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

Latest Info

16 January 2018

Department of Homeland Security terminates TPS for El Salvador

There are over 200,000 El Salvadorans with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the United States who have established deep family, community and employment ties who will soon lose their lawful immigration status.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the termination designation for El Salvador on January 8, 2018. TPS is ... Read More

16 January 2018

Attorney General Likely to Order Immigration Judges to Reopen Administratively Closed Deportation Cases

For many years, Immigration Judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) have relied on a tool called “administrative closure” to manage their heavy case load and to ensure just and fair outcomes in the cases before them.  When a case is administratively closed, it is temporarily removed from the ... Read More

8 January 2018

SGG Pro Bono Efforts Result in Two Ninth Circuit Court Wins

In January 2017, SGG accepted two cases from the Ninth Circuit’s pro bono program involving detainees whose mental competency to represent themselves in immigration proceedings was in question. SGG Attorneys Amy Lenhert, Helen A. Sklar, and Taiyyeba Skomra worked together on these cases, and we are pleased to report that ... Read More

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