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.


Helen A. Sklar

Helen A. Sklar has practiced exclusively in the field of immigration and nationality law since 1985. She has worked in non-profit community agencies, immigration law clinics, and volunteer programs.  She ran her own immigration practice from 1991 to 2009 during which she represented hundreds of non-citizens in deportation, removal, citizenship, ... Read More

Taiyyeba Safri Skomra

Taiyyeba Safri Skomra is a Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers for the years 2010 – 2012, and 2015 – 2018.  Ms. Skomra served as a team leader within the ... Read More

Amy Lenhert

Amy Prokop Lenhert has expertise in a broad range immigration matters and is a Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She has successfully litigated cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. District Courts of ... Read More

Latest Info

27 April 2018

Board Revisits Crime of Stalking

The Board of Immigration Appeals overruled its prior decisions, and held that a conviction under California Penal Code §646.9(b) is not a ‘crime of stalking’ for purposes of INA §237(a)(2)(E)(i). Matter of Sanchez-Lopez, 27 I&N Dec. 256 (BIA 2018). Under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) “Any alien who at any ... Read More

23 April 2018

Important Victory For Asylum Seekers: DHS Ordered to Notify Potential Asylum Seekers of the 1 Year Filing Requirement

The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) imposes a requirement that asylum applications must be filed within one year of the asylum seeker’s entry into the United States.  An asylum application filed more than one year after entry can be denied.  The failure to file within one year can be overlooked ... Read More

17 April 2018

Ninth Circuit Reminds BIA That an Asylum Seeker's Testimony May Be Enough to Prove Asylum When No Explicit Adverse Credibility Finding Has Been Made

Applying for asylum in the United States is a daunting process, especially for the many asylum seekers who do not have the benefit of an experienced attorney by their side.  Asylum can be granted to a person who is unwilling or unable to return to her home country because of ... Read More

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