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Sheila Therese Starkey Hahn

Immigration Attorney at Dunkirk, NY

5.0   7 reviews

also known as Sheila Hahn

  • State Years
    Virginia - VA 28 years
    Minnesota - MN 28 years
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1996
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State MN
    Acquired 1995
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Sheila

Learn Sheila’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Immigration
    I handle employment-based visa matters for individuals and companies, family-based immigration cases and removal defense, including asylum applications.

    28 years, 1,000 cases

Sheila Starkey Hahn graduated from the University of Buffalo with majors in English Literature and Spanish. She received her JD from the University of Minnesota Law School. Ms. Starkey Hahn has a solo practice representing companies and individuals in immigrant and nonimmigrant visa matters. She served as the Chair of the National Pro Bono Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Advocacy Chair for AILA’s mid-south Chapter and the Treasurer, Pro Bono Liaison and Citizenship Day Chair of the AILA DC Chapter, as well as Ambassador to the American Immigration Council (AIC). Ms. Starkey Hahn has lectured on topics of immigration law at universities, embassies, international organizations and AILA conferences. She is the author of numerous articles on a variety of topics in immigration law. Ms. Starkey Hahn has traveled to Artesia, New Mexico and Dilley and Karnes, Texas to provide pro bono legal representation to detained Central American asylum seekers. 

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Law Offices of Sheila Starkey Hahn
3972 Vineyard Drive
Ste. 327
Dunkirk, NY, 14048
Sheila Therese Starkey Hahn
3238 Players Club Circle
Memphis, TN, 38125
Law Offices of Sheila Starkey Hahn
300 International Drive
Ste. 100
Buffalo, NY, 14221
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  7 customer reviews
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Posted by Adi M | December 5, 2014
The 'Best' Expert !
Sheila is a top-performing lawyer that I have had opportunity to render immigration related services from past 4 years. I have been impressed with her in-depth knowledge and expertise along with top notch communication skills and professional demeanor. She has a great patience to answer/clarify all possible questions and ensures that the questions are addressed in timely fashion. With her Law firm's service I always feel I have the pertinent information. She has my highest recommendation, and I am happy to refer her.
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Posted by anonymous | August 26, 2014
Sheila is a terrific Lawyer
Sheila is a great lawyer. She helped me with my asylum Case. I thought I had no chance of winning because my case was very complex and I didn't know how the legal system works in America. She was very friendly, efficient and explained things to me in a way I could understand. If it wasn't for her I would be back in my home country facing extreme hardship and persecution. Thank you so much Sheila.
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Posted by MARITZA | August 20, 2014
Excellent lawyer!!
Sheila is an excellent lawyer! I have worked with her for 12 years! She help me to get my work visas, permanent resident and the citizenship! She guided me very well during all steps. She answers emails in a timely manner. In summary, she is a wonderful lawyer!!
Posted by Catherine | August 20, 2014
SR, Human Resources Director
Attorney Hahn has served as our company's immigration lawyer for over fifteen years. Attorney Hahn is well versed in all matters involving immigration.
Posted by Alvin | August 19, 2014
Simply awesome!!!
Aside from being awesome at all of the five traits mentioned above, I would like to add that she is kindhearted, flexible and very accommodating.
Posted by X | November 15, 2013
Sheila is the best attorney that I have met
I found Sheila's information from this webpage. And I hired her as my attorney for my green card interview. She is very helpful. First, when she did the consultation for me, she talked for about one hour. In fact, that should have been an half an hour consultation. And she provided a lot of information. When helping us prepare the interview, she carefully went over all my documents. And she told us which forms to fill in etc. She knows all the details. During the interview day, she went to interview place even earlier than us. She is such a hard-working attorney. She can even work on weekends, or at nights. There is rarely such attorney that can do this. She is a wonderful attorney. I strongly recommend Sheila to anyone as an immigration attorney!
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Posted by Martin | June 4, 2012
Sheila is the best !
I retained Sheila to help me obtain my H1-B work visas and green card since first arriving in the US in 2000. Throughout the whole experience she was very friendly, efficient and extremely responsive to all of my questions and concerns. I secured my green card in 2007 and would highly recommmend anyone seeking to do the same to hire Sheila. She is certainly an excellent ambassador for her profession.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-300 per hour
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Sheila Starkey Hahn
  • 2004 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Marty, LaMadrid & Starkey
  • 1996 - 2004
  • Student Director, Refugee Law Clinic
  • University Of Minnesota Law School
  • 1994 - 1995
  • Legal Intern
  • University Of Minnesota Office of International Student and Scholar Services
  • 1993 - 1995
  • Law Clerk
  • Minnesota Advocates For Human Rights
  • 1992 - 1995
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  • University of Minnesota Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Employment Based Green Card Case
  • Green Card Approved
  • Asylum Case for Persecuted Female from Afghanistan
  • Asylum Granted


