Ashkan emami, J.D. – co-founder & partner
DIRECT: 310-435-8776

Short Story: Ashkan is an immigration attorney and co-founder at PLG. He immigrated to the U.S. when he was three years old, went to high school in Canada, college at U.C. San Diego and law school at Washington College of Law in Washington D.C. He has 7 years of experience as a business immigration attorney and loves his clients almost as much as he loves the Los Angeles Lakers.

His philosophy is that dealing with a lawyer should be a positive experience for the client. In other words, you should like your lawyer and be able to get a hold of him or her quickly (whether it’s by cell phone, e-mail, text, social media, late-night, early morning, etc).

Longer Story: Ashkan is personally connected to the American immigrant experience. He and his family immigrated to the United States in the early 80’s and settled in Los Angeles. Ashkan’s mother then opened her own business (which she still operates 32 years later) setting the stage for a family of immigrant entrepreneurs.

Ashkan attended high school in Canada and later volunteered in South Korea. His experiences as an immigrant both in the U.S. and abroad led him to seek a career in “International Law”. While attending law school he realized that there is no area of law more international than immigration and this is where he has focused over the past 7 years.

At PLG, Ashkan’s main focus is to build strong relationships with our clients in order to help accurately tell their stories. In order to do so he takes time to develop an understanding of their businesses, families and immigration goals. It is not uncommon that he attends clients’ baby showers, weddings and dinners at no extra charge.

He has seven years of experience with corporate clients, investors and creative professionals. More specifically, he handles:

– EB-5 regional center and direct investment petitions;
– E-2 investor visas for qualified entrepreneurs;
– Traditional and Cap-Subject H-1B petitions for large and mid-sized corporations in the healthcare, tech and research industries;
– O-1 petitions for creative professionals and academics;
– L-1A and L-1B petitions;
– All aspects of the PERM process;
– J-1 Waiver petitions for physicians working in underserved areas. Experience includes successful waivers through the Conrad 30 program and the Department of Health and Human Services.;
– Employment-based green card matters including LCA compliance, Ability to Pay issues, Compliance with Employee Recruitment regulations, Cap issues, Consular Processing, and Prevailing Wage compliance.

He also has significant experience representing clients seeking Asylum based on religious and political grounds and has successfully advocated for clients from the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

You can reach him directly to discuss immigration or basketball at: ashkan@pathlawgroup.com