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Michael E. Piston

Immigration Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

5.0   4 reviews
  • State Years
    Michigan - MI 41 years
    Washington - WA 20 years
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1982
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2004
    Voluntarily Resigned No misconduct found

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I've been practicing exclusively in the field of U.S. immigration law for over 25 years and have overseen the successful filing of close to 10,000 applications for employment based permanent residency and an equal number of employment based nonimmigrant petitions. Although my practice has primarily focussed on the representation of foreign professionals and their employers in employment based cases, I and my office handle all forms of immigration matters including  LCA audit defenses, actions in federal court for mandamus (to make the government decide a case that has been sitting for too long) and judicial review under the Administrative Procedure Act (to reverse erroneous denials of visa petitions or other applications for immigration benefits such as adjustment of status). Filing a lawsuit in federal court can be a surprising effective way of resolving government errors, and in well over 50% of the cases we file the government reverses itself within 2-4 months of the case being filed, negating the need to seek a decision from the judge at all.


I urge you to contact me if you have been told by other attorneys that your case is hopeless. While there are many situations that cannot be resolved by legal counsel, we have brought many seemingly hopeless cases "back from the dead" by pursuing a more aggressive and/or unusual course than most immigration attorneys normally consider. 


Immigration Law Offices of Los Angeles, P.C.
3415 Sepulveda Blvd.
Suite 570
Los Angeles, CA, 90034

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Posted by Joe | March 19, 2015
Help all the way to citizenship
When I first came to the US in 1989 I tried several attorneys to help with my visa issues. Finally I came across Michael piston in one of my requests for VISA extensions. Immediately I noticed the difference between his approach as compared with others. He handled my Visa, Green Card and then finally my citizenship paper work in 2004. I have always recommended him to others who were looking for immigration help. I think I owe him my gratitude for getting me and my family the help I needed in processing the paper work in a timely manner.
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Posted by JM | April 12, 2014
A light at the end of the tunnel...
I must have used over 11 immigration attorneys over the years. If you want an exhaustive and thorough review, successful results and progress on a complex Immigration filing... Call him! You will definitely make progress toward your immigration objectives! He knows the INA by heart!
Posted by B*Y*N | October 18, 2013
"He's The best lawyer and a great person I ever met"
I recommend him those who those who gave up finding answers to their Immigration matters, Mr. Piston helped me through my case when I was almost lost. He is a Knowledgeable Great Lawyer. Thank you for every thing Mr. Piston
Posted by Prasanna M Lakshmipathy | May 1, 2012
Fast Response and Successful H1B Transfer with PISTON & CARPENTER P.C.
Hi, PISTON & CARPENTER P.C. helped my H1B transfered to my employer successfully and I want to say thanks to Piston and her legal assistant Sue who answered all my question with patience and I like to work with them in future for my Green Card Process.I surely will refer PISTON & CARPENTER P.C. to my friends for their immigration need.They are very nice in preparing petition documents which includes Audit/RFE support which I like really like it.They are well versed with immigration process and email/phone communication is awesome.
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Attorney endorsements

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Immigration Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer wholeheartedly. He is an immigration lawyer's lawyer. He has deep knowledge of immigration law. I endorse him without reservation."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am happy to endorse Michael Piston. I have known him for almost 30 years. He is an excellent lawyer with an encyclopedic knowledge of the immigration laws and procedures. I would happily recommend any client to Michael with total confidence. He is brilliant and tenacious. He has the ability and experience to handle any immigration issue presented to him."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael Piston. I have known Michael for many years and he has been a member of American Immigration Lawyers (AILA). Michael is highly knowledgeable in US immigration law and has been a mentor to me. Michael is a top notch lawyer. Do not hesitate to hire him."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It was a pleasure to attend a labor certification conference at which Mr. Piston was a speaker. His knowledge of the INA, Regulations and case law was inspiring to say the least. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant attorney and a highly respected one in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Piston is very knowledgeable immigration attorney. It was pleasure working with Mr. Piston to assist a client."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
International law Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael Piston is a fearless lawyer who finds solutions in the most difficult scenarios in immigration law; Mr. Piston possesses wealth of knowledge and he is always willing to share it with his clients and colleagues. I strongly recommend Mr. Piston to anyone who is in a tough situation with respect to immigration law."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Piston. From his answers and time on Avvo, it is clear he is dedicated to serving those in need and his clients. It's rare that lawyers spend so much valuable time helping the community, for free, and I applaud him for doing it to such a great level. Kudos."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Michael for nearly 20 years. We have worked together on a number of cases. He is thoughtful and has extremely keen insight on immigration and visa matters. I endorse this attorney's work."
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