The stakes are high, the path hard and complex, the strategies critical but the battle worth every effort. For athletes and entertainers it is the opportunity to perform or compete in the United States. For employers and entrepreneurs, it is the opportunity to fill a critical business need. For families, it is the opportunity to be reunited with loved ones. And for some, the opportunity to be free from oppressive regimes.

We can’t think of anything more compelling or rewarding than helping our clients turn these opportunities into realities.


In 2003, Wilner & O’Reilly, APLC was established by Richard M. Wilner, a board-certified specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law by the State Bar of California and Kelly S. O’Reilly, a former Immigration Officer with Citizenship and Immigration Services. Together, they lead a team of accomplished lawyers and legal professionals serving clients on a local, national and international level. Though less than 3% of immigration law attorneys are certified specialists in the State of California, we have two full-time certified immigration specialists on board.

Our Compass


Richard and Kelly chose to anchor and dedicate the firm to upholding Judeo-Christian values. These values are manifested in the way we practice law. Honesty, hard-work and ethics guide all we do. Our priorities are clear: Our clients’ lives are on the line. That is humbling and we carry that trust protectively.

Law firms, apparel designers, investors, international artists, athletes and families give three reasons why they tap us to be their immigration lawyers:


We know how it works on both sides. Kelly O’Reilly, a founding partner, is a former U.S. Immigration Officer. Seriously.

Less than 3% of immigration law attorneys are certified specialists in the State of California. We have TWO certified specialists; one being founding partner, Richard Wilner

“I have never waited more than 24 hours for a call to be returned,” is a phrase echoed in many of the thank you letters we receive from clients. When clients call us, their lives or their businesses are on the line. No matter who calls us, your call is returned, fast.
Pro Bono


Giving back comes easy to us because we have been blessed.

Here are just a few of the individuals and organizations we donate our services to:

Active Members of the U.S. Military and others deserving of special assistance.
Residents of Human Options, a shelter for battered and abused women and children.
Immigrant children and other foreign-born individuals whose needs have been verified by Orange County’s Public Law Center.
Voluntary Missionaries Service.


Citizenship / Naturalization / Family

``In the four-year process it has taken to get my wife approved for entrance to the U.S. we met all kinds of so-called lawyers or immigrations representatives, we were losing hope. Finally we were referred to Wilner & O'Reilly and within five months my wife was approved.``- — BRIAN W. (2/04/2014)
``Everyone, and I mean everyone, at Wilner & O'Reilly is nice, professional and understanding. No calls that are not returned, no e-mails or questions that are unanswered: just exceptional service and everything in the best interests of the client.``- — OKSANA V. (3/04/2014)

Employers, Investors and Entrepreneurs

``I respect men who know their craft, hone it, study it, live it and become the very best at whatever it is they do. This has served me well in my athletic life as well as in broadcasting. The lawyers of Wilner & O'Reilly are great examples of doing what it takes to become the best, to take the lead. For immigration they are the only choice and I highly recommend them to all my associates.``- — ROBERT ``ROBBIE`` EARL, FORMER PREMIER LEAGUE, WORLD CUP SOCCER STAR, CURRENT ESPN ANALYST
``Life is filled with blessings and I count among mine the friends I have at Wilner & O'Reilly, the best immigration lawyers! If you need immigration help there is no one else you should consider. They make things happen and remember: don't stop believing.``- — ARNEL PINEDA, LEAD VOCAL
``Salamat for making sure me and my family obtained our American dream. I can now rest easier knowing my immigration situation is taken care of, I can plan my career path with a heart made easy and safe by this great news.``- — FILIPINO SINGER, LANI MISALUCHA
``We have a business in an industry that is fast-paced and requires quick thought and quick solutions, the attorneys and staff of Wilner & O'Reilly are the only immigration firm that we trust to match this level of intensity. Immigration requirements have become more complicated, more time-consuming with greater risks to the employer. Our solution is quite simple, for peace of mind and saving time to be one of the fortunate clients of Wilner & O'Reilly. If your company has immigration requirements then you should drop what you are doing and call them immediately, it will be the best phone call you could make.``- — AARON BAKER, PRESIDENT, CANNON SAFE
``Me Senti em casa e entre amigos. This is easy. In professional fighting there are not many people I trust but for my immigration paperwork I know everything is OK because of my attorneys Wilner & O'Reilly. If you have immigration problems you should call them because they are the best, I only hire the best.``- — WANDERLEI SILVA, MMA CHAMPION FIGHTER

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