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American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

About the AILA


  • President: Marketa Lindt
  • Executive Director: Benjamin Johnson

Mission and History

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) was originally founded on October 14, 1946. In 1946, the organization was known as the Association of Immigration and Nationality Lawyers or the AINL.

Today, the AILA is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit voluntary bar association of over 50 national committees and 36 chapters. AILA aims to increase member participation in advocacy before Congress, the Judiciary, the Federal Agencies, and the media, on immigration-related interests for members' clients and society.

AILA focuses on raising the level of knowledge and professionalism in immigration law and helping to foster professional responsibility of its members. AILA offers beneficial resources to over 11,500 attorney members representing U.S. families seeking permanent residence for family members and U.S. businesses in search of talent from the global marketplace. Additionally, AILA provides support for immigration lawyers and law professors in immigration law relating to foreign students, asylum seekers, entertainers and athletes.

AILA provides information regarding professional services, continuing legal education (CLE) and expert advice to help its members create meaningful cases for clients of AILA members, even on a limited funding. AILA national headquarters are located in Washington, D.C.

AILA works to fulfill the needs of its attorney members who focus on visa authorization and permanent residency in the U.S. for their clients. Many times, members of AILA offer legal mmigration law services on a pro bono basis.




Executive Committee

Marketa Lindt
Chicago, IL
Jennifer Adele Minear
Richmond, VA
Allen Orr
First Vice President
Washington, DC
Jeremy L Mckinney
Second Vice President
Greensboro, NC
Farshad Owji
San Francisco, CA
Benjamin Johnson
Benjamin Johnson
Executive Director
Washington, DC

Past Presidents

Anastasia Tonello
New York, NY
Annaluisa Padilla
West Covina, CA
William August Stock
Philadelphia, PA
Victor Daniel NieblasPradis
City of Industry, CA
Leslie A Holman
Burlington, VT
T Douglas Stump
Oklahoma City, OK

AILA Members Active on Lawyer Legion

Jalal Dallo
Dallo Law PC
Bloomfield Hills, MI
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Liliana Gallelli
K & G Immigration Law
San Francisco, CA
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David Minh Nguyen
Law Office of David Nguyen, PC
Houston, TX
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Eliana Phelps
The Law Offices of Eliana Phelps
Murrieta, CA
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Yahima Suarez
Yahima Suarez, PA
Hialeah, FL
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Anish Vashistha
Law Firm of Anish Vashistha, A.P.L.C.
Los Angeles, CA
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Contact the AILA

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
1331 G Street Northwest Suite 300
Washington, 20005
Office: (202) 507-7600

Directory of Immigration Lawyers in the United States

Lawyer Legion maintains a national directory of immigration lawyers which includes both AILA members and non-members. To help the public find the best choices when searching for an immigration attorney, Lawyer Legion recognizes attorneys for their involvement and leadership within the AILA and other professional associations. This includes recognition for AILA Past Presidents and AILA members who have updated their Lawyer Legion profile with information about their involvement with the AILA.

Use this directory to find an immigration lawyer in your local area. Start by choosing your state from the list below.

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