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Hello, my name is Joseph “Joey” Chitmongran. I am a CA state licensed attorney eligible to practice general law in California and federal law in all 50 states across the country. Starting next week, join me in my weekly article as I cover different aspects of the law. I will be covering everything from federal Immigration law, to Business practices, to Commercial and Real Estate Law and so forth. In publishing these articles, my goal is to educate my Thai community as to laws that directly and indirectly affect the Thai community as well as the other Asian communities of Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, and surrounding areas. This weekly column is for you, the reader; as such, if you have any general questions either before or after you read one of my articles, you can email me at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will try to cover that question in a future article. Please take note that my articles will be general and meant to apply to the typical case. Since every case is different, should you have a specific question regarding your case, you should contact me or any other reputable licensed attorney for a full consultation so that I or they may best assist you in your specific matter. 


Q: Who are you? Can you give the readers some information about yourself and who you are?

A: Like I mentioned, my name is Joseph “Joey” Chitmongran. I am an attorney and entrepreneur. I am the first generation Thai-American in my family. I’m the youngest of 3. My parents and 2 sisters were born in Bangkok, Thailand. Although I was born here in the United States, my grandmother says I’m an old soul because of my Thai values of family and country, and how I respect and value my elders. My main goal in becoming a lawyer is to help others.


Q: If you weren't an attorney, what would you be doing?
A: Growing up, I had a lot of different dreams. I have accomplished some of them, but I still have several more to go. But if I wasn't an attorney, I would probably be a doctor. I initially started my studies at the University of California, Irvine geared towards medicine. During my off season, I worked at Kaiser Permanente. I gained experience and learned a lot. I wanted to be the best doctor ever. I eventually gave that up and dedicated my time to law, which was my other love. And of course, my other interests include real estate and business. I can see myself expanding in these areas. Hopefully I can do that and continue to further help others.

Q: What kind of law do you practice? What are your interests?

A: I am a general practitioner so I take on all different types of cases, anywhere from business consulting to immigration work, I’ve done it all. Right now, my interest are mostly immigration, property and business.


Q: You mentioned that one of your interests is Immigration law. Why so?

A: Immigration has always been an interest of mine because it hits close to home, and I find satisfaction in helping people.  As I mentioned, my family is from Thailand. If it were not for someone helping my parents out back then, I wouldn’t be where I am today. In addition, I do immigration work because of the satisfaction I feel when I am able to help someone, especially my fellow Thai people. Because I know that it is not only the beginning of their future here in America but also their loved ones. I can’t begin to tell you how good it feels when, after a case is done, a client calls or visits me to thank me for helping them. My record isn’t perfect, but that’s because many of the cases I take are “fixers”. What that means is that they are cases that come to me after there has been a problem. Some of these are from other attorneys, many are from ta-nats. Where others wouldn’t take the case because they want “slam dunks”, I’m not afraid to fight a good fight for the right cause for a deserving client.

Thank you for reading this week's introduction to the Law Corner. I look forward to assisting my readers with their legal needs. Stay tuned for future articles. Again, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact my office.