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Gary Orin Haase

Immigration Attorney at San Pedro, CA

4.8   14 reviews

also known as Gary O. Haase

  • Licensed for 19 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2004
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*Attorney Admitted in California and Japan (licensed foreign attorney) at GOH Foreign Law Office  *California law firm and in-house counsel experience  *Adjunct Lecturer

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Gary Orin Haase
222 West 6th Street, Suite 400
San Pedro, CA, 90731


4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Patrick | July 19, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly knowledgable in U.S. immigration!
Gary went above and beyond in helping us in submitting our U.S. spousal visa. His professionalism and attention to detail are admirable, and we would highly recommend his services!
Response from Gary Haase July 21, 2023
Patrick, thank you so much for the wonderful words! We are excited about your next chapter.
Posted by Ken | May 24, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Solid Guidance and Advice
It has been a great experience getting solid guidance and advice. I am very grateful to know you, Gary. Thank you so much for your help, and I sincerely hope to stay connected with you.
Response from Gary Haase May 25, 2023
Ken, we appreciate the nice words! I am happy I had the chance to contribute. Best of luck moving forward.
Posted by Kumiko | October 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly competent and friendly immigration lawyer
Gary has been a fantastic lawyer over the past few years. The service that he provides made the entire U.S. immigrant visa (CR1) process for a two-year "conditional" green card easy to work through. Since we had such a positive experience we asked him to help us with Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence. In the end, the USCIS approved our petition without us needing to attend an interview. It was a pleasure working with you!
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Response from Gary Haase October 15, 2022
Thank you so much, Kumiko! Your kind support is very much appreciated. Wishing you all the best.
Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you for your assistance.
We needed help with our green cards and a student visa. We chose Gary because he seemed reliable. Although our case was complicated, Gary helped us accomplish our goals with precise instructions. We are glad we asked him.
Response from Gary Haase July 30, 2022
It was an honor to be involved with your cases. We are grateful that you reached out and contacted us. Thank you for the kind words!
Posted by Ai | May 1, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you Gary
Thank you very much for all your help! We appreciate your attention to detail.
Response from Gary Haase May 2, 2022
Ai, we are grateful for the chance to contribute! Hoping the best for you and your family going forward.
Posted by Yuqin | February 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top-Notch U.S. Immigration Attorney!
Through Gary’s knowledge of modern U.S. immigration law, I was able to become a U.S. citizen! The entire process was quick and seamless! Gary tailored a clear plan for me with target dates, goals, and checklists that was easy to follow. I also really like that his law office uses modern software to make sharing documents and information safe and easy and that he maintained clear communication and checked for my understanding throughout the entire process. Gary also prepared me for my interview (and other appointments), and I was able to interview with confidence and even enjoy my experience at the USCIS office. He honestly exceeded my expectations, and I can’t recommend him highly enough!
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Response from Gary Haase February 16, 2022
Yuqin, this means a lot! Thank you for the opportunity to assist.
Posted by Shane M | August 17, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Exceelent Lawyer that pays close attention to detail
Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value I cannot recommend Gary highly enough for help with immigration matters or whatever your needs may be. My wife and I faced some challenges with U.S. immigration developments and travel restrictions so we are glad that we had Gary in our corner. We truly respect Gary’s thoroughness and professionalism in helping us obtain my wife’s immigrant visa. Gary was always quick to respond to our inquiries. When we had difficulties, Gary always patiently and carefully walked us through what needed to be done and went above and beyond what we expected. The immigration process is fraught with small details that need close attention and Gary was always meticulous about making sure everything was covered. I am sincerely grateful for all the help Gary has provided!
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Response from Gary Haase January 10, 2022
Thank you, Shane!
Posted by Nathan | August 23, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very blessed to have had Gary as our immigration attorney!
