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Ilana obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Psychology from California State University, Dominguez Hills in 1983 and her J.D. degree from the University of California's Hastings College of the Law in 1990. While at Hastings , she served as the Executive Managing Editor of the Communication and Entertainment Law Journal. Ilana joined Jackson & Hertogs in 1989, became an associate in 1991 and a partner in 2002. She has been the firm’s managing partner since 2004. Having focused her practice exclusively on immigration matters for her entire career, Ilana has developed an expertise in helping large and small corporations address their immigration needs in unique and efficient ways. Ilana is a member of the State Bar of California, the Bar Association of San Francisco and AILA. Active in AILA, she is currently serving as the Chair of AILA’s Distance Learning Committee developing the organization’s Podcasts, Webcasts and Teleconference programs. Previously, she served as the Program Chair for AILA’s 2007 annual conference which attracts over 3000 attorneys from all over the world and in 2008, she was a member of the liaison committee with the USCIS California Service Center. Prior participation included serving two terms on AILA’s Board of Publications Committee, member of the Annual Conference planning committee for the 2006 convention, Editorial Advisory Board of AILA’s Immigration Law Today and as an editor of AILA's INS Directory and Resource Guide. In 2004, Ilana served as Program Chair for the 17th Annual AILA California Chapters Conference “Riding the Waves”. Ilana is an invited speaker at various venues including AILA conferences, Practicing Law Institute and HR conferences. She has received the Martindale-Hubbell® directory’s highest rating (“AV”) and is listed within its Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers, and has been listed in Northern California Super Lawyers since 2005. Ilana is also listed in  Strathmore’s Who’s Who and in the International Bar Association’s Who’s Who Legal for Corporate Immigration and Who’s Who Legal: California 2007.


Languages spoken: Mandarin, Cantonese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%



Hourly ($350/hour), Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Daniel C. Horne

    Ilana's one of the better bosses I've ever had, and one of the deeper thinkers on immigration law and policy. It's a pleasure working with her.


    Daniel Horne Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

Jackson & Hertogs, LLP

170 Columbus Avenue Fourth Floor

San Francisco, CA, 94133-5128


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Northern California “Super Lawyer”Law & Politics Magazine2008
Northern California “Super Lawyer”Law & Politics Magazine2007
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2006
Northern California “Super Lawyer”Law & Politics Magazine2006
Northern California “Super LawyerN/A2005
Who’s Who Legal for Corporate ImmigrationN/AN/A
Strathmore’s Who’s WhoN/AN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerJackson & Hertogs, LLP2004 - Present
AssociateJackson & Hertogs, LLP1991 - 2004
Research Attorney/Law ClerkJackson & Hertogs, LLP1989 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2006 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationN/A2004 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1991 - Present
Bar Association of San FranciscoMember1991 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember1991 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationChair, Distance Learning Program2008 - 2008
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationAnnual Conference Program Committee Chair2007 - 2007
Publication nameTitleDate
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)AC21 H-1B Extensions for Substitution Labor Certification Beneficiaries2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
California State University, Dominguez HillsAnthropologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1983
California State University, Dominguez HillsPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1983