Skip to main content

Rachel M. Self

Immigration Attorney at Boston, MA

5.0   112 reviews

Licensed for 18 years

Virtual consultation available

About Rachel

Learn Rachel’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    Arraignment and bail hearings Post conviction relief Narcotics Violations Money Laundering Theft Sexual Assault Domestic Violence Assault & Battery Alien Smuggling Illegal re-entry after deportation Juvenile Criminal Defense Driving under the influence

  2. Immigration
    50%
    The firm specializes in all aspects of immigration law and dedicates itself to honest and communicative representation while providing you with all possible resolutions for your immigration problem.

LOCATED IN DOWNTOWN BOSTON, I SPECIALIZE IN CRIMINAL DEFENSE AND IMMIGRATION LAW.

 

Rachel M. Self is the founding member of Rachel M. Self, P.C., and appears regularly as a legal analyst for the Fox News Channel and CNN. Attorney Self represents individuals in criminal and immigration matters; with particular expertise in criminal trial work, deportation defense, and post-conviction relief.

Rachel has been selected by Boston Magazine and Superlawyers as a top immigration attorney from 2009-2019 and has recently been honored for the Eighth year in a row by The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40. She is regularly asked to teach and speak on both criminal and immigration issues. She has taught advanced immigration and crimmigration seminars for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Massachusetts Bar Association and the New Hampshire Judicial Education Program. She has also taught at New England Law Boston. She is rated “Superb,” the highest possible ranking, by Avvo, a national attorney rating service and was awarded with the Client’s Choice award for 2013-2019. Rachel is fluent in Spanish, and has a broad base of knowledge in international and cross-cultural issues.

 

Photos and videos

Rachel Self appears on Fox News to discuss mortgage fraud investigations.
View more
Licensed for 18 years
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 2004
Updated 12/26/2022

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

Contact Rachel

Rachel M. Self, P.C.

Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  112 customer reviews
5 Star
 
