Photo3   Deepali V. Lugani is an experienced immigration attorney.  Her practice areas include asylum and removal defense, pursuing immigration options for women and young persons (U visa for victims of certain crimes and domestic violence, T visa for victims of human trafficking, VAWA petitions, I-751 Waivers for Petition to Remove Conditions, DACA), waivers of hardship, overcoming immigration consequences of criminal conduct, and federal court litigation.

Experience:
Ms. Lugani has represented clients on claims of asylum, cancellation of removal, deportation defense, petitions for affirmative asylum, waivers for fraud and misrepresentation, immigration court litigation, motions to reopen and reconsider decisions by USCIS, naturalization cases with medical waivers and criminal convictions, and appeals of decisions by Immigration Judges.  Her employment and family-based immigration experience includes filing petitions for H-1B, PERM, L-1, EB-1, EAD Applications, I-130, I-140, I-485, challenging denials of OPT and NOIDs, and consular processing.

Ms. Lugani worked as an Immigration Attorney at the Peddibhotla Law Firm in Newark, CA, where she continues to serve as Of Counsel on asylum and deportation defense, student related issues, waivers, and immigration options for women.  She also worked as contract immigration attorney for an immigration firm in San Jose, and has served the immigrant community in the Bay Area as volunteer attorney at Bay Area Legal Aid, San Francisco Office.

Through her prior legal experience at the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands and continued volunteer work, Ms. Lugani brings a wealth of legal knowledge and experience in human rights issues into her practice of immigration law.

Professional Activities:
Ms. Lugani is member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and she is the AILA-ICE Liaison for Santa Clara Valley Chapter for 2013-2014.  She regularly volunteers at immigration legal clinics (AILA-JFS in Los Gatos, SABA-ICC in Milpitas, and SABA in Sunnyvale), has served as Pro Bono counsel at the BIA, and assists the staff at three non-profit organizations in the South Bay on matters related to immigration law.

Ms. Lugani is on the Board of The State Bar of California’s Public International Law Committee of the International Law Section.  She is also member of the Board of Directors of the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California- Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) and the South Asian Women Attorney’s Network (SAWAN) Northern California.

Education:
LL.M. with distinction, Georgetown Law.
J.D. cum laude, University of Ottawa.

Bar Admission:
New York (2010)
Ontario, Canada (2013)
U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (2013)

Languages:
Punjabi
Hindi
Urdu