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Tifany Elizabeth Markee

Immigration Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   60 reviews

also known as Milner & Markee LLP


Licensed for 21 years

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About Tifany

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Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    70%
    Full-service Immigration Law firm focusing on family, employment, naturalization/ citizenship, removal defense, and a full range of nonimmigrant options

    23 years

  2. Adoption
    30%
    Adoption and family law services related to the needs of internationally born children. This includes independent adoption, SIJ (special immigrant juvenile) determinations, re-adoption, step-parent adoption, adult adoption, and guardianship.

    15 years

San Diego Immigration Attorney Tifany Markee received her Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law, graduating Magna Cum Laude in May 2001.  She is an active member of the California State Bar, becoming approved by the State Bar of California as a Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law in April of 2011.  Tifany is a Partner at Milner & Markee, LLP, with offices in San Diego, California and Palm Desert, California. 

Milner & Markee, LLP is dedicated to full-spectrum immigration services, including family-based applications; nonimmigrant and immigrant employment-based options; naturalization; nonimmigrant and immigrant consular processing; removal defense; asylum; appeals and motions; federal circuit court litigation; and post-conviction relief.  The attorneys are dedicated to a high level of personal service and client relations expected from a boutique law firm.  

In addition to her active immigration practice, Tifany expanded in 2003 to include International Adoption law. She is one of only a handful of attorneys across the nation with an active practice in the adoption and immigration of foreign-born children.  Tifany is an active lecturer and mentor in this field, and is a frequent invited speaker at law schools and professional organizations including the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Academy of California Adoption Lawyers (ACAL), and the LA County Bar Association (LACBA).  She is also the mother of two internationally-adopted children.  

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Licensed for 21 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2001
Updated 09/18/2022