99%
4 Star
 
0%
3 Star
 
0%
2 Star
 
0%
1 Star
 
1%
Posted by Paula & Mike | June 13, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Compassionate, Thorough and Expert Immigration & Criminal Attorney!
We hired Rachel Self for an immigration issue that involved a past criminal offense which would have caused my husband to be deported. Attorney Self was able to overturn a prior sentence and we are now on the road to citizenship! She is extremely knowledgeable, confident, honest and compassionate. She is there for her clients, answering questions nights, weekends, above and beyond our expectations. If you find yourself in the need of an attorney, you are in the best of hands with Rachel Self.
Read less
Posted by Laurie | April 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing job-Comprehensive knowlegde of immigration law
My husband and I hired Rachel for a complicated case, involving my husband's adjustment of status. Rachel made the process very clear from the first phone call. Rachel was always there (via text, email, phone call or in person meeting) whenever we reached out, ready with full explanation of any questions or concerns we had. She was the most knowledgeable attorney we encountered in our long process with immigration and we reached out to over four lawyers. Rachel knows the law and process, and was very clear that there was a pathway for my husband's case despite what others had told us. She had originally explained that our case could take time, she was correct and we received our approval recently. These cases often take patience and perseverance, she worked tirelessly for us and was professional, positive and encouraging throughout the process.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lawyer Immigration, criminal defense
She was able to deliver beyond expectation. Very organized, Good listener. She was very successful with my case.
Posted by Pierre | September 16, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
US Citizenship Application
Rachel Self was instrumental throughout the process of my naturalization (to become a US citizen). She was responsive throughout, very detailed, making sure that every item that could potentially present a problem was addressed. I found Rachel very pleasant to work with and very professional (even though she was dealing with a personal loss as we were preparing for the interview). I would highly recommend Rachel Self as your attorney as you are considering applying for your citizenship.
Read less
Posted by Odalis | September 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best Immigration Criminal defense
I had already seen many lawyers, and none could help me, others after collecting my money did not help me either, until God put the lawyer Rachel Self in my way, I have a lot to thank her for. I am very happy and very grateful how Rachel M. Self took my case and how she worked, and most importantly the trust she gave me, I believe that if it had not been for her I would not have succeeded. Thank you, Thank you.
Read less
Posted by Ravi | May 16, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best in the city
As we were waiting for an interview at JFK building in Boston couple of other lawyer walked passed us and said She is the best in the City. She is very knowledgeable, helpful and always there when we needed her. She explained the whole process from the beginning and after that it was very smooth ride all the way to getting my green card. I highly recommend here.
Read less
Posted by Elen | May 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best lawyer !! Professional and skilled.
I meet Rachel in December 2015. After going to 7 different lawyers that gave me no hope or you could say didn’t know much about criminal and immigration laws. I came across to Rachel’s profile on AVVO thanks god. When I went to her office I didn’t have no appointment but she took the time to listen to my case. She was honest, treated me with respect and gave me hope. She had a plan a solution for my case. Why ? Cause she is up to date with what is going on, she knows the laws, she wants to fight for you. I had a deportation order and she managed to remove with a motion to reopen the case. Than she file a 751 petition which grant me my green card back. This week I became a US CITIZENS thanks to Rachel’s hard work and skills. She is a fighter, she will find a way. In the process she always answered my calls and e-mails right away. Treated me with compassion and was up to date with everything in my case. Words can’t describe what you did for me Rachel I’m forever grateful. Thank you!! Stop by her office see it for yourself.
Read less
Posted by Abbey | May 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Efficient and Effective Immigration Lawyer
Rachel was really great. She was very good at letting us know how everything worked. She reassured us when needed but was also very efficient and effective with her time. She made the entire process and breeze for us. I couldn't recommend her more!
Posted by Mikala | May 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The most knowledgeable and compassionate lawyer you will ever work with
Rachel is a fantastic lawyer. I have no doubt that whatever immigration need you have, she knows exactly what you need to do and how to do it. But that's not why you should work with her. We interviewed dozens of lawyers before we found Rachel. We did not have a straightforward case and we sat in offices of lawyer after lawyer who condescended us, showed a lack of confidence in our case or suggested "easy options" that would separate our family. Rachel was different. She's not just a great lawyer, she's a great person. She treated us with dignity, compassion and humanity. Most importantly, she fought for us. She didn't just file paperwork, she helped us through the process. She answered every email and returned every phone call, no matter how basic or crazy our question or concern was. Anyone can be a lawyer, but Rachel is so much more. She's an advocate, a confidant and an immigration warrior. She kept our family together, won our case and won our hearts.
Read less
Posted by Bereket | May 1, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend Rachel.
Rachel was my immigration lawyer. She helped me with my asylum case. Rachel is detail-oriented, understanding, and professional. I highly recommend Rachel for immigration cases.
Posted by Vladan | April 26, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
THE BEST LAWYER
We hired Rachel for immigration case. Her knowledge, experience is outstanding. She led us thru all case step by step. She was so reasonable and patient and so helpful. Explain every single thing what we didn`t know and wasn`t sure to do. We are so grateful for having her as our lawyer. Every single call, text or email she was responding immediately doesn't matter is it weekend or not. I would highly recommend her for any case you need, trust me she`s gonna do everything to help you. Thank you Rachel, Michelle and Vladan
Read less
Posted by M.R | December 1, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The BEST!!
