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The Law Office of Joel Friedman is devoted exclusively to the practice of U.S. immigration law.  Headquartered in scenic downtown San Diego, California, we represent corporate and individual clients in business and family immigration matters nationwide and abroad.


The focus of our business immigration practice is assisting businesses and foreign workers to obtain work visas and permanent residence (green cards).  Work visas for foreign nationals include the H-1B for a professional in a specialty occupation, E-1 for a treaty trader, E-2 for a treaty investor, L-1A for multinational managers and executives, L-1B for specialized knowledge employees, TN for persons from Canada or Mexico who qualify under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), as well as other types of visas that confer temporary work authorization.
Our business immigration practice also includes representing clients for green cards through employment and the labor certification process.  We also represent persons of extraordinary ability, national interest waiver applicants, and other candidates for green cards related to U.S. employment. 
Our family immigration practice concentrates on uniting families and providing representation in U.S. citizenship matters.  The family cases in which we provide assistance to our clients include obtaining green cards based upon marriage to a U.S. citizen, green cards for parents, brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters, fiancé and fiancée visas, as well as other family-related immigration matters.  We also specialize in U.S. citizenship and naturalization cases for green card holders and other persons. 
We strive to provide high-quality legal service at reasonable cost.  We combine experience and personal devotion to each case with state-of-the-art technology to serve our clients. 
Attorney Friedman attended Lake Forest Academy on an academic scholarship and was recognized as a Merit Scholar.  He received his baccalaureate degree from the University of Oregon.  He received his Juris Doctorate degree from California Western School of Law.  Attorney Friedman is licensed by the Supreme Court of California and is admitted to the California State Bar, the United States Federal District Court of the Southern District of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.





  • American Immigration Lawyers Association.

  • California State Bar.

  • United States Federal District Court, Southern District of California.

  • United States Federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


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  1. Immigration: 100%
    17 years, 1.5 thousand cases



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  • Shanna Elizabeth Welsh

    Attorney Joel Friedman is a kind and ethical attorney who focuses his practice on immigration law. He is a great networker. We enjoyed a Pat Metheny concert at Anthology. It was an excellent concert and a great opportunity to get to know Joel better. Since then, I have referred all immigration law questions to him.


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  • James Nelson Dicks

    This attorney works very hard for the clients and keeps up with the law by attending legal seminars to assist them in this regard. I endorse this attorney.


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Law Offices of Joel Friedman

1010 Second Avenue
Suite 1009
San Diego, CA, 92101


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Who's Who in AmericaWho's Who in America - Marquis2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Joel Friedman1998 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitAttorney Member2005 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member1998 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaAttorney Member1998 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (San Diego chapter)Attorney Member1998 - Present
American Bar AssociationAttorney Member1998 - 1999
United States District Court for the Southern District of CaliforniaAttorney Member1998 - Present
National Honors SocietyMember1976 - 1976
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
California Western School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
University of OregonEnglishBachelor of Arts1991