About Us


Hakim, Daman & Toma, P.C. is a full-service immigration law firm.  Our attorneys serve immigrants who seek the privileges and benefits of U.S. visitation and lawful permanent residence.

Whether you seek services for yourself, a family member or on behalf of your company, someone in the U.S. or outside the country, you can count on us to seek the best possible outcome for you.

Individuals, families, and corporations regularly turn to us for help.  Our attorneys are admitted to all state circuit and district courts as well as various federal and appellate courts.

We are experienced in all immigration matters, including the following:

The Team


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Amer Hakim

Amer Hakim, Esquire, is a litigator at heart. Whether he’s earning a million dollar judgment or working pro bono to protect the rights of an impoverished defendant, he is determined, dedicated, and relentless in the pursuit of justice for his clients. 

Hakim was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and came to the United States in 1978 at the age of four.  He will be the first to explain his family was dependent on welfare, that they had “nothing,” and that it made him a better person, the person he is today.  Hakim began working at thirteen years old, and worked his way through college and law school.  He explains that work ethic is what he brings from his youth to his practice, for the benefit of his clients.

Hakim earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Wayne State University.  He earned his Juris Doctor at the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law.  He attended on an academic merit scholarship, and finished law school in only two years.  He was consistently recognized as a member of the Dean’s List for outstanding academic achievement and graduated with Honors. 

Hakim, now in his 15th year in the legal profession, began his career as an undergraduate student, working with a prominent Detroit law firm.  He worked there as a law clerk while earning his degree and was hired after passing the bar exam.  He learned the art of litigation, trying his first case just six months out of law school, winning a judgment for his client in a jury trial against the city of Detroit. 

In 2004, inspired by his successes for his clients and a desire to expand the services he could provide, Hakim opened his own practice.   He began to focus his attention on criminal work, bankruptcy, and business transactions.  In the years that have followed, Hakim has handled hundreds of trials for his clients and thousands of depositions.  

Through it all, Hakim remains most proud not of any one case, but of his firm, his partners, and their satisfied clients.  Hakim has brought in million dollar judgments for clients, and handled complex criminal defense cases, including child pornography, rape, and murder charges with clients facing potential life sentences.  Hakim explains that he treats all of his cases with equal priority, whether it’s a traffic ticket or a homicide case, each client is treated with respect and the firm fights to do everything legally and ethically possible to achieve the right result. 

Outside the courtroom and away from his law practice, Hakim is a family man who places a high priority on community involvement.  Hakim, his wife, and their three children live in Shelby Township.  They are members at St. George Chaldean Catholic Church in Shelby Township and St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Utica.  He calls his children his only hobby, and enjoys spending time at their sports practices and on family vacations. 

Fadi F. Toma, Esq.

Fadi Toma is an experienced and educated real estate and business attorney.  His experience as Officer and Director of various businesses provides him with a unique insight into the complexities of running a business and the ability to forecast challenges businesses constantly face.

Toma focused his attention on business development throughout his education.  He earned his Bachelor of Science in Business at Oakland University.  He attended University of Detroit Mercy Law School. In school he was recognized for academic achievement in contract law and property. He attended the Université de Nice in Nice, France for a semester to study international business transactions and comparative constitutional law.

After earning his Juris Doctor, he worked as in-house counsel for a large wireless retailer.  His experience there included handling real estate transactions and licensing agreements before moving to a larger firm as a creditors’ rights attorney.  In 2007 he opened his own law firm, with a focus on business law, before joining his partners at Hakim, Daman, & Toma in 2010.  Since then, Toma has studied and developed a reputation for his knowledge of Contract law, real estate, business and immigration.

At Hakim, Daman, & Toma, he has focused his attention on real estate and business transactions. He has helped individual clients and companies to buy, sell, and lease property, handled loan workouts and restructures, business formation and dissolution, corporate and individual bankruptcy, financing, franchise agreements, licensing, land use, and zoning. 

Toma also specializes in employment-based immigration and immigration solutions for investors and entrepreneurs. Toma is bicultural and bilingual which allows him to efficiently provide legal services to a diverse client base.

He has worked to develop start up businesses, ensuring their success and working with them through their early years of growth as a counselor and advisor.

Toma lives in Sterling Heights, with his wife and two-year-old son.  He enjoys traveling and reading but his passion outside the office remains business.  He has worked to buy, build, and sell start up companies, and also rehabilitates businesses.  Of his “hobby,” he explains, “Some people like to build things, I like to build businesses.”

