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VOLUME

2, ISSUE

1 – APRIL

2008

PAGE

16

Legal Corner

Introduction

A Regular Featured Column

By Haitham Ballout, Juris Doctor

He currently resides in the San Francisco, California area with his wife and 4 children.

The addition of the Legal Corner to Al Fajer is intended to be interactive in nature, allowing readers to ask

Having endured the Lebanese war, I was soon facing another challenge - a chance at realizing the American dream! I completed my high school education at the age of 16, then continued on , earning an Engineering Degree at the age of 20, followed by a Juris Doctorate Degree in Law from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California.

time educate our community. For that the Druze worldwide are forever indebted to Shauki and Sarah Halime.

I wish to dedicate this Legal Corner to my wife Linda, and young & energetic children, who inspire me to do more.

legal

questions

on

general

U.S.

laws.

The

questions selected will be published with my answers. Certainly the names

along of the

writers

will

not

be

published

to

protect

your

privacy.

The

primary

goal

of

this

interactive

approach is to provide free to an experienced lawyer

and easy access on general U.S.

legal issues, while educating on the legal concerns raised.

our community I firmly believe

Since 1990, I have been practicing law, and I established my own law firm in San Francisco in 1992. My practice focuses primarily on all forms of Personal Injury, Employment Discrimination, Deportation Defense, Family & Business Immigration, and General Civil State and Federal Practice.

in the necessity to conduct within the law, in order to be protection of the law.

one’s affairs afforded the

In the last 17 years, on behalf of my g o o d c l i e n t s , I b r o u g h t s u i t s a g a i n s t g i a n t

My name is Haitham Salem Ballout. I

am the son of Salem &

Bmariam,

Lebanon.

My

Afaf Ballout, from father, or mother

I will strive to expand on the Al Fajer’s goals to connect and at the same time educate our community.

corporations

such

Starbucks,

Home

Depot, and against public entities such as the State of California, and the U.S. Government, to name few. I had the honor to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Committee of the Swiss Air Crash where I

represented the families

of the victims

of

this horrible accident in the federal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

court

I am practice Supreme

privileged to be admitted to before the United States Court, and to have filed few

I look forward to contributing to this first of its kind and great publication, and I personally invite you to e-mail me your questions on any U.S. legal issue.

may have taught few of you from the Metn region, as both of my parents were teachers for many years. I was born in Bmariam, and in 1976, at the age of 14, I joined my brother

Hisham

in

San

Francisco,

California.

My

good brother sent after reading my about the war in indebted to him.

for me - and raised me-

detailed

(horrific) letter

Lebanon.

I am forever

U.S.

Supreme

Court

cases.

I

am

also

a

member of the California Bar, California Consumers Attorneys, and American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). I

look

forward

to

serve

as

a

resource

for

my

community

by

addressing

your

legal

questions, using my extensive litigation and immigration experience.

civil

I will strive to expand on the Al Fajer’s goals to connect and at the same

Please send all questions comments to Al Fajer’s e-mail:

and

AlFajer_The Dawn@hotmail.com

Please state in the “subject” of your e-mail “Legal Corner, Att: Mr. Ballout.” Remember, no name is required, & your name will never be mentioned., However please let me know the State in which you live for better accuracy in my reply.

“WE ARE SALVES TO KNOWLEDGE, FOR KNOWLEDGE IS THE KEY TO THE MIND.”

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