Ally Bolour

Ally Bolour

Immigration Attorney since 1996
Locations:
Los Angeles, California
Palm Springs, California
& World Wide Client Base
Phone:
323-218-0465
Email:

Education

  • Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California
    • Juris Doctor: May 1996
    • Dean's List: Fall/Spring 1993/94
    • American Jurisprudence Award: Constitutional Law II
    • Exceptional Achievement Award: Immigration Law
  • Sorbonne Institute on International & Comparative Law, Paris, France
    • Summer 1994
  • California State University, Fresno, California
    • Master of Business Administration, May 1990
  • California State University, Fresno, California
    • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, May 1984

EXPERIENCE

  • Bolour Immigration Group, Los Angeles, California
    • Managing Attorney (Fall 1998 – Present); Practice exclusively dedicated to Immigration Law – Business and Family Immigration, Asylum and Refugee Matters;
  • Escandari, Bolour & Jansezian, Beverly Hills, California
    • Partner (Fall 1996 – Fall 1998); Practice exclusively dedicated to Immigration Law – Business and Family Immigration, Asylum and Refugee Matters;
  • Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, P.C., Los Angeles, California
    • Law Clerk (Spring 1996); Preparation of H, L, O, and E visas and labor certificate petitions; researched legal issues; assisted in preparation of appellate briefs for the 9th Circuit and the Board of Immigration Appeals.
  • Public Counsel, Los Angeles, California
    • Volunteer Intern (Spring 1996); Assisted Neils Frenzen, Esq. in deportation proceedings.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

California State Bar; Admitted: December 1996

American Immigration Council (AIC)

* AIC Ambassador to Los Angeles, 2007-2010

* Member of the Board of Trustees, 2010-2016

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

Elected Member of Board of Governors (2016-2019)

* Gay and Lesbian Interest Section

* HIV Working Group 2009-2012

* LGBT Working Group - 2015-2016 - [2016-Vice Chair]

* Congressional Liaison - DC Lobby Day - Southern California - 2003-2007 & 2011-2012

* Asylum Liaison - Southern California - 2009-2010 & 2015-2016

* National Asylum Committee - 2010-2011

* Co-Chair - Congressional Liaison Committee - Southern California - 2010-2011

* Media Advocacy Committee - National - 2011-2016

* Annual Conference Committee - National - 2013 & 2016 [2016-Chair Family Track]

* Chair - Fundamentals of Immigration Law Conference - Orlando, FL - December 2016

Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Association;

Los Angeles County Bar Association;

Outright Action International (Formerly IGLHRC)- New York, NY

* Board Member 2004 - 2010;

* Co-Chair Member of the Board - 2007-2009.

Immigration Equality, Los Angeles Chapter, Board Member 2000-2001;

Beverly Hills Bar Association, Immigration Law Section, Co-Chair 1999-2000;

Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, Volunteer Attorney 2000 - Present;

HIV & AIDS Legal Services Alliance (HALSA), Volunteer Attorney 1999 - 2012;

Human Rights Campaign (HRC);

Equality California (EQCA);

AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA);



  • RECOGNITIONS
  • LA Gay and Lesbian Center, Legal Services Department - Outstanding Volunteer - 2009
  • Southern California Super Lawyers – 2011-204
  • AILA President's Commendation Award - 2016

LANGUAGES

  • Fluent Persian

GUEST SPEAKER AT VARIOUS CONFERENCES AND SEMINARS, INCLUDING:

AMERICAN IMMIGRATION LAWYERS ASSOCIATION

Regional Chapters

- Colorado

o Shotgun Weddings: Family Law Issues in Immigration Cases - Denver, CO - October 2011

- Nevada

o Covering Your Assets: Drafting Ethical and Profitable Representation Agreements - Las Vegas, NV - February 2016

- Southern California:

o J-1 Visas for Mexican Nationals - Palm Springs, CA - March 2016

o Immigration Options for LGBT Community - Mammoth, CA - April 2013

- Texas

o Dysfunctional Junction: Surviving Asylum Processing Backlogs - San Antonio, TX - February 2015

- New York

o Proving Extreme Hardship in Difficult Cases - New York City, NY - October 2016

- Florida

o Non-Immigrant Visas - Orlando, Florida - December 2016

California Chapters Conference

- Credible and Reasonable Fear, Asylum & TPS - San Diego, CA - November 2015

- Waivers of Grounds of Inadmissibility, Form I-601A - San Jose, CA - November 2014

- Asylum - Particular Social Group - LGBT - Anaheim, CA - November 2013

- Bias - San Diego, CA - November 2012

- LGBT Immigration Options - San Francisco, CA - November 2011

- Cutting Edge Issues in Asylum - Monterey, CA - November 2010

- The Gay Community - Vibrant & Diverse - Bias - Marina del Rey, CA - November 2009

- Consular Practice Workshop For Business Visas - San Francisco, CA - November 2008

- Asylum Options for GLBT - Palm Springs, CA - November 2005

- Business and H-1B Visa Options - San Francisco, CA - November 2004

Annual National Conference

- Advocating Equality for Your LGBT Clients - Las Vegas, NV - June 2016

- Meeting the Extreme Hardship Standard - Las Vegas, NV - June 2016

- Particular Social Group Analysis - Asylum - Nashville, TN - June 2012

- HIV and Other Health Related Waivers - Vancouver, BC - Canada - June 2008

- Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions - Orlando, FL - June 2007

- Asylum for the LGBT Community - San Antonio, TX - June 2006

Webinars

- Health-Related Grounds of Inadmissibility and Waivers

(HIV, Other Communicable Diseases, Substance Abuse, etc.) - August 2009-

- Making It Art: O-1B Visa for People You May Not Have Considered - March 2014

- Get your O's & P's in Line. How to Smooth Out Thorny Issues - August 2014


  • LOS ANGELES COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
  • Immigration Law Training Course
    • March 2010-2016
    • September 2010-2016

Iranian American Lawyers Association (IALA)

Immigration Law Seminar - San Francisco, CA - November 2016

IMMIGRATION LAWYERS ON THE WEB (ILW.COM)

  • Webinar - Asylum for Beginners – September 2009

ASIAN and PACIFIC ISLANDERS for EQUALITY (API-LA)

  • Immigration – Policy & Politics - Los Angeles, CA – August 2009

LOS ANGELES GAY AND LESBIAN CENTER

  • The REAL ID Act: Transgender and Immigration Legal Issues – Los Angeles, CA – February 2008

GRAND HYATT, Dubai, U.A.E.

  • Obtaining a Green Card through Million Dollar Investment in the United States – March 2007

LAVENDER LAW CONFERENCE

  • Asylum Options for GLBT – San Diego, CA – October 2005

NATIONAL IMMIGRATION PROJECT

  • Asylum Options for GLBT – San Diego, CA – May 2005

IMMIGRATION EQUALITY

  • Issues Facing Bi-National Couples – Los Angeles, CA – November 2004

HARVARD UNIVERSITY LGBT POLICY AND LAW CONFERENCE

  • Asylum Options for GLBT - Cambridge, MA – May 2004

PILLSBURY WINTHROP

  • Making a Case for Asylum for GLBT – Los Angeles, CA – April 2001