Eman H. Jajonie-Daman

Eman H. Jajonie-Daman believes there’s more to being a lawyer than just legal work.  Committed to the field of immigration, she has stood out amongst her peers for her professional dedication to pro-bono work and serving as a true counselor to her clients.  With a passion for human rights and the core value that every person deserves life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, she has focused her time and attention on advancing the interests of those struggling here and abroad.

Jajonie-Daman was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and came to the United States in 1979 with her family to escape Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship.  In America, her family promoted the value of education as a priority and the single best tool to overcome any obstacle.  Her parents struggled and worked to put her and her siblings through school. 

Jajonie-Daman earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management at Oakland University, where she graduated with honors.  She earned her Juris Doctor at University of Detroit Mercy.  On a scholarship, she studied international law and human rights at the University of London, England.  She was involved with the school’s Moot Court program and was the President of her class. 

After law school, Jajone-Daman opened her own practice, focusing on family law and business law, also assisting clients with Social Security Disability claims.  In 1995 she joined her husband Namir Daman in practice, and the pair formed Daman and Daman, focusing on immigration law, which continues to be her specialized area of practice to this day. 

Jajonie-Daman has a passion for persecuted individuals seeking asylum in the United States.  She explains having come to America and made it her home; she understands the struggle for basic human rights that many immigrants suffer.  In her years of legal experience, she is most proud of her success in helping immigrants, who make up the fabric of our nation, remain in the United States legally.

Jajonie-Daman is also a Magistrate in the 46th District Court; her jurisdiction includes Southfield, Lathrup Village, Bingham Farms, Franklin Village, and Beverly Hills.  She enjoys working on the bench to enforce state law, an opportunity she has had since 2008.  She has tremendous respect for the legal system and all those who come before it, and as a Magistrate she feels she has an obligation to view everyone as innocent until proven guilty and entitled to their day in court.

Jajonie-Daman and her husband of 21 years have two sons at Michigan State University, ages 18 and 20.  She enjoys traveling and her involvement with numerous organizations and associations, including the Oakland Country Bar Association, the Chaldean American Bar Association, Michigan Administration for Justice, the NAACP, Michigan Associates of Magistrates and Chaldean Chamber of Commerce.  Jajonie-Daman is a writer, and enjoys editing legal work and mentoring young lawyers.  She is often a guest lecturer, always seizing the opportunity to teach others about the law..

Our Services


Family Based Immigration

Family Based Immigration
Family is important, and never more so when family members are the basis for lawful status and any waivers. Family immigration can include: spousal relationships, fiancé(e) visas, K-3 and K-4 visas for spouses and unmarried minor children of lawful permanent residents, adoption or orphans, special immigrant juvenile petitions, V visas, and other family based categories. Hakim, Daman & Toma, P.C. helps clients in all these areas and more.

Family-based categories generally allow a person to obtain his or her status within the US or at a consulate abroad. When the family member has entered the country legally, after being inspected by an immigration officer, he or she may be able to apply for permanent residence in the U.S. When the family member entered the country without inspection by an immigration officer, he or she may have to leave the U.S. and apply for an immigrant visa at a U.S. consulate in their home country. If the family member has been in the U.S. for more than six months without lawful status, the family member may need a waiver of the time he or she was in the U.S. without status. See more in the waiver section. Whichever process applies, adjustment in the US or consular processing, there are different forms, steps, fees and requirements that apply.

Qualifying Family Relationships: Qualifying family relationships are grouped into two main categories – immediate relatives and other close family members, who fall into preference categories.

Immediate Relatives
Immediate relatives of United States (U.S.) citizens are given special preferential treatment in that there are no limits on the amount of immediate relatives that may immigrate to the U.S. As a result, there are no backlogs in the immediate relative category.

The following are immediate relatives:

    • Spouses of U.S. Citizens;
    • Children of U.S. Citizens, if the child is unmarried and under 21; and
    • Parents of U.S. Citizens, if the U.S. citizen child has attained the age of 21.

Other Family based Categories: Preference Categories
If you are not an immediate relative, then you and your family-member who wants to petition for you must be in one of the following categories:

    • First preference (FB-1): Unmarried adult (over 21) sons and daughters of U.S. citizens;
    • Second preference (FB-2A and FB-2B): Spouses and unmarried minor (under 21) children of permanent residents;
    • Third preference (FB-3): Married adult (over 21) sons and daughters of U.S. citizens; and
    • Fourth Preference (FB-4): Brothers and Sisters of U.S. citizens.

