ATTORNEY DAVID M. HAGHIGHI
As an Iranian Jew I came to the United States in 1979 when I was only 7 years old fleeing persecution. My parents left everything behind and we had to start anew. My family and I filed for and were granted asylum status giving us an opportunity to stay safely in the United States and obtain all the benefits this country has to offer.
I still remember the last day when my mother and I were sitting at the attorney's office while he was preparing our case so we could legitimize our status. Although on that particular day I didn't realize it, it left an everlasting impression on me - how one individual could have such a profound meaning on our lives for years to come.
The day I was sworn in as an American citizen, I promised myself to give back to others the wonderful opportunity my family and I were fortunate enough to receive. In this regard, I have dedicated my life to helping others from all walks of life who are fleeing persecution, want a new start in this country, or have come to this land seeking the American dream. During the last decade, I have consistently travelled all over the United States defending people in various immigration courts from deportation and removal, whether in detained or non-detained settings. I have successfully represented thousands of clients legitimatizing their status here. Each time a client is granted relief and is able to stay, the joy I receive is second-to-none.
I have solely practiced U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law. During law school I externed for the Honorable Alan M. Ahart, United States District Court, Central District, California.
As a lawyer, I learned that not everybody wins. This is why an attorney, who like myself who knows the law, is attentive to detail, compassionate, and not afraid to vigorously fight on behalf of his clients, helps increase the chances of success. I routinely represent clients in a wide range of complex immigration issues.
Southwestern University School of Law, J.D. 2000
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), B.A. 1995,
Cum Laude, College & Departmental Honors
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals Second Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals Eighth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals Tenth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit
- District Court Central District of California
Professional Associations and Memberships
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)