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Sam Shihab

Immigration Attorney at Columbus, OH

4.8   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1994
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Sam

Learn Sam’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    I practice in the area of Business Immigration law represeting corporations and individuals. I also enjoys practicing family immigraiton and deportation.

    29 years, 10,000 cases

  2. Litigation

    29 years

Having served thousands of clients in my career as an attorney, I still come to work looking forward to helping my next client. I keep things simple:  honest, straightforward advice and experience navigating complex immigration laws for my client's best interest. 

Outside work, I have always enjoyed many hoppies, flying in my early career and cycling now. As an instrument-rated pilot, being in the sky was the ultimate mental distraction from the challenge of practice or on the bike today in the mountains, where nature has not been changed by the human hand.

 Above all, I am a true family man, and I love it.


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Sam Shihab & Associates
100 E Campus View Blvd
Suite 250
Columbus, OH, 43235
Sam Shihab & Associates, LLC
565 Metro Place South
Dublin, OH, 43017
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Posted by anonymous | May 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing work to get H1B approved
I am extremely glade that my employer hired Sam shihab as our attorney. My case was being treated with efficiency and responsibility. They patiently answered and replied my questions during the process. Sam sahiba and Micahl savege are awesome words alone cannot describe how happy I feel with their services. Many thanks to them. . Definitely recommended!
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Posted by Srinath | December 13, 2013
I'm peaceful today, because of him...
My company has filed my first H1B this year and used Sam's services. First thing that made me trust this folks are the key point they noticed in my case and others didn't. I did my masters from US university. I was under impression that I'm eligible for masters quota. I've got a call from my employer at the last moment saying Sam has sent doc's to USCIS and filled under General quota. I was shocked and frustrated on my employer using Sam's services. Luckily, my file was picked up in the lottery and approved for 3 years. After that I hear many cases who filed their H1B under masters quota who has degree from for-profit. Unfortunately, all these folks H1B got denied because of for-profit. Also, who was filed under Masters quota previously, who got approvals then, now their H1B is getting denied because of for-profit. Whenever I hear these kind of cases, I'm fortunate using Sam's services and he gave me peace of mind which I'm experiencing. And will use their services in future. Finally, Thanks to Michael Savage (paralegal) who helped on this.
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Posted by Deep | November 8, 2011
Sam Shihab And associates are the best
I have been working on my immigration cases with Sam Shihab And associates and they are the best .All the associates working on my case are very good, professional, punctual, resourceful and absolutely know what they doing.
Posted by GDS | January 26, 2010
Posted by Syed | January 26, 2010
Very knowledgeable and professional attorney
I have very positive experience with Attorney Sam Shihab and with his team. They are very professional and knowledgeable team. I am truly impressed with their process and proactive approach in dealing clients like me. They are the best and i have referred several of my family and friends and just like me they too are very glad that they are at the right place.
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Posted by Raghu | November 28, 2011
I94 Descripency
I was out of status for almost more than a year, Sam directed the situation in a right way and boosted confidence in me to tackle the situation. He is a very smart to handle things and always targets for a permanent solution. He personally took me to the INS officer and got the issue resolved, INS officer gave me a new I-94 with back dated stamp which is highly impossible to attain, since Sam provided the proper documentation and approached him in the right way he made this possible.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-400 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.3 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Shihab Burke, LLC, Attorneys At Law
  • 2010 - Present
  • Founder
  • Shihab & Associates
  • 1994 - 2010
  • Development Engineerg
  • The City of Columbus
  • 1992 - 1994
  • Design Engineer
  • The Ohio Department of Transportation
  • 1986 - 1992
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  • Capital University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Ohio State University, Columbus
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1984

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Mendieta-Robles v. Gonzales 226 Fed.Appx. 564 (6th Cir. 2007).
  • Reversing the BIA Appeal. Deportation dismissed.
  • Simms V. Pezzo
  • setteled.


  • Dublin Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Columbus Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Committee
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Columbus Bar Association, Construction Committee
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Columbus Bar Association Small Firm Committe
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Cleveland Bar Association
  • 2005 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Ohio chapter)
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Arabic
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • BV Distinguised
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Certificate of Recognition. Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program
  • The Supreme Court of Ohio
  • 2008
  • BV
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2000
  • Professional Engineer designation
  • State of Ohio
  • 1990
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Speaking Engagements

  • Ohio Business Law
  • Employer Compliance
  • 2011
  • Immigration Law Seminar
  • Immigration Law
  • 2010
  • Employer Complaince
  • Immigration Law
  • 2009
  • Sixth Annual Immigration Law Conference-Ohio
  • Corporate Compliance and Audits
  • 2008
  • Introduction to Immigration Law
  • Permanent Residency and Naturalization, Introduction to Immigration law
  • 2008
  • Immigraition Law Conference
  • I-9 Compliance and H-1B Laws
  • 2008
  • Immigration Law
  • I-9 No-match letter & ICE enforcements.
  • 2007
  • HARCO Yearly Conference
  • Guidence on Social Security "No-Match Letters
  • 2007
  • Continuing Legal Education for Lawyers
  • Permanent Residency and Naturalization, Introduction to Immigration law
  • 2007
  • Immigration Law Over view
  • Immigration Law overview for attonreys
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (13)
Endorse Sam
Immigration Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sam is a dedicated, hard working and passionate attorney who will always go the extra mile for his clients. Among other areas, he is extremely well versed in labor certification: an oftentimes tricky and convoluted process made painless only as a result of his unique command. I gladly endorse him."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 08
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mr. Shihab's expertise in the area of immigration law is unmatched in our community. For each and every case that he takes on, he exercises diligence and care beyond what is required of an attorney. Additionally, Mr. Shihab's clients enjoy a level of professionalism and customer service that is beyond compare."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Sam is a dedicated, skilled attorney. We worked together on several matters and I found him to be very knowledgable and detail oriented."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I recently worked on a matter with Attorney Shihab and was very impressed with his dedication and concern for his client's needs and his desire to go above and beyond the call of duty to meet his client's expectations."
Constitutional Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have found Attorney Shihab's knowledge of immigration law and concern for his clients to be top-notch. I would not hesitate to refer immigration matters to him."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sam's helpful responses on Avvo and on his blog are attestations to his knowledge in his field. I endorse this lawyer's work.."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have gotten to know Mr. Shihab through his activity on Avvo. Mr. Shihab is always willing to answer questions and I always learn something from his responses. I would not hesitate to recommend clients to him."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sam's work is highly focused which makes him competent in this complex field. He has years of experience in immigration law. I endorse this lawyer's work."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've reviewed answers that Sam Shihab has given in reponse to various inquiries, and he appears to have a broad knowledge base in immigration law. I learned from him something about the CSPA that I did not know. I endorse this lawyer's work."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sam Shihab is a true professional. His combination of legal skills, experience, dedication, and trustworthiness make him a good choice for representation in all immigration matters. I strongly recommend him."
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