We focus on fighting for the rights of the least protected members of the society - the undocumented worker - as well as on diligently representing people from all walks of life that come to us for assistance with their immigration questions.Example cases
I have won hard-fought political asylum cases for clients from El Salvador, Guatemala and Peru at the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Ninth Circuit by convincing the federal court to reverse denials by the Immigration Courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals.
300 Oak Street
Petaluma CA 94952
$100 for an in-person consultation, and if we take the case further, that fee is absorbed into our retainer since we don't charge our clients for consultations. Phone consultations are free.
Almost all of our cases are done on a fixed price. We give a written contract to our clients that spells out the rights and responsibilities of both parties, e.g., the attorney and the client.
We don't use hourly rates generally. In the rare instance where it would serve the parties, we would have to negotiate the amount.
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
My father took the family to Medellin, Colombia when I was a small boy to teach Animal Husbandry at the college level. Consequently, I learned Spanish before I learned English. He later became the Chief Clerk of the Public Works Committee at the U.S. Capitol for his cousin, the late Senator Dennis Chavez of New Mexico. He thus inculcated in me a desire to serve those who needed help the most.
I believe that it is very important in my area to be self-educated because immigration law has always been rife with exploitation of the vulnerable and the gullible by "notarios" and so-called legal consultants and yes, even some actual attorneys, who promise the moon to the community, take their money and all too often, leave them worse off than they were when they began. Besides, everyone wins including us when our clients "help us to help them." For instance, the client knows certain facts that aren't in the files and that information can often make a huge difference. Therefore, we work hard to earn our clients' trust so that we are sure to get all of the relevant facts from the start.
We are very willing. Many of our clients come to us from long distances and they need for us to review something. That's where the fax, email and the phone come in. We can answer many questions by reviewing their documents.
We coach clients who want to represent themselves all of the time, especially if it doesn't involve the courts. Many come in to have us review their immigration forms and to ask for advice on how to answer certain questions that may come up at their interview before the Department of Homeland Security.
I worked for an attorney friend of my father's for a while in San Francisco, CA and then I began my own firm in San Francisco in 1982. After about twenty years on my own in San Francisco, I added a satellite office in San Rafael, CA and finally I settled down in Petaluma to be near my family, which consists of my wife, a fourth grader and three college students and my widower father-in-law. We also have a four-month-old granddaughter living with us making us a four generation household.
Long before I started my own law practice I had put myself in positions to meet and to help immigrants, especially farm workers, in Wisconsin and California. I related to the social issues espoused by folksingers such as Woody Guthrie, Peter Seeger and Bob Dylan and I believe just as strongly today that immigration works for America and that we are a great nation precisely because, to a greater extent than most cultures and societies, we are a nation of immigrants.
My travels in South America, Mexico and the many immigrant communities in the U.S. have given me an appreciation for the immigrant as a person, and my travels, training, and experiences as an immigration attorney have give me the experience and know-how to traverse the tricky waters of Immigration and Nationality law.
I am very hands on. I keep my overhead low and, thus, my prices are reasonable and quite competitive. People can always talk to the "lawyer" directly without confronting lawyers of "gatekeepers" the way they do with some firms. I often get invited to celebrate a victor over tamales or what not.
I enjoy salsa, swimming, coaching baseball, family, church and my I-Pod.
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