Place Category: Accepts Detention Cases, Asylum, Business Visas, Citizenship / Naturalization, Criminal / Post-Conviction Relief, DACA/DAPA, Deportation / Removal Proceedings, Family Petitions, Juvenile Representation, Labor Certifications, LGBTQ Immigrants, U-Visa Petitions, Veteran Immigrants, and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
Mr. Diamante practices immigration, criminal defense and civil rights advocacy in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Diamante has devoted his career to the protection of immigrants. He maintains a private practice in downtown, Los Angeles. In 2009-2010, Mr. Diamante was Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)’s National Consumer Protection Committee and has been consumer protection liaison for its Southern California Chapter for numerous years, including 2014-2015. He was president of the Citizens Against the Unauthorized Practice of Law (CAUPL), a non-profit organization with the purpose of hindering “Immigrant Consultant Fraud” through civil enforcement. CAUPL has successfully sued numerous individuals that have committed fraud or other violations of the Immigration Consultant’s Act.
Mr. Diamante teaches Immigration Consequences of Crimes as an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. He has been a continuing legal educator for Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), AILA, MABA, Orange County Hispanic Bar Association, and the National Lawyer’s Guild. In addition, Mr. Diamante has participated as a guest panelist speaker for the Colegio de Abogados, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2003) and the Feria de Libro, Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico (2008).
In 2002, Mr. Diamante gained notoriety when he defended pro bono and won an asylum case for Alex Sanchez, a Salvadoran, former gang-member turned activist. Mr. Sanchez was nearly deported because he was outspoken against the corruption within the Rampart Division of the Los Angeles Police Department. This case shed light on the human rights violations against U.S. deportees to Central America and has had legal significance in the U.S. as a model case for other practitioners making similar arguments.
Mr. Diamante was petitioner’s counsel in the published Ninth Circuit decision in Galeana-Mendoza v. Gonzales, 465 F.3d 1054 (9th Cir. 2006). In that case, the court ruled that a conviction of domestic battery is not necessarily a deportable offense or a crime involving moral turpitude. This case is cited when analyzing divisible statutes and crimes involving moral turpitude.
Mr. Diamante was also co-counsel in Hootkins v. Napolitano, (Central District Court 2009), a class action holding that the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) summary revocations of spouse-based petitions of widows invalid under the Ninth and Sixth Circuits. The publicity behind this lawsuit motivated the DHS to change its regulations in 2009 and triggered a favorable change in the law for immigrant widows by Congress and President Obama.
Speaker: Feria de Libro en Español en Los Angeles 2012, Integración.
Instructor: Pincus Exam Preparation Course, CA Immigration and Nationality Law Specialist Exam 9/27/13
Monthly contributing writer for Attorney at Law Magazine, Downtown Los Angeles Edition 2016
State(s) of Attorney Licensing
Year(s) of Admission
Legal Specialist Certification(s)
Immigration and Nationality Law
Loyola Law School
Law School Year of Graduation
UC Berkeley, BA with Honors
Professional Work Experience (1)
President, Law Office of Alan R. Diamante APLC (15 years)
Professional Work Experience (2)
Sole Proprietor, Law Office of Alan R. Diamante (3 years)
Community Service / Bar Membership (1)
President, MABA (2015)
Community Service / Bar Membership (2)
UPL National Chair, AILA (2009)
Community Service / Bar Membership (3)
UPL Liaison, LACBA (2014)