Our attorneys and staff speak Japanese, Ilocano and Tagalog.
Maile Hirota began her legal career in Ohio as an associate with Taft, Stettinius & Hollister, a large law firm in Cincinnati. After practicing immigration law in Ohio for two years, Ms. Hirota returned to her family in Hawaii and joined Lynch & Farmer in 1997. She was named a partner of Lynch Ichida Thompson Kim & Hirota in 2002 and left that firm to found Hirota & Associates in 2009. Ms. Hirota's practice concentrates solely in US Immigration and Nationality law.
Ms. Hirota is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), having served on numerous committees and as the Chair of the Hawaii Chapter from 2012 - present and also from 2003-2005. She has served the American Immigration Council (formerly American Immigration Law Foundation) on its Legal Action Center Advisory Committee.
Ms. Hirota has been chosen by her peers as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" each year since 2008 in the field of Immigration Law. She is a frequent public speaker on immigration matters and has spoken to such groups as Hawaii Public Radio, Hawaii Pacific University, JAG Corps, and the Rotary Club.
Ms. Hirota represented An Na Peng in her successful Presidential Pardon. President Barack Obama granted seventeen pardons on March 1, 2013, one of them to Honolulu resident and Hirota & Associates client, An Na Peng. Ms. Peng legally immigrated from China and sought the pardon as a last resort while she fought deportation for 17 years. If she had not won her case at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Presidential pardon would have been her only hope. The presidential pardon granted to An Na Peng is the first immigration-related pardon in more than a decade.
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