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Shahzad Nasim Ghafoor

Immigration Attorney at Independence, MO

5.0   6 reviews
  • State Years
    Kansas - KS 22 years
    Missouri - MO 23 years
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State KS
    Acquired 2001
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State MO
    Acquired 2000
    Good Standing, Active No misconduct found

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

About Shahzad

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Practice areas
  1. Immigration

    24 years, 5,000 cases

  2. Criminal defense

    19 years

Shahzad is a founding partner of Ghafoor Cook Ellis, LLC. He has 20 years of experience as a practicing attorney. Prior to establishing Ghafoor Cook Ellis, LLC, Shahzad worked in the field of international tax, and M&A. He is licensed to practice in Kansas, and Missouri.

His practice focuses on advising clients in various aspects of immigration and U.S. tax law. In particular, his practice is focused on family immigration, removal proceedings, investment-based immigration, and business visas, including: H-1B and L-1 blanket visas. In addition, he assists clients with business and individual tax filings, wage garnishments, accounting and payroll services.

Mr. Ghafoor brings a personal perspective to his work because of his own immigration experience to the United States. As a result, he is deeply sensitive to his clients’ concerns and provides a clear vision at all stages of the process.

Mr. Ghafoor has participated in various non-profit and charitable organizations focused on international human rights, including opposition to violence against women, and childhood education in developing countries. In view of these organizations he chairs a foundation developed to support such programs in the U.S. and other nations.

Shahzad Ghafoor earned his J.D. and M.B.A. at the University of Missouri – Columbia.

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Ghafoor Cook Ellis, LLC
136 E Walnut Street
Suite 300
Independence, MO, 64050-3986
Ghafoor Cook Ellis LLC
7300 W. 110th
Overland Park, KS, 66210
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Posted by anonymous | April 2, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Really great listener and informative
I had a family member going through some things and we needed to get some advice on how to move forward and what our nexts steps needed to be and Shahzad was very helpful and made us feel at ease. He offered great legal advice and didn’t make us feel like we were burden even though it was just a consultation.
Posted by Fin | March 3, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Trusted Lawyer
He was very informative of all the legal information that we needed. He made us feel completely comfortable. He answered all questions that we asked as well as prepared us for the questions that were asked of us. I definitely recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Hyde | October 5, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
The best lawyer that I have ever seen
I highly recommend him. He is very kind, knowledgeable, attentive, positive, hard worker, and responsible. For our case, he went beyond the call of duty to get the job well done.
Posted by Paul | June 25, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Happiest verdict
Shahzard was my attorney on a very long immigration case spanning eight long years. On several occasions Of utter despair he would encourage to soldier on. In the end I got the happiest verdict!
Posted by Chris Davis | April 3, 2015
This is one of the best Lawyers that i have ever worked with Everything he helped me with was all about honesty and his rates are fair. Shahzad is a very respectful human being. He will not miss guide you in anyway.
Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2015
Great Attorney!!!
I had a little issue I needed possible legal advice on. Most other law firms want a retainer before they even see you, so they don’t even give you a chance to see whether you like them or not, but Ghafoor & Cook LLC does not operate that way. Shahzad Ghafoor gave us a one-hour consultation, and he didn’t care that it went over an hour, he didn’t charge extra to review more documents. He not only bent over backwards to help out, he was to the point and helped me greatly. He was professional and attentive throughout the entire ordeal and I couldn't have done it without his guidance. He has a patience and sensitivity with his clients I didn't suspect a lawyer would have. I hope I never need a lawyer to solve any issues that I may have but if I do- I know which attorney to make an appointment with.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Ghafoor Cook Ellis, LLC
  • 2003 - Present
  • Staff - Attorney
  • Anderson LLC
  • 2000 - 2003


  • University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • University of Missouri, Columbia
  • MA - Masters
  • 2000
  • University of Missouri-Columbia, School
  • Bachelor
  • 1994
  • Karachi Grammar School
  • N/A
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  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Fellow
  • 2018 - Present
  • Independence Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Missouri Bar
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association - Eastern District of Missouri
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association - Eastern District of Kansas
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Urdu
  • Hindi
  • Spanish
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Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • KCMO
  • Affadavit of Support
  • 2019
  • I-864 Affidavit of Support
  • Immigration Affidavits of Support
  • 2013
  • Sheraton, Karachi Pakistan
  • Green Cards through Investments
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (4)
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Immigration Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Ghafoor is a constant and reliable referral for my clients in need of an immigration attorney. As a thorough and proficient advocate, he fights for the best result for his clients. He's a true professional and I endorse him without hesitation."
Business Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the opportunity to work with Attorney Ghafoor on multiple in-depth levels of training. Attorney Ghafoor is a rare breed of attorney that balances deft logical analysis with the ability to reach deeper and illustrate his clients in a light that lends highlights the person underlying the "caption." I wholeheartedly endorse Attorney Ghafoor."
Immigration Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Shahzad Ghafoor truly enjoys helping his clients and serving as an attorney. His commitment shows in his great relations with clients and colleagues, and in the great results he achieves in their matters. He excels in immigration, business matters, and criminal defense. I strongly endorse him."
Immigration Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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