  • Mid-South Immigration Advocates
  • Board Member
  • 2018 - 2019
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Chair, National Pro Bono Committee
  • 2017 - 2019
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (MidSouth chapter)
  • Advocacy Chair
  • 2017 - 2018
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Committee Member, Pro Bono Task Force
  • 2016 - 2017
  • AILA Mid-South Chapter
  • Advocacy Chair
  • 2015 - 2016
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association DC Chapter
  • Treasurer
  • 2012 - 2013
  • American Immigration Council
  • Ambassador
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Immigration Advocates Network
  • Moderator, Community Forum
  • 2010 - 2015
  • American Immigration Law Foundation
  • Committee Member, Annual Immigrant Achievement Awards
  • 1998 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America for Immigration Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2020
  • Best Law Firms in America for Immigration Law
  • Best Lawyers and USA Today
  • 2020
  • Michael Maggio Pro Bono Award
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • 2018
  • Pro Bono Guardian
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Michael Maggio Pro Bono Award - Grp Award to Artesia Volunteers
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Pro Bono Champion
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • 2013
  • AILA Pro Bono Star
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • 2012
  • Committee Person of the Year - Pro Bono & Outreach Division
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association DC Chapter
  • 2009
  • Scholarship with Servicio Paz y Justicia, Montevideo, Uruguay
  • MacArthur Foundation
  • 1994
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  • AILA Annual Conference Materials
  • Current Trends in J-1 Waivers Based on Exceptional Hardship to a US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident Spouse or Child
  • 2015
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses of H-1B Nonimmigrants Seeking Employment-Based Lawful Permanent Residence
  • 2015
  • AILA's Forms and Fundamentals
  • Completing Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiance(e)
  • 2015
  • Advanced Topics in Family-Based Immigration AILA DC Chapter Conference Materials
  • Child Status Protection Act: Recent Developments
  • 2011
  • American University International Law Review
  • Immigration Fundamentals for International Lawyers, Permanent Residence through Employment
  • 1998
  • Immigration Briefings
  • Children's Issues in U.S. Immigration Law: An Overview
  • 1997
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Speaking Engagements

  • 2019 AILA Asylum Conference and Webcast
  • Child Asylum Seekers and the Trump Administration's Targeting of the Most Vulnerable
  • 2019
  • Post-Performance Panel Discussion following A Shayna Maidel
  • The Current American Immigrant Experience
  • 2018
  • AILA Annual Conference
  • Basics of Asylum
  • 2018
  • TI Talks at Crosstown
  • The Current State of Immigration and the Future of DACA
  • 2017
  • Learning Session on Immigration and Executive Order
  • Immigration Developments under the Trump Administration
  • 2017
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (MidSouth chapter) Annual Conference
  • Q&A with USCIS Representatives, Moderator
  • 2017
  • 2017 American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference
  • Exposing Expedited Removals and Streamlined Criminal Reentry Prosecutions
  • 2017
  • Obama Effect 2.0
  • Working at the Intersection of Foreign and Domestic: Policy Challenges During the Obama Presidency
  • 2016
  • 2016 Upper Midwest Immigration Conference
  • Building Your Asylum Case
  • 2016
  • 2016 AILA Asylum CLE Conference
  • Expedited Removal and Reinstatement of Removal
  • 2016
  • AILA Web Seminar
  • Strategies Seeking an H-1B Extension Beyond the Six-Year Limit
  • 2015
  • 2015 Annual AILA Chapter Conference
  • Working with Detained Individuals using Family Detention as an Example
  • 2015
  • 2015 AILA Annual National Conference
  • J-1 Hardship Waivers
  • 2015
  • 2014 AILA Annual National Conference
  • Basic Issues in Naturalization
  • 2014
  • 2012 AILA Annual National Conference
  • "All You Need is Love" Part II: Marriage-Based Cases
  • 2012
  • Lunch 'n Learn, DC Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • How to Start an Immigration Practice
  • 2011
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference
  • Basic Issues in Naturalization and Derivative Citizenship
  • 2011
  • AILA DC Chapter 2011 Fall Conference
  • Family-Based Immigration: The Basics and Beyond
  • 2011
  • Naturalization Ceremony at US District Court for the District of Columbia
  • Invited Speaker
  • 2010
  • NALEO Naturalization Webinar
  • Naturalization Workshop Volunteer Training
  • 2010
  • Current Events Meeting
  • Immigration Policy
  • 2010
  • Fundamentals of Immigration Benefits Law Practice Workshops with the Experts
  • Family-Based Immigrant Visa Workshop
  • 2009
  • AILA DC Chapter Annual Conference
  • Understanding Immigration Fraud
  • 2009
  • Testimony before the Maryland General Assembly
  • Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants
  • 2008
  • H-1B Temporary Worker Information Session, Georgetown University
  • H-1B Process
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
Endorse Sheila
Immigration Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Sheila is extremely dedicated, sharp, creative and engaging."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Starkey Hahn is a highly experienced and honest attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. have had the singular pleasure of serving as co-counsel with Ms. Starkey Hahn on several occasions and cannot recommend her highly enough. She is a highly skilled, extremely knowledgeable and dedicated immigration attorney, esteemed by her clients and colleagues for her attentive advocacy and generous spirit. Ms. Starkey Hahn has extensive experience representing businesses and their employees in both immigrant and nonimmigrant visa matters. Ms. Starkey Hahn is a tireless crusader on behalf of immigration. A client could not ask for a better advocate, nor an attorney, for a better colleague."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sheila Starkey Hahn is a master of employment-based immigration. She is relentless, highly attentive to detail, and always ahead of the curve. Sheila is also a delight to work with. Her enthusiasm and good humor immediately place all parties at ease and focused on success."
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Dunkirk Immigration Lawyer Sheila Therese Starkey Hahn
Sheila Therese Starkey Hahn
Immigration Attorney
Dunkirk, NY
Licensed for 28 years