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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.


Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    15 years


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Higgs Fletcher & Mack LLP

401 West A Street
Suite 2600
San Diego, CA, 92101


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best AttorneySD Metro Magazine2012
Best AttorneySD Metro Magazine2011
Certified Specialist, Immigration and Nationality LawState Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerHiggs Fletcher & Mack LLP2012 - Present
Senior AssociateLarrabee Mehlman Albi & Coker LLP2006 - 2009
AttorneyLaw Offices of Jan Joseph Bejar, A PLC2004 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Japan Society of San Diego & TijuanaMember2009 - Present
Society for Human Resource Management / SD ChapterMember2009 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationChapter Chair of San Diego Chapter2001 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
21st Annual California Chapters Conference HandbookNonimmigrant Visa Processing in Canada and Mexico2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Marshall UniversityEconomicsB.B.A.1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
GIA Jewelry Career FairImmigration2008
21st Annual California Chapters ConferenceNonimmigrant visa processing2008
GIA Jewelry Career FairImmigration2007
20th Annual California Chapters ConferenceAdjustment of Status/Child Status Protection Act2007