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Hongvilay Thongsamouth

Hongvilay Thongsamouth

Murphy, Vu, Thongsamouth & Chatterjee, LLP
Managing Partner
Oakland, CA, USA


Ms. Thongsamouth is a partner at the Law Offices of Murphy, Vu, Thongsamouth & Chatterjee, LLP, a law firm providing comprehensives legal services in the areas of family law, immigration, estate planning and probate.

Ms. Thongsamouth represents clients in all aspects of the divorce process, including but not limited to, child custody, child and spousal support, division of assets and debts, prenuptial agreements, marital settlement agreements, and domestic violence restraining orders.  In addition, she also provides a comprehensive range of immigration services from affirmative applications before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to defense in deportation/removal proceedings before the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR).  Ms. Thongsamouth has successfully represented clients in family based green card petitions, citizenship and naturalization, deportation/removal proceedings, waivers, asylum, and Violence Against Women Act applications. 

As a former refugee herself, Ms. Thongsamouth believes her role is to not only help clients navigate the difficult and complex legal system, but to also educate clients about the system itself and their rights within that system.  It is this belief that shapes and influences her practice, both in the family law and immigration context.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Thongsamouth was an Equal Justice Fellow at the Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, a nonprofit legal organization providing services to low income and marginalized Asian Pacific Islander communities in the areas of domestic violence, family law, immigration, elder abuse and human trafficking.

Ms. Thongsamouth received her Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, San Diego.  She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is fluent in Lao and Thai.

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