Litwin & Smith, A Law Corporation

Firm Overview

The California business immigration lawyers at Litwin & Smith have one compelling purpose: to assist employers and immigrants in obtaining their immigration goals. We have dedicated our careers to developing and maintaining expertise in immigration and know how to assist immigrants obtain legal status as they contribute to our nation's diverse economy.

We are able to help you (immigrant or employer) think about various solutions which will enable you to achieve your immigration objectives. For example, you might not realize how a particular aspect of the applicant's education makes for unique qualifications for a particular job. We help you discover and put to use all factors in your favor.Example casesI specialize in business immigration including PERM Labor Certifications, H1 Sisas, L-1's, TN (trade NAFTA Canada and Mexico), E1 treaty trader, E2 treaty investor and other work visas.
Main Office
Litwin & Smith, A Law Corporation
5201 Great America Parkway
Suite 320
Santa Clara  CA  95054
  • (408) 998-1159
  • (650) 588-4302

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
Office Manager
Mandy Fok
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Taglog, Cantonese, and Mandarin

Other Offices

1435 Huntington Ave
Suite 336
South San Francisco,  CA  94080

425 Market Street
Suite 2200
San Francisco,  CA  94105
Immigration Law
Our California Bay Area immigration attorneys have one compelling mission: to assist employers and immigrants in obtaining their immigration goals.
Immigrant Employment Visas
Labor Certification
Non Immigrant Employment Visas
Investor Visas
NAFTA Nonimmigrant Workers
Nurses and Physical Therapists
Religious Workers Immigrant
Religious Workers Nonimmigrant
Family Immigration
US Citizen Sponsor
Lawful Immigrant Sponsor
Adjustment to LPR
Consular Processing
Naturalization and Citizenship
Request For Evidence Response
Notice of Intent to Deny Response
Appeals of Denials

Donald Smith

Donald Smith is a shareholder and the managing attorney at Litwin & Smith. He is an accessible and responsive former corporate counsel and seasoned immigration attorney with a dedication to client service and passion for client success. He provides outstanding immigration counsel to clients with a reputation for successful representations of challenging and complex practice and policy concerns resolving these with creativity and knowledge that combines "out of the box" thinking with hands-on experience from "ground-up" business building. When immigration matters he provides good counsel.

He advises clients on law, alternative strategies, and actions to achieve their immigration goals for matters from the more common HELO visas and less common EB1 Extraordinary and National Interest Waivers including: E, H1B, H2B, L, LZ, O, P, J, TN, K, Q, R and IV EB1, EB2, NIW, EB5, LC and PERM, AOS consular process, naturalization and I-9 Compliance.

As you may know small multinational corporations sometimes face the greatest challenges in meeting their U.S. immigration needs. He has extensive experience counseling small and large multinationals organizations with difficult immigration issues arising from reorganizations, mergers, layoffs and workforce reductions; sophisticated transfers of key personnel using HELO visas, as well as the R and TN non-immigrant visas; obtaining green cards through PERM, as well as expedited EB1 extraordinary ability, EB1 outstanding researcher, EB2 national interest waiver categories; advising on ability to pay, I-9, and public access compliance. He enjoys a long history and commitment to serving small business and large corporations clients alike with expertise in individual matters which allows us to offer a complement of services to our corporate clients with spouses, significant others and/or children in need of immigration benefits.

His past and present professional affiliations, activities, and accomplishments include: American Immigration Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, Florida Bar Association, Admitted to the Washington DC Bar, Seminar Publications: Professional Visas (H-1B) and Intracompany Transferee Visas (L-1); and The E Visa; Immigration Interviews on local network TV and radio.

He is a speaker before trade groups, associations, investment and professional groups on a variety of immigration topics. He is a consultant to Attorney's with difficult Business RFEs, NOIDs, and Appeals.
  • Bar Number: 545200
    Florida , 1984
  • Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Washington
    J.D. , 1984
    San Francisco, CA
  • California State University Fullerton, CA, USA
    Chico, CA

Founder: Edward Litwin

I have had my own practice since 1981. We have an exceptionally high approval rate due to the fact that not only do we have expertise in immigration law, but we spend the extra time necessary in order to maximize the probability of success.I focus solely on immigration law and am called an expert by other experienced immigration attorneys. I am looked to nationwide as an expert in business immigration and frequently consulted by other immigration attorneys.

While I am a nationally known expert, I have a very informal style. I have the ability to make clients feel comfortable with what can often be a lengthy immigration process.Personal interests: I have four sons and a wife, whom I am always spending time with. I like to water-ski, snow ski and travel.
  • Bar Number: 57635
    California , 1973
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • Chico State University

Robert L. Smith

Robert L. Smith, a shareholder and a principal attorney at Litwin & Associates, has been practicing corporate law since 1986. He graduated from the University of California, Berkley, received his law degree from Gonzaga School of Law, and his LLM in Transnational Business and Taxation from McGeorge School of Law. Throughout his legal career he has focused on the needs frequently encountered by up and coming companies whose employees have entered through the emigration process, entity formation, contract development and negotiation, and federal/state employee relations.

Having an attorney who understands the unique needs of the immigration process and business growth is the foundation to building a successful business strategy in today's world. Clarity of goals and needs is essential in this fast-paced economy if high-growth is to be achieved. Mr. Smith understands that each client is unique, and there isn't a one-size-fits-all pattern for success. He takes the steps needed, the time needed, and utilizes the strategies needed that result in client satisfaction and success. He offers real life answers to today's business needs, international and national.

Mr. Smith understands the complexities of business formation and development because for twenty years of his career prior to Litwin & Associates he structured business strategies from the ground up for himself as well as clientele. He, also, represented non-profits from the initial concept phase through full-blown implementation as a business entity. He has negotiated loan terms and documentation with financial institutions, drafted contracts, U.C.C. filings and other legal documents.

Prior to taking a position as a corporate counsel, he worked for the California Department of Agriculture drafting proposals. As part of his Transnational Business Master's, Mr. Smith interned in Leeds, England, with a group of barristers, and at Gonzaga School of Law he worked as a clerk for the Washington State Court of Appeals
  • Bar Number: 100260
  • Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Washington
  • University of California, Berkeley

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