Elona Dunehew joined Fragomen in 2015 as an Associate in the firm’s San Diego office. Currently, Elona handles a variety of immigration matters for both corporate and individual clients, including: EB-1 immigrant petitions in the outstanding researcher category and responding to complex requests for additional evidence, nonimmigrant visa petitions, treaty trader and treaty investors applications, adjustment of status applications, and naturalization applications, to name a few.
Elona’s passion for immigration law arises from her personal experience with immigration. She relocated from Albania to the United States at the age of 13 and understands the struggles and hardships of moving and adjusting to a new country.
As a result, Elona loves to work in an environment where she has the opportunity to make a difference for others who are going through similar tribulations.
While in law school and in practice, Elona has worked at various legal organizations in San Diego and a family-based immigration practice in San Francisco, and she found her work in the immigration law field most rewarding.
Elona graduated cum laude and with College Honors from University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelors of Arts in both International Development Studies and Spanish.
Later, she received her J.D. degree from California Western School of Law where she was a member of the Dean’s list and graduated near the top of her class.
Elona also was a member of the Pro-Bono Honor Society where she dedicated a significant portion of her time to help address the unmet legal needs of disadvantaged and underrepresented individuals.
Elona speaks Albanian and English and is conversational in Spanish.
- California Western School of Law | J.D., 2011
- University of California, Los Angeles | B.A., 2008, cum laude
Bar Admissions: California
- Member, California State Bar Association
- Member, Lawyers Club of San Diego
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