MATTHEW G. HOLT
Owner / Managing Attorney
Mr. Holt joined The Law Offices of Leah W. Hurwitz, APLC in 2007 and co-founded Hurwitz Holt, APLC with Ms. Hurwitz in 2011. He handles all aspects of immigration law. He is certified by the California State Bar Association as an Immigration and Nationality Law Specialist. He regularly represents the firm’s clients in Immigration Court and on appeal with regard to asylum, bond eligibility, cancellation of removal, and adjustment of status. He also represents the firm’s clients in consular processing, adjustment of status, and employment-based immigration. His unwavering commitment to justice and dedication to the firm’s clients have led to exemplary results in even the most difficult cases.
As part of Mr. Holt’s commitment to helping families, improving U.S. immigration law, and passion for his work, he is an active member of the San Diego Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and works with the California Western School of Law’s Community Law Project, and the American Bar Association’s Immigration Justice Project. He works with the local media and members of the U.S. Congress at the local level and in Washington, DC, to promote immigration reform. He has spoken on panels at local, state-wide and national AILA conferences, MCLE workshops for the San Diego County Bar Association, and law schools and colleges. He has also been featured on or in National Public Radio, San Diego Union-Tribune, Despierta San Diego (Channel 17), KUSI News (Channel 9), NBC News, and the North County Times.
Moreover, because Mr. Holt recognizes the need for effective legal representation throughout the immigration process, but the difficulty for some families and individuals to afford representation, he regularly handles various types of immigration cases on a pro bono basis and is proud that Hurwitz Holt, APLC provides pro bono legal representation on several cases each year to individuals and families.
In his free time, Mr. Holt enjoys spending time with his wife and son, surfing, camping, hiking, soccer, food, the outdoors, traveling, languages, and playing chess.
Memberships / Admissions:
State Bar of California – Bar # 253399
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
State Bar of CA Board of Legal Specialization
Certified Specialist, Immigration and Nationalization Law
J.D., California Western School of Law, 2007 (Trustee Scholarship – full tuition)
B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2004 (High Honors)
Associations / Affiliations:
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA):
San Diego Chapter’s Executive Committee (chair – 2014/15, vice-chair – 2012/14, secretary – 2011/12, treasurer – 2010/11)
San Diego Chapter Liaison to the San Diego Consular Corps – 2012/13 and 2013/14
San Diego Chapter’s Media & Advocacy Committee (member – 2010/11, 2013/14, 2014/15 and co-chair 2011/12, 2012/13)
San Diego Chapter Liaison to the San Diego Immigration Court (2011/12, 2012/13)
National level – New Member Division Steering Committee (chair 2014/15, vice-chair – 2013/14 and member-at-large – 2011/12, 2012/13)
California Western School of Law Community Law Project (CLP): Volunteer Attorney / Legal Advisor
American Bar Association’s Immigration Justice Project (IJP): Volunteer Attorney / Mentor
San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA): Immigration Section member
J. Reuben Clark Law Society (JRCLS): Member
San Diego Best Attorneys – 2012 (for immigration), San Diego Metro Magazine
San Diego’s Top Attorneys – 2011 (for immigration), SDMetro Magazine
Robert S. Gerber Memorial Award, American Bar Association’s Immigration Justice Project, 2013
Special Recognition Certificate, American Bar Association’s Immigration Justice Project, 2011, 2012, 2013
Certificate of Appreciation, American Bar Association’s Immigration Justice Project, 2011, 2012, 2013
Special Recognition Certificate, American Bar Association’s Immigration Justice Project, 2010, 2012
Wiley W. Manuel Award, State Bar of California, 2006