Mr. Sheppard is certified as a specialist in Immigration and Nationality law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He has 10 years' experience in immigration and nationality law and represents both corporations and individual clients in all aspects of immigration law. Donald was recognized as a Top Attorney for Immigration in San Diego by the San Diego Metro Magazine, February 2011 edition. His practice includes:
Employment-Based Immigration: Represents corporate clients in regards to nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions filed on behalf of foreign national employees. Advises corporate clients in matters of I-9 compliance and audits. Representative cases that Mr. Sheppard has filed on behalf of corporate clients include H 1B, TN, E, H 3, B 1, L 1, O and P visa classifications. Also represents corporate clients with green card processing for foreign national employees to include employment-based immigrant petitions, such as labor certifications, multinational executives/managers, extraordinary ability, outstanding researchers, and national interest waiver petitions.
Family-Based Immigration: Represents individual clients filing petitions for alien relatives with adjustment of status and consular process. Assists with waiver applications when applicable and fianc? visa petitions.
Removal Defense: Represents individual clients that have been issued a notice to appear before the Executive Officer for Immigration Review with presenting their case and filing for any available relief.
Naturalization/Citizenship: Represents individuals filing for naturalization or certificates of citizenship based on derivate citizenship claims.
Mr. Sheppard is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association which is an immigration bar with more than 11,000 members. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and participates in advocacy issues. He previously served as the Chair of the San Diego Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Associations and is currently a Liaison Chair with the local USCIS office.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best Attorney||SD Metro Magazine||2012|
|Best Attorney||SD Metro Magazine||2011|
|Certified Specialist, Immigration and Nationality Law||State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization||2008|
|Partner||Higgs Fletcher & Mack LLP||2012 - Present|
|Senior Associate||Larrabee Mehlman Albi & Coker LLP||2006 - 2009|
|Attorney||Law Offices of Jan Joseph Bejar, A PLC||2004 - 2006|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|San Diego County Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Japan Society of San Diego & Tijuana||Member||2009 - Present|
|Society for Human Resource Management / SD Chapter||Member||2009 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||Chapter Chair of San Diego Chapter||2001 - Present|
|21st Annual California Chapters Conference Handbook||Nonimmigrant Visa Processing in Canada and Mexico||2008|
|New York Law School||Law||Juris Doctor||2000|
|GIA Jewelry Career Fair||Immigration||2008|
|21st Annual California Chapters Conference||Nonimmigrant visa processing||2008|
|GIA Jewelry Career Fair||Immigration||2007|
|20th Annual California Chapters Conference||Adjustment of Status/Child Status Protection Act||2007|