Law Firm of Adria-Ann McMurray

Law Firm of Adria-Ann McMurray

Personal attention, prompt and professional service

Firm Overview

I focus entirely on the practice of immigration and nationality law, with an emphasis on family immigration matters, political asylum, national interest waivers and citizenship.

I have successfully handled cases in all of the following areas:

Family petitions and Adjustment of Status
Fiance visa petitions
Removal of Conditional Residence
Political Asylum
Employer-sponsored employment visas
Labor Certifications
Advanced degree and Exceptional Ability visas
National Interest Waivers
HIV waivers
H-1B petitions
Naturalization
Removal proceedings, including custody cases

I have had my own practice since 1992. My office was located in San Francisco for six years, and I moved to my present location in downtown Berkeley in 1998.

Example cases

I recently received a tearful phone call from a frantic wife whose husband had been arrested by immigration officers as he walked out the house. He had failed to appear at a deportation hearing because he had not received notice -- the government had sent the notice to an old address! I was successful in convincing the judge to reopen his case, and was able to get him released on bond. I filed an appeal of his denied Temporary Protected Status application, and the judge subsequently closed his court case. He is now home, back at work and restored to legal status.

I regularly handle less dramatic, but no less important, family reunification cases -- helping citizens and permanent residents gain legal status for their foreign born fiances, spouses, parents and children. I also have helped many clients win political asylum -- many of them who have suffered persecution in their home countries based upon their religion or their sexual orientation.

Main Office

Main
1225B Solano Ave.
Albany  CA  94706

Phone
  • (510) 841-0788
Fax
  • (510) 841-0788

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

I am happy to speak briefly on the phone. A one-hour consultation in the office is $150. That fee is waived if the client retains me.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

I charge a flat (fixed) fee for most services so the client knows from the start what the total cost of my services will be.

Hourly Rates

$175-$250, although I rarely work on an hourly basis.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Early, late and Saturday appointments by special arrangement.

Emergency After Hours

No

Languages Spoken

I speak Spanish.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

In my life before law school, I did a great deal of traveling. I spent time in Central and South America, Europe, Canada and North Africa. I lived in Mexico for a year, studying Spanish and teaching English. I knew I wanted a career that allowed me to continue my involvement with other cultures. Immigration law is like a window on the world and has allowed me to be an arm-chair traveler now that I've put down the backpack and parked the VW van.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I am a firm believer in the power of knowledge. I welcome clients who take an active interest in their legal situation and spend the time to educate themselves. I recommend Nolo's articles on the basics of immigration law: http://www.nolo.com/articleByCat.cfm/catId/86F12C86-8753-405E-8A437DA6EE610EDA

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am willing to review documents prepared by clients for accuracy and completeness in a one-time consultation.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

In a consultation I will review a client's options and thoroughly explain the process involved in his/her situation, step by step, including the possible pitfalls. I will also be honest when I think a client needs representation. Immigration law is a highly complex area of the law, and the law itself, as well as regulations and procedures, change frequently. Often a knowledgeable and skilled attorney is necessary to achieve a successful outcome.

Adria Anne McMurray

I began my legal career as an Associate Attorney in the law office of Marc Van Der Hout in San Francisco. I was fortunate to begin my career in the late 1980s when there was a more positive immigrant environment. I was able to help scores of Mexicans and Central Americans gain legal residence through the amnesty program and political asylum. For several years, I was the Supervising Attorney with the San Francisco Bar Association HIV Legal Assistance Program, training volunteer attorneys to represent low income clients with their immigration problems. Prior to law school, I worked as a journalist.

Being a parent has taught me all of life's greatest lessons. I try to bring respect, appreciation for difference, and honesty to everything I do in life, including my work as a lawyer.

I take a personal interest in each of my clients. I am responsive and available when they have questions or concerns. I feel that it is part of my job to make the immigration process as painless as possible.

Personal interests:

I enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities with my two sons -- we love to camp, ski and bike.

License
  • Bar Number: 120892
    California , 1985
Education
  • New College School of Law
    J.D. , 1985
    San Francisco, CA
    I externed for former California Supreme Court Justice Joseph Grodin.
  • University of California, Berkeley
    B.A. , 1971
    Berkeley, CA

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