Law Office of Philip Hornik



  • Graduated with a Bachelors Degree in History, with an emphasis on Latin American History, from New York University in 1972.
  • Graduated with a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University) in 1976.

Admitted to Practice

  • Oregon State Bar
  • U.S. District Court for Oregon
  • Board of Immigration Appeals
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Professional Experience

  • Law Office of Philip Hornik, Portland, Oregon, 1980 - Present.

Professional Achievements

  • Rated "AV" since 1997 by Martindale Hubbell Lawyer Directory, its highest rating for attorney competency and ethics.
  • Listed in 2012-2020 Oregon Super Lawyers®
  • 2006 Gerald Robinson Excellence in Immigration Advocacy Award from the Oregon Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Oregon State Bar since 1978.
  • Member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
  • Member of the National Immigration Project.
  • Chair of the Board of Directors of Immigration Counseling Service, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing legal assistance on immigration matters to low-income people.

Professional Activities

  • Co-Counsel with Attorney Karen Musalo in Abebe v. Gonzales, 432 F.3d 1037 (9th Cir., 2005), a case decided by eleven judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 2005. This case established the legal precedent that foreign-born parents of a U.S. citizen child may qualify for asylum if their child would be subjected to female genital mutilation in the parents' home country.
  • Frequent speaker at regional and national Immigration law seminars. Presentations include:
    • "Ask the Experts", Northwest Regional Immigration Law Conference, Seattle, Washington, February 2019
    • The End of the Road: Basics of Naturalization Applications, National AILA Immigration Law Conference, June 2017
    • "Was it Just a Vegas Wedding?" National AILA Immigration Law Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 2016.
    • Medical Grounds of Inadmissibility; National AILA Immigration Law Conference, San Diego, California, June 2011.
    • I Beg Your Pardon Workshop on I-601 Applications for Waiver of Inadmissibility; National AILA Conference on Immigration Law, National Harbor, Maryland, June 2010.
    • Legal Ethics Regarding Lawyer Fees and Representation Agreements; Northwest Regional Immigration Law Conference, Seattle, Washington, February 2009.
    • How to Recognize and Resolve Tricky Family Issues, Web Conference hosted by the American Immigration Lawyers Association, January 2007
    • Advanced Family Immigration Discussion, National AILA Conference on Immigration Law, San Antonio, Texas, June 2006
    • Immigration Law and Defense, Relief and Impact of Real ID; Seattle, National Immigration Project Skills Seminar, Portland, Oregon, October 2005
  • 2019 Author of "Cancellation of Removal for Lawful Permanent Residents: Suggestions for Obtaining a Favorable Exercise of Discretion", an article published in AILA's The Waivers Book: Advanced Issues in Immigration Law Practice 2d. Edition.
  • Author of the 1997-98 Edition of the Thomson West Publication Immigration Act of 1990 Handbook.
  • Update Editor of the National Immigration Project's Immigration Law and Defense and Immigration Law and the Family treatises which are published by Thomson Reuters.
  • Co-Editor of Oregon State Bar Publication Rights of Foreign Nationals, 2020 edition.
  • Drafted and testified in support of Oregon Revised Statute 135.385(2)(d), a law which requires that judges advise criminal defendants of the potential immigration consequences of pleading guilty.