who fights hard for his clients. I am happy to endorse him as a colleague"
Unknown Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Karel is an extremely knowledgeable and passionate attorney. He is detail-oriented and has an excellent understanding of the law. I would not hesitate to send any immigration or litigation matters his way. I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Raba is an excellent attorney. I have had the pleasure of working with him at his previous job at Lanak & Hanna. He is very detail oriented, knowledgeable, and resourceful. I definitely recommend him for any civil litigation or immigration matters."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Raba is a very skilled attorney with whom I have had the pleasure of working at volunteer legal aid clinics. He cares a great deal about the work that he does and the clients he represents. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Raba is a well-experiences litigator and strategic counselor at law. He prides himself on dispensing cost-effective, efficient, and decisive advice and advocacy with unflinching loyalty, respect, and determination. Brava."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Karel brings a great advantage to his clients with his experience in both immigration and litigation. His training in both fields provides him with the necessary knowledge required to successfully handle the crucial and often delicate needs of his clients."
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