Deepak Ahluwalia

Deepak Ahluwalia is a licensed attorney and Managing Partner of Singh Ahluwalia Immigration Law Firm. Deepak is also the lead attorney and manager of the employment-based immigration division of Patel Gaines, LLC, where he consults with corporations and clients on all matters related to corporate and employment immigration, including I-9 audits. Deepak has extensive experience working on removal and deportation cases and has litigated numerous cases before the Immigration Courts where remedies such as asylum, cancelation of removal, immigration bonds and waivers are frequently sought. 

Deepak is a graduate of St. Mary's University School of Law. While in law school, Deepak represented low income immigrant clients in deportation proceedings as a student attorney with the St. Mary's University Immigration & Human Rights Clinic. He served as staff writer with The Scholar: St. Mary's Law Review on Race & Social Justice. His piece titled, "Muslims Denied: How the USCIS Uses a Formerly Secret Program to Delay and Reject Naturalization Applications from Muslims and Other Minorities," was selected for publication. In addition, Deepak was a participant in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition as a second and third-year law student. Also during law school, Deepak worked at the Office of International Student & Scholar Services at St. Mary's University, where he facilitated the legal admission of international students in obtaining and maintaining lawful status and proper work authorization under the UCSIS. 

Prior to founding Singh Ahluwalia LLC., Deepak worked for a mid-size Texas immigration law firm where he oversaw the Removal and Deportation department. In addition, Deepak worked with one of the top immigration law firms in Toronto, Canada, consulting clients on employment-based U.S. immigration matters such as E, L, H, and TN non-immigrant visas. 

Deepak provides pro bono services to the Sikh Coalition, the nation's largest Sikh civil rights organization. He also serves on the advisory board of the Sikh Family Center, a non-profit community based organization in the San Francisco Bay Area.

He is fluent in English, Punjabi and Hindi.

John W. Lawit

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John W. Lawit has been a New Mexico resident since 1970. He received his J.D. from the University of New Hampshire School of Law in 1977 and he received his B.A. from the University of New Mexico, with honors in 1972. John became a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association in 1978, the New Mexico Bar Association in 1980, the Texas Bar Association in 1992, and the Canadian Bar Association in 2009. John has been performing as a Foreign Legal Consultant under the Law Society of British Columbia since 2009. John is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Albuquerque Bar Association, the El Paso Association of Immigration and Nationality Lawyers, he has served on the board of directors of the New Mexico ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) and has been a member and served as a volunteer attorney of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

John has served as chairman of the New Mexico Immigration Law Section of the New Mexico Bar Association; he is the author of the New Mexico Immigration and Nationality Law Practice Act, which was the first law enacted within the United States to protect immigrants from the unauthorized practice of immigration law. The law has served as model legislation, which has been enacted in twenty States. John is regularly invited to speak at immigration law conferences throughout the United States and internationally. He appears before consulates on behalf of the firm’s clients throughout the world.

John’s accomplishments include serving as an adjunct professor of immigration law at the University of New Mexico’s School of Law (1983-1988). He was selected by the United States Department of Justice to serve as United States Immigration Judge; he was the youngest attorney to be selected. John has received the AV rating, the highest possible rating from the prestigious Martindale Hubble Law Directory. He is listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. John also appears in Who’s Who in American Law and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for over twenty years. John has been appointed by two New Mexico Governors to the New Mexico Border Commission (1982-1986); he has been appointed as special immigration counsel to the Republic of Mexico by the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1983) and was appointed by the Governor of the State of New Mexico to the New Mexico International Trade/Investment Counsel (1984-1987).

John has served the local community as the founder of the immigration project, Jewish Family Services of Albuquerque (1988-1990); he has served as a member of the board of directors and the president of Rainbow House International Adoption Agency (1987-2000); he served as vice president of the New Mexico Refugee Association (1979-1984); member of the board of directors for Healing of Children (1989-1995); and member of the board of directors of the Institute of Spanish Arts (1994-1996). John has received awards from Catholic Social Services and Jewish Family Services for providing immigration assistance to both organizations.