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Diana Vellos Coker, Partner


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Diana Vellos Coker, Partner

Diana Vellos Coker is an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated* attorney whose practice includes a broad range of business immigration matters for corporate entities, hospitals, and educational institutions.  Her practice focuses on corporate immigration matters for the high-tech, pharmaceutical/biotech and health care industries including implementing overall immigration policies and procedures.

Improving our current immigration system is of critical importance for Ms. Coker.  As a daughter of an immigrant, she has seen first-hand the real-life impact our immigration laws have on families and our community.  She frequently speaks with members of Congress and their staff regarding immigration issues and has served on a grassroots taskforce to advocate for positive change.

Ms. Coker was awarded a Juris Doctor degree from The Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.  She has over 15 years of experience in the field of immigration law and speaks on topics including mergers and acquisitions, adjustment of status, visa options for students, and I-9 compliance.  Ms. Coker is licensed to practice law in California, Illinois, and Washington, D.C. and is admitted to practice in the US District Court for the Southern District of California and the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.


American Immigration Lawyers Association – AILA 
American Immigration Counsel (Ambassador)
Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana (Board of Directors)
Kyoto Symposium Organization Advisory Board
Kyoto Prize Symposium Gala (Host Committee)
Lawyers Club of San Diego (Sustaining Member)
National Association of Women Business Owners


Best Lawyers' 2013 San Diego "Lawyer of the Year" in Immigration Law
Selected as Super Lawyer in Immigration for San Diego, California 2013
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers
International Who's Who of Business Lawyers
Who's Who Legal: California
Best Lawyers in America
Chambers and Partners 
Nominated as one of San Diego's "2008 Top Attorneys", San Diego Daily Transcript

Selected Immigration Bar Service

Treasurer of the San Diego Chapter of AILA
Current member and past Chair of the Law Student Outreach Committee for San Diego Chapter of AILA
Current member and past Co-Chair of the Advocacy Committee for San Diego Chapter of AILA
Past Secretary of the San Diego Chapter of AILA
Past member of the USCIS San Diego District Office Liaison Committee of AILA
Past member of the National Waiver Committee of AILA
Past member of the Tijuana Consulate Committee for San Diego Chapter of AILA


Policies, Barriers, and Incentives for Skilled Labor Migration and Immigration:  Healthcare as a Special Case,
  University of Illinios at Urbana- Champaign, November 8-9, 2011

How Can I Ensure Success Post-Filing:  Merger and Compliance Issues,
AILA National Conference, June 17, 2011.

Mergers and Acquisitions – Impact on Employment-Based NIV and IV Cases
, AILA Audio/Web Seminar, November 10, 2009.

Immigration Reform, Korean American Coalition National Spring Conference, April 17, 2009.

I-9s and the E-Verify Program, San Diego’s Employers Association HR Roundtable, March 20, 2009.

Immigration Law Workshop, GIA Career Fair (October 19, 2007, October 26, 2006 & October 7, 2005).

Adjustment of Status: A 360 Degree View, ILW.com, September 27, 2007.

L-1 Nonimmigrant Visas, Young Lawyers Division, San Diego Chapter AILA, May 4, 2007.

Losing Our Competitive Edge? The Impact of Immigration Policy on U.S. Science and Technology, Sponsored by University of San Diego School of Law, University of San Diego Trans-Border Institute, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, San Diego World Trade Center, San Diego Chapter of AILA, and Immigration Policy Center of the American Immigration Law Foundation, March 31, 2006.

I-9 Compliance, Young Lawyers Division, San Diego Chapter AILA, February 8, 2005.


Co-Editor, 25th Annual California Chapters Conference Handbook, AILA (2012).

Co-Author, It Ain't Over till BALCA Sings: Carrying your PERM through the Final Act of Appellate Review.  AILA's Guide to PERM Labor Certification: Strategies, Samples and Guidance for Achieving Success (2011)

Co-Author, How Can I Ensure Success Post-Filing:  Merger and Compliance Issues, AILA Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook (2011).

Immigrant Latina Domestic Workers and Sexual Harassment, 5 American University Journal of. Gender and the Law 407-432 (1997).
Reprinted in
Sexual Harassment:  Issues and Answers, edited by Linda LeMoncheck & James P. Sterba. New York: Oxford University Press 2000.

*Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.