Rachel is the best lawyer, and believe us when We say she is the BEST! Rachel is an extraordinary, knowledgeable, and experienced attorney, she saved our family, we couldn't be more grateful to have found her. We hired Rachel desperately! and she was our angel, we have no words to describe how amazing she has been during a very long process. Rachel was our second attorney on the case, if we had met Rachel sooner, we would not have gone through so many disappointments and spent so much time and money. Rachel picked our case and started from 0! Rachel was able to re-establish our hopes and fought very hard for our rights. Despite all the challenges with USCIS during the process, Rachel kept us at ease, was so understanding, and explained all the steps so well. Rachel kept us informed, explained the laws, the process, and guided us through the anxiety that came along the way with so much support and understanding. She made us feel validated, she listened to all the questions and doubts we had, made us feel supported and confident. She responded to us in a very incredible way, Rachel was not only our advocate but became our therapist and a friend forever. Rachel made us feel respected and valued, I can't thank Rachel enough for keeping our family together and making us feel completely happy again.
Read less
Posted by H.F. | November 28, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Proem
Attorney Self is a rare gem! She has been our Angel of Hope and proven advocate in a system that is full of challenges, especially during COVID. Attorney Self is a careful listener & strategic planner who maintained calm & provided us with positive, open communication & direction throughout our entire client experience. We were kept highly informed on a timely basis with utmost respect. ALL our calls & emails were returned timely. Attorney Self is extremely smart, courteous, sincere, and conscientious & always took the time to respond to our questions and explained things in easily understandable terms. Her command of the law & INS system is very impressive. Definitely Top notch!
Read less
Posted by Donald | July 1, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Expert, considerate, and professional. Representation you can trust
Rachel and her team lead my effort to become a US citizen. From the outset, her deep domain knowledge and expertise in this area was evident. Everything from collecting the relevant data in support of my submission, dossier review and filing, interview preparation and access to resources in advance of the interview were handled in a manner that can only be considered expert. Rachel spent the time to prepare me for the in person interview, walked me through the overall process, and participated with me as my attorney in the face to face interview. Rachel and her supporting team turned what is normally a stressful and difficult process into a straightforward affair with a clear end in mind. Now a US citizen, I can not thank her enough for all her support and would recommend Rachel to anyone looking for representation in this area. Thank you!
Read less
Posted by anonymous | April 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommended immigration lawyer for USA
Rachel Self is the angel who has guided me through very trying and turbulent times in my path to getting a fair hearing which eventually led to an approval for my green card. I would not be able to get to this stage in my immigration journey without her professional expertise and personal touch in handling my case. Her name and legal expertise will be highly recommended by me to anyone who wants guidance and solace during their perilous immigration journey.
Read less
Posted by anonymous | April 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
Rachel is incredible person and excellent lawyer.She made me feel supported and confident in myself during the whole process.She was very helpful and understanding.She is the only one immigration lawyer I felt I can use in my situation ..the only one I can trust and rely on...I highly recommend you to use her help...its a great experience with excellent and fast results!!!
Read less
Posted by Anna | January 21, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Rachel was absolutely terrific! Extraordinary professional and very knowledgeable
Me and my husband had a difficult case due to his probation and open case and Rachel did make sure we feel comfortable with the whole process, starting from consultation to the very end with prep interview and the interview itself (it took immigration almost a year and Rachel and her associates always kept in touch with us, letting us know about what is happening and the next steps and everything). The moment you walk into the Rachel's office you know you are in good hands, that is how much of a pro she is. Office is right in the downtown Boston so its a little hard with parking but other than that there is no other minuses about the experience with Rachel Self. Thank you for all your support and detailed explanation of everything! So much appreciated! And so very much recommended. Thank you
Read less
Posted by Elen Forsythe | January 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Rachel self amazing, honest lawyer. Melhor/ Mejor. You found what you were looking for !
Let me start by she is god sent to help people. I thank god everyday I found her. She knows the law, she is responsible, kind, honest, knowledgeable, speaks Spanish and have staff that speaks Portuguese. She will fight for you. I went to 5 different immigration lawyers and they made my case sound impossible and like I had no chance. I found Rachel here on avvo.com and I’m glad I read the reviews. My case was immigration and criminal. She worked along with my criminal lawyer advising him what was the best outcome for my immigration case. Than she reopened my deportation case, filing a I751 to obtain my green card. Everything happened just the way she said, she fought for me Like I was her family member. I just got approved for my green card and now I’m on my way to citizenship thanks for her hard work and dedication to her clients. “Don’t waste your time looking for a lawyer she is the one you need.” If you have a chance she will be honest and make it happen. Words can’t thank you enough Rachel self! God bless you ! Amazing!
Read less
Posted by anonymous | September 29, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Detail Oriented, Compassionate, and Knowledgeable
I am a permanent resident and I hired Rachel for my wife's green card application. I had a complicated case due to a misunderstood criminal case for which I am on a pretrial probation. She was very attentive, compassionate, and detail oriented when I explained her my situation. She is very knowledgeable and knows the law very well. After listening to my situation she explained me that it would not be a problem and my wife's application will be approved despite of the complications in the case. She did a very thorough job preparing the application and made sure that it was perfect. Today we appeared for the interview (3 months after submitting the application), Rachel went in with my wife, and the officer approved our case in only 5 minutes! Rachel was very professional, punctual, and compassionate throughout her communication with us. I will surely be hiring her next year for my naturalization application! I am very impressed with Rachel and would highly recommend her for immigration as well as criminal matter. She knows the law very well and knows how to steer you through a difficult case.
Read less
Posted by GB. | July 31, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Rachel M. Self
After living in the United States for decades with a green card, I had concerns about becoming a citizen. Rachel M. Self helped ease my worries. She walked me through the process and got me fantastic results, she was highly respectful, professional and friendly. I would recommend her to all my family, friends and to whom ever seeing my post . Over all, she is the best lawyer in the county. Thank you attorney Rachel M. Self......
Read less
View less reviews

