Genna Beier

Genna Beier

San Francisco, California
Genna joined Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale in 2014 after graduating from University of California, Berkeley School of Law. As an associate attorney, Genna represents clients in their immigration cases before U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, the immigration court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and in federal district and circuit courts.  Her practice focuses on minimizing the immigration effects of criminal convictions, both by advising clients and criminal defense attorneys during plea negotiations, and by arguing that clients’ convictions should not trigger adverse immigration consequences. She has experience litigating cases in federal district court, including mandamus actions, APA claims, and naturalization appeals.

Prior to joining the firm, Genna developed a legal services program for UC Berkeley's undocumented students as part of UC Berkeley’s International Human Rights Law Clinic.  Her clinic team helped undocumented students apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and advance parole.  Genna also co-founded a student organization, Boalt Immigration Group (BIG), which disseminated immigration news, organized student volunteer activities, and improved immigration course offerings at Boalt.  She spent her law school summers interning at Oregon Law Center and Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, addressing the unique challenges immigrants face in the workplace.

Areas of Practice

  • Deportation defense
  • Asylum
  • Family-based immigration
  • Naturalization
  • Federal court litigation
  • Immigration consequences of criminal convictions


  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley, California
    • Juris Doctorate - 2014
  • Pomona College, Claremont, California
    • B.A. cum laude - 2008
    • Major: Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • California State Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • National Lawyers Guild, National Immigration Project