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Rathi Rao is a founding partner of Ibrahim & Rao LLP. She was born in Bangalore, India and immigrated to the United States at a young age. She attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Anthropology and Spanish Language. During her time at Emory, Rathi spent some time studying abroad at the University of Salamanca in Salamanca, Spain.


In 2001, Rathi graduated from the Georgia State University College of Law with a Juris Doctor degree. While in law school she received a grant from the Public Interest Lawyer’s Association, which allowed her to intern with the Georgia Justice Project, working specifically with the Juvenile Justice Project. It was through coursework in International, Humanitarian and Immigration law that Rathi gained a keen interest in helping the immigrant community.

Upon graduating from Law School, Rathi began as an Associate Attorney with Landey & Associates PC until 2005, when she went into solo practice. In October 2009, Rathi co-founded Ibrahim & Rao LLC with her colleague, Jama Ibrahim. In five short years, the firm has grown from a single office to three full-time staffed offices in Atlanta, Gainesville and Greenville, SC.

Rathi has been practicing exclusively Immigration Law for thirteen years. Her expertise lies in all family-based matters as well as complex deportation defense cases. Rathi helps unify families by assisting with green card and citizenship applications, initial visa filings and extensions, and consular processing and I-601A Waivers. She has assisted several religious organizations throughout the Southeast in obtaining religious worker visas. Rathi also works closely with victims of crimes (T/U Visas) and domestic violence (VAWA Petitions).

Additionally, Rathi has been appearing before the Immigration Courts in Atlanta and surrounding jurisdictions for many years. She handles all deportation matters, including bond hearings and appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals.

Rathi resides in the Atlanta area and is a member in good standing of the Georgia State Bar and of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.


JD, Georgia State University College of Law, 2001
BS, Biological Anthropology, Emory University, 1998
BA, Spanish, Emory University, 1998

Memberships and Admissions:

Georgia Bar Association
American Immigration Lawyers Association
IndusBar of Georgia (South Asian Bar Association)

Admitted to the Supreme Court of Georgia
Admitted to the US District Court, Northern District of Georgia