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Milner & Markee LLP
16870 West Bernardo Drive
Suite 320
San Diego, CA, 92127
Milner & Markee, LLP
72960 Fred Waring Drive
Palm Desert, CA, 92260
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Client's Choice 2021
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Tifany received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2021
Posted by Guillermo | November 1, 2019
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US Citizenship for adopted child
Tifany was the greatest! I started on my own to apply for US citizenship for my adopted son. At some point I was sent a letter by USCIS for more information and papers. At that point I knew I couldn't do it myself. I consulted three lawyers, experts in US citizenship and two of them told me to continue going in one direction. The third one told us, since it was an adoption. he wouldn't be able to help us and redirected us to Tifany. Once we consulted her, she helped us understand the whole process. If we had gone with any any of the other lawyers, we wouldn't have gotten very far, and if we did, it would have been more costly and time consuming. Tifany demonstrated her knowledge in adoption citizenship cases. Highly recommended.
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Posted by Tom | January 26, 2020
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Successful E2 Application
Tifany completed our 2nd E2 successful application. We had some complications on our this one and Tifany presented an excellent package to the Consulate. In our final meeting with her we were told what would be required to take, what questions to be prepared for, and were well informed on the process and what to expect. We were in and out of the Toronto US Consulate in 45 minutes with a new 5 year Visa.
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Posted by DR PIERRE NICOLA | November 2, 2022
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Very Professional
My experience is that my case was handled in a professional manner, it help that Tifany applied for a pre-work and travel card. Happy to have chosen her as my attorney
Posted by Rachel | June 27, 2022
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So thankful!
I was so very thankful that I hired Tifany to help both with my adopted daughter's visa extension and her citizenship process. She was incredibly knowledgeable, helpful, and made the whole process go so much more smoothly. She not only was incredible to work with professionally because of her vast expertise and experience, but who she is as a person made the process a lot more meaningful for us as well. I would highly recommend Tifany to anyone and everyone! I would have been lost without her!
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Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2022
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Excellant!
We hired Tifany Markee to help us with our adopted sons citizenship process. We were amazed at how quickly and easily she was able to help us get through the process. We absolutely recommend her to anyone needing assistance in the area of adoption immigration.
Posted by Sherry | April 25, 2022
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Highly recommend!
Tifany was incredibly helpful to us in helping us to get our children their US citizenship. She is very professional and thorough. We could not have done it without her help and we appreciate her.
Posted by Rita | November 3, 2021
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Highly recommended!
We came to Tifany after several years of legal misinformation and much heart ache. We had consulted a few immigration lawyers throughout those years but were given inaccurate information. When we spoke with Tifany it was a breath of fresh air. She really knows her stuff regarding immigration and international adoptions. Our case was a little different but right away she was able to give us different options we had. She was always clear, precise, and very understanding to our situation and frustrations. She was kind and responded quickly to my questions. That was so helpful. During one conversation we had she told me I would be amazed at how smooth the process would go and it was very hard for me to believe, but sure enough within three months our situation was completely solved and finalized!!! We’re still amazed and so very grateful to Tifany and her team. We highly recommend her and I know you will not be disappointed.
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Posted by Logan | October 31, 2021
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Perfect advocate
Ms. Markee is very knowledgable, experienced and it shows. She has spent years building the right relationships, and I could not have been happier with his assistance. She enabled my case to be approved seamlessly.
Posted by anonymous | September 17, 2021
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Citizenship for adopted children
Tifany was tremendous -- she expertly helped us navigate the process of getting our kids US citizenship and was extraordinarily thorough and creative in exploring avenues for us to pursue. We had the utmost confidence in her advice, and felt in good hands throughout. She was remarkably personable, and was just great in her personal interactions with us and our kids. Our family has developed real affection for her.
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Posted by Jerry | September 17, 2021
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The best in immigration and adoption business
We adopted an foreign child in US. Tried 4 lawyers, rejected twice. With Tifany’s expertise, my kid got her green card.
Posted by Eti | August 20, 2021
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Great Attorney
I highly recommend Tifany Markee as an immigration attorney. Ms. Markee did all the work for our sports training business to be able to get green cards for a foreign coach and his wife. The coach is one of the very top coaches in the world, in our sport. The green cards induced him to work for us and will allow us to keep him in our family business for a very long time. Ms. Markee’s fee for all the work was very fair, and having a single set price for everything was reassuring to us. Ms. Markee promptly responded to our frequent concerns over and over without extra charge, and we are very grateful to her. We are also very confident in her knowledge and skills. She managed the entire process without causing us worry or unnecessary effort, and without any delays or problems. Again, we are very grateful to her and recommend her highly.
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Posted by Surinder | April 27, 2021
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Great Immigration Lawyer, Highly Recommend!
Tiffany is a really good Lawyer, she has a lot of knowledge about immigration and easily handled our case. I highly recommend to hire her as your immigration Lawyer because she is very reasonable and does not try to rip people off like some other immigration lawyers who do. She is great immigration lawyer with lots of knowledge and will most definitely handle your case well!
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Posted by Garrett Bowman | April 23, 2021
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Immigration work
Mrs. Markee helped with the immigration process of our three adopted children. She was fantastic! The process occurred just as she outlined in the beginning with no surprises. She was accessible for questions and responded promptly to emails. I would highly recommend her for immigration work.
Posted by Angie | February 21, 2021
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Great immigration attorney
Our family worked with Tifany through every step of the immigration process. When we hired her, we had no idea about the visa process, and she thoroughly explained all of the options available and walked us through everything, from the paperwork to the interviews. The thing I found most helpful was that Tifany was always available to us for any questions that came up. Due to a personal situation, we had to change our course of action, and Tifany quickly researched and came up with a solution, and then worked to revise our filing to meet our needs. I highly recommend working with Tifany Markee. She is smart and reliable.
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Posted by Chris | December 16, 2020
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Grateful for Wise Guidance and Quick Replies
Tifany helped us through a stressful process and was always quick to provide the information we needed!
Posted by Jim | October 22, 2020
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E-2 Visa renewal
My wife and myself hired Tifany for the renewal of our E-2 visa just prior to the covid virus outbreak. Throughout the US Consulate and border shutdowns Tifany was proactive and in regular communication regarding interview date cancellations and changes. At no time did we feel unattended during these most trying times. Very good technically and always updating us on the process. Highly recommend her for stress free immigration issues.
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Posted by cindy | October 6, 2020
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Stress free Immigration Process
Tiffany made obtaining my citizenship a stress free process, even with pandemic delays. She did an excellent job of explaining the process, filing the required documents and preparing me for the interview. Every step of the way I was confident in her work and the process. Even though she couldn't be at my interview in person because of covid 19, she was there on the phone for the whole thing. I realize that there are some mistakes I may have made without her guidance, that could have slowed down the process.
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Posted by Heidi | October 2, 2020
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The best at what she does
We struggled with trying to figure put ourselves what we needed to do . We had sought help from other immigration lawyers and they struggled to give us an answer. Then we were put in contact with Tifany. She was very accurate in her information and she worked hard for us especially in the midst of Covid changing how everything was done. Everything was done properly the first time and we were successful in obtaining citizenship for our son.
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Posted by Mindy | September 10, 2020
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Extremely knowledgeable about immigration matters
Tifany is extremely knowledgable and very professional. We are very grateful of her help. Both her strategy and execution are excellent. Communication is super fast as well. This is definitely one of the best experiences we had with an attorney.
Posted by Andrew Strider | July 21, 2020
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Highly Recommend - Helped us navigate a complex immigration/adoption case
Tifany was referred by us by another immigration attorney after USCIS pushed back on our application for adjustment of status with a *massive* RFE. She walked us through the process, we followed instructions, and my adopted daughter got her GreenCard last week, after a 6 year journey. The background: My wife is from Mexico, and grew up taking care of her two younger sisters after their father abandoned them and their mother died at a young age. Her youngest sister was 11 when we first met, and 13 when we got married. The middle sister was in her early 20's. When we got married, I insisted to my wife that we adopt the youngest sister - she is an amazing, smart young woman, spoke great English already, and I felt we could offer her a better life by having her here with us in the US vs. leaving her with the middle sister in Mexico. We found and hired our first attorney in 2014, and understood the process - we get guardianship