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Alice M. Yardum-Hunter

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Top Rated Immigration Attorney in Sherman Oaks, CA

Alice M. Yardum-Hunter, A Law Corporation
15233 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 500
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Phone: 818-609-1953
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2017
Licensed in California Since: 1980
Practice Areas: Immigration: Business (50%), Immigration: Consumer (50%)
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Attorney Profile

Alice M. Yardum-Hunter, 2011-2012 Chair of the Immigration Section for the L.A. County Bar Association, has practiced business and other complex immigration law for more than 30 years. She has been listed in Super Lawyers every year since its inception in 2004 and served on its Blue Ribbon Panel in 2012. Alice is a Certified Specialist and Former Commissioner, Board of Legal Specialization, California State Bar. In 2007, she was nominated as among the top 25 lawyers from 9,000 practicing in the San Fernando Valley. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, for which she has been a conference speaker and edited two books: California Chapters Conference Handbook and Practice Before the Department of Labor.

About Alice M. Yardum-Hunter

First Admitted: 1980

Professional Webpage:


  • Regularly published newsletter regarding immigration issues of the day, Immigration Status

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Liaison to U.S. Customs and Border Protection; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly INS), Los Angeles District and California Service Center; U.S. Department of Labor; and to the Ombudsman's Office, USCIS, Washington D.C. on behalf of LA County Bar Association, Immigration Section, 2006 to present
  • Secretary and Vice President, San Diego County Bar Assn., Immigration Sec., 1981
  • Chair, LA County Bar Association, Immigration Section, 2012
  • Executive committee and every officer position, LACBA, Immigration Section, since 2005 to present
  • Chair and co-Chair, American Immigration Lawyers Association, southern California Essay Contest
  • Member, Mediators Beyond Borders, 2011

Educational Background

  • Hofstra University, B.A. Social Science, 1976
  • University of San Diego, School of Law, J.D., 1979
  • University of Salzburg, Austria; credits towards LLM, International and Comparative Law, 1979


  • Grant from the Dana Foundation for Post-J.D., LLM studies, 1979
  • Ratings from and of Excellent Peer 4.4 of 5, Martindale Hubbell Online Ratings, 2016
  • Honored by San Fernando Valley Bar Assn. and the San Fernando Business Journal, Top 25 Lawyer Nominee, 2007
  • Since inception in 2004, Alice Yardum-Hunter has been a designated Super Lawyer., "Designated Super Lawyer", Thompson Reuters
  • Rating from of 10/10, Ratings from Avvo, 2016
  • Member, Blue Ribbon Panel, Super Lawyers, 2012
  • Distance Learning Committee, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member, 2009
  • Best Immigration Lawyer of the Year Awarded by Corporate LiveWire, an online space for the corporate world., Best Immigration Lawyer of the Year, Corporate LiveWire, 2017

