Taiyyeba Safri Skomra is a partner at Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP. Ms. Skomra has been certified as a specialist in immigration and nationality law through the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization since 2015. She was recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers for the years 2010 – 2012, and 2015 – 2018, a designation given to no more than 2.5% of lawyers in the state. Ms. Skomra served as a team leader within the Investor/Entrepreneur practice group at our firm, has direct involvement with hundreds of EB-5 cases, and assists regional centers with the preparation of I-829 petitions.
Ms. Skomra also has great depth of experience in family-based immigration, immigration litigation, and the analysis of the immigration consequences of criminal activity. She was the lead attorney in Calderon-Rodriguez v. Sessions, a case that resulted in a published decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 2018, winning a remand for a detainee based on failures by the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Immigration Judge, and the Department of Homeland Security to properly handle questions of mental competency.
As a member of the firm’s Community Impact Committee, she directs much of our pro bono work. That work takes place locally, such as through monthly free consultations at a church in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, and nationally in Immigration Courts across the country, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals. She was the firm’s 2014 recipient of the Juceam Pro Bono Advocacy award.
Ms. Skomra views the field of immigration law as an opportunity to combine her passions for women’s and migrants’ human rights. Her first contact with immigration law was as the daughter of immigrants. In 2001, she began assisting pro bono clients with filing self-petitions under the Violence Against Women Act. She continued her pro bono work throughout law school at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she served on the board of the Immigrant Families Advocacy Project. Among her other activities in law school, she fought for post-conviction relief through the Innocence Project Northwest clinic. One of her clinic cases led her to argue before the Washington Supreme Court.
After summers at The Legal Aid Society of New York’s Immigration Law Unit and at the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, Ms. Skomra went on to practice immigration law at firms in Chicago, Illinois. She enjoyed a diverse caseload that allowed her to gain extensive experience in detained and non-detained removal and deportation proceedings, appeals, motions to reopen/reconsider, federal district court complaints for writs of mandamus, waivers for grounds of inadmissibility, asylum and withholding of removal, humanitarian parole, a variety of family-based and employment-based petitions for immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, consular processing, adjustment of status, and citizenship and naturalization.
Ms. Skomra was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Ms. Skomra speaks Gujarati, Urdu, and Hindi, and is conversant in French and Spanish. She spends her free time with her husband and two young daughters.