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Mr. Kantor received his B.A. Magna Cum Laude from UCLA in 1973, and his J.D. in 1976 from Loyola Law School.  Mr. Kantor is a member of the California State Bar, and is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Central District and Southern District of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Mr. Kantor was a Trial Attorney at Region 21 of the National Labor Relations Board from 1976-1980.  Since 1981, Mr. Kantor has been in private practice in Beverly Hills, specializing in Immigration and Employment Law, and has achieved Martindale-Hubbell’s highest accolade: an AV rating. He has also received's highest rating: Superb - 10.0, and their Client's Choice Award and he has been selected as a SuperLawyer, in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

The Law Offices of Eli M. Kantor prides themselves on their multi-lingual staff.  Mr. Kantor himself is fluent in Spanish, Hebrew and Farsi.  Over his more than 38 years of experience, Mr. Kantor has a reputation for honest and straightforward counseling and, most importantly, a high rate of success.  At the Law Offices of Eli M. Kantor, you will receive personalized service through every stage of the process.  We are dedicated to providing a high level of personal service, reasonable fees, and clear explanations that you can understand, and most importantly - results.
Honest Assessment

When you consult with Mr. Kantor, you will receive an honest assessment of your case, and the probabilities of success.  He will provide you with a creative approach that “thinks outside the box,” customized to the unique facts of your case. As the child of immigrants, Mr. Kantor's goal is to help people achieve their dream of "coming to America", for the short term or permanently; reuniting families; and legalizing people's status, so that they can reach their fullest potential in America. His motto is: "Never Say I Can't." - "If the front door is closed - go in the back door- If the back door is closed - go in through the window. If the window is closed - climb in through the skylight, but Never Say I Can't". He has helped hundreds of clients in the Los Angeles area achieve their dreams.
Celebrity Clients
Some of Mr. Kantor's entertainment industry celebrity clients include: Legendary Pictures, Asylum Entertainment, Film Roman,  Academy Award winning actress, Juliette Binoche, BAFTA Award winning actor, Aaron Taylor Johnson, Golden Globe winning actress, Sally Hawkins, Academy Award winning director, Juan Campanella, BAFTA award winning director, Duncan Jones, BAFTA Award winning director,Gareth Edwards, Taurus award winning stuntwomen, Zoe Bell,  and BAFTA Award winning actress, Noomi Rapace

As a former trial attorney for the federal government for 4 years, Mr. Kantor has the insight, experience and the connections necessary for achieving success in immigration.  Mr. Kantor has organized, conducted, and been a keynote speaker at numerous seminars with Government officials.  He has lectured at the UCLA Institute of Industrial Relations, UCLA Extension, and at numerous continuing education programs.  He is an active member of AILA– the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and he has met with Congressmen to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform.
Employment Law

Mr. Kantor additionally represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including cases involving sexual harassment, wrongful discharge litigation, employment discrimination, wage and hour laws, class actions, employee handbooks and personnel practices.  For further information, please see:

As an expert in the immigration field, Mr. Kantor has been interviewed on National Public Radio and featured in numerous articles, and has also authored several key publications.
Daily Journal
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HOW TO OBTAIN A TN VISA / by Eli M. Kantor
HOW TO GET AN O-1 VISA FOR ENTERTAINERS / by Eli M. Kantor; October 16, 2008

FEES FOR CITIZENSHIP APPLICATION MAY DOUBLE / by William Finn Bennet; February 1, 2007


Businessweek Online

IMMIGRATION RULES: AN ECONOMIC DISASTER? / by Moira Herbst; August 14, 2007
IMMIGRANT LABOR GOES ONLINE / by Moira Herbst; December 11, 2006

SHIFTING AN EMPLOYEE’S STATUS / by Karen Klein; February 22, 2006

THOSE H-1B BLUES / by Karen E. Klein; June 08, 2004

LA Times


Orange County Register 

ICE ends Santa Ana selfdeportation plan
/ by Erin Carlyle; August 22,2008
El Paso Times
IMMIGRATION STILL AVOIDED BY CANDIDATES / by Ramon Bracamontes; September 14, 2008
Chistian Science Monitor
With Immigration Reform Dead,Will Obama Act Alone? by Patrick Jonsson, June 27, 2014
Talking Points Memo
The Press Enterprise
The Press Enterprise
After a long journey, young migrant still faces an uncertain future / by Sandra Baltazar Martinez and David Olson; July 12, 2014
The Press Enterpirse