Photo3   Deepali V. Lugani is an experienced immigration attorney.  Her practice areas include asylum and removal defense, immigration options for women and young persons, and federal court litigation.

Ms. Lugani has advocated for individuals persecuted on account of sexual orientation, gender identity, race and ethnicity that includes gay and transgender individuals, indigenous Mam and Quiché Mayan, victims of the Guatemalan civil war, women escaping domestic violence, and individuals fleeing labor and sex trafficking. She has conducted trials at the San Francisco Immigration Court, and appealed cases before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Ms. Lugani’s experience includes representing clients for claims of asylum, cancellation of removal, petitions for affirmative asylum, waivers for fraud and misrepresentation, motions to reopen and reconsider decisions by USCIS, naturalization cases with medical waivers and criminal convictions, U visa for victims of certain crimes and domestic violence, T visa for victims of human trafficking, I-751 Waivers for Petition to Remove Conditions, DACA, and appeals of decisions by Immigration Judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals.

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.

In the past, Ms. Lugani worked as an Immigration Attorney at the Peddibhotla Law Firm in Newark, CA, on matters related to business and family immigration,  student status reinstatement, waivers, and immigration options for women.  She has also worked as contract attorney for an immigration firm in San Jose, and has served the immigrant community in the Bay Area as Volunteer Attorney at the Bay Area Legal Aid, San Francisco.

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.

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)