Within these preference categories, a certain number of visas are available for each of the preference categories. Visas are also divided up based on the country of birth of the intending immigrant. Because of the limited number of visas available, there can be a very long wait for a visa to become available for a preference category. When an immigrant visa becomes available depends on priority dates.
Contact the lawyers at Hakim, Daman & Toma, P.C., by calling 586-558-8250 to discuss a family-related immigration concern or visit us online at www.hakimdamantoma.com

Employment Based Immigration

Employment Based Immigration
Compliance with United States immigration laws is fundamental to the success of a business venture. At Hakim, Daman & Toma, P.C. we support our clients' success by representing them in a broad spectrum of employment-based immigration matters.
Our work includes the representation of employers and employees in the pursuit of immigrant visas, nonimmigrant visas, permanent labor certifications (PERM), ICE and DOL audits, worksite enforcement issues, and waivers and petitions for foreign nationals.
We represent various businesses and organizations in matters of immigration and nationality law. Adapting the approach we take to meet our clients' diverse needs, we provide effective representation to individual entrepreneurs and investors, as well as to privately and publicly held businesses of all types.

Employment-Based Immigration Visas:
We assist clients seeking legal counsel in a full range of employment-based immigration categories, including:

    • EB-1, EB-2 & EB-3: For individuals of extraordinary ability, advanced degrees, individuals of exceptional ability, athletes, entertainers and academics seeking national interest waivers, skilled workers, professionals and unskilled workers
    • EB-4: For special immigrants
    • EB-5: For immigrant investors and entrepreneurs
    • Schedule A Workers: For registered nurses and physical therapists

Non-Immigrant Work Visas:

    • H-1B: for temporary specialty workers, including extensions and transfers;
    • E-1, E-2 and E-3: for Treaty Trader, Investor and Professional Visas;
    • L-1: intracompany Transfer Visas;
    • O-1: Extraordinary Ability Visas for scientists, researchers and others;
    • H-2B: Visas for temporary workers; and,
    • J-1: Exchange Visitor Visa and waiver of the foreign-residency requirement.

Contact the lawyers at Hakim, Daman & Toma, P.C., by calling 586-558-8250 to discuss a work visa or employment-related immigration concern or visit us online at www.hakimdamantoma.com

Deportation

Deportation/Removal

Removal Defense

For many immigrants and their families, being detained by ICE or threatened with removal (deportation), is frightening. If you or a loved one is arrested for violating U.S. immigration law, you will most likely be dealing with removal (deportation) proceedings. However, the team of professionals at Hakim, Daman & Toma, P.C. provides clients and their families with the information and options to make the process of detention and immigration court understandable and manageable.

Detention and Bond

Detention can start in criminal proceeding with an "ICE hold." Hakim, Daman & Toma, P.C. can work with the detained client and family to contact ICE regarding the "hold" and whether it can be lifted.

The first thing every client and family wants to know is whether the client can be released from custody. There are several ways a client can be released. Release from ICE custody depends on a number of factors, including criminal and immigration history, as well as humanitarian and exigent circumstances. Not all persons are eligible for an immigration bond, and may have to remain in custody throughout removal proceedings. An experienced immigration attorney can advise a client facing detention and bond issues anywhere in the U.S. regarding possible options for being released from custody, and when necessary, can fight for a bond or a bond reduction in immigration court.

Defenses against Deportation/Removal
Everyone facing possible removal in the Immigration Court can benefit from learning the various ways to fight his or her case and remain in the United States. Persons must be eligible for a defense against deportation/removal, and the immigration judge must grant his or her application. Some of the ways a client can fight removal is:

    • Challenging the charges on the Notice to Appear
    • Motions to Suppress (where the client's detention was in violation of the law)
    • Cancellation of Removal - available to certain lawful permanent residents, certain persons without status, and certain persons who were victims of abuse
    • Adjustment of Status
    • Waivers
    • Asylum, Convention against Torture, Withholding of Removal
    • U visas

Asylum and Citizenships

Asylum
A person may apply for asylum if they have already entered the United States and want to file for refugee status. The definition of a refugee is someone who is unwilling or unable to return their home country because of past persecution or a fear of future persecution based on their political opinion, religion, race, nationality or membership in a particular social group. The difference between an Application for Asylum and a Refugee Application is that asylum is applied for in the United States while refugee status is applied for outside the country.

There is a strict one year deadline from your last entry into the United States to file your Application for Asylum, as discussed in more detail below. If you fear being tortured upon returning to your homeland and do not otherwise qualify for asylum, you may still be eligible for relief under the United Nations Convention Against Torture. This relief is called Withholding of Removal and its burden of proof is higher than that for an Application for Asylum.

