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Grace R. Alano

Grace R. Alano
  • Attorney


Practice Areas

  • Immigration


My practice is devoted to immigration and visa services, including applications for permanent residence and preparation of temporary visa petitions, applications for naturalization, applications for political asylum and U visas, and providing strategic planning advice.

I have been certified as a Legal Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California. I represent clients before the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Immigration Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Department of Labor.

I have been practicing law since 2000. Since then, I have solely practiced U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law. During law school, i externed with the Honorable Carlos R. Moreno, United States District Court, Central District, California. I previously worked at a boutique immigration law firm and at a large, corporate immigration law firm.

Additionally, I am active in the immigration law field as well as the local San Francisco community through teaching and her work on various boards. I also provide pro bono legal services through the Volunteer Immigration Program of the San Francisco Bar Association and the AIDS Legal Referral Panel. Originally from Los Angeles, I am now a longtime resident of San Francisco. I am married and have a daughter.


  • Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • J.D. – 2000
    • Honors: Externed, United States District Court, Central District, California
  • Universidad de Belgrano, Facultad de Derecho , Buenos Aires
    • Comparative Law Program – 1998
  • University of California, Berkeley
    • B.A., English – 1995

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

Professional Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Board Member, 2001 to Present
  • State Bar of California, California Board of Legal Specialization, Board Member, 2022 to Present
  • State Bar of California, Immigration & Nationality Law Advisory Commission, Commissioner and Vice Chair, 2014 to 2019
  • AILA NorCal, Practice Management Coordinator, 2016 to 2019
  • AILA NorCal, Advisory Council, 2016 to 2019
  • AILA NorCal, Asylum Co-Liaison, 2014 to 2015
  • Barangay Dance Company, Board of Directors, 2011 to 2014
  • San Francisco Success Squad, 2012 to 2013
  • Oasis for Girls, a project of the Tides Center, Advisory Board Member, 2009 to 2011
  • SFCASA, Guild Member, 2010 to Present


  • Public Interest Law Foundation Grant
  • "Hero Award" - AIDS Legal Referral Panel
  • Super Lawyers – Northern California Super Lawyers, 2019-2024
  • Volunteer Recognition Award – AIDS Legal Referral Panel, 2012

Classes & Seminars

  • “State of Immigration,” CSAA and ¡Somos! (October 2018)
  • “Embracing Technology in Your Law Practice,” American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Annual Conference, (June 2018)
  • “Introduction to Immigration Law”, AIDS Legal Referral Panel (May 2011)
  • “Practice Tips on Preparing and Strengthening Waiver Applications,” Bar Association of San Francisco, Immigration Law Section of the Barristers Club (April 2011)
  • Adjunct Professor, San Francisco Law School, 2013 – 2014. Course: Immigration Law

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Immigration Program (V.I.P.), Bar Association of San Francisco, Volunteer Attorney, 2007 to Present
  • AIDS Legal Referral Panel, Panel Attorney, 2009 to Present

Media Appearances

  • Your Legal Rights Radio Show, 2016, 2017
  • Resilient Lawyer Podcast, 2015
  • KTVU Fox News on air segment, November, 2014
  • Available for on-camera interviews for news segments, and as an expert to the media on immigration issues and U.S. immigration and nationality law.

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified as a Legal Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California