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Scott McVarish is the founding attorney at the Immigration Law Office of Los Angeles, P.C. He focuses on complicated family immigration matters, appeals, post-conviction relief, removal defense and H-1b visas among others.  


McVarish has been honored by the Consulate General of Ecuador for his ‘uncompromising excellence  in pursuit of the rights of immigrants “ He has been chosen as faculty for the American Immigration Lawyers Association national conference. He has been interviewed on his immigration cases in the New Republic and NPR and in Spanish on Radio Guadalupe, La Opinion and Univision.He serves on the executive committee for the advocacy non-profit Clergy Laity United for Economic Justice- Los Angeles (, focusing on matters related to immigrants.  He frequently educates immigrants on their rights in trainings sponsored by churches.


Scott graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in International Communications (through the College of Honors Program), and then later earned a joint- J.D., and M.A. from the UCLA School of Law and School of Public Policy respectively.

In law school, Scott’s honors included winning the Equal Justice America Fellowship and was named UCLA’s first-ever LeBeauf Scholar and the UCLA Affiliates' "Student of the Year" award. Scott studied "Ethics and Theology" one year at El Seminario Biblico Latinoamericano in San Jose, Costa Rica and remains fluent in Spanish. At the age of 20, Scott wrote the book The Greening of New Zealand, published by Random House, detailing strategies of local environmental, labor and community groups in New Zealand where he lived for two years.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    18 years



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Immigration Law Office of Los Angeles, P.C.

6601 Center Dr. West, Suite 500
Los Angeles, CA, 90045


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 LawyersThe National Advocates2014
Excellence for ImmigrantsConsulate General of Ecuador2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerImmigration Law Office of Los Angeles, P.C.2010 - Present
Staff Counsel (Executive Director)California Teachers Association (& affiliates)1998 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
California Employment Lawyers AssociationN/A2013 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationImmigration Section2012 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationEmployment Section2012 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2010 - Present
Clergy Laity United for Economic JusticeExecutive Council2009 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1997 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
12-70160 Mayra Godoy-Flores v. Eric Holder, Jr.Client Prevailed, Removal Proceedings terminated
Rito Ortega v DHSRemoval case terminated, client rec'd green card
PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA v. Spindola, Ricardo RuedaDismissed Client's Felony
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Publication nameTitleDate
Helpful Information, Immigration LawTips for a successful M-1 vocational/technical study program visa application & experience2013
Helpful Information for ImmigrantsProvisional Unlawful Presence Waiver2013
Helpful Information, Immigration LawGuide to Using Attorney for Deferred Action Applications2012
Helpful Information, Immigration LawDeferred Action Update2012
Helpful Info, Immigration LawGuide to Recover from Lost I-94s2012
Helpful Immigration InformationLost Your I-94?2012
Random House (Century)the Greening of New Zeland1992
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Los Angeles School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
University of California - Los AngelesUrban PlanningMA - Masters1997
University of California - Los AngelesInternational Communication (Honors)BA - Bachelor of Arts1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Money 101 With Bob McCormickImmigrant Families2014
Beverly Hills Bar Association CLE eventHousehold Employees Employment and Immigration Program2014
Conferencia de InmigracionAdvanced Immigration Law Topics2013
AILA Annual National ConferenceThe value of hiring an immigration lawyer2013
1020 AMComplicated Immigration Issues2013
United Methodist Church Women's ConferenceImmigration Law- Nuts & Bolts for the Non-practitioner2012
St. Joseph Church FestivalSolutions to Current Immigration Problems w Q & A2012
Los Angeles Consular Corps of Latin AmericaTips on Helping Immigrants Navigate Difficult Immigration Cases2012
Juventil PatoralSolutions to Complex Immigration Problems2012
Iglesia Celular Charla (in Spanish)Immigration Law 1012010