Gary is an outstanding immigration attorney and having Gary represent us in Japan as we applied for a U.S. immigrant visa and green card for my wife through consular processing has been a true blessing. Thanks to Gary’s guidance and diligence, my wife and I are now happily residing in the U.S. together. We appreciate Gary’s patience, thoroughness, and professionalism and him always going the extra mile to represent us. Due to my wife living in Japan as a Chinese citizen and my contractual position through the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Program, our case was unique; however, this was not an issue as Gary understands the specific challenges people of varying nationalities and backgrounds may face. Gary provided checklists for each step, he performed legal research on the issues in our case, and he addressed our questions promptly so we could understand the process and feel at ease. With Gary’s support, our petition was approved by USCIS without any requests for evidence (RFEs), and our application was expedited from the National Visa Center to the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. Gary handled all the domestic and international communications with representatives of USCIS and the U.S. State Department. Gary thoroughly prepared my wife for her immigrant visa interview in Tokyo, and he even met with my wife’s Kansai doctor to ensure her medical exam results reached the U.S. Embassy on schedule. With Gary as our representative, we could present a strong case, avoid delays, and reach our objective. He charged a very reasonable fee, and his attention to our case greatly exceeded our expectations. Though Gary is an exceptional attorney, he is humble and has always treated us with respect. It is obvious that Gary works an immigration attorney because he enjoys making a positive difference in the lives of his clients. We are truly grateful to have had Gary as our guide for this journey.
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Response from Gary Haase January 10, 2022
Thanks so much, Nathan!
Posted by Yoko Hansen | May 17, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thank you from Yoko
Hello guys!! Gary is not only a skilled lawyer but also a person with really warm heart. He passionately ties to help people around him. Unfortunately, he couldn’t take my case, as it mattes about the inheritance between my Danish husband and me, a Japanese citizen. Gary kindly introduced me another excellent, bilingual lawyer who could take may case. Gary is so cool!! Try him!!! I am sure that you will never regret. Best regards, Yoko みなさん ゲーリーは、優秀な弁護士であるだけでなく、とても暖かい心をもった人物で、一生懸命に周りの人たちを助けようとします。残念ながら、私のケースがデンマーク人の夫と日本人の私の相続問題であったので、ゲーリーは引き受けることができませんでした。そこで、ゲーリーは、別の優秀でバイリンガルな先生を紹介してくれました。ゲーリーはナイスガイです!どうぞお試しください。あなたは、決して後悔することはないでしょう。 土橋葉子
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Response from Gary Haase January 10, 2022
Thanks, Yoko!
Posted by yasuko | March 3, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Response from Gary Haase January 10, 2022
Thank you, Yasuko!
Posted by Debi | June 19, 2012
Valuable legal support
"Gary Haase represented our nonprofit organization when we had a contract dispute with a vendor. Gary helped us make the best out of a challenging situation by negotiating a settlement that enabled us to avoid litigation. Gary makes himself available for questions and is easy to work with. After Gary handled our vendor issue, we continued to seek Gary's professional assistance with other matters, including the drafting of service agreements and consent forms."
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Response from Gary Haase January 10, 2022
Thanks so much, Debi!
Posted by Frances | May 30, 2012
Special District Legal Counsel
We contacted Gary Haase when our special district was considering participation in a state securitization program. Another district had recommended his legal services. Gary's guidance, and his knowledge of special district laws, was appreciated. He also participated in one of our fundraisers. That personal touch really added to our experience.
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Response from Gary Haase January 10, 2022
Thank you very much, Frances!
Posted by Lori | May 27, 2012
Excellent, professional legal assistance
Gary Haase provided legal advice regarding the provisions of an operating agreement for an LLC. I appreciate Gary's dedication and professionalism. Gary's thoughtful and clear manner contributed to making this experience a positive one. Working with Gary made this process very comfortable and easy to navigate.
Response from Gary Haase January 10, 2022
Thank you, Lori!
Posted by anonymous | January 8, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Gary appears very professional and knowledgeable, but gave us poor advice not accurately reflective of current US immigration procedures. He recommended we pursue a costly and time-consuming visa application that turned out to be unnecessary. Fortunately, we ignored his advice, and consulted another lawyer who had a more realistic view of the situation. Not recommended.
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Response from Gary Haase January 11, 2022
Thank you for taking the time to post a review. I am sorry that you were disappointed. It is difficult to identify your case by what you posted, but I place a priority on providing excellent services in accordance with applicable laws. Your review does not provide an accurate representation of the services provided by this law office. I want all of my clients and potential clients to have a positive experience. Please contact me directly to discuss your specific concerns. Thank you, Gary.
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Work Experience