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • "Why on Earth Does It Take So Long? (To Immigrate, That Is)" article as part of the "Immigration Issues" column series for Union Jack, 1985
  • “A Primer on U.S. Immigration Law, Issue Spotting, Hypotheticals, and Deciding to Become an Immigration Attorney,” presented at the American Bar Association – October 16, 2009
  • "O-1s for Extraordinary Scientists and Business Persons," presented as an audio seminar for the American Immigration Lawyers Association - December 10, 2009
  • “Immigrating to the U.S. for Canadians and Processing through the U.S. Embassy in Yerevan, Armenia,” presented at the Armenian Bar Association in Toronto, Canada – October 3, 2009
  • “A Primer on U.S. Immigration Law: Basic Concepts and Deciding to Become an Immigration Attorney” article for the Continuing Legal Education division of the American Bar Association, 2010
  • "EB-2 Exceptional Ability and National Interest Waivers," presented as part of the Continuing Legal Education Seminar, "A Survey of Immigration Issues Confronting Business Clients," for the Armenian Bar Association at the Phoenicia - September 13, 2012
  • “Consular Posts: Know Your Red Flags and At-Risk Clients. Do Your Due Diligence Like Your Career Depends on It,” teleconference with – July 16, 2009
  • “Back to School III: Amendments to E-Verify – At a Glance,” teleconference with – October 30, 2008
  • “Consular Processing at the U.S. Embassy, Yerevan, Armenia” article in The Consular Posts Book,, Armenia chapter, 2009
  • "Immigration Panel Discussion - Your Questions Answered" for Canadian Abroad - November 9, 1999
  • “Waivers: Fraud and Medical,” presented at the American Immigration Lawyers Association Monthly Meeting, concerning the topic of “Advanced Issues in Family Processing” – September 24, 2008
  • "Attorney's Guide to H-1B Visas," article for the San Fernando Valley Bar Association webpage 40-41,, 2013
  • “Back to School II: STEM Extension OPTs Must Work for E-Verify Employers: What E-Verify Means, the Pros and Cons for STEMP OPTs and How It Works,” teleconference with – September 11, 2008
  • “PERM Immigration Program Makes Progress, But How Much?” article for, 2005
  • “Back to School: Immigration Issues for Students and Universities,” teleconference with – August 21, 2008
  • “Immigration…What’s the Latest in a Realm of Many Changes?” article for PIHRA, June, 2004
  • “Alternatives to H-1B,” presented as part of a moderated seminar to the Immigration Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Professionals in the Human Resources Association – February 9, 2008
  • “Nonimmigrant Employment Visa Wave, Now a Low Tide” article for Century City Bar Association, in Century City Lawyer, 2004
  • “Updates in and Influences on Immigration Law for the Non-Immigration Lawyer,” presented at the Armenian Bar Association’s Annual Conference in Philadelphia – October 28, 2006
  • “No College Degree, No H-1B – Not! Substitutes for Formal Education” article for, 2003
  • “Historic Immigration Debate: Will Professionals, Skilled and Unskilled Workers Continue to be Unable to Enter the U.S. Legally?” presented for PIHRA District 9 – December 8, 2005
  • “’X’ Marks the Spot: The Nexus Between Requirements & Duties in H-1B Specialty Occupation Job Offers” article for, 2003
  • “Immigration Concerns and Exciting Times,” presented as a discussion for the Capistrano Valley Republican Women, Federated – February 16, 2005
  • “Special Registration Required by Immigration Authorities” article for Los Angeles County Bar Association, in Immigration Section Newsletter, 2003
  • “Immigration Update: From I-9s to 9/11 Issues,” presented for PIHRA District 8 – June 12, 2003
  • “Foreign Professionals: Maybe a Rare Commodity” article for National Associationof Women Business Owners, 1999
  • “H-1Bs,” presented as part of the seminar NIVs for Professionals, Managers, and Specialized Knowledge Workers – An Introduction to H-1B, L-1 and TN Visas at the Los Angeles County Bar Association – October 19, 2002
  • “H-1B Visa Cap Threatens to Stall High Tech Firms” article for the Society for Human Resource Management, published in HR News, May, 1998
  • “Preparing to Practice Law as a Solo Practitioner,” presented at Loyola Marymount University Law School – December 20, 2001
  • “H-1B Crisis Nearing the Edge” article for the Society of Human Resource Specialists, 1998
  • “A Conceptual Framework of Immigration Options for Australians in the U.S.,” presented at the Australian American Chamber of Commerce – October 14, 2000
  • “New Immigration Law Poses Major Obstacles for Aliens” article for Los Angeles Lawyer, 1997
  • “The Chinese People and U.S. Immigration Law,” presented at Rio Hondo Community College – September 13, 2000
  • “Immigration: The Double Edged Sword” article for Legal Specialization Digest, 1994
  • “How to Make Your Workforce Lawful – The Legal Analysis in the Face of Employer Sanctions,” presented at the Provisors Valley Human Capital Group – September 17, 2014
  • “Employment and Family Visas to the U.S.,” presented as a chat discussion – March 14, 2000
  • “H-1B: How to Prep a Solid Case – Fast,” presented at the Beverly Hills Bar Association – March 14, 2014
  • “Recent Immigration Updates,” presented to Canadians Abroad – February 9, 2000
