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I manage a solo practice dedicated exclusively to immigration law. I  represent clients with complex family petitions, including VAWA applications and litigate before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) and federal Circuit Courts. I alsp represents asylum seekers before the Asylum Office and EOIR and handle employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions. I am fluent in spoken Spanish.


I care deeply about legal writing and teaching not only for what it gives to the communty but also from what  I learn while researching and teaching which helps with my advocacy for my clients and also for more just and humane immigration policy.  


In a consultation, I will explain all of your options and advise you on the best way to accomplish your goals. If you are struggling with a family immigration concern, facing deportation,  would like guidance for the naturalization process,  or an emplopyment opprtuniity in the US, I encourage you to call or email for an initial consultation. 


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    19 years


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Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Stuart Allen Matthews

    I have known Mark for nearly a decade and can attest that he is a highly knowledgeable and experienced immigration attorney. He is a zealous and tireless advocate, effectively navigating his clients through the complex maze of immigration law. He is a renowned public speaker and enjoys a solid reputation in the immigration bar. He is an honest and trustworthy friend and colleague, and I can endorse him without hesitation.


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Ste 500
6930 Carroll Ave
Takoma Park, MD, 20912


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Outstanding Service to Immigration Law SectionFederal Bar Association Immigration Law Section2013
Pro Bono Attorney of the Year for Solo and Small PracticeMaryland Pro Bono Resource Center2008
Outstanding CommitteeAmerican Immigration Lawyers Association DC Chapter2007
Teaching AssistantshipUniversity of Baltimore School of Law1995
Graduate FellowshipUniversity of Maryland1987
History Honors SocietyPhi Alpha Theta1986
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner/AttorneyLaw Office of Mark J Shmueli2000 - Present
Adjunct Professor: Immigration and EthnicityUniversity Of Maryland College Park2011 - 2011
AttorneyLaw Office of David Garfield1999 - 2000
Law ClerkMaggio-Kattar, PC1998 - 1999
AttorneyPublic Justice Center1997 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationEOIR Liaison Committee2015 - Present
Federal Bar Foundation, Immigration Law SectionChapter and Section Committee Chair2014 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationDistance Learning Committee2014 - Present
Federal Bar Association Immigration SectionBoard Member2009 - Present
Sixth Circuit Court of AppealsMember2005 - Present
United States Supreme CourtMember2004 - Present
Fourth Circuit Court of AppealsMember2001 - Present
District Court of Marylandmember1998 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (DC chapter)Chair, Maryland Bar Liaison and Legislation Committee2013 - 2014
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember, Media Advocacy Committee2013 - 2014
American Immigration Lawyers AssocationChair, Fundamentals of Immigration Law conference2012 - 2012
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationUSCIS Field Operations Liaison Committee, Chair2010 - 2011
Maryland State Bar Association, Immigration Law CommitteeSection Counsel Member2008 - 2011
Maryland Immigration Rights CommitteePast Chair2008 - 2009
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationPro Bono Services Committee, Chair, Vice-chair, member2008 - 2012
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington D.C. chapter)Liaison to the Baltimore USCIS2004 - 2005
College Democrats of FloridaVice-Chair1985 - 1987
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Fraud Waiver (I-601)Waiver granted.client has green card
NaturalizationClient now a citizen
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Publication nameTitleDate
AILA Leadership Blog• A Long Journey for Justice: The Continuing Fight for LGBT Immigrants2015
Orlando Sentinel,• Republicans Must Embrace Immigration Reform, (with Jayesh Rathod)2014
Maryland State Bar Association section newsletter• Military Families Aided by the Uniform Use of Parole in Place,2014
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)Place the Agricultural Worker Provisions of SB 744 at the Head of the Table of Immigration Reform2013