Cost

We have not found any cost information for this lawyer

Contact for Details

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Rachel M. Self, P.C.
  • 2005 - Present

Education

  • Suffolk University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • N/A
  • Bentley College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Motion for New Trial for KL
  • Victory for KL
  • Commonwealth v HO
  • Victory for HO
  • Commonwealth v. EG
  • Victory for Mr. G.
View all legal cases

Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • 2005 - Present
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • 2005 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • 2005 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 2005 - Present
View all associations

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • SuperLawyer in Immigration Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star in Immigration Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star in Immigration Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star in Immigration Law
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Top 40 under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Rising Star in Immigration Law
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 40 under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2013
  • Rising Star in Immigration Law
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Top 40 under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2012
  • Rising Star in Immigration Law
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Rising Star in Immigration Law
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Rising Star in Immigration Law
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Rising Star in Immigration Law
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • 2009
View all awards

Speaking Engagements

  • Immigration Basics Plus
  • Immigration Court Practice
  • 2020
  • Zealous Advocacy in the District Courts
  • How to Do A Closing Argument
  • 2013
  • Immigration 101
  • Introduction to the Law
  • 2013
  • Immigration Basics
  • Removal Proceedings
  • 2012
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.
  • Immigration Basics
  • 2011
  • Judicial Conference
  • Immigration Consequences of Criminal Conduct
  • 2011
  • AILA New England Immigration Law Conference
  • Advanced Immigration Litigation Practice
  • 2011
  • AILA New England Chapter
  • From Cuffs to Court - What Happens when ICE Detains Your Client? - Presenter
  • 2011
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.
  • Immigration Basics
  • 2010
  • AILA New England Immigration Law Conference
  • Advanced Issues in Litigation
  • 2010
View all speaking engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (13)
Endorse Rachel
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Self does and excellent job defending her clients in criminal defense cases. Over the years, i have seen Attorney Self achieve great results for her clients. I endorse her for criminal defense matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply said, Rachel is a great criminal defense lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. Rachel is extremely knowledgeable, tenacious and incredibly hard working. You would be very lucky to have her in your corner."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rachel is an excellent lawyer and even better person. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Rachel M. Self is a remarkably effective trial attorney. Her contributions to the fields of Immigration and Criminal Defense are surpassed only by her commitment to her clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.very well respected advocate in the legal community"
Immigration Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have listened to Attorney Self speak at various events and she is an extremely knowledgeable and well versed attorney. I strongly endorse her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rachel and I have worked together on immigration matters in the past involving issues in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts. She knows how to work under pressure and still interact with clients, judges and other lawyers with professionalism and care. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rachel Self co-counseled with me on many matters. Her responsiveness, creativity, and work product is of the highest caliber. Rachel is truly an exceptional lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
View more endorsements
Child support
Criminal defense
Litigation
Divorce and separation
Criminal defense
Contracts and agreements
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Criminal defense
Criminal defense