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Steven Riznyk

Immigration Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   7 reviews

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Hello Everybody:

We are a very unique firm....the entrepreneur's firm if you will. We are the first firm in the country to combine business law and management consulting, as well as having an SEO and Film Production divisions. If you are in business, we can save you years of wasted time and put your company on rocket fuel.

We don't do second best very well and our slogan is "If we can't win your case it probably can't be won"...we can express this in full confidence because we work hard for you. We are very strategic and have won MANY cases that should have never won. I am a high-level negotiator and as a result I can add persuasive elements to cases others don't know about. 

I run 4 companies and a charity for abused and abandoned dogs. I am not a lawyer, I am a businessman with a law degree. I get the fast clip of business. I know you want it yesterday and at a fair price. I get it. 

I have the same headaches you do, so I know where you are coming from. For example, hiring, e-commercei, marketing, Adwords..these are headaches we all face and our atmosphere fosters entrepreneurialism ... we live and breathe opportunity and we love it. We are vey different than any firm you have met. We don't want to be the best firm in San Diego...we work hard to be the best firm in the world and have clients from 54 countries and all over the US....with technology, it doesn't matter where we are located, as long as we connect. 

Call us at or come in and join us for a drink (we have a full bar for you) and get to know us....we love meeting fellow businesspeople...half our clients become our friends and they even drive from LA and fly from San Francisco because they want 'us' to be their law firm...this should tell you something...join them.

All the best to you

Steven Riznyk


Licensed for 34 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 1988
Updated 12/03/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Steven Riznyk
4225 Executive Square
Suite 600
San Diego, CA, 92037


