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Nathaniel Shafer

Immigration Attorney at Salt Lake City, UT

5.0   12 reviews

also known as Natty Shafer

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  • Licensed for 13 years
    State UT
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found

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About Nathaniel

Learn Nathaniel’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    I accept a wide range of criminal law cases, from misdemeanors such as DUIs or domestic violence, to serious felonies. Call me for a free, 30 minute consultation on your case.

    13 years

  2. Immigration
    I've helped dozens of people successfully apply for and receive a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (sometimes called DACA or DREAMers). Call me to see if you qualify.

    13 years

  3. DUI and DWI

    13 years

  4. Expungement

    13 years

I love Utah and I love the outdoors. After law school, I could have chosen to live anywhere, but I decided to return home to the place I love. When I'm not working, you may find me bicycling, hiking, reading, or watching a movie.


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Nathaniel Shafer


5.0 / 5.0
  12 customer reviews
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Posted by Jesse | June 16, 2015
When you need a friend.
Natty is an honest and trusted person. In this complex world, he is the person to have on your side when needed. His integrity and humble practice makes him a unique lawyer. Highly recommend. Best regards.
Posted by Mohamed | April 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Lawyer!
I've worked with Natty on my naturalization application, since day-one he has been of a great support. He is very knowledgeable, professional, understanding, and attentive. My application took almost 24 months from start to end in which he supported and guided me in each and every step although I moved out of Utah during the process, he still showed a great commitment to my case as a client of his. To whoever is reading this review: Natty is the lawyer you need for your immigration process!
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Response from Nathaniel Shafer April 19, 2022
Thank you! I am pleased that you were able to naturalize as a U.S. citizen and that you were happy with my representation.
Posted by Safwan | February 16, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great and Knowledgeable immigration Lawyer
I spoke with him over the phone he was more then great he listened to me carefully and answered my questions and made me understand my case better then other lawyers I worked before with in the past about the very same case ! I would highly recommend him for anyone who need criminal or immigration help.
Posted by anonymous | January 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Detail oriented and professtional
I hired Natty as a consultant for a criminal defense case which also heavily involved immigration. He advised my criminal defense lawyer in detail to achieve the best immigration outcome. He is experienced in both criminal defense and immigration. I would hire him again for my green card application. He is a decent lawyer who will answer calls even during holidays. His professionalism and honesty are worthy of your trust!
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Posted by Ankur | January 11, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Polite, professional and knowledgeable
I had an immigration issue that needed attorney advice, I called his office and Mr. Shafer picked the call and give the advice in a detailed manner. Thank you for your service!
Posted by anonymous | February 14, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent immigration lawyer! Worked on an LGBTQ Marriage green card petition.
I retained the services of Natty Schaffer for a couple of years as I was applying for a marriage-based green card, after my marriage to a US citizen spouse, as a gay man. I had concerns around finding the right attorney to be represented by, and finding one that I felt comfortable handling my case. I could not have been more satisfied by the work he did for me, all the way from when we first met to seeing the completion of my case, this last Fall. Never did I ever feel any sort of hesitancy working with Natty being an LGBTQ petitioner. He handled my case with the highest level of professionalism and respect, and always made feel comfortable working with him. After being married to my US citizen spouse for a couple years, our marriage, unfortunately, did end in a divorce. Once again, working with Natty Schaffer from the beginning, ensured that I had someone on my side who knew of my situation, and who fought for my rights to be able to remain in this country as a permanent resident, which I ended up being granted after a very long process, during which Natty fought for me side-by-side. I would highly recommend Natty as an incredibly professional, dependable and capable immigration attorney in the Salt Lake Valley. Thank you, Natty!
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Response from Nathaniel Shafer March 9, 2020
Thank you for your review, and I am delighted you are pleased with the results.
Posted by Tim | September 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Natty is an excellent attorney that you can trust. Natty worked with us on a defense matter and my wife's green card application. Our case was complicated because the I-94 number was lost by the government, Natty was able to track it down. He negotiated with the prosecutor for the best outcome on a case for immigration. He worked with us every step of the way for the green card application. He answered our many questions and was always available. You will see for yourself Natty is a very knowledgeable attorney that will take care of you!
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Posted by Thulasi | August 5, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Best lawyer I've known
I've consulted him for immigration / visa matters. He has been very efficient, reliable and professional throughout. I'll continue to obtain his valuable service and I would recommend him to anyone who is seeking legal advice.
Posted by Aminda | August 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Known Immigration & General Practice Attorney for all my legal needs!
I have Hired Natty for Immigration related work for my wife and also consulted him number of times for my Immigration & General legal issues. He is honest, trustworthy, efficient, friendly and professional in all aspects. Also he is very flexible when it comes to scheduling appointments. I have been consulting him since 2014 while I was in SLC, UT until now (while I am in Dallas, TX). I intend to use is service in future and would recommend him to everyone.
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Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2015
Excellent immigration lawyer
We retained Natty Shafer Law for our green card application and were consistently impressed by his helpfulness and how easy he made the process. He was quick to answer questions, whether by phone or email, and made our application as smooth as possible (although I was led to understand that we had a relatively straightforward case). He was also extremely affordable - a free consultation didn't hurt! - and great value for money. I would certainly recommend Natty Shafer Law for anyone undergoing a permanent resident application. And in case you were wondering, our application was successful.
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Posted by Sara Vega | July 23, 2015
He kept me and my family informed of every step our process encountered. He goes the extra mile to accommodate my schedule even when I was living outside of Salt Lake City area. I recommend him to everyone!
Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2014
answered question without first saying get lawyer! thnk u
Seems upfront and honesty! DIDN'T jump to us get lawyer he waited for all information to judge situation! Next time I'll ask hard questions! Thanks for ur free advice in ur not free TIME I'm sure u lack there of!
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Natty Shafer Law
  • 2012 - Present
  • Intern
  • Queens County District Attorney's Office
  • 2009 - 2009


  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • University of Utah
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003


  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Utah chapter)
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Utah State Bar, Litigation Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2014


  • Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) Daily Labor Report
  • Employee Fired for Absenteeism 'Had No Right' to FMLA Leave, Court Says
  • 2008
  • Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) Daily Labor Report
  • Spring Manager Lacks Evidence of Age Discrimination, Court Says
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (12)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Natty helped a client of mine get out of a tight spot. He did an outstanding job and earned my trust with his hard work. I have sent a few clients that needed a criminal defense attorney to him since and will continue to do so."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've known Mr. Shafer since he was still in law school, and when he worked for a prosecutor's office in New York City. He is highly intelligent, knows the law, and is very ethical and careful in his work. You cannot go wrong with him as your attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I follow Mr. Shafer's responses on Avvo, They are insightful and straightforward. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer Nate excellent attorney who exhibits all the attributes of a fine advocate and is truly dedicated to his clients and the profession."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Nathaniel is a sharp witted, outside-the-box thinker who brings these attributes to the table for his clients' benefit."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Shafer is a skilled and respected member of the legal community. He is a zealous advocate for the rights and interests of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Shafer is generous with his time and expertise. His contributions to this site demonstrate a nuanced understanding of complex legal issues, and an awareness of the practical implications of judicial proceedings on peoples' lives."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Shaffer is an excellent attorney with a wealth of knowledge. I endorse this lawyer."
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Top Contributor 2020
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Salt Lake City Immigration Lawyer Nathaniel Shafer
Nathaniel Shafer
Immigration Attorney
Salt Lake City, UT
Licensed for 13 years
Free Consultation