I focus on helping families reunify and stay together, both through sponsorship applications and in defending individuals in removal (deportation) proceedings. I also represent individuals in citizenship and naturalization matters. I also help individuals with criminal-immigration issues.
I opened my own law practice in 2010, following almost twenty years working as a lawyer for several well-known public interest law organizations and as an attorney for a solo immigration attorney in Washington, D.C.
I successfully defended a client in removal proceedings before the Immigration Court and obtained lawful permanent residence status (a green card) for the client. In that case, after a full hearing, I was able to show that the client's deportation to the client's home country would cause exceptional and extremely unusual hardship to the client's United States citizen child.
Lee Plaza 8601 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring MD 20910
I offer free one-half hour consultations (by appointment only). For complex matters, a half-hour consultation will not be enough and those individuals will be encouraged to schedule a full blown consultation at another time. My regular consultation fee is $150 and a regular consultation usually takes an hour.
For most immigration cases, I can offer a flat-fee. In a lot of cases, the fee can be paid in installments. My office accepts most major credit cards. Once I have met with the prospective client and discussed the legal matter with the person, I can quote a fee.
Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Consultations are scheduled by appointment only. I usually have office hours on two Saturdays a month.
John W. Mahler, Business Manager
I enjoy the challenges and complexities of immigration law and I enjoy helping immigrants to realize their dreams in their new country. I believe strongly that immigrants greatly enriched our nation.
I encourage clients to educate themselves as much as possible on their legal issues. I caution clients to be careful, however, about the sources of information they choose to rely on. In the immigration area especially, there is a lot of misinformation out there, and much of it is disseminated by individuals and organizations who are not authorized to practice law. Individuals should be especially suspect of "notarios." The USCIS website (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) is quite good and has information in both English and Spanish.
This is a common request and in some practice areas it may be appropriate, especially in jurisdictions where limited scope representation by an attorney is permitted. I am not willing to do so in the immigration area, however. I believe any application for an immigration benefit involves a lot more than simply filling out a form. A thorough interview of the individual is required, as well as an assessment of the individual's short and long-term immigration goals. In some cases, more factual and legal investigation is needed prior to even filing for an immigration benefit.
It really depends on the case. If an individual is in removal proceedings (before an immigration judge and facing deportation), the chances of succeeding without a lawyer are very, very slim and I would not advise it. In applications for an immigration benefit where there are no complications and the process is likely to be very straight-forward, I am open to limiting my service to the client to legal advice only.
I trained and mentored volunteer lawyers as a Managing Attorney for the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program and was in charge of a Spanish legal advice clinic that focused primarily on immigration matters. I also worked as an attorney for an immigration lawyer in Washington, D.C. I served for several years as Legal Director of Bread for the City in Washington, D.C., a multi-service community organization that provides legal representation to eligible residents, as well as medical care, food and social services. I started my law career as an attorney for New Haven Legal Assistance Association, and later The Legal Aid Society in New York City. I gained a lot of experience in the courtroom in those two jobs, representing a wide variety of people.
I learned from my parents the importance of service to others and that has been a driving force throughout my professional life. I grew up as an immigrant in another country and I can empathize with the immigrant experience.
I work hard, am thorough, and am attentive to detail. I focus on problem-solving and I take pride in my work product. I strive to be a straight shooter with clients and I won't lead a prospective client to believe there is a solution to his/her immigration issue if there simply isn't one available under the law. I am a good listener, friendly and approachable.Personal interests:
Reading, museums, street festivals, exercise, Special Olympics.
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