Hakeem Ishola has been practicing law since 1991. He received his undergraduate degree from Troy State University. He graduated from the University of Utah College of Law in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1991, where he was an editor on the Utah Law Review and obtained distinction in legal writing, criminal law and immigration. Hakeem is licensed to practice law in Texas and Utah. Hakeem began his career 1988 where clerked and worked as an Associate at Yengich, Rich & Xaiz, in Salt Lake City, Utah, until 1997. Hakeem then left the firm and began his successful solo career and founded Ishola Law Firm, PC. In 2010, Hakeem Aaron Tarin, formed Ishola-Tarin PLLC, where they eventually lead a team of 7 experienced attorneys and represented a wide range of clients from all over the world in immigration matters and criminal defense. In 2014, Hakeem founded Ishola Law Group, LLC, and is currently its managing partner and owner. Hakeem teaches an immigration law class at the Salt Lake Community College. He is a past lecturer at Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (UACDL) and American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
Background: As the son of two Immigrants from Jalisco, Mexico, immigration has always been of particular interest to Carlos. He was born and raised in southern California in a traditional Catholic family where he helped to support his family by working alongside them in his family’s gardening business. From a young age he was introduced to the concept of immigration law when he learned that many of his family members could not cross between the United States and Mexico as easily as he could. This concept triggered a lifelong interest in the United States’s immigration policies and a desire to help individuals who, like his family, seek peaceful and productive lives here in the United States. He completed his Undergraduate education at Cerritos Community College and the University of California, Irvine. He received his B.A. in Criminology, Law, & Society, with a minor in Political Science in 2009. He earned his J.D. at the University of Utah in 2013.
Experience: While studying law at the University of Utah, Carlos took part in a number of professional experiences. He clerked for the Federal Defender’s Office for the State of Utah – Appellate Division, and the Executive Office for Immigration Review under Judges William Nixon and Dustin Pead. Throughout law school Carlos also participated in the Immigration and Family law clinics and generated over 150 Hours of pro bono service. In addition, his professional experience includes working for the law firm of Ishola-Tarin, PLLC from May 2012 to April 2014. At Ishola-Tarin he had the unique benefit of learning from and directly assisting the managing partners, Hakeem Ishola and Aaron Tarin, in their various areas of immigration and criminal practice. Carlos has been an an associate at Ishola Law Group since it’s inception in April 2014.
David C. Heier has been practicing law since 2008. David received his undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University, majoring in Spanish. He received his juris doctorate from Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Utah, and throughout the United States for federal immigration matters. David is a partner with Heier, Ishola & Navarro, PLLC. Prior to joining the firm, David was a solo practitioner for Heier Law, PLLC, for six years. David’s practice focuses exclusively on immigration law and criminal defense. David represents clients in immigration courts throughout the country, defending his clients against deportation. He represents clients seeking residency in the United States through family ties, and also represents many asylum seekers from diverse countries. David has successfully represented scores of clients in consular processing matters abroad. David has provided representation to individuals accused of criminal offenses ranging from traffic matters to homicide charges. David spent several years as a contract attorney for the Utah County Public Defenders Association. Over the years, he has accumulated significant trial experience, representing clients in more than 50 jury trials. Because of his focus on immigration law, David is able to effectively represent noncitizens charged with crimes in the state of Utah, resolving matters in ways that do not negatively affect his clients’ immigration status. David is a past Chapter Chair of the Utah Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the premier professional association for serious immigration attorneys. David is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. David speaks fluent Spanish.