Lorna A. De Bono

LORNA A. DE BONO

Lorna A. De Bono is admitted to practice law in the state of California and has been practicing business-related immigration law since 1999.  Ms. De Bono practices solely in the areas of Immigration and Naturalization law, representing employers in administrative petitions and applications to the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Departments of Labor and State, and U.S. Embassies and Consulates.  Her key professional accomplishments include successful representation of companies and individuals in varied industries, including information technology, advertising, marketing, video game, finance, industrial, sports, and entertainment.

Professional Status:

STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA – admitted 1999
U.S. DISTRICT COURT (C.D. CALIFORNIA) – admitted 1999
U.S. COURT OF APPEAL (9th CIRCUIT) – admitted 1999

Professional, Business, & Civic Affiliations:

AMERICAN IMMIGRATION LAWYERS ASSOCIATION (AILA)

  • 1999 – Current Member
  • Chair, Business Track, 2016 Annual Conference Planning Committee
  • July 2014: Member, AILA USCIS Service Center Operations Liaison Committee
  • 2017 – Present: Chair, AILA California Service Center Liaison Committee
  • 2013 – 2017: Member, AILA Nebraska Service Center Liaison Committee (Chair, 2015 – 2017)
  • 2013 – 2015: Member, AILA USCIS Ombudsman Service Center Liaison Committee
  • 2013: Co-Chair, AILA California Chapters Conference
  • 2012 – 2013: Member, AILA Distance Learning Committee
  • 2011 – 2013: Member, AILA California Service Center Liaison Committee
  • 2011 – 2012: Immediate Past Chair, AILA Southern California Chapter
  • 2010 – 2011: Chair, AILA Southern California Chapter.
  • 2009 – 2010: Vice Chair, AILA Southern California Chapter.
  • 2008 – 2009: Treasurer, AILA Southern California Chapter.
  • 2007 – 2008: Secretary, AILA Southern California Chapter.
  • 2006 – 2007: AILA Southern California Chapter Liaison to the California Employment Development Department, Labor Market Information Division

Education:

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES

  • J.D. 1999
  • Bancroft Whitney American Jurisprudence Award – Immigration Law, 1997
  • UCLAW Nancy J. Mintie Public Interest Award, 1999
  • Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity

Publications:

  • “Hitting a Moving Target: Setting Up Your PERM to Ensure an Approvable I-140.”  2017 AILA PERM/H-2B Practice Conference Handbook, August 2017.
  • “Preparing and Updating the H-1B Public Access File – Not as Simple as It Looks.”  Immigration Practice Pointers 2014-15, American Immigration Law Association, June 2014.
  • Co-Editor, 26th Annual AILA California Chapters Conference Handbook, American Immigration Law Association, November 2013.
  • “Annotated Form ETA-9089.”  Forms & Fundamentals 2012-2013, American Immigration Lawyers Association.
  • “Success with L-1B’s in an Era of Increased USCIS Scrutiny” published in the Practising Law Institute’s 41st Annual Immigration & Naturalization Handbook, October 2008.
  • “Success with L-1B’s in an Era of Increased USCIS Scrutiny” Bender’s Immigration Bulletin, Vol. 13, No. 18, September 15, 2008.
  • “The New PERM Process” published in the Practising Law Institute’s 38th Annual Immigration & Naturalization Handbook, October 2005.

Speaking Engagements:

  • “Hitting a Moving Target: Setting Up Your PERM to Ensure an Approvable I-140.”  2017 AILA PERM/H-2B Practice Conference Handbook, August 2017.
  • “The Heat Wave is Coming – Preparing for H-1B Seasons and Alternatives”.  AILA Southern California Chapter Annual Winter Conference, Palm Springs, CA, February 2015.
  • “Preparing and Updating the H-1B Public Access File – Not as Simple as It Looks.”  AILA National Annual Conference, Boston, MA, June 2014.
  • “Completing Forms ETA-9141, ETA-9089, and I-140: A Practical Workshop.”  AILA National Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, June 2012.
  • “Immigration 101: An Intro to Immigration Practice.”  Pincus Professional Education, Los Angeles, CA, March 2011.
  • “Adjustment of Status vs. Consular Processing.”  AILA Webinar, November 2009.
  • “Green Card Basics: Do the Right Thing.”  NAFSA Region XII Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, November 2007.