Integrity.
Experience.
Commitment.

Over the years, we have had the privilege of helping thousands of real people just like you meet their legal challenges. Whether it be obtaining legal immigration status, obtaining permanent legal residency, preventing unlawful removal, appealing immigration cases to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, or obtaining compensation for injuries from accidents or malpractice, we are willing and able to help you.
As a lawyer, a husband, and a father Mr. Haitham Edward Ballout understands what it means when loved ones need help. Our philosophy is to treat each client as a close friend, and to work hard with integrity and commitment to help them resolve their legal problems.
Honors & Awards
Peer Review Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
2009, 2010, 2016
Distinguished
Martindale-Hubbell
2016
Super Lawyer
Super Lawyers Magazine
2011-2016
Top 100 Lawyers
American Society of Legal Advocates
2013
BV Rated
Martindale-Hubbell
2013
Significant Contribution Award
American Immigration Lawyers Association
1998


OTHER CITATIONS
Published in 2011 Northern California Super Lawyers
August 2011
Meet Haitham Ballout
Featured Citation
These are excerpts from ‘Our worst fears are coming true’: Immigration attorneys struggle to advise clients alarmed by new policies published in March 2 2017 by Austin Walsh Daily Journal Staff

Aggressive policies proposed by President Donald Trump are inviting swells of concerned locals to seek advisement from immigration attorneys who claim the prevailing hysteria is unlike any they have ever seen.

Fears of deportation, rumors of harassment by federal officers, anxieties over traveling and uncertainties regarding the ways more stringent immigration reforms could affect employment are among the most pressing concerns harbored locally, said Priya Alagiri, who operates a law office in San Mateo.

Such critical questions deserve thoughtful answers, said Alagiri, who expressed dismay over her occasional inability to offer clear guidance due to the seeming unpredictability of the Trump administration’s policy making.

“It’s extraordinarily challenging as an immigration attorney because we don’t know,” she said. “It’s like a chess game and we are trying to figure out how to advise our clients, but we don’t know what the administration has in store.”

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Education
Golden Gate University School of Law
San Francisco, CA. Juris Doctor, 1989
Cambridge University
Cambridge, England. Comparative Law
University of Sienna
Sienna, Italy

Client Stories
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Part hero, part magician, part attorney. Seriously. What on Earth can I say except THANK YOU for getting my paperwork in for work and travel authorization. What other attorney's said they couldn't or wouldn't do, you did. You took what I was told as "complex" and made it into a therapy session easing my fears of deportation. Haitham, I am sincerely grateful for keeping me and my husband together!
I got my Green Card today after nineteen years in US.
I have to thank you my attorney Mr. Ballout and his team. They put a lot of efforts, and did a great job on my case. Mr. Ballout is a very responsible person, a great attorney who has knowledge, can be trusted, and can be relied on. Of course there is an attorney fee charged, but compare to his work, and the result we got, I am very satisfied with his service. I'd like to say "Thank you so much Mr. Ballout, you saved my day".



The Haitham Ballout Team


The Team
Haitham Edward Ballout
Principal Attorney
Mr. Ballout has over 25 years of experience practicing law. He received his Juris Doctor from Golden Gate University School of Law and his Bachelor of Science from San Jose State University.

In immigration, Mr. Ballout excels in both deportation defense and affirmative immigration matters, such as affirmative asylum, family petitions, student visas, employment visas, and investor visas. He represents clients before USCIS, the immigration court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and in federal circuit courts. Mr. Ballout welcomes difficult and complex cases, and he is willing and able to consult with clients on any type of immigration case. He strives to keep immigrants and their families together in the U.S. He is fluent in Arabic and conversant in French.

In civil litigation, Mr. Ballout specializes in personal injury and medical malpractice matters. He represents clients from pre-suit negotiations through litigation, mediation and/or trial. Mr. Ballout fights to get each client what he or she deserves after an accident or negligent medical treatment.


Gladys Valdivia
Legal Assistant
Bilingual in both English and Spanish, Gladys works tirelessly to ensure that clients receive a smooth and worry-free experience. She is a recent graduate from San Francisco State University, where her diverse background and experience brings a sense of cultural humility and a deep passion in helping serve the community.
Mairead Cathlin Donahey
Attorney
Ms. Donahey joined the Law Offices of Haitham E. Ballout in 2011. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco School or Law and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Ms. Donahey’s immigration practice specializes in defensive and affirmative waivers, U-Visas, VAWA petitions, consular processing of immigrant visas, immigration consequences of criminal convictions, ineffective assistance of counsel claims, and appellate briefing. She has experience working with clients who have sensitive cases due to a history of abuse or trauma, or poor service by prior attorneys. Ms. Donahey endeavors to provide clients with individualized, empathetic advocacy. She is conversant in Spanish.


Erin Harris
Legal Assistant
Erin is a recent graduate from the University of California, Berkeley where her studies, which focused on the rhetoric of international legal theory, allowed her to serve as a member of both the ACLU and Lawyers Without Borders student-chapters during her time at Cal. Known for her warmth, compassion, and congeniality, she is dedicated to ensuring every client has a pleasant experience at the law office.
Haitham Edward Ballout
Principal Attorney
Mr. Ballout has over 25 years of experience practicing law. He received his Juris Doctor from Golden Gate University School of Law and his Bachelor of Science from San Jose State University.

In immigration, Mr. Ballout excels in both deportation defense and affirmative immigration matters, such as affirmative asylum, family petitions, student visas, employment visas, and investor visas. He represents clients before USCIS, the immigration court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and in federal circuit courts. Mr. Ballout welcomes difficult and complex cases, and he is willing and able to consult with clients on any type of immigration case. He strives to keep immigrants and their families together in the U.S. He is fluent in Arabic and conversant in French.

In civil litigation, Mr. Ballout specializes in personal injury and medical malpractice matters. He represents clients from pre-suit negotiations through litigation, mediation and/or trial. Mr. Ballout fights to get each client what he or she deserves after an accident or negligent medical treatment.


Mairead Cathlin Donahey
Attorney
Ms. Donahey joined the Law Offices of Haitham E. Ballout in 2011. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco School or Law and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Ms. Donahey’s immigration practice specializes in defensive and affirmative waivers, U-Visas, VAWA petitions, consular processing of immigrant visas, immigration consequences of criminal convictions, ineffective assistance of counsel claims, and appellate briefing. She has experience working with clients who have sensitive cases due to a history of abuse or trauma, or poor service by prior attorneys. Ms. Donahey endeavors to provide clients with individualized, empathetic advocacy. She is conversant in Spanish.


Gladys Valdivia
Legal Assistant
Bilingual in both English and Spanish, Gladys works tirelessly to ensure that clients receive a smooth and worry-free experience. She is a recent graduate from San Francisco State University, where her diverse background and experience brings a sense of cultural humility and a deep passion in helping serve the community.


Erin Harris
Legal Assistant
Erin is a recent graduate from the University of California, Berkeley where her studies, which focused on the rhetoric of international legal theory, allowed her to serve as a member of both the ACLU and Lawyers Without Borders student-chapters during her time at Cal. Known for her warmth, compassion, and congeniality, she is dedicated to ensuring every client has a pleasant experience at the law office.
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