About the Law Office of Leif Kleven

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Leif Kleven is a passionate attorney and advocate who represents individuals in criminal, personal injury and immigration matters in and around San Diego, California. Prior to opening his own practice, he provided criminal defense representation in both federal and state courts. Through his well-researched and strategically argued appeals on criminal immigration cases, he prevented imminent deportations and kept families together in the United States. He worked extensively on complex personal injury matters, including church sexual abuse.

Leif Kleven became fluent in Spanish after living in Central America for two years. He opened his own firm when he became aware of the unique needs that immigrants have when facing criminal charges.

Knowledge of Where Criminal and Immigration Laws Intersect
American Immigration Lawyers Association 2015 Member

Not until the last 10 or 15 years did criminal defense attorneys need to consider an accused's immigration status when defending him or her against criminal charges. At the Law Office of Leif Kleven, we are keenly focused on ensuring that plea bargains in criminal court do not adversely affect an accused immigrant's legal status.

There is a great need for experienced criminal immigration defense lawyers as increasing numbers of noncitizens are arrested and detained. Recognizing the need for quality, competent — and affordable — legal representation, Leif Kleven opened his firm to address the highly complex area of criminal immigration law.


English & Spanish


California Western School of Law, San Diego, CA
J.D. - 2009

Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
B.A. - 2006
Major: International Politics

Honors and Awards

Special Recognition, American Bar Association, Immigration Justice Project

Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services, State Bar of California

Professional Associations & Community Involvement

The Criminal Defense Bar Association and Criminal Defense Lawyer's Club of San Diego (CDBA-CDLC)

American Immigration Lawyers Association

San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association

The Source Professional Association
Founding Member

San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program
Volunteer Attorney

Immigration Justice Project of San Diego, American Bar Association
Volunteer Attorney

Tom Homann Law Association

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