  • “Family Based Immigrant Visas,” teleconference with – December 23, 2014
  • “U.S. Immigration Law and Armenian Women,” presented at the Armenian International Women’s Association Conference in Paris, France – June 1, 1997
  • “Consular Processing for Experts,” presented at the Bureau of Consular Affairs for – November 27, 2013
  • “Immigration Status and Procedures for Graduating College Students and Scholars,” presented at the University of California Los Angeles – May 28, 1997
  • “Nuts and Bolts of H-1B Status,” presented at the Los Angeles County Bar Association – March 5, 2013
  • Correspondence between Ms. Yardum-Hunter and former Congressman Brian P. Bilbray (CA-49th District), which led to an increase in the amount of H-1B visas, provision of 10,000 scholarships per year in STEM for low-income students, and establishment of job training for thousands of America, October 15, 1998
  • “Immigration 101: Ethics and Business Immigration,” presented with Robert Gaffney at the International Law Section, State Bar of California – January 23, 2013
  • Correspondence between Ms. Yardum-Hunter and William Ho-Gonzalez, General Counsel of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, which provided the still existing "gold standard" of permissible, non-discriminatory nationality inquiry of any job applicants by the U.S. Department of Labor, nationally according 70 Interpreter Releases, October 4, 1993
  • “Dual Representation, Waiver of Privilege, Potential and Actual Conflicts of Interest, and Attorney Duty Regarding Zealous Representation,” presented to the Ethics Section of the State Bar of California – July 12, 2012
  • Decision of the Administrative Appeals Office, USINS, holding the field of Purchasing Management is a specialty occupation for H-1B purpose, AILA Monthly Mailing, 1990
  • "Diversity Within You and Me" article for PIHRASCOPE, April, 2002
  • “Updates & Hot Topics in U.S. Immigration Law,” presented to the Orange County Korean American Bar Association – April 28, 2012
  • "Navigating Through the Hostile Waters of Labor Certification" article for U.S. Immigrant, Volume 2, No. 6, June 1-30, 1994
  • “What’s New in U.S. Immigration?” presented at the American Australian Association, June 30, 2011
  • "Professionals Working in the United States: H-1B Temporary Worker Visa" brochure for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, 1993
  • “Marketing for the Reluctant: Getting to ‘I Market,’” presented at a “Mastermind” session on the topic of “New Business” – May 21, 2011
  • "Permanent Residence through Labor Certification" brochure for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, 1993
  • “Immigration Dreaming: Beyond the DREAM Act,” presented at the Provisors monthly meeting – January 26, 2011
  • "How Citizens of Third Countries Can Live in the United States and Conduct Business in Mexico" article for Twin Plant News, Volume 3, No. 5, December, 1987
  • “A Primer on U.S. Immigration Law, Issue Spotting, Hypotheticals, and Deciding to Become an Immigration Attorney,” presented as part of a moderated panel at the American Bar Association – November 16, 2010
  • "Immigration Issues: Preliminary Working Draft of Proposed Implementing Regulations on New Immigration Act Released" article for Unico National, 1987
  • “Family & Business Petitions for Adjustment of Status,” presented as part of The ABCs of Immigration: A Run Through the Immigration Gauntlet at the Beverly Hills Bar Association – November 5, 2010
  • "Sure I Want to Immigrate My Family, But Must I Wait So Long?" article for Free Mabuhay Times, Volume II, No. 9, April, 1985
  • “A Primer on U.S. Immigration Law, Issue Spotting, Hypotheticals, and Deciding to Become an Immigration Attorney,” presented at the Beverly Hills Bar Association – November 4, 2010
  • "Transfers of Foreign Personnel into the U.S." article for World Trade Association, 1982
  • “Immigration Gestalt, Options and Updates,” presented at the American Australian Association – March 23, 2010
  • "Do I Need to Be a Citizen to Immigrate My Family?" article for Middle Eastern World, 1985
  • “Immigration Issues: Paradigm Shift from Business as Usual,” presented as part of the “Legal Update” for PIHRA – January 12, 2010

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Since inception of the Certified Specialist designation, Alice Yardum-Hunter has been a Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization, 1989

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Appointed Commissioner, State Bar of CA, Board of Legal Specialization, Immigration & Nationality Law Commission, 1991

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Chair, Diversity Celebration, LA County Bar Association, 2006
  • LA County Bar Association Law Day and Naturalization Clinics, 2003
  • Armenian Bar Association neighborhood outreach legal clinic, 2010

Industry Groups

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • LA County Bar Association
  • Mediators Beyond Borders International
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Office Location for Alice M. Yardum-Hunter

15233 Ventura Boulevard
Suite 500
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Last Updated: 3/3/2021

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