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Gary Nathan Chodorow

Immigration Attorney at Pasadena, CA

5.0   5 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 29 years
    Illinois - IL 28 years
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1993
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1995
    Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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Practice area
  1. Immigration
    20 years. Focusing on representing businesses, investors, and families in U.S. and China visa, immigration, and nationality law matters.

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.

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Chodorow Law Offices
490 South Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA, 91105


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Posted by Cameron | July 19, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Chinese police certificate
Gary and his team helped me to acquire a Chinese Police Certificate in order for me to apply for residency in New Zealand. His team are very professional and thorough and kept me updated regularly. Would highly recommend!
Posted by anonymous | February 4, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Great Immigration Attorney
He is a very knowledgeable immigration attorney. His answers are always helpful and accurate.
Posted by Kenneth | October 30, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding immigration and visa work in China
Counselor Chodorow and his team provided support far beyond our expectations resulting in a K-1 visa for my Chinese fiancé. He is experienced not only with the issues faced by international couples, he and his team have also worked successfully with LGBT couples like us. He is exceptionally fluent in Mandarin and his staff are effective in working across language and cultural boundaries. I recommend him highly for any issues related to immigration and China.
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Posted by Hafid | August 30, 2013
Great lawyer from J-1 waiver, to H-1B, outstanding professor green card, and citizenship
Gary Chodorow was the attorney for my J-1 waiver, H-1B, outstanding professor green card, and naturalization. Recently, he helped apply for certificates of citizenship (Form N-600K) for my children living in Paris. We couldn't have achieved this without his expertise and guidance. We're deeply grateful for the wonderful job he did. We made a photo of the kids' citizenship ceremony into a poster hanging in our living room.
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Posted by Wendy | July 27, 2013
Great immigration lawyer
Attorney Gary Chodorow represented me in applying for a visa at the U.S. Consulate in Shenyang. When the Consulate returned to me by mail my passport, it was accompanied by a note from the consular officer thanking Gary for his "thorough and well-prepared" visa application. I've never heard of a consular officer sending out a thank-you note! Since that time, I've hired Gary for several more immigration law personal and corporate matters, and each time I've been pleased with to see my applications approved.
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AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Immigration Lawyer
  • Chodorow Law Offices
  • 2014 - Present
  • Immigration Lawyer & Chief Representative
  • Hong Law Offices (Beijing)
  • 2004 - 2014
  • Immigration Lawyer
  • Mid-Size Chicago Law Firm
  • 1994 - 2004


  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • Duke University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Legal Cases

  • Consular Practice
  • Approved
  • Represented the largest user of H-1B visas in the United States
  • Approved
  • Representation in EB-1 and O-1 extraordinary ability, outstanding researcher and professor, and national interest waiver cases
  • Approved
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  • American Chamber of Commerce--China
  • Co-chair, Visa Committee
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Stafford Public Service Award
  • Univeristy of California at Berkeley--Boalt Hall
  • 1993


  • The American Chamber of Commerce—China White Paper
  • Visa Policy
  • 2013
  • American Immigration Lawyers Ass’n Bangkok District Chapter Newsletter
  • New Visa Appointment System at the U.S. Mission in China
  • 2013
  • Immigration Practice News, American Immigration Lawyers Ass’n
  • Show-and-Tell: Outlook and OneNote as Practice Management Software
  • 2013
  • American Immigration Lawyers Ass’n Global Migration Digest
  • New Exit-Entry Law Enacted in China
  • 2012
  • American Immigration Lawyers Ass’n, Visa Processing Guide and Consular Posts Handbook
  • The U.S. Consulate in Shenyang
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • Presentation
  • Visa Law in China and Hong Kong
  • 2013
  • Presentation
  • EB-5 Visa Options for Chinese Investors
  • 2013
  • Presentation
  • Visas for PRC Companies Doing Business in the U.S.
  • 2012
  • Presentation
  • B-1 Visitor for Business Visas: Permissible Business versus Labor
  • 2012
  • Web Seminar
  • Latest in Consular Processing
  • 2008
  • Lecture
  • How Colonial History Shaped the U.S. Constitution
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (3)
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Immigration Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."