5.0 / 5.0
  7 customer reviews
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Posted by Jojolore | November 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! San Diego Biz law was suggested to me via a random friend I car-pooled with. Me and my wife required the services of an immigration attorney and she recommended San Diego Biz Law. She gave me the personal number of the lead attorney/CEO Mr. Riznyk and asked me to call on a business day. Since we didn't have much time, I called him the next day which was a Sunday while he was having family time and we spoke for several minutes. He could have easily told me to call back on Monday but Mr. Riznyk gave me a free consultation and I immediately knew he was my man. I had spoken with other attorneys before then but none gave me the reassurance and confidence Mr. Riznyk exuded. I showed up at his office the next day and he handed me over to his awesome paralegal Emily Butler. Emily was fantastic! From the get go there was a very professional feel to their services and I could tell this was a great law firm with a reputation for always putting their best foot forward. Mr. Riznyk reassured me losing was never an option and he wouldn't take on a case he wasn't 100% sure of winning. He sure wasn't bluffing. From the front desk ladies to Mr. Riznyk's assistant, everyone was hands-on and buzzing. Over the next few weeks me and my wife worked with Emily and Mr. Riznyk on my case and what happened in the course of our subsequent interactions blew our minds. Emily and Mr. Riznyk came up with a superb brief of multiple-pages that was well beyond our expectations. The brief was backed with excellent legal arguments and know-how and we couldn't have asked for more. It was perfect legal representation steeped in over 30 years of doing this and winning at it. Emily's astute and deft arrangement of the brief and supporting documents left me in awe and utter respect for her work ethic. She then proceeded to send it via FedEx Express delivery at no extra cost to me. If I could give her a separate five star review I totally would. While we still await the outcome of our case, we remain very grateful to Mr. Riznyk and Emily for the sheer quality of their services. If you're ever in need of legal services please do not hesitate to request the services of San Diego Biz Law.
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Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Professional Lawyer
I was turn off by few immigration attorneys about my complicate immigration case, mr. Ryznik gave me hope and willing to take my case, he answered all my questions and concerns by a telephone free initial consultation. He is very knowledgeable and professional. Definitely I will hired him.
Posted by Jean-Jacques | August 26, 2014
Best firm I have ever dealt with
I am an attorney doing immigration law in Canada. Since I cannot appear in American courts, I have to get American representation for my clients. I was lucky enough to find Steven Riznyk in late 2009. I was very pleased with the way he and his firm operate. In 40 years, I have never seen anyone that was so assiduous and punctual. He returned all my calls promptly and usually within a few hours. He was always pleasant and courteous. He is very knowledgeable and conscientious. All of the cases that I referred to him were handled successfully and at a very realistic price. I believe that he only bills for hours worked. I have been privileged to do business with him and, as a token of my appreciation, I feel compelled to recommend him to all of you. Jean-Jacques Rousseau attorney in Quebec, Canada.
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Posted by Barry | August 9, 2014
An outstanding negotiator
I was accused of a hit and run. The police towed my vehicle and wanted to impound it for a week which would have cost me over $2000.00. Mr. Riznyk negotiated with the police sergeant to have my car released the same day and to drop the charges. I was so relieved. He saved me from any criminal charges, having my car insurance increase and impound fees. I would highly recommend him for anyone needing an outstanding negotiator.
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Posted by Daniela | August 9, 2014
From an Italian — a K-1 Visa Client
To whom It May Concern — from Daniela, a client for K-1 fiancé Visa. I never felt alone along the process. Whenever Mike or I had any confusion it was promptly cleared up by the lawyer’s office, by either the lawyer Steven Riznyk himself or his very capable and friendly assistant, Emily Butler. Many thanks for sticking with us throughout the application process. Since Mike and I were split away and — especially for the non-American — it was very easy to misunderstand some of the procedures; your office was professional, prompt and efficient in helping us all along the way and in minimizing several potential pitfalls. Knowing we had a professionals taking care of this “situation” allowed us to have freedom for other things, where we were able to enjoy more our time-before-getting-married, beyond avoiding headaches and unpleasant international misinterpretations. Also, for the non-American, it takes time to “get educated” on the procedure, which I saved by getting step-by-step assistance by Steven. The U.S. consulate where I went had a very formal way to convey that all the papers were well prepared (according to one U.S. consular officer there in Naples). For me, the visit to Naples was one of “high tension” and in particular, I was nervous prior to the interview process. As each of the papers were checked, one-by-one, the U.S. consular office was happy, which made me happy too, and very much relieved — and made me less stressed to face the following interview with the Vice Consul. I am Italian, and I could speak in Italian with Steven Riznyk when I needed. He is fluent in the language, including, and in particular, the technical words relating to the Visa application process. Also, Steven is totally familiar with the Italian bureaucracy, such as some delay from my side in getting required papers from the Italian government offices. His skills were a great asset. Thank you Steven and Emily.
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Posted by anonymous | June 4, 2014
Truly very knowledgable Immigration Lawyer
I hired Stefano after my US visa renewal application got refused. It was a confusing situation and I was getting contradictory advices, including that there was no solution. But Stefano got the global picture right away after the first discussions and came up with a smart solution proposal. I followed him in absolute confidence as I realized how well he knows his matter. I was able to see him work "live" which even confirmed this perception. Things from then on went exactly how he had announced, including time-wise. Today my visa got renewed and I do this was the result of Stefano's perfect and in-depth knowledge of the matter, as well as his sincere caring for clients and his straight-forward approach. I will certainly use his services in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | August 21, 2012
Best Business Lawyer
Steven is much more than a business lawyer for me. He had solutions and referrals for everything I needed and then some. I came to him with a problem that 6 other lawyers didn't know how to get a handle on, and in about 4 minutes he got it. I think the fact that he is both a lawyer and business consultant made all the difference in the world. I don't want to tell you what business I am in as it would give me away and we had quite a mess to clean up. Needless to say, it's over with now and I can go on doing what I do best...and staying away from law offices!!!!!
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 425-550 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Founding and Managing Partner
  • San Diego Biz Law
  • 1988 - Present


  • Harvard University
  • Strategic Management
  • 2000
  • California Western School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • University of Alberta
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1981


  • State Bar of California
  • Attorney
  • 1988 - Present
  • San Digo County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Italian

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2019
  • Lawyer of Distinction
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2019
  • Certificate of Merit
  • University of Alberta
  • 1981


Speaking Engagements

  • CLE - Pro Law
  • High Level Negotiations for Lawyers
  • 2019
  • CLE
  • High Level Negotiations for Lawyers
  • 2019
  • CLE
  • High Level Negotiations for Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Oxford University
  • US Immigration Law
  • 1995
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Attorney endorsements

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Business Attorney | Jul 15
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"I endorse this lawyer. He is highly ethical and effective. He is always striving to be the best and it shows in all aspects of his practice. I highly recommend him for any business or employment need."
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San Diego Immigration Lawyer Steven Riznyk
Steven Riznyk
Immigration Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 34 years
Free Consultation