If you are granted asylum, you are considered an Asylee. As an Asylee, you will be eligible to apply for permanent resident status one year after you are granted asylum. You also will be allowed to live and work in the United States before and while your Asylee based Permanent Residency Application is pending. You may include your spouse and any unmarried children under the age of 21 in your own asylum application, as long as they are also in the United States.

Eligibility and Application Procedure

When applying for asylum in the U.S., you need to request for asylum at a port-of-entry, or file an asylum application within one year of your last arrival in the country. Your application for asylum may be accepted after more than one year if there were extraordinary circumstances for the delay, such as you were seriously sick, or if the conditions in your country have changed, and those changes of country conditions affected your eligibility for asylum. Moreover, you may apply for asylum regardless of your immigration status, i.e., it does not matter whether you are legally present or not in the United States when you file your asylum application.

As discussed above, your qualification for asylum is reliant on on being defined as a refugee, i.e., a person who is unable or unwilling to return their home country because of past persecution or a well-founded fear of future persecution based on their political opinion, religion, race, nationality or membership in a particular social group. After filing your application for asylum, the information you provide on your application, along with supporting evidence will be reviewed by an Asylum Officer. The Asylum Officer will then interview you and along with your documentary evidence, the officer will decide whether you are eligible for asylum. Asylum Officers will do one of three things: 1. grant your asylum, 2. deny your asylum; or 3. refer the case to an Immigration Judge for a final decision.
Therefore, if you are not successful at your asylum interview it does not necessarily mean your case is over; you can still be placed in removal (deportation) proceedings in Immigration Court. If this happens, an Immigration Judge will hear and decide your asylum case. If an asylum applicant is illegally in the United States and found ineligible for asylum, the Immigration Judge will also enter a Removal Order against the denied asylum applicant.
Hakim, Daman & Toma, P.C. has extensive experience in representing persecuted families from various eligible countries and will be pleased to process your Application for Asylum on behalf of you and your family. Our law office will carefully analyze your asylum case and make recommendations on the most appropriate process for you and your family to pursue. We then assist with preparing documents and letters, continuing the asylum case until the principal applicant and family members receive their Asylee Status, and ultimately Permanent Residence.

Naturalization & Citizenship

Hakim, Daman & Toma, P.C. has significant experience successfully naturalizing individuals through proper legal channels. We routinely assist in the following citizenship matters:

    • Naturalization
    • Citizenship
    • Derivative citizenship

We can help with all naturalization and citizenship matters, including derivative citizenship issues, marriage adjustments, removal proceedings, family based residency or status, and other immigration law matters, including questions about past and present criminal charges.

Many permanent residents choose to apply for naturalization when eligible, in order to gain the significant advantages of U.S. citizenship. Some of the significant advantages are (1) ability to vote; (2) avoidance of any future removal proceedings which could result in removal (deportation) from the U.S.; and (3) avoidance of the possibility of losing permanent resident status by residing outside the U.S. for more than 6 months.
A lawful permanent resident who has resided continuously in the U.S. after being admitted as a permanent resident may apply for naturalization. During the 5 year period before the application is filed, the individual must show physical presence in the U.S. for at least half of that time. Absence from the U.S. of more than 6 months breaks the continuity of the continuous residence, unless it can be shown that the individual did not intend to abandon the U.S. residence.

The applicant must demonstrate that he or she has been and still is a person of good moral character, attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States. While the law allows an examination of an applicant's character at any time during his/her life, the essential inquiry focuses on the 5 years preceding the application. Good moral character does not mean moral excellence, and is not destroyed by a single lapse in judgment.

An applicant is required to demonstrate an understanding of the English language, including the ability to read, write and speak words in ordinary usage in the English language. No extraordinary or unreasonable conditions may be imposed on an applicant in the testing. An applicant is also required to demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of the history, principles and form of government of the United States. Individuals over the age of 50 who have been permanent residents for more than 20 years are exempt from the English and civics requirements; individuals over the age of 55 who have been permanent residents for more than 15 years are likewise exempt.