American Immigration Lawyers Association Leadership BlogThe Dream Today2013
Maryland Bar BulletinWrecking the Republic: Immigration Reform from an Historical Perspective2013
Maryland Bar BulletinMending the Fences? Meaningful and Just Immigration Reform Before Congress2013
The Federal Lawyer)The Post DOMA Immigration Landscape (With Tina R. Goel)2013
D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Program"Same-Sex Marriage and Family-Based Immigration Law" in Family-Based Immigration Law: A Lawyer’s Guide (WIth TIna R. Goel)2013
Baltimore SunDREAM Act Continues Long Maryland Tradition of Welcoming Immigrants2012
Washington Post (Letter to the Editor)The GOP's Elusive Deal on the DREAM Act2012
Governor's Commission to Study the Impact of Immigrants in MarylandFinal Report on the Impact of Immigrants on Maryland (authored by commission)2012
Maryland State Bar Association section newsletterOne Nation, Divided by Immigration (2 part series)2011
Encyclopedia of U.S. Political HistoryThe Democratic Party, 1920-19462010
Maryland State Bar Association JournalProtecting Immigrant Women2008
Maryland State Bar Association JournalNavigating the Pitfalls of Immigration Law for the Criminal Attorney2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Baltimore School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
University of Maryland, College ParkHistoryMA - Masters1989
University of FloridaHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1987
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Symposium on the Intersection of Criminal Law, Immigration Law and DetentionDefinition of “Conviction” Under Immigration Law + Overturning Convictions2015
Annual Immigration ConferenceCancellation of Removal for non Permanent Residents2015
Annual Immigration ConferenceThe Path from Permanent Residency to Naturalization2015
MY LAWCLEWhat Every Practioner Needs to Know about Immigraition Law2014
The End of Federal DOMA and the Effect on the StatesImmigration landscape for same sex couples after the fall of the Defense of Marriage Act2013
Maggio and Kattar Community ForumImmigration Options for LGBT individuals2013
Federal Bar Association Annual Immigration ConferenceThe Consequences of Drug Crimes in Immigration Law2013
Federal Bar Association Annual Immigration ConferenceImmigration Options for Transgender and Transexual individuals2013
Federal Bar Association Annual Immigration ConferencePresenting Experts in Immigration Court2013
Federal Bar Association Annual Immigration ConferenceReligion based asylum cases2013
AILA Upper Midwest Chapter Annual Conference on Immigration LawDOMA- recent developments2013
Fundamentals of Immigration LawNaturalization2012
Federal Bar Association Annual Immigration ConferenceUpdate on state and federal immigration laws2012
Federal Bar Association Annual Immigration ConferencePresenting evidence in immigration court2012
Federal Bar Association Annual Immigration ConferenceAvenues for LGBT Clients to gain immigraton status2012
DC Bar Immigration CLEAdjustment of Status and Consular Processing2012
AILA DC Chapter annual conferenceWaivers of inadmissibility2012
Maryland State Bar Association webinarEthical Issues for the Immigration Practitioner2011
Maryland State Bar Association Annual ConferenceImmigration Law for the Family and Criminal lawyer2011
Federal Bar Association Annual Immigration ConferenceStrategies for Complicated USCIS interviews2011
Federal Bar Association Annual Immigration ConferenceCurrent state and Local Immigration Enforcement2011
AILA Upper Midwest Chapter Annual ConferenceHot issues in family immigration law2011
Maryland Partners for Justice Annual ConferencePadilla, state and local enforcement and updates in immigration law2010
Federal Bar Association Annual ConferencePresenting Evidence for Asylum Cases in Immigration Court2010
Federal Bar AssociationLaw Office Management2010
District of Columbia Bar ClassRelief in Immigration Court2010
District of Columbia BarNaturalization2010
District of Columbia BarRelief in Immigration Court2010
Baltimore Immigration Court Model HearingIntroduction to Immigration Court2010
AILA Fall ConferenceEthical Issues for the Immigration Practitioner2010
Baltimore Immigration Court Model HearingIntroduction to Immigration Court2009
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington D.C. chapter)How to prepare for marriage interviews2009
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Washington D.C. chapter)Presenting Cases in Immigration Court2009
American Immigration Lawyers Association Spring ConferenceGovernment panel with EOIR2007
Annual Immigration Conference American Immigration Lawyers Association (DC chapter)Ethical Issues in Immigration Law2005