Immigration law has been described as a labyrinth, written with a complexity that challenges even experienced attorneys. Without effective legal advice on Immigration law:

  • People dealing with our Immigration system risk permanent separation from their families and livelihood;

  • Businesses face loss of essential employees;

  • Refugees face return to countries where their lives are at risk.

I have helped people, businesses, and non-profit organizations in Oregon and Southwest Washington navigate the U.S. immigration system since 1977. I have had my own law office in downtown Portland, Oregon since 1980. Currently, nearly all of my law practice is devoted to immigration matters. I have represented individuals and businesses from nearly every country in the world. I am fluent in Spanish. I have two legal assistants, one of whom is bilingual in English and Spanish. My work covers all aspects of U.S. immigration law including:

  • Family-based Immigrant visa ("green card") petitions for people who have ties based on blood relationship or marriage to U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents;

  • Applications filed in the United States for Adjustment of Status to legal resident as well as applications filed at U.S. Consulates and Embassies outside the United States for Immigrant Visas

  • Employment-based immigrant and non immigrant applications in visa categories such as:
    • H-1B specialty occupations,
    • L-1 intra company transfers for employees of multi-national corporations,
    • E-1/E-2 treaty traders and investors,
    • "PERM" Alien Labor Certification applications and
    • National Interest Waivers for employees with exceptional ability;

  • Assisting people in obtaining U.S. citizenship, either by applying for naturalization or by proving that they have inherited "derivative" citizenship;

  • Defending people facing removal (deportation) hearings in Immigration Court, before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit;

  • Advising criminal defense attorneys on the potential immigration consequences to their clients of a criminal conviction;

  • I-601, I-601A and I-212 Waivers of Inadmissibility, which are like pardons, for people whose family members will face "extreme hardship" if the waiver application is not approved; and

  • Political asylum for people fearing persecution in their home countries. I have obtained asylum for people from Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Poland, Rwanda, and Syria.

Education, Licensing and Professional Memberships:

  • Graduated with a Bachelors Degree in History, with an emphasis on Latin American History, from New York University in 1972.

  • Graduated with a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Puget Sound School of Law in 1976 (University of Puget Sound School of Law has since become a part of Seattle University).

  • Member of the Oregon State Bar since 1978.

  • Admitted to Practice in the U.S. District Court for Oregon, the Board of Immigration Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

  • Member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

  • Member of the National Immigration Project.

  • Member of the Board of Directors of Immigration Counseling Service, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing legal assistance on immigration matters to low-income people.


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