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Sean Richard Olender

Sean Richard Olender

Practice areas:

Immigration, Employment & Labor, Litigation

About Me

Languages Spoken: Spanish, English

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1998

  1. Immigration: 40%
    17 years
  2. Employment & Labor: 33%
  3. Litigation: 27%



Hourly ($300-375/hour), Contingent (33-40%), Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

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Contact Info

Olender - immigration + employment

4030 Moorpark Avenue.
Suite 234
San Jose, CA, 95117




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Volunteer Appreciation - Accepting Over 10 Referrals in 2012AIDS Legal Referral Panel2013
Client Choice AwardAVVO2013
Certificate of AppreciationCoalition of Concerned Legal Professionals2009
Benito Juarez Human Rights AwardAIDS Legal Referral Panel2008
Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service AwardBar Association of San Francisco, Volunteer Legal Services Program2002
Certificate of Appreciation for Significant ContributionsAmerican Immigration Lawyers Association2000

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Principal AttorneyOlender2014 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity Of San Diego School Of Law2012 - 2014
PartnerOlender Pham2009 - 2013
PrincipalOlender Law Office1998 - 2009


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Coalition of Concerned Legal ProfessionalsMember of the Board2011 - Present
San Francisco Attorney MagazineMember of the Editorial Board2002 - 2003
Bar Association of San Francisco, Immigration SectionChair2001 - 2002
Bar Association of San Francisco, Barristers Club ImmigrationChair2001 - 2002
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember1998 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Shah v. Ashcroft, SACV 01-592Successfully sued USCIS and State Department for immigrant visa.
Attorney MalpracticeSettled for $70,000.
Workplace Safety RetaliationSettled for a confidential sum.

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Publication NameTitleDate
The VerdictThe Criminal Character of the Civil Immigration Law System2009
Verdict MagazineThe Trickle Down Bailout Bottoms Out2008
San Francisco Attorney MagazineThe Mess at INS2002
NCHRA Legal and Legislative Affairs CouncilImmigration Issues in a New World: The End of INS2002
San Francisco Attorney MagazineA Footnote to the Linda Chavez Scandal2001
Bar Association of San Franciso - Barrister's Club JournalIn and Out of Cuba: Two Sides of an Unusual Immigration Process2001
San Francisco Attorney MagazineOpening a US Office: Immigration Aspects of Offshore Software2001
NCHRA HR BulletinOh Those H-1Bs: The Silicon Valley's Skilled Worker Shortage2000
NCHRA HR Continuing EducationThe H-1B Skilled Worker Handbook: Tips and Secrets for Quickly Hiring the Best Candidates2000


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Univ of San Diego SOLLawLaw1997
Univ of California Santa BarbaraPolitical ScienceBA1994

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
San Diego International Law Journal SymposiumChaidez v. United States - Padilla Retroactivity2013
PERM Labor Certification and Pathways to Permanent ResidencePERM Labor Certification2013
NCHRA Global eSummitH-1B File Maintenance and Compliance2013
UCSF Incarcerated Populations ConferenceAn Overview of Immigration Remedies Available to Detained HIV+ Patients2012
The Mortgage Crisis and Government InterventionThe Financial Crisis2008
Employment Authorization Documents, Using the Law to Its FullestEmployment Authorization Documents2008
Causes of the Crisis and What We Can Expect from the New AdministrationFinancial Crisis2008
Panel Asylum Attorney TrainingRepresenting Applicants with HIV and AIDS in Asylum Proceedings2007
Legal and Legislative UpdateSocial Security No Match Letters2007
New PERM Rules: The Biggest Change to the Green Card Process in Ten YearsPERM Labor Certification - Employment Based Immigration2005
Managing HR in the Healthcare SectorImmigration Issues in the Health Care Sector2005
Managing HR in the Healthcare SectorImmigration Issues in the Health Care Sector2004
Immigration Update: New Rules for Work-Based Visas & GreencardsWork Visas and Green Cards2003
Big Changes for Immigration Law: The End of INS and New Rules for Green CardsReorganization of INS into Department of Homeland Security2003
2003 Human Resources Legislative UpdateLegislative Update2003
2002 Human Resources Legislative UpdateLegislative Update2002
Hiring Foreign Workers in a New WorldHiring Foreign Workers2001
Hiring Foreign ProfessionalsHiring Foreign Workers2000
Getting the Most from the New H-1B LawH-1B Laws and Regulations2000
21st Century Work Issues: 2000 Legislative UpdateBusiness Immigration and Legislative Update2000
Business Immigration and Compensation IssuesBusiness Immigration and Compensation1999