Marc L Van Der Hout

Marc L Van Der Hout

Founding Partner
San Francisco, California

Marc Van Der Hout, the founding member of Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale, LLP, is a California State Bar Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law. Mr. Van Der Hout has been recognized by bar associations throughout the country for his innovative and resourceful representation of immigrants. He has twice received the American Immigration Lawyers Association premier award for outstanding litigation in the field of immigration law. Most recently, Mr. Van Der Hout received a 2008 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year award for outstanding achievement in his field during 2007.

Mr. Van Der Hout graduated from the University of Michigan in 1970 and from Golden Gate University School of Law in 1977. He was national president of the National Lawyers Guild in 1985-86. Currently, Mr. Van Der Hout is an active member of the Board of Governors of the American Immigration Lawyers' Association (AILA) and serves on AILA's national Litigation Committee. He is a past chair of the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild and has served on its governing board for the past 20 years. In addition, he is a current member of the Board of the Criminal Trial Lawyers' Association of Northern California. Mr. Van Der Hout has authored many articles and has lectured extensively on the subject of immigration law. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Hastings College of the Law and Boalt Hall School of Law.

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Immigration and Nationality Law, California State Bar


  • Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D. - 1977
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
    • B.A. - 1970


  • Adjunct Professor, Hastings College of the Law
  • Adjunct Professor, Boalt Hall School of Law
  • Lecture, Immigration Law

Honors and Awards

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association Premier Award
  • Recipient, American Immigration Law Foundation's Honorary Fellow Award
  • 500 Best Lawyers 2005's
  • Chosen by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of California's Top 100 Leading Lawyers, 2007
  • Named one of the top 100 lawyers and top immigration lawyers by Northern California Super Lawyers 2008 magazine

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Immigration Lawyers' Association, Member
  • American Immigration Lawyers' Association, Board of Governors, National Litigation Committee
  • President, National Lawyers Guild, 1985 - 1986
  • National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, Past Chair