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Joseph J. Shepherd is a senior associate in the Santa Monica, California office of Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP.  He advises employers, institutions, investors, individuals, and families regarding all aspects of U.S. immigration and nationality law.  Mr. Shepherd was recently named one of “the world’s leading practitioners” by Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Immigration 2016, and is currently serving his second term on the AILA National ACES (Athletics, Culture, Entertainment, and Science) Committee (2015-2017).  In addition, Mr. Shepherd serves as one of the AILA Southern California Chapter USCIS Liaisons (2015-2016), and previously served on the AILA National LGBT Immigration Issues Working Group (2014-2015).  Mr. Shepherd is licensed in Massachusetts and practices exclusively immigration and nationality law.


Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%

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Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP

1416 2nd St.
Santa Monica, CA, 90401


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Corporate Immigration 2016Who's Who Legal2016
Significant Contributions to the Advancement of LawABA Section of Labor and Employment Law2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior AssociateWolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP2011 - Present
Associate and Law ClerkMasliah & Soloway, P.C.2009 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
AILA National ACES Committee (Athletics, Culture, Entertainment, and Science)Member2015 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Southern California Chapter)USCIS District 23 Liaison2015 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2011 - Present
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionMember2011 - Present
AILA National LGBT Immigration Working GroupMember2014 - 2015
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Southern California Chapter)Congressional Advocacy Liaison2014 - 2015
American Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionVice Chair, Committee on Homeland and National Security Law2013 - 2014
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Southern California Chapter)LGBT Liaison2013 - 2014
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Southern California Chapter)Law Student Division Liaison2012 - 2013
Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association of Los AngelesBoard of Governors, Amicus Committee Chair2011 - 2013
Publication nameTitleDate
Bender's Immigration Bulletin - Daily EditionNew Rule Allows F-2 and M-2 Spouses and Children to Engage in Part-time, Post-secondary Academic Study at SEVP-certified Schools2015
Bender's Immigration Bulletin - Daily EditionExecutive Actions on Immigration: Business Edition2014
Immigration Options for Artists & Entertainers, 2nd Ed., American Immigration Lawyers AssociationP-1 Visas for Individual Athletes and Coaches of U.S.-based Teams and Franchises of Amateur Sports Leagues and Associations Abroad2014
Volume 5, Issue 3, Inside Immigration Monograph Series, American Immigration Lawyers AssociationWhat’s Next After “Winning” in the Diversity Visa Lottery?2014
Bender's Immigration Bulletin - Daily Edition2015 DV Lottery Opens October 1, 20132013
Volume 4, Issue 3, Inside Immigration Monograph Series, American Immigration Lawyers AssociationStreamlining Experiential H-1B Petitions2013
Section of Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar AssociationThe Family and Medical Leave Act, 2013 Cumulative Supplement2013
American Immigration Lawyers Association Global Immigration Forum Conference HandbookGlobal Trends on Immigration Protectionism During the Economic Recession2012
Bender's Immigration Bulletin - Daily EditionIn Defense of (Same-Sex) Marriage – How DOMA Separates Binational Families and Why it Must be Abolished2012
American Immigration Lawyers Association New Members Division Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 4, InfoNet Doc. No. 11092760Preventative Lawyering: Navigating H-1B2011
Section of Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar AssociationThe Family and Medical Leave Act, 2011 Cumulative Supplement2011
Section of Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar Association2009 Midwinter Meeting Report, Subcommittee on the Family and Medical Leave Act Committee of Federal Labor Standards Legislation2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Brooklyn Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2009
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Webinar SeriesL-1, H-1B, and PERM Compliance for Human Resources2014
Webinar SeriesBusiness or Pleasure? - Advanced B Visitor Visas and The Visa Waiver Program2014
Webinar SeriesImmigration Options for LGBT Foreign Nationals2014
AILA Mammoth CLE in the Snow ConferenceI Fell for My Ski Instructor: LGBT Update2014
Webinar SeriesGetting Them In When They’re Out: Immigration Options for LGBT Foreign Nationals2013
Webinar SeriesPERM and H-1B Compliance for Human Resources2013
NAFSA 2013 Region XII Conference in San Diego, CACourts and Congress: A Different Future for Students and Scholars?2013
American Bar Association YLD Fall Conference in Phoenix, AZHow the Overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is Affecting Immigration Practice and Policy2013