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Hendrik Tjaart J Pretorius

also known as Hendrik Pretorius

About me

Hendrik Pretorius focuses on various areas of  U.S.  immigration law, working with individuals, families, and businesses.



Languages spoken: Spanish, Afrikaans

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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    Hendrik is knowledgeable, conscientious, and charming. He really knows his immigration law and makes his client's needs and expectations his first priority. I always enjoy collaborating with him professionally.


    Patrick Gorman Business Attorney
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    I endorse Attorney Hendrik Pretorius. What sets him apart from other attorneys is his conscientious approach to every one of his clients' cases. He is highly intelligent and works meticulously to ensure he gives his clients the best product possible. I respect his high ethical standards and the ease with which someone, who may know nothing about immigration law and its consequences, can speak to him and walk away feeling confident that Attorney Pretorius will represent their rights fully.


    Paola Estanislao
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Lipson & Pretorius LLP

1625 The Alameda
Suite 500
San Jose, CA, 95126


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuperLawyers2016
Rising StarSuperLawyers2015
Rising StarSuperLawyers2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Dedication and Services Award - AILA Silicon Valley ChapterAmerican Immigration Lawyers Association2013
Santa Clara Law ReviewSanta Clara University School of Law2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Partner, Immigration AttorneyLipson & Pretorius LLP2014 - Present
Owner and Immigration LawyerPretorius Law2013 - 2014
AttorneyThe Law Offices of Vaughan de Kirby2010 - 2013
Immigration AttorneyPretorius Law Firm2010 - 2010
AttorneyMuston & Jack, P.C.2007 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
Santa Clara University Entrepreneurs' Law ClinicMentor2015 - Present
South African American Business ChamberNorthern California Representative2013 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationCLE Team - Santa Clara Chapter2013 - Present
California Lawyers for the ArtsLawyer Referral Panel Member2011 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationActive MemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
We represent clients who wish to enter or remain in the United States on a temporary and/or permanent basis.N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
El Observador Newspaper - San JoseNuevo Perdón Provisional I-601A Empezando en Marzo2013
ExPat Info DeskU.S. Visa: Non-Immigrant v. Immigration Visa2013
Word Association PublishersThe South African Investor's Path to a Green Card2011
Hendrik Pretorius & Vaughan de Kirby PublicationThe Business Owner's Guide to United States Residency via the L-1 Visa2010
Hendrik Pretorius & Vaughan de Kirby PublicationO-1 Visa Guide: Using Your Extraordinary Ability in Film, T.V., Arts, Athletics, Business and More to Work in the U.S.2010
Pietermaritzburg Chamber of BusinessU.S. Entry for Business Owners2008
Montreal Film GroupHow Canadians in Film and Television Can Legally Work in the U.S.A.2008
Class Action ReportsThe Modern Validity of California's Home Savings Presumption Against One-Way Intervention2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Santa Clara University School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis ObispoFinance & EconomicsUndergraduateN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Immigration SeminarImmigration and Entrepreneurship2016
Annual Conference - American Immigration Lawyers AssociationEthics - Representing Employers and Employees2016
Legal Practice SeminarRunning a Successful Law Firm2015
KGACLC Student HourThe Practice of Immigration Law2015
Startup Legal AdviceImmigration Options for Startups2014
California Lawyers for the ArtsImmigration Options for Arts Entrepreneurs & Artists2014
Visa Options for StartupsImmigration and Entrepreneurship2013
TeleconferenceImmigration Issues for Entrepreneurs and Startups2013
Introductory Series: Employment-Based Visas for Entrepreneurs, Startups, and Small BusinessesImmigration Law CLE for Attorneys2013
Immigration Issues for StartupsImmigration options available to tech startup2013
Immigration issues affecting creative artists and the innovation community.Immigration for the Arts2013
Conference Speaker for the Silicon Valley Startup: Idea to IPO organizationImmigration Issues for Entrepreneurs and Startups2013
UCLA Lecture“Entrepreneurship, the Entertainment Industry, and Immigration Law”2012
Practice DiscussionImmigration Practice Overview2012
I Fought the Law Guest Speaker @ SOMArts, SFImmigration Reform through Art2012
Guest Speaker @ La Cocina, SFEntrepreneurship and Immigration2012
L-1 Visa Seminar: Using a Foreign Business to Enter the U.S.L-1 Visa Seminar2010