Business & Real Estate Law

Business & Real Estate Law
At Hakim, Daman & Toma, P.C. our attorneys develop legal solutions customized to meet the unique objectives of each client. Because our practice thrives by generating value for our business and corporate clients, we apply our breadth of legal and business experience to each client. We deliver the highest quality advice paired with effective cost management. Whether representing local businesses, multi-national concerns or individuals we are capable of providing legal solutions for issues ranging from every day legal needs to extraordinary transactions. Some of our services include:

    • Business formation and corporate structuring. For start-ups, our business lawyers will guide you through the choice and creation of appropriate entities to limit enterprise liability, maximize operational efficiency and minimize tax obligations. Once your business is formed, our attorneys provide ongoing assistance in strategic decisions and planning relating to control issues, equity structures, employment law matters, stock options, compensation, financing and governance. When the time comes for sale or winding up, we help the businesses transition, dissolve or merge.
    • Purchase and Sale Contract Drafting, Negotiation and review. Our firm's practice often includes representing clients who are buying or selling a business.  It is not uncommon at some point in the life of a business for the business to be acquired by new owners. A change of control might relate to retirement, a desire to cash out, the need to diversify, or an opportunity to combine the prospects of a business with another. Often the fastest and best way to grow a business is to buy an existing operation, rather than building up a sector from scratch. Two ways in which businesses combine are mergers and acquisitions. In a merger, one or more companies combine to form a single entity, while in an acquisition, one company takes over another but both parties retain their separate legal existence. The structure of a merger, acquisition or ownership change is of critical importance because it affects the form and liabilities of the ongoing business, the protections available to the former and new owners, and the taxation of each entity and its owners.
    • Business Contracts. Contracts are the fundamental tools of business.  They must be precisely written and carefully negotiated to address potential risks.  Businesses need experienced legal counsel to write and negotiate excellent contracts.  At Hakim, Daman & Toma, P.C. we are commercial and business transaction attorneys representing our clients' interests in connection with a sophisticated variety of business agreements.

Criminal

Criminal Defense
A criminal conviction is always significant, but most people are able to deal with the consequences of their actions and move on with their life. For an immigrant, the effect of a potential conviction is magnified many times. Even a misdemeanor crime such as domestic violence or petty theft could lead to deportation.
Hakim, Daman & Toma, P.C. focuses on helping immigrants and non-immigrants who have been arrested, charged or convicted of a crime.
Although facing criminal charges is serious for anyone, it is even more serious for immigrants. If you are an immigrant, a criminal conviction can make you ineligible to immigrate to the U.S. at all. If you have a green card, you can lose your permanent residency and any chance for United States citizenship.
Whether you are trying to immigrate to the U.S., whether you have a green card and want to keep it or if you are trying to become a U.S. citizen, it is essential to know the effect of a criminal conviction on your immigration status. It is also essential to hire a criminal defense lawyer who understands immigration law, if you need representation.
We handle all types of criminal defense matters, including:

    • Theft
    • Fraud
    • Extortion
    • Domestic violence
    • Assault and battery
    • Drug offenses
    • Drunk driving
    • Sex crimes
    • Murder
    • Embezzlement
    • Federal offenses
    • Probation violation

In addition to providing criminal defense services listed above, the attorneys of Hakim, Daman & Toma will work hard to minimize the underlying criminal problems leading to deportation. Through appeals, and other legal actions, we strive to eliminate or reduce criminal charges so clients are eligible for cancellation of removal.

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Benefits of the L1 Visa.

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Employees of an international company who are being temporarily transferred to a parent branch, affiliate, or subsidiary of the same company in the United States require Intra Company transfer (L-1) visas. The international company may be either a U.S. or foreign organization. This visa also enables a foreign company which does not yet have an [...]

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Attorney Fadi F. Toma recently attended the “Show me the Jobs” EB-5 Conference on May 2, 2013 held by the Mexico City District Chapter of AILA. Mr. Toma gained important insight on the increasingly popular EB-5 Immigrant Visa. He learned about the intricacies of the application process and how to resolve interrelated issues and concerns. The [...]

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The general rule is  that you will be responsible for any dues that accrue from the period after filing your bankruptcy case until your property is foreclosed on. All dues and fees accrued before the filing of your case will be discharged in your bankruptcy. With this information, I generally advise my client that have [...]

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Common Bankruptcy Mistakes 1.     Not disclosing all Assets to your Attorney. Each state permits debtors to exempt property. Some states even have wild card exemptions that can be used on property that might not otherwise be exempt. The problem for attorneys is when the client does not tell them about property. If it is later discovered [...]

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The Law Offices of Amer S. Hakim is pleased to announce another great sucess story. Our office was able to successfully settle an extremely complex bankruptcy matter for a fraction of the amount of debt owed by our client.  Our clients bankruptcy estate included a dozen rental properties, other significant assets and a very substantial amount of debt. [...]

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