Law Offices of Gihan Thomas
611 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Gihan L. Thomas is a California State Bar Certified Specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law. She has obtained her bachelor degree in English and American Literature from Alexandria University. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from University of West Los Angeles in 1998. She has been practicing law for the past seventeen (17) years. Her practice focuses exclusively since her admission on US Immigration Law.
Attorney Thomas experience over the years focused on both immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. She has handled family petitions, fianc?e visas, consular processing, labor certifications, business visas, investment visas and employment based petitions.
Attorney Thomas has also represented thousands of immigrants before the Immigration Courts in filing asylums, cancellation of removals, suspension of deportation, adjustment of status and waivers for grounds of inadmissibility applications. She has also represented her clients before the Board of Immigration Appeals in filing appeals and motions to reopen. She is respected as a well talented aggressive litigator, highly experienced with asylum cases. Her depth knowledge of the immigration field has brought this green card attorney to impressive results for her clients over the years.
Attorney Thomas has argued many cases before the Ninth Circuit and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and has a winning record in her federal appellate review cases. Most significantly, her published opinion Viridiana v. Holder 646 F.3d 1230 (9th Cir. 2011) sets a record in tolling the statute of limitation for asylum seekers victimized by immigration consultants that resulted in their failure to meet the one year statutorily deadline. Attorney Thomas has also assisted the immigrant community in Sumolang v. Holder, 723 F.3d 1080 (9th Cir. 2013), a second published opinion, which extended asylum to a parent based on the harm occurring solely to the child. Attorney Thomas has also won a land victory in motions to reopen in her published opinion Chandra v. Holder, 751 F.3d 1034 (9th Cir. 2014), wherein the Court held that personal change circumstances may warrant a reopening of a removal order, as it relates to change country conditions.
AdmissionsBoard of Legal Specialization ? State Bar of California - 2014
State Bar of California ? 1998
Federal District Court ? Central ? 1998
Third, Ninth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals
AssociationsAmerican Immigration Lawyer?s Association ? Liaison Litigation Unit
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Awards and CertificatesSuper Lawyers - 2015
Attorney Thomas has received many awards from the City of Los Angeles for her impressive work in vindicating the rights of immigrants in the United States.
Speaking EngagementsAttorney Thomas appeared and continue to appear on several satellite stations such as LOGOS TV, Hope TV, C-SAT, and France 24, to discuss and answers questions and provides updates on US Immigration Laws.