EXPERIENCED IMMIGRATION LAW FIRM IN SANTA MONICA
Pamela Hartman practices exclusively in the area of immigration law. She is a California Certified Legal Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law, certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California and a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Since graduating from UCLA Law School in 2003, she has earned a reputation as a tireless advocate for immigrants. As an attorney, Pamela has worked on a variety of immigration matters. She has filed successful petitions for many immigrants of extraordinary ability, including musicians, jugglers, actors and scientists. Pamela has helped dozens of Iraqi immigrants gain asylum in the United States since the outbreak of the war in 2003, and has written several articles on the topic. She has extensive experience in family and employment visas, and in filing motions to reopen and litigating immigration issues in federal court.
Pamela is a former chair of the Immigration Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and has served as a liaison to Customs and Border Protection and the California Service Center for the Southern California chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
In conjunction with the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Pamela assisted Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office in preparing proposed federal litigation to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to curb abuses by notarios who prey on immigrants. With the invaluable assistance of Sen. Feinstein, Pamela and the Los Angeles County Bar successfully persuaded the Executive Office for Immigration Review to post notario warning signs in all immigration courts throughout California.
In 2016, Pamela spoke at the Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA) statewide conference in Long Beach. Her presentation discussed the latest developments in U.S. immigration law and successful strategies to obtaining employment visas.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Pamela worked for 10 years as a journalist, living along the Mexican border and writing in-depth articles about immigration issues. She speaks Spanish and has reported from Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica and Israel. Pamela’s articles on legal immigration issues have been published in the Los Angeles Daily News and the Los Angeles Daily Journal. She has been interviewed on immigration issues in the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, and La Opinión.
Pamela’s grandparents were immigrants to the United States, and she shares the belief that immigrants make this world a better place.
James Bigelow is a California certified paralegal. He holds a master’s degree in musical composition from CalArts.
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