Saad Ahmad is a respected immigration law practitioner in Northern California who handles complex immigration related matters. He has successfully litigated many important immigration cases in various federal courts around the country.
Mr. Ahmad’s practice focuses on deportation defense and federal court litigation, with a special emphasis on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. In Estrada-Espinoza v. Mukasey, 546 F.3d 1147(9th Cir. 2008) (en banc), Mr. Ahmad successfully argued that a California statutory rape statute is not an aggravated felony ground of removal under the Immigration & Nationality Act. In Cardenas-Delgado v. Holder, 720 F.3d 1111 (9th Cir. 2013), he successfully argued that aliens whose aggravated felony convictions resulted from a jury trial prior to the enactment of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act (“IIRIRA”) were not precluded from obtaining relief from removal under former Immigration & Nationality Act § 212(c), because the presumption against retroactive application of statutes does not require a showing of detrimental reliance.
Mr. Ahmad’s litigation efforts have also contributed to developing the U.S. Refugee and Asylum Law. In Henriquez-Rivas v. Holder, 707 F.3d 1081 (9th Cir. 2013) (en banc), he successfully argued that government witnesses who testified against criminal gangs in Central America were members of a cognizable social group for purposes of obtaining Asylum in the United States. In Cordoba v. Holder, 726 F.3d 1106 (9th Cir. 2013), Mr. Ahmad overturned on appeal the denial of Asylum to a Mexican landowner who had been kidnapped and brutally tortured by Los Zetas, a drug cartel in Mexico.
Mr. Ahmad graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island in 2000. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from North Carolina Central University in 1995. Mr. Ahmad regularly hosts MCLE presentations on immigration law to criminal and immigration attorneys.
Wahida Noorzad is an experienced professional attorney that has comprehensive experience in family and divorce, Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy, and immigration law. She has proven success in legal counseling, litigating domestic violence cases, and prosecuting other cases for clients and employers (including select Pro Bono Legal Services). Time and time again, she had proven capable of interpreting and applying complex regulations and procedures related to child welfare and protective services. She also has over 7 years of significant business management and staff supervisory experience as she successfully operated and managed a small firm. She is a resourceful individual with strong organizational, trial, and communication skills, and is an articulate communicator, with excellent relationship building and coordination skills.
Ms. Noorzad graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with Honors and a Bachelor’s Degree and received her Juris Doctor from the Golden Gate School of Law. She is admitted into the Northern and Eastern District Courts of California.
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