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I help future Americans become citizens. I do this by helping people navigate the process of obtaining green cards, fiance visas, immigrant visas and waivers so that they can become permanent residents.

As an immigration attorney at the Schaefer Law Firm, I help Virginia residents navigate the immigration process. I am a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), a national association of over 11,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law.


I have completed intensive consular officer training offered by the Department of State at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center in Arlington, Virginia and have provided consular services in Lagos, Nigeria. I have an international background and have lived or worked in the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa.


Prior to law school I served as a communications officer in the United States Marine Corps and worked in both the private and public sectors. I previously worked as an associate attorney at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in Washington, DC.


I am a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center. I graduated magna cum laude and was granted Order of the Coif recognition for graduating in the top 10% of my class. During law school I was a member of the American Criminal Law Review and served as the Notes Development Editor.


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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

14 total 

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  • S. Jamison Koehler

    Ms. Schaefer is the first person I call whenever I have a question about the potential immigration consequences of a criminal matter. She has impeccable credentials: magna cum laude from Georgetown law and former associate at Cleary Gottlieb. More importantly, she knows her stuff.


    S. Koehler Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Carol Ann Brent

    I endorse this lawyer. She is extremely knowledgeable and competent in the field of Immigration law. I also know her to be a highly ethical individual with a reputation for the highest integrity as well as legal ability.


    Carol Brent Social security Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

3470 E Russell Rd Ste 212A
Las Vegas, NV, 89120



VAAuthorized to practice law201203/31/2016
DCActive 200707/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Clients' Choice Award for 2012Avvo2012
Top Contributor - Immigration for 2012Avvo2012
Magna Cum LaudeGeorgetown University Law Center2007
Order of the CoifGeorgetown University Law Center2007
Order of the CoifOrder of the Coif2007
CALI Award for Excellence - Contracts IICenter for Computer Aided Legal Instruction2005
CALI Award for Excellence - Property IICALI2005
CALI Award for Excellence - Contracts ICALI2004
CALI Award for Excellence - Civil Procedure ICALI2004
Benjamin Meisner FellowshipPurdue University1997
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerSchaefer Law Firm2010 - Present
AssociateCleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton2007 - 2010
Summer AssociateCleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton2006 - 2006
Law ClerkShea & Carlyon2005 - 2005
Research Assistant for Professor StempelUniversity Of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School Of Law2005 - 2005
Communications OfficerUnited States Marine Corps1993 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers Association (DC chapter)Vice Chair2013 - Present
Virginia Trial Lawyers AssociationAttorney Member2012 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationFederal Litigation Section2011 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMilitary Assistance Program2010 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2009 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (DC chapter)Attorney Member2009 - Present
Order of the CoifMember2007 - Present
American Criminal Law ReviewNotes Development Editor2006 - 2007
American Criminal Law ReviewStaff2005 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Fiance Visa Granted in JamaicaFiance visa granted
Appeal of Denied Citizenship ApplicationCitizenship granted
Immigration Court RepresentationWithholding of Removal Granted
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Publication nameTitleDate
AILA Immigration Practice NewsResolve to Improve Follow Up With Your Potential Clients2013
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)Screen Clients With Informational Marketing2013
BookExtreme Hardship Letter Special Report2013
BookFiance Visa Guide for Virginia Residents2012
BookDeferred Action Guide for DC and Virginia Residents2012
BookImmigration Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make2011
ABCNews.comGay Immigrant Seeks Asylum with Deportation to Iran Pending2010
ABC News .com (quoted in)Married by Phone: Marine Widow to Get Legal Status After Congress Acts2010
American Criminal Law ReviewObstruction of Justice2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
University of Maryland, University CollegeComputer and Information ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science2002
National Foreign Affairs Training CenterN/ABasic Consular Course2000
Texas Tech University School of LawMathematicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
American Immigration Lawyers Association (DC chapter)The year in review: I-601A waivers2014
Maritime Security ConferencePanel Member2003
United States Consulate LagosNonimmigrant Visa Fraud - Security Issues for Consular Officers2001