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Gary Chodorow represents businesses, investors, and families in U.S. and China visa, immigration, and nationality law matters.


Mr. Chodorow has represented startups and Fortune 500 companies, Nobel Prize winners, high tech companies, investors, EB-5 regional centers, symphonies, artists, athletes, health care professionals, diplomats, and many others facing complex immigration matters.


Mr. Chodorow often represents clients before the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in China as well as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offices here. He also has extensive experience representing clients in Immigration Court, federal courts, and before the U.S. Department of Labor. And he is knowledgeable about the security and export control issues that arise in immigration cases.


Mr. Chodorow He has authored a number of articles and book chapters on immigration law. His publications have been cited in testimony before the U.S. Congress. He is also frequently called on to provide expert commentary on immigration issues for the media, such as the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg, Chicago Tribune, South China Morning Post, and China Radio International. And he publishes the U.S. & China Visa Law blog.


Mr. Chodorow earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California at Berkeley’s Boalt Hall in 1993, after graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University in 1989. Subsequently, he was a partner in a Chicago law firm, where for ten years he practiced immigration law and employment law. He joined Hong Law Offices in 2004 to head the Beijing office.


An adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law, Mr. Chodorow has also taught courses for Peking University, China University of Politics and Law, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Liaoning University, the Beijing Lawyers Association, and the Shanghai Lawyers Association.


He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and currently Co-Chair of the Visa Committee for American Chamber of Commerce-China.


Mr. Chodorow speaks Mandarin and Spanish.


He is admitted to the California bar.


Languages spoken: English, Mandarin, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%


Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Jared Chiyuen Leung

    I have known Gary for many years. He has an in-depth understanding of the US Consulates in China, especially the one in Beijing. Every time I have difficult issues with any U.S. Consulate in China, Gary is the first person that I go to for assistance, and he has been extremely helpful. I highly recommend Gary to anyone who would like to negotiate the US visa process at the U.S. Consulate in Beijing.


    Jared Leung Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Jacqueline Lentini McCullough

    Gary is one of the most thorough, patient and analytical attorneys I've met. He was a joy to collaborate with on an article we co-wrote on marriage based immigration. I would highly recommend Gary for EB-5 investor visa work as well, and other complex immigration cases.


    Jacqueline Lentini McCullough Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Chodorow Law Offices

490 South Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA, 91105


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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Stafford Public Service AwardUniveristy of California at Berkeley--Boalt Hall1993
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Immigration LawyerChodorow Law Offices2014 - Present
Immigration Lawyer & Chief RepresentativeHong Law Offices (Beijing)2004 - 2014
Immigration LawyerMid-Size Chicago Law Firm1994 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Chamber of Commerce--ChinaCo-chair, Visa Committee2007 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember1995 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Consular PracticeApproved
Represented the largest user of H-1B visas in the United StatesApproved
Representation in EB-1 and O-1 extraordinary ability, outstanding researcher and professor, and national interest waiver casesApproved
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Publication nameTitleDate
The American Chamber of Commerce—China White PaperVisa Policy2013
American Immigration Lawyers Ass’n Bangkok District Chapter NewsletterNew Visa Appointment System at the U.S. Mission in China2013
Immigration Practice News, American Immigration Lawyers Ass’nShow-and-Tell: Outlook and OneNote as Practice Management Software2013
American Immigration Lawyers Ass’n Global Migration DigestNew Exit-Entry Law Enacted in China2012
American Immigration Lawyers Ass’n, Visa Processing Guide and Consular Posts HandbookThe U.S. Consulate in Shenyang2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Duke University School of LawComparative Area StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
PresentationEB-5 Visa Options for Chinese Investors2013
PresentationVisa Law in China and Hong Kong2013
PresentationB-1 Visitor for Business Visas: Permissible Business versus Labor2012
PresentationVisas for PRC Companies Doing Business in the U.S.2012
Web SeminarLatest in Consular Processing2008
LectureHow Colonial History Shaped the U.S. Constitution2007