Alison Yew has been a licensed attorney for over 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, Mandarin
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Moot Court Best Brief||University of San Francisco School of Law||1994|
|Owner/Attorney||Law Office of Alison Yew||2013 - Present|
|Partner||Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith||2005 - 2013|
|Associate||Vogl & Meredith, LLP||2000 - 2005|
|Research Attorney||Superior Court Of Santa Clara County||1998 - 2000|
|Associate||Jeffrey J. Chang and Associates||1994 - 1998|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|BNI Business Network International||Vice President||2015 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association (Northern California chapter)||Member||2011 - Present|
|In Re R.H.||Lawful Permanent Residence approved|
|In Re R.H.||Decision of denial reversed (naturalization approved)|
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|University of San Francisco School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1994|
|University of California - San Diego||Psychology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1988|
|BNI San Jose High Rise Connections Meeting||Immigration Law Governance Basics||2015|
|BNI San Jose High Rise Connections Meeting||Visa Basics||2015|