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About Carl Shusterman

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Widely recognized as one of the most prestigious firms in the U.S., the Law Offices of Carl Shusterman, established in 1982 by former INS Trial Attorney Carl Shusterman, specializes exclusively in immigration law. Our seven attorneys, most of whom are immigrants themselves, have a combined total of well over 100 years of immigration law experience.

We represent both individual and corporate clients in all 50 states and in dozens of countries around the world. We assist clients in obtaining temporary work visas, permanent residence and U.S. citizenship. We defend individuals in removal hearings and litigate immigration cases in the Federal Courts. We also assist our corporate clients in complying with I-9 and E-Verify laws and conduct internal audits to insure compliance with documentary and anti-discrimination statutes.

I am a 1973 graduate of the UCLA School of Law. I served as an attorney for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) until 1982 when I entered the private practice of law.  I am authorized to practice before the Supreme Court of California, the Federal District Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth, Seventh and Ninth Circuits and the Supreme Court of the United States.

I have testified as an expert witness before the Senate Immigration Subcommittee in Washington, D.C.

I am a former chairman of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Southern California Chapter and have served as a member of AILA's national Board of Governors (1988-97).  I have chaired numerous AILA Committees, spoken at dozens of AILA Conferences and contributed a number of scholarly articles to AILA's publications.

I am a Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law, State Bar of California.  I have served as a member of the Immigration and Nationality Law Advisory Commission for the State Bar. Each year since 2002, I have been voted as a Super Lawyer in Southern California by my colleagues in the bar. I am listed in the Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition.

For more than 10 years, I have been voted as one of the Best Lawyers in America.  I am listed in The International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers .

I am a frequent writer and lecturer on immigration law. My articles, letters to the editor and quotes have appeared in such prestigious publications as the New York Times, Washington Post, Canada's Globe and Mail, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, National Law Journal, California Lawyer, Los Angeles Lawyer, Journal of the American Medical Association, Christian Science Monitor, Atlantic Monthly, Computer World, Information Week, Issues in Science and Technology, Variety, and numerous other publications.  I have written for, and been quoted extensively in, leading periodicals specializing in immigration law including Interpreter Releases, Immigration Law and Procedure, Immigration Briefings, Inside Immigration, Immigration Journal and U.S. Immigrant Magazine. In addition, I have appeared on various television programs including NBC's Today Show, CNN's Headline News, the Nightly News with Peter Jennings and on a wide variety of nationally syndicated radio shows.

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