Law Office of Daniel E Chavez

Law Office of Daniel E Chavez

Firm Overview

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.

Main Office

300 Oak Street
Petaluma, CA 94952


(707) 775-4531


(707) 775-4539


Free Initial Consultation?

$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.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

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.

Hourly Rates

We don't use hourly rates generally. In the rare instance where it would serve the parties, we would have to negotiate the amount.

Office Information

Office Hours

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

Office Manager

Catalina Castro

Emergency After Hours


Languages Spoken


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

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.

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

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.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

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.

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

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.

Daniel E. Chavez

Law Office of Daniel E Chavez

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.

Personal interests:

I enjoy salsa, swimming, coaching baseball, family, church and my I-Pod.


Bar Number: 90854
California, 1979


Martin Luther King, Jr. School of Law at the University of California Davis
Juris Doctor, 1975

University of California at Berkeley
Bachelor of Arts, 1971

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