Founding Partner

Richard M. Wilner - Immigration SpecialistRichard M. Wilner is a founding member of Wilner & O’Reilly, APLC and is Board Certified by the State Bar of California as a Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law. He is admitted to practice law in the State of California and before the U.S. District Courts for the Central, Northern and Southern Districts of California, the Northern District of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Wilner has received the coveted Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating, the highest legal and ethical rating that one can receive from one’s peers in the legal community. Similarly, he has been awarded the title of Super Lawyer from 2007 to the present. He is best known for his work in advising Fortune 500 companies, middle and small market businesses, entrepreneurs and foreign nationals of extraordinary ability in athletics, arts, and sciences in the complex area of U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law.

Committed to public service, Mr. Wilner served as a Commissioner on the State Bar of California’s Immigration and Nationality Law Advisory Commission. Mr. Wilner is the former co-chair of the Orange County Bar Association’s immigration law section and also serves on the board of the Orange County Jewish Bar Association. He provides pro bono representation to active-duty soldiers from the United States Armed forces in their immigration needs. He has served as the former Military Liaison for the Southern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

A native of Los Angeles, California, Mr. Wilner received his law degree (Juris Doctor) as well as a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Transnational Business Practice from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific and the University of Salzburg, Austria. He also received a Certificate in International Law from the National University of Singapore and Bachelors of Arts degrees in Philosophy and Religious Studies from the University of California in 1992. He has worked in Thailand and Vietnam.

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Immigration and Nationality Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 15% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Immigration and Nationality Law, State Bar of California, 2004

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2008


  • McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California
    • Law Review: UC Davis, MLK Hall, 1996
  • University of California, Riverside, California
    • B.A.
    • Major: Philosophy
    • Major: Religious Studies

Published Works

  • EB-Immigrant Investors, OC Lawyer, Vol 54 No. 7, 2012

Representative Cases

  • EEOC vs. Reeves and Associates (U.S.D.C and 9th)
  • Reeves vs. Hanlon (Cal Supreme)

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers, 2007 – present
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated
  • Veterans Legal Institute (VLI) 2016 Lawyer of the Year


  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Orange County Jewish Bar Association

Pro Bono Activities

  • Veterans Legal Institute

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