  • Principal / Attorney
  • GOH Foreign Law Office (Osaka, Japan)
  • 2015 - Present
  • Foreign Legal Associate
  • Ethos Law Office (Osaka, Japan)
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Attorney / Owner
  • Law Office of Gary O. Haase
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Associate Attorney
  • Ottone Leach Olsen & Ray LLP (formerly Abramson Church & Stave LLP)
  • 2007 - 2010
  • In-House Counsel
  • Exelixis, Inc.
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Law Clerk
  • Abramson Church & Stave LLP
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Associate Attorney
  • Abramson Church & Stave LLP
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Law Clerk
  • Hoover & Bechtel, LLP
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Law Department Intern
  • Hakuhodo Inc. (Tokyo, Japan)
  • 2002 - 2002
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  • Santa Clara Univ SOL
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Univ of California at Los Angeles
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Legal Cases

  • U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident Status Abandonment for Spouse of U.S. Citizen in Japan
  • Approved in 2016
  • U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Background Check Request for Immigration File of Japanese National in Japan
  • Approved in 2016
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request for Spouse of U.S. Citizen in Japan
  • Approved in 2016
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  • California Lawyers Association, International Law Section
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Japanese American Bar Association (JABA)
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Osaka Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Osaka Bar Association, International Committee
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • UCLA Bruin Varsity Club
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • State Bar of California, International Law Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2018
  • San Fernando Valley Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2016
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2020
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Languages Spoken

  • Japanese
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Japanese Language Proficiency Test Level N3
  • Japan Foundation
  • 2013
  • Tokyo Summer Program Certificate of Completion
  • Institute of International and Comparative Law, Santa Clara University School of Law
  • 2002
  • Goodwill Ambassador
  • Ehime Prefecture, Japan
  • 1999
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award
  • Los Angeles Pierce College
  • 1998
  • Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, Pass B
  • University of Cambridge
  • 1996
  • Certificate of Completion
  • AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps
  • 1995
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  • The Salinas Californian
  • Community Columnist
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • Global Session, Galleria Kameoka, Kyoto, Japan
  • The Influence of Culture on Laws in California and Japan
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (5)
Endorse Gary
Immigration Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gary is an outstanding U.S immigration law resource and is very familiar with local procedures at the U.S. Consulates in Japan. I had a very unique and complex family immigration matter that touched on Japanese law. Gary was extremely helpful on this issue and even put me in touch with a local Japanese family lawyer for further assistance. I strongly endorse Gary."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. If you are living in Japan or nearby and need legal advice from a California attorney look no further than Gary. He is dependable and works hard for his clients. Give him a call."
International law Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I first met Gary in Tokyo, where we were visiting scholars studying International Business Transactions and Japanese Law, and where we had the opportunity to associate with practicing Japanese lawyers. Gary is a personable guy with significant Japan experience, and is an excellent resource for those seeking legal services in Japan.""
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. It has been a pleasure knowing Gary. He is a very bright and energetic individual. He operates with integrity, great attention to detail, and a commitment to provide the best for those with whom he works."
International law Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Friend
"Gary is an industrious and engaging individual with an even temperament and relaxed nature that makes others feel instantly comfortable around him. In addition to being highly motivated and personable, Gary is extremely intelligent and articulate. In his written and oral communications, Gary is clear, concise and accurate. Within the last year, Gary wrote a well-researched article on Japanese law and culture which was accepted for publication by an approved California Mandatory Legal Education (MCLE) provider. The publication of Gary's article demonstrates to me that Gary is recognized as an expert in his area of the law. As a lawyer and student of Japanese culture, I read Gary's article with great interest and earned MCLE credit as a result."
General practice Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Gary Haase was the successful bar exam candidate standing next to me when we were taking the Attorney's Oath and being sworn in as lawyers in California. And Gary's office was next door to mine when we were first-year attorneys. In addition to being a sincere guy, Gary has a great work ethic, strong research skills and significant experience analyzing many of the issues facing California businesses and special districts."
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San Pedro Immigration Lawyer Gary Orin Haase
Gary Orin Haase
Immigration Attorney
San Pedro, CA
Licensed for 19 years