About Carlos Batara


Carlos Batara is uniquely qualified to help you and your family.

Carlos Batara

Even with the most challenging immigration cases.

His background, education, experience, and skills make him a one-of-a-kind advocate for your needs.

Training and Education

Carlos attended the University of Southern California on a Ford Foundation Fellowship, earning degrees in International Relations and Economics. While at USC he was an active member in the International Students Association. He hosted students from Iran, Russia, Chili, and Germany.

Carlos earned his law degree at Harvard Law School, which he also attended on a scholarship. He took several courses in International Law and worked closely with the International Law Students Association on various projects. He took part in Harvard’s joint venture with Tufts University’s Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy.

blockquote_start At Harvard, our professors emphasized understanding not just the law, but the logic and policy of the law. One professor taught us, “The law is the law, until you change it.” Good lawyers, we were told, know how to challenge bad laws with reason and logic. These principles are especially relevant to today’s practice of immigration law.

Carlos Batara



Carlos opened his first law office in San Diego in 1993. He began practicing immigration law immediately – helping clients earn their green cards and lawful permanent residence, naturalization and citizenship. Within two years, he opened his second office in Southern California.

In 2009, his services expanded to Arizona. Today, he helps clients with immigration problems throughout all of Maricopa County and most of Arizona.

His offices have successfully handled legal matters for over 1,000 clients from more than 70 different countries. As an immigration trial attorney, Carlos has won several cases when other immigration lawyers told clients they had no chance to prevail.

During his career, Carlos has placed a special focus on helping clients facing deportation and removal – immigration trials, immigration deportation appeals, and hard immigration cases.

His deportation defense practice is now nationwide. He has helped clients residing not just in Arizona and California – but also in Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Massachusetts, Florida, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Ohio, New York, Washington, Montana, Illinois, Idaho, and Michigan.


Carlos brings his own multicultural background to the practice of immigration law.

blockquote_start My father was a farm worker when he first arrived in this country from the Philippines. He later became a dishwasher and kitchen helper at a Chinese restaurant. Like many immigrants, he worked long days at minimum wage. He was not paid overtime and was only allowed two days off per year, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

My mother, a U.S. citizen, had family roots in Mexico and Spain. She, too, worked long hours with no benefits. After she stopped working as a factory worker, she became a housemaid and personal chef for various homes. She, like my father, rode the bus to work every day. Our family never owned a car.

Yet, they never complained and always gave their best for their employers, their family, and their community. My parents taught me to value hard work. Over and over again they encouraged me, “Always do your best.” When I started attending college, my parents recommended I choose a career where I would be able to give my best everyday. I became a lawyer.

This is a special honor – an honor which comes with obligations and responsibilities. I may not be able to guarantee the outcomes of cases. But I promise to always do my best.

Carlos Batara


Community and Family

Carlos has been active in civic affairs for more than 20 years. He has served on various local, state, and federal government boards and commissions. Shortly after law school, he designed a volunteer-based program to combat illiteracy among adults – a program which received many accolades.

On behalf of immigrants, Carlos has directed several citizenship drives. He often serves as a panelist for free community clinics on immigration law. He has served as National Chairperson for the American Bar Association Solo and Small Firm immigration Law Committee. He is a strong advocate for immigration reform and is frequently requested to speak publicly on immigration and political topics.

Carlos lives with his wife and their two young children. An older son recently started attending law school. When time permits, he enjoys jogging, backyard barbecues, and playing basketball with his kids. He reads widely in political and social nonfiction, as well as world literature. In his leisure time, Carlos enjoys music and watching USC Trojans football.

Awards And Honors

  • Wiley W. Manuel Award, Pro Bono Services, California State Bar Association
  • Key to the City, City of National City
  • Citizen of the Month, City of Chula Vista
  • Who’s Who Among American Lawyers

Professional And Civic Accomplishments

  • Founder and Director, PROJECT READ, Adult Literacy Program
  • Professor, Honors Curriculum, San Diego Community College District
  • Board of Directors, YMCA
  • Legislative Assistant, San Diego City Council
  • Charter Review Commissioner, City of Chula Vista


  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Former Chairperson, Immigration Law Committee, American Bar Association, Solo and Small Firm Division
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • California State Bar Association
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives
  • Former Chairperson, Workers Compensation Section, San Diego County Bar Association

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