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Alison Yew

About me


Alison Yew has been a licensed attorney for 20 years.  Prior to starting her own practice, Alison was a civil litigation partner with one of the top-100 law firms ranked by Am Law.  During this time, Alison saw a need to help the firm’s corporate clients (which spanned across the United States) with immigration-related hiring/employment issues, so she developed the firm’s immigration practice group.

Alison has helped companies hire foreign workers with excellent credentials, through business and employment-based petitions for permanent and temporary work visas, including PERM processing, I-140 petitions under EB-1, EB-2, I-129 petitions for H-1B and L-1 visas, and other treaty visas such as TN visas.  Alison has also counseled many potential foreign investors on how to obtain a green card through the EB-5 investor visa program.  Even though the H-1B visa petitions have had an extremely short petition acceptance window in the last several years, with Alison’s diligence and expertise her business clients across the United States were able to obtain this visa and hire highly qualified employees.  Through the referral of many satisfied clients, Alison successfully joined families together through family-based petitions for green cards.

Alison brings a personal understanding of the immigration experience to her work. Born in Hong Kong, Alison and her family immigrated to the United States when Alison was a child.  Her husband is a naturalized American citizen who came from Egypt.

Alison has always enjoyed the one-on-one counseling of potential immigrants and the personal aspect of this practice; as a sole practitioner, Alison will continue to give her clients the same high quality of work and attention.


Alison received her undergraduate degree (B.A.) in Psychology from the University of California in San Diego, in 1988.  After working a few years at a law firm in San Francisco, Alison attended the University of San Francisco School of Law and obtained her Juris Doctor (J.D.) in 1994.

Professional Qualifications and Other Experience

Alison has been a member in good standing of the California State Bar since 1994.  She has been admitted to the Northern and Eastern U.S. Federal District Courts of California. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, a national organization of lawyers who practice and teach immigration law and who are  dedicated to promoting justice, advocating for fair and reasonable immigration policies and law, and providing quality immigration and nationality legal services.

While in law school, Alison was active with the university’s Criminal Law Clinic, tutored other students through the university’s Academic Support Program, and taught general law education to 8th grade students through the university’s Street Law Program.   In her last year, Alison was a student judicial extern for the Honorable Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar at the California Court of Appeal. Justice Werdegar is now on the California Supreme Court bench.


Languages spoken: Cantonese

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 95%
    22 years
  2. Litigation: 5%
    22 years



Hourly ($200-300/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (15 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Ruben Patricio Ruiz

    I have worked with Ms. Yew in the past and she is an excellent attorney. She is a fierce advocate for her clients and has a proven record of success. I recommend her for any matter involving immigration.


    Ruben Ruiz Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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    I can absolutely speak to the high quality of service you will receive from Alison. Not is she only a smart and meticulous attorney, she truly cares about helping her clients. If you have an immigration issue, you will be in good hands with Alison.


    Keri Avellini Insurance Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

2033 Gateway Place
San Jose, CA, 95110


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Moot Court Best BriefUniversity of San Francisco School of Law1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner/AttorneyLaw Office of Alison Yew2013 - Present
PartnerLewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith2005 - 2013
AssociateVogl & Meredith, LLP2000 - 2005
Research AttorneySuperior Court Of Santa Clara County1998 - 2000
AssociateJeffrey J. Chang and Associates1994 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Northern California chapter)Member2011 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
WebsiteWhat is the EB-5 Investment Visa Program2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Francisco School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of California - San DiegoPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
BNI San Jose High Rise Connections MeetingImmigration Law Governance Basics2015
BNI San Jose High Rise Connections MeetingVisa Basics2015