Practice Leadership

At SGG, our family and removal team is comprised of some of the most nationally known  U.S. Immigration attorneys in the field of family and removal defense.

The managing partner of the Family and Removal Group, Attorney Heather L. Poole is internationally known as one the leading authorities in inadmissibility waivers (601 waivers for unlawful presence, misrepresentation, crimes, and prostitution) and complicated marriage cases. She is a certified specialist in immigration and nationality law (State Bar of California).

Senior Attorney Helen Sklar works on complex asylum, removal, and marriage fraud cases. She is a certified specialist in immigration and nationality law (State Bar of California).

Heather Poole

Heather L. Poole is the Managing Partner of the Family Immigration & Removal Group at Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP.  Heather is a Certified Specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law (State Bar of California). She focuses on helping immigrants keep their green cards despite marital breakups and successfully reuniting couples and ... Read More

Helen A. Sklar

Helen A. Sklar has practiced exclusively in the field of immigration and nationality law since 1985. She spent 18 years advocating on behalf of immigrants and refugees as a sole practitioner before joining Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP, a Los Angeles firm widely known for its expertise across multiple immigration ... Read More

Joyce Noche

Joyce Noche is a Senior Attorney at Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez, LLP. Ms. Noche has practiced immigration law for over 16 years. Ms. Noche has unique and extensive experience in asylum law and protection for refugees that few others share. She has the perspective of having representing clients before the government ... Read More

Latest Info

7 December 2017

Waiver of Crimes Keeps Military Family Together

“Timothy” and “Jean,” a same-sex couple, came to SGG for help with obtaining permanent residency for Jean.  Jean is a successful scientist who had petty theft convictions that were committed over a decade ago. Because of these convictions, he was found to be “inadmissible,” unable to remain in the United States ... Read More

7 December 2017

Bond Hearings: The Detainee’s Financial Ability to Pay 

When a foreign national is detained by Immigration & Customs Enforcement, the detainee normally may request a bond hearing before an immigration judge in Immigration Court. The judge may grant bond if the person is not subject to mandatory detention.  Mandatory detention applies to people with certain crimes or who ... Read More

7 December 2017

SGG Wins Appeal for Abused Spouse

“Rebecca” is a Canadian national who came to SGG for help after her marriage-based green card case was referred to the Fraud Unit (FDNS) for investigation of her marriage.  FDNS conducted two surprise home raids after Rebecca and her husband’s green card interview, suspecting that her marriage was not real ... Read More

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