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Christopher John Stender

Immigration Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

5.0   342 reviews
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  • State Years
    New York - NY 33 years
    Connecticut - CT 33 years
    Arizona - AZ 31 years
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1991
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1990
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Resigned No misconduct found

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

About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    85%
    Deportation, bond, work permits, family immigration, appeals

  2. Asylum
    15%

OVER 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE! READ MY CLIENT REVIEWS. 2022 AVVO CLIENT'S CHOICE IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY.

I have been practicing law in Arizona and California since 1990, and have devoted my career to helping people who need immigration help. My practice includes all types of immigration matters. We handle deportation cases, bonds, appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, family petitions, work permits, and labor certifications and non-immigrant visas.


It is my goal to serve the needs of my clients, and to solve their problems as best I can. I also speak Spanish and German.


I have had experience trying cases throughout Arizona, California, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Texas and New York, including Federal District Court and several Circuit Courts. I have in-depth experience before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on a number of appellate cases.


I am a member of the following Professional Associations: Former Vice-President, American Immigration Lawyers Association, AZ Chapter; Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association, San Diego & Arizona Chapters; Member, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, AILA, AZ Chapter; Former Member, Immigration Section, State Bar of Arizona

Being a lawyer has helped me contribute to my community in many ways. I had the privilege of serving with the following organizations and charitable activities: Board Member, Foster Care Review Board (FCRB), Grace Point Church, Usher, Audio/Visual, Honduras Mission, Kids Choir, Tijuana Schools Mission, Homeless Outreach, Salvation Army, Cesar Chavez School Mission, Homeless Outreach; YMCA, Florence Immigrant Rights Project (FIRRP); Feed My Starving Children, Red Mountain Christian Center, Adult Bible Study; 2007, California Public Defenders Association: Representing Noncitizen Criminal Defendants, San Diego, CA; 2007, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers: Juveniles, Gangs, Immigration, San Diego, CA; 2014, Judge, Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition, Scottsdale, AZ.


I have had the following published opinions in immigration law:


Moris Quiroz v. Sessions, No., 13-73967 (9th Cir. Aug. 29, 2018)
Pritam Kaur Taggar v. Holder, 736 F.3d 886 (9th Cir. 2013)
Vasquez de Alcantar v. Holder, 645 F.3d 1097 (9th Cir. 2011)
Eneh v. Holder, 601 F.3d 943 (9th Cir. 2010)
Chawla v. Holder, 599 F.3d 998 (9th Cir. 2010)
Uppal v. Holder, 605 F.3d 712 (9th Cir. 2010)
Trejo-Mejia v. Holder, 593 F.3d 913 (9th Cir. 2010)
Turcios v. Holder, 582 F.3d. 1075, (9th Cir. 2009), opin. wthdwn, 608 F.3d 491 (9th Cir. 2010)
Escobar v. Holder, 567 F.3d. 466 (9th Cir. 2009), vacated 572 F. 3d 957 (2009)
Marmelejo-Campos v. Mukasey, 519 F.3d 907 (9th Cir 2008)(en banc)
Aragon-Munoz, 520 F.3d 82 (1st Cr. 2008)
Nath v. Gonzales, 467 F.3d 1185 (9th Cir. 2006)
Salvatierra-Cermeno v. Gonzales, 404 F.3d 1119 (9th Cir. 2005);
Diaz-Ramos v. Gonzales, 404 F.3d 1118 (9th Cir. 2005);
Martinez-Garcia v. Ashcroft, 366 F.3d 732 (9th Cir. 2004);
Murillo-Espinoza v. INS, 261 F.3d 771 (9th Cir. 2001);
Albillo-Figueroa v. INS, 221 F. 3d. 1070 (9th Cir. 2000);
Cardenas-Uriarte v. INS, 227 F. 3d. 1132 (9th Cir. 2000);
Magana-Pizano v. INS, 152 F. 3d. 1213, as amend, 159 F. 3d. 1217, cert. granted, 526 U.S. 1001 (1999);
Magana-Pizano v. INS, 200 F. 3d. 603 (9th Cir. 1999)(Magana II);
Lafarga v. INS, 170 F.3d 1213 (9th Cir. 1999);
Sebastian-Sebastian v. INS, 195 F.3d 504 (9th Cir. 1999);
Kalaw v. INS, 133 F.3d 1147 (9th Cir. 1997);
Mendez-Tapia v. Sonchik, 998 F.Supp. 1105 (Dist. AZ 1998);
Matter of Escobar, 24 I&N Dec. 231 (BIA 2007);
Matter of A-S-B-, 24 I&N Dec. 493 (BIA 2008)
Matter of Andazola-Rivas, 23 I&N Dec. 319 (BIA 2002)
Matter of U-M-, 20 I&N Dec. 327 (BIA1991)


I enjoy being a lawyer, and I hope that I have a chance to help you with any legal needs you may have.

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Location

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141 E Palm Ln Ste 112
Phoenix, AZ, 85004-1554
Federal Immigration Counselors, PC
945 4th Ave
Suite 301
San Diego, CA, 92101
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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  342 customer reviews
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Posted by Cynthia | April 19, 2024
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Happy
Thanks to the attorney they helped me to get my green card it was a wonderful experience I had, very happy and thankful, I recommend this attorney.
Posted by Ramiro sanchez | February 20, 2024
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Recivi documentos
Estoy muy satisfecho con los servicios del abogado, pude obtener mi recidencia
Posted by Amador | February 7, 2024
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Excelente abogado
Muy contento con el abogado, nos ayudó a toda la familia para obtener nuestros documentos. Recomendado por completo
Posted by Miguel Orona | December 14, 2023
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Feliz y agradecido
Muy buen abogado nos ayudó en el caso de mi esposa y mío tuvimos un poco de contratiempo con el caso de mi esposa pero el mío se logró resolver, lo revomiendo muy buen abogado
Posted by Anna | November 9, 2023
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Immigration services
My husband and I are very pleased with the service that was provided to us by Christopher and his assistance Alma. Alma was excellent in guiding us through the process. Even checking on us while in Juarez, Mexico. We are very thankful for them and their help.
Posted by Julian salazar | July 31, 2023
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Happy
Thankful with the excelent service I received from the firm and the attorney. Completely recommended
Posted by Mercedes Arreola | July 21, 2023
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Muy contenta
Estoy muy agradecida con el abogado por que me ayuda a obtener mi Residencial despues de tanto anos de espera, recomendado por completo..
Posted by Esteban reyes | May 5, 2023
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Feliz y contento
Muy agradecido con el abogado me ayudaron a recibir mis papeles después de tanto tiempo de espera, experiencia y amabilidad.
Posted by Elizabeth | April 14, 2023
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Gracias por ayudarme con mi Residencia!
Excelente Servicio Muchas gracias por ayudarme tanto, Recomiendo ampliamente el bufete de abogados de Christopher Stender
Posted by Elizabeth | April 14, 2023
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Feliz
Gracias por todo el apoyo, ayuda y dedicación para mi caso, estoy totalmente satisfecha y feliz gracias gracias gracias
Posted by Estela | April 12, 2023
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Profesional
Muy profesionales, abogado muy capacitado , gran trabajo el que realizo y resolvió con éxito mi caso muchas gracias
Posted by Alba | April 9, 2023
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Excelente
Excelente servicio, gran abogado. Muchas gracias por resolver mi caso estamos muy agradecidos por si trabajo
Posted by Viridiana | March 31, 2023
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Excelente
Gran abogado , resolvió mi caso y recibí excelente trato de su parte . Me asesoro en todo el proceso
Posted by anonymous | March 24, 2023
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Abogado muy profesional
Es un abogado muy profesional , excelente servicio y resultados muy buenos los qué obtuvimos
Posted by Juanita Lopez | March 18, 2023
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5 stars
very happy for choosing this firm to help me with my parents preparation for their citizenship application the staff is amazing and the attorney was always available when i would call.
Posted by blanca | March 17, 2023
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Profesional
Muy buen abogado, es muy profesional y empatico, excelente trato . Estoy feliz con el resultado
Posted by Nancy | March 13, 2023
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Servicio excelente
Abogado muy profesional, me apoyo en todo el proceso y resolvió mi problema
Posted by Victoria | March 10, 2023
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Profesional
Es un abogado muy profesional , hizo excelente su trabajo , muchas Gracias por su servicio
Posted by Veronica Perez | March 3, 2023
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Agradecida
Very thankful for his excellent service, he helped me to obtain my green card. He’s an excellent attorney very recommended.
Posted by Mireya | February 27, 2023
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Muy recomendable
Es un abogado muy profesional lo recomiendo totalmente por su excelente trabajo
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Cost

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  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 6.6 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Federal Immigration Counselors, AZ
  • 2011 - Present
  • Owner
  • Stender & Lappin
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Owner
  • Stender & Pope, PC
  • 2004 - 2008
  • Owner
  • Stender & Larkin
  • 1993 - 2004
  • Attorney
  • Immigration & Naturalization Service
  • 1990 - 1993
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Education

  • Syracuse
  • Juris Prudence
  • 1990
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987
  • University of Würzburg
  • Undergraduate
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Moris Quiroz v. Sessions
  • Granted
  • Pritam Kaur Taggar v. Holder, 736 F.3d 886 (9th Cir. 2013)
  • Denied
  • Vasquez de Alcantar v. Holder, 645 F.3d 1097 (9th Cir. 2011)
  • Denied
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Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • German
  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition
  • Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition
  • 2014
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Juveniles, Gangs, Immigration
  • 2007
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Representing Noncitizen Criminal Defendants,
  • 2007

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Phoenix Immigration Lawyer Christopher John Stender
Christopher John Stender
Immigration Attorney
Phoenix, AZ
Licensed for 33 years
Virtual consultation available