On June 2, 2023, the U.S. Department of Justice Board of Immigration Appeals denied Daly City attorney Teodoro Torres Laguatan’s motion for reinstatement and further ordered the latter’s suspension for practicing law while suspended.

The case is titled “Matter of: Teodoro Torres Laguatan,” and was brought by the Disciplinary Counsel for the Executive Office of Immigration Review (“EIOR”) and the Disciplinary Counsel for the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”), under case no. D2022-0140.

According to the filing, Laguatan was suspended in California on June 1, 2022. The suspension was for two years, with the execution of that period stayed. The suspension order also placed Laguatan on probation for two years subject to conditions, including suspension from the practice of law in California for the first six months of probation, effective July 1, 2022.

For this reason, Laguatan was suspended effective August 29, 2022, and was barred from practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Immigration Courts, and the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) for six months, upon Joint Petition by Disciplinary Counsels for EIOR and DHS.

Laguatan sought reinstatement and filed a motion before the Board, the Immigration Courts, and DHS on April 7, 2023, stating that he thought that his suspension will automatically be lifted six months after August 29, 2022, and that as such, he is only then filing his motion.

The Disciplinary Counsel opposed Laguatan’s motion asserting the latter’s failure to comply with the Board’s suspension order prohibiting him from practice before the Board, the Immigration Courts, and DHS, specifically when he filed Notices of Entry of Appearance as Attorney for two applications for naturalization before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

In his response, Laguatan claimed that he thought his reinstatement will be automatic, that his suspension in California was not an immigration case, and that the Court found that he did not engage in conduct involving moral turpitude. Laguatan also requested that his suspension be “dropped” and his reinstatement be granted. Additionally, Laguatan did not dispute the allegation that he practiced matters before the USCIS.

Accordingly, the Board, upon consideration of Laguatan’s motion and the Disciplinary Counsels’ opposition thereto, ruled to deny Laguatan’s reinstatement and further ordered the latter’s suspension from the practice of law before the Board, the Immigration Courts, and DHS for 30 days, effective immediately upon issuance of the Board’s order.

Mr. Teodoro Torres Laguatan is listed as the founder of Ted Laguatan and Associates, with an office located in Daly City, California. He attended the University of San Francisco School of Law. Laguatan has been admitted to practice in California since 1980, license no. 95370. His info can be found on The State Bar of California page.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.