Hassan is the founder and principal of the HMA Law Firm. Licensed to practice in Maryland and Virginia, fluent or proficient in eight languages besides English, known and respected among his peers for his knowledge of the law, research and writing ability, trial skills, and having earned a reputation among his peers as the “go-to” attorney in matters of immigration law, Hassan is an aggressive, dynamic and knowledgeable lawyer who passionately believes in fighting for his clients.
Hassan maintains an of counsel relationship with the Law Offices of Omar Baloch, PLLC in Raleigh, NC. He is fluent in Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi, and is able to speak, read, and write all these languages in their native scripts. He is also proficient in Spanish, Arabic, French, and Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese. This gives him the ability to relate to his clients in a unique way. A firm believer in unity in diversity, he has advised nationals of 115 countries around the world, and counting.
Hassan has 14 years of experience in immigration and criminal defense, and is especially familiar with the immigration consequences of criminal activity. He regularly counsels his own clients and defense attorneys on the immigration consequences of pleas and convictions for their non-citizen clients. He has lectured before Virginia defense attorneys on the topic, creating social media groups to better train defense lawyers. He is a regular invited speaker and writer on various topics related to immigration, and is frequently quoted in local and national media.
Hassan holds a law degree from Tulane Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana. While in law school, he clerked for a high-profile New Orleans firm where he learned and was trained in a considerable variety of legal fields, ranging from personal injury to commercial litigation to medical malpractice.
Prior to his career as a lawyer, Hassan was a successful and motivational teacher. He taught Urdu and Hindi at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC and also taught high school classes in religion and law. He maintained a career as a real estate sales agent in North Carolina.
Hassan was born and raised in North Carolina and now resides in Virginia with his wife and children.
Crimmigration Primer: The Collateral Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions in Virginia, VACLE, July 2015
U.S. v. Sonmez, 777 F.3d 684 (4th Cir. 2015)
ADAMS Civic Engagement Team, Member (2015 - )
Capital Area Muslim Bar Association, President (2016)
Virginia Coalition for Immigrant Rights, Board Member (2016 - )
Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans of Virginia, President (2017)
Virginia Continuing Legal Education, "The Collateral Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions in Virginia," Charlottesville, VA (Jul 2015)
Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, "Using Immigration to Grow Your Business," McLean, VA (Nov 2015)
Various Community Groups, "The Path to Naturalization," Sterling, VA (Apr 1, 2016)
Federal Bar Association, Immigration Law Section, "Litigation Before the Federal Courts of Appeal", New Orleans, LA (May 13, 2016)
University of the District of Columbia School of Law, "Trends in Immigration Law," Washington, DC (Oct 20, 2016)
University of Maryland School of Law, "Immigration Issues In The 2016 Election," Baltimore, MD (Oct 27, 2016)
American Immigration Lawyers Assoc., DC Chapter, Fall Conference, "Cases Stuck at USCIS: Strategies," Rockville, MD (Nov 17, 2016)
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Recent Media Mentions
Latin Times, Republican Governors Refuse Syrian Refugees: Is This Legal? (Nov. 18, 2015)
Hoy Dallas, Governors Refusing Refugees Is An Illegal Overstep (Nov. 19, 2015, co-authored with Humza Kazmi) [Op-Ed]
International Business Times, Refugees Not Welcome? As Syrian Immigration Debate Rages, Asylum Seekers In The US Fear For Their Future (Nov. 19, 2015)
Redirect: Immigration Law & Perspectives, Syrian Refugees and American Xenophobia (Nov. 20, 2015) [Podcast]
Montgomery County Sentinel, County Council backs Syrian refugees (Dec. 3, 2015)
O.C. Register, Trump Reveals Ignorance of Immigration Process (Dec. 11, 2015, co-authored with Humza Kazmi) [Op-Ed]
Counterpunch, Visa Waiver Program Needs No Overhaul (Dec. 11, 2015) [Op-Ed]
Counterpunch, DHS Immigration Raids Reverse Policy of Deporting Felons, Not Families (Jan. 6, 2016) [Op-Ed]
The Progressive, Homeland Security Targets Asylum Seekers (Jan. 7, 2016) [Op-Ed]
Latin Times, Can Donald Trump's Immigration Proposals Bring Latinos and Muslims Together? This Lawyer Thinks It's Time for an Alliance (Jan 8, 2016) [Op-Ed]
Buzzfeed, Welcome to America - Now Spy On Your Friends (Jan 26, 2016)
CNN Money, Trump's modeling agency broke immigration laws, attorneys say, (Mar 10, 2016)
NY Daily News, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz’s anti-immigration plan stalls GOP drive for key Hispanic vote in presidential election, (Apr 16, 2016)
VA Coalition for Immigrant Rights, Commentary after Attending Oral Arguments in Texas v. US, Supreme Court of the United States, (Apr 18, 2016) [Video]
Qué Pasa, La Corte Suprema estaría dividida sobre el caso de DAPA y DACA, (Jun 10, 2016)
The Washington Post, The Orlando shooter, Donald Trump and the wave of hatred gripping our country, (Jun 13, 2016)
BBC News, US Election: Who Will Be Banned Under Trump's Immigration Plan? (Aug 15, 2016)
The Hill, Rethinking Deportation (Sep 7, 2016) [Op-Ed]
ILW, Rethinking Deportation (Sep 8, 2016) [Expanded Op-Ed]
The Hill, Vulnerable Immigrants Still Have Time To Prepare for Trump (Nov 16, 2016) [Op-Ed]
The Hill, Muslims Don't Need Your 'Solidarity' to Face Trump - We Need Action (Nov 21, 2016) [Op-Ed]
Courthouse News Service, Experts Sketch Future of Trump Immigration Reform (Nov 30, 2016)
ILW, A Glimpse of Kris Kobach Immigration Plan (Dec 1, 2016) [Op-Ed]
Latino Rebels, The Time Is Now to Fight Against a New Muslim Registry (Dec 26, 2016) [Op-Ed]