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Tatyana A Edwards

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Tatyana A. Edwards-Behar is a Certified Specialist in U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law, an attorney licensed to practice in the state of California, with over 15 years of practice in the area of U.S. Immigration and Nationality law. She is a founder and owner of a private law practice, a full-service immigration law firm active throughout the United States and worldwide. In August 2014 Tatyana A. Edwards-Behar was certified by the State Bar of California as a Certified Specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law.


Born in Moscow, Russia, Tatyana is herself an immigrant and the daughter of a prominent medical scientist and a world-renowned cancer researcher who was invited to participate in cutting-edge cancer research projects at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, ultimately leading to a Nobel Prize received by Salk Institute.


Tatyana completed her studies at Moscow State University and U.C. San Diego leading to B.A. in Economics and earned an MBA in Finance from San Diego State University. Tatyana also holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Utah School of Law. She is a bi-lingual attorney, who is fluent in Russian language. She frequently travels to Moscow, Russia to provide consular support to many of her individual and corporate clients.


As one of the busiest Immigration litigation lawyers in America, Tatyana is admitted to practice before the California Supreme Court, Federal Courts of the Central and Southern Districts of California, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Tatyana is maintaining a very extensive litigation and appellate practice. Several of her appellate cases have set new precedents in Immigration Law and Federal Immigration litigation.


For two consecutive years Tatyana served as a Treasurer of the San Diego Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Her articles on the most current U.S. immigration issues regularly appear in several Russian language pulbications. She is hosting a highly popular radio talk show for the Russian speaking audiences in Southern California.

Tatyana is also a licensed Realtor and holds a current Notary Public Commission in the state of California. An avid reader of financial, business and legal publications and magazines in several languages, Tatyana maintains extensive contacts within the business and legal communities in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego. Tatyana is married with two children.


Languages spoken: Russian

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%



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  • Leif Hamman

    Ms. Edwards is very knowledgeable and highly skilled in the field of immigration law. I am pleased to endorse this lawyer.


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    I endorse this lawyer. She is very knowledgable in asylum law.


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402 West Broadway, Ste. 770
San Diego, CA, 92101


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Listed in Who's Who Directory, since 2013The U.S. Directory of Renowned People2013
Registry of Outstanding ProfessionalsAmerica's Registry of Outstanding Professionals, 2009 - present2009
Best Writing CompetitionMoscow State University1979
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Principal Attorney/OwnerLaw Offices Of Tatyana A. Edwards, APC1999 - Present
Investment BrokerSalomon Smith Barney1987 - 1992
ProfessorJohns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies1985 - 1987
Lecturer/Russian LanguageUniversity Of California At San Diego1981 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
Windemere of La Jolla Home Owners AssociationBoard of Directors2011 - Present
Westwood Ambassador Home Owners AssociationBoard of Directors2010 - Present
La Jolla Bar AssociationActive Member2004 - Present
National Lawyers Guild, National Immigration ProjectActive Member2002 - Present
California Notary AssociationCalifornia Notary Public2000 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationActive Member1999 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaActive Member1999 - Present
Russian Speaking Attorneys Section, American Immigration Lawyers AssociationChair2006 - 2009
American Immigration Lawyers Association (San Diego chapter)Co-chair. EOIR Liaison Committee2002 - 2003
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationTreasurer2001 - 2003
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Fedunyak v. GonzalesPetition for review granted.
In Re: Enrique E.Remanded to EOIR.
Stay of Removal Request/ICEStay of Removal granted by District Director of ICE in Seattle, WA.
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Publication nameTitleDate
"Fact" Monthly News Magazine2013 VAWA2013
"FACT" Monthly News MagazineDeferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)2012
"FACT" Monthly News MagazineFamily Immigration to USA2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Moscow State UniversityInternational Economics and FinanceN/AN/A
California State University, San DiegoFinanceM.B.AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Radio NewscastU.S. Immigration Reform Update2013
International Association of EconomistsEB- Investment Program in U.S.2013
YouTube videoWomen Lawyers in Solo Immgration Practice in California2012
Radio NewscastDACA: Pitfalls in Processing2012
Radio NewscastDifficult aspects of immigrating to USA2012
Radio NewscastFiancee Visa - K-12012
Radio NewscastResponding to Immigrants community questions re: Deferred Action (DACA)2012
Radio NewscastDeportation Defense in U.S. Immigration Court2012
Radio NewscastTypes of U.S. Non-Immigrant visas2012
Radio NewscastObtaining a Green card in the U.S.2012
Radio NewscastVAWA Eligibility for Adjustment of Status2012
Radio NewscastPolitical Asylum in the U.S.2012
Radio NewscastU.S. Citizenship laws2012