About the Firm
This office specializes in the protection of immigrants through the practice of U.S. Immigration & Naturalization and civil law. Our staff has extensive experience in a range of practice areas oriented towards the protection and advocacy of immigrant rights. We also value our association with community-based organizations that share our mission.
Diamante Law Group has been fortunate to have a great team of employees that have tackled many complicated cases with great results for our valued clients and their families. We are driven by a sense of duty to unite families and keep them together. In over 20 years, we have been able to fight and win thousands of cases that positively impacted thousands of families. All this was made possible by adamant faith and the tireless work-ethic of a team of professionals that are always mindful of the lives at stake in every case. Thanks to our action-oriented vision to put families and humanity first, we proudly maintain a tenacity for justice.
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Alan Rodolfo Diamante was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. His mother was a union activist, and his father was a blue-collar worker from Argentina. Alan attended and graduated with honors from U.C. Berkeley where he found solidarity with other Latino students who learned to transform their awareness of social inequality and injustice to activism. His public activism led to a passion for civil rights defense.
While an undergraduate he advocated for increased Latino recruitment and faculty diversity.
His public activism led to a passion for civil rights defense. After graduation, Mr. Diamante
attended Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.
His sensitivity towards immigrants grew in college when he gained first-hand experience of the foreigner’s plight while studying abroad in a small town in England. After learning his financial aid had been terminated, he was given a choice to give up his dream to study in a foreign land or stay and find work. He chose the latter after a Colombian expat, one of the few Latinos in town, reassured him it would be easy to find unauthorized employment. After washing dishes for hours at the only Chinese restaurant in town, he would ride his bike home across town in the midnight drizzle.
After graduation, Alan attended Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. The 1994 passage of Proposition 187, the California state initiative to prohibit undocumented immigrants from using public health care and education, sparked outrage on campus. He and other fellow La Raza students took to the streets and participated in demonstrations against the racist and unconstitutional referendum. This experience crystalized his desire to further represent voiceless and vulnerable immigrants.
In 2000, Mr. Diamante, on behalf of NGO Casa Nicaragua, met with President Daniel Ortega and U.S. State Department officials in Nicaragua to secure the necessary travel documentation of children for the reunification with their parents in the United States before the sunsetting of section 202 of the Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA).
Today, Alan practices immigration and civil rights advocacy in Los Angeles. He has devoted his entire career to the protection of immigrants. He was Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)’s National Consumer Protection Committee and has served as a consumer protection liaison for its Southern California Chapter for numerous years. He was president of the Citizens against the Unauthorized Practice of Law (CAUPL), a non-profit organization with the purpose of hindering “immigrant consultant fraud” through civil enforcement. CAUPL has successfully sued numerous individuals who committed fraud against immigrants.
In 2002, Alan gained a public profile when he successfully defended Alex Sanchez, a Salvadoran, former gang-member turned activist in an asylum case. Mr. Sanchez was nearly deported because he was outspoken against the LAPD, Rampart Division corruption. Mr. Sanchez’s story shed light on the human rights violations of U.S. deportees in the U.S. and Central America. Alex’s story was featured in the late Senator Tom Hayden’s book, Street Wars, Gangs and the Future of Violence and the documentary, Fruits of War. Since winning his asylum case, Mr. Sanchez has tirelessly served the immigrant community as the executive director of Homies Unidos, a Los Angeles non-profit organization.
Alan was also president of the Mexican American Bar Association (MABA), the nation’s largest ethnic bar, and served as a board member for many years. In 2003, MABA honored him with the “Attorney of Year” award and he continues to be the organization’s immigration legal expert at its annual legal fairs in Los Angeles and Jalisco, Mexico.
Alan was also petitioner’s counsel in Ninth Circuit decision Galeana-Mendoza v. Gonzales, 465 F.3d 1054 (9th Cir. 2006). In that case, the court ruled that a conviction of domestic battery is not a crime of violence nor a crime involving moral turpitude. He successfully argued that a conviction of domestic battery is neither a deportable nor inadmissible offense. After creating a safe harbor for immigrant defendants facing domestic violence charges, criminal defense attorneys across California may now have their clients plead to domestic battery as an alternative to corporal injury on a spouse to avoid severe immigration consequences.
Alan was also co-counsel in Hootkins v. Napolitano, 645 F. Supp. 2d 856, 858 (N.D. Cal. 2009) a class action holding that the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) summary revocations of spouse-based petitions of widows married less than two years were invalid under the Ninth and Sixth Circuits. The publicity behind this lawsuit motivated the DHS to change its regulations in 2009 and triggered a favorable change in the law by Congress and President Obama. On October 28, 2009, President Obama signed into law the FY10 DHS Appropriations Act (P.L. 111-83), which included a provision eliminating the requirement that the surviving spouse of a U.S. citizen be married for two years prior to the death in order to self-petition for permanent lawful status. Moreover, the law created section 204(l) of the Immigration and Nationality Act to protect and expand the rights of surviving beneficiaries and derivatives of certain approved or pending family petitions. The new provisions created after the Hootkins decision might be the only pro-immigrant legislation passed under the Obama administration.
In 2017, Alan took on the case of Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, pro bono. The legal team thwarted Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s (ICE) efforts to immediately deport a father while he was dropping off his 13-year-old daughter, Fatima, at school. Her cell phone video of her father’s arrest went viral and brought a community together, attracting worldwide attention to the Trump administration’s harsh, inhumane immigration policies. Mr. Avelica-Gonzalez, removal order was ultimately vacated, and he was reunited with his family six months after his arrest. Many newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times and the National Geographic, featured Romulo’s and Fatima’s story. Today, Fatima knows she and her family have a future in the U.S. and is considering a career as an immigration attorney. The Avelica-Gonzalez case represents another story in the emerging social movement in the U.S. to protect immigrants from the excessively repressive and discriminatory enforcement of immigration laws.
Alan is dedicated to defending the legal protections of immigrants and assuring dignity for all people. Mr. Diamante is also the founder of the Immigration Dream Center, a non-profit with a mission to empower, educate and engage immigrant communities to achieve their dreams through education and community activism. He believes immigrants and advocates are ready to lead a social movement to fight against structural racism, and governmental repression.
For more information regarding Mr. Diamante’s significant legal accomplishments, go to Our Firm, Meet our Attorneys page.
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Although our lawyers come from a variety of legal fields and have varying degrees of experience, one thing is consistent - they are all committed to ensuring justice via robust, professional legal representation. Whether we are aiding with an immigration matter or seeking justice after the unjust death of a loved one, we are committed to working for the best interests of our clients at every step of the process.
For example, we will not hesitate to sue an immigration practitioner that has taken advantage of a humble, trusting immigrant trying to navigate through the complex immigration process. We are prepared to sue anyone that has committed any unlawful act against an immigrant and if the case goes beyond our expertise, we will either guide our client to, or join forces with another firm to achieve success.