Prerna Lal

Prerna Lal

Founder and Managing Attorney, Lal Legal, APLC
  • Immigration Law, Tax Law
  • District of Columbia
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A monumental civil rights advocate, Attorney Prerna Lal pioneered a robust network of highly-organized and diverse undocumented youth with digital engagement capacity, and fought against the deportations of immigrant community members. This model of organizing spurred immigration organizations across the country to fight against deportations, and laid the groundwork for the Obama Administration’s “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)” program. For this, Attorney Lal received awards and recognition in the community, including the Changemaker of the Year award from the South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT). ABC News has listed Lal as among the “Top 20 Immigration Experts to Follow on Twitter” while Ms Magazine has recognized them as one of the “50 Feminist Women to Follow” and Colorlines has showcased them in “Here’s 15 Smart Women of Color on Twitter.”

Prerna Lal has also worked at leading law firms and non-profits on both sides of the country, focusing on employment and family-based immigration law. As a law clerk, Attorney Lal worked at Trow & Rahal P.C., specializing in corporate and employment immigration matters, and at Benach Collopy LLP, specializing in complex immigration federal court litigation and removal defense. As a policy attorney in Washington D.C., Attorney Lal worked at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC to craft federal policies such as extended DACA, DAPA, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nepal and parole-in-place for the family members of Filipino war veterans. Most of these policies remain in place even under the Trump Administration. Most recently, Attorney Lal served as the sole immigration counsel for over 500 students and their family members at the University of California, Berkeley, creating and sustaining the most successful school-based legal services program in the US. Lal now runs their own successful law firm.

Practice Areas
Immigration Law
Asylum, Citizenship, Deportation Defense, Family Visas, Green Cards, Immigration Appeals, Investment Visas, Marriage & Fiancé(e) Visas, Student Visas, Visitor Visas, Work Visas
Tax Law
Business Taxes, Criminal Tax Litigation, Estate Tax Planning, Income Taxes, International Taxes, Payroll Taxes, Property Taxes, Sales Taxes, Tax Appeals, Tax Audits, Tax Planning
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Bar
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  • Hindi: Spoken, Written
  • Urdu: Spoken
Professional Experience
Managing Attorney
Lal Legal, A Professional Law Corporation
Staff Attorney and Clinical Instructor
East Bay Community Law Center
- Current
UC Berkeley
Staff Attorney
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC
Law Clerk, Associate Attorney
Benach Ragland LLP
The George Washington University Law School
J.D. (2013) | Law
Honors: Distinguished Accomplishment in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
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California State University - San Francisco State University
M.A. (2007) | International Relations
Honors: Summa Cum Laude
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California State University - East Bay
B.A. (2004) | Political Science
Honors: Summa Cum Laude
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Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Award 2016
UC Berkeley
Program award - Rendered ineligible based on not completing an entire year but mentioned as an award recipient
Changemaker of the Year
Professional Associations
Federal Bar Association
- Current
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American Immigration Lawyers Association
- Current
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National Lawyers Guild
- Current
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Contact & Map
2001 Addison Street
Suite 300
Berkeley, CA 94704
Toll-Free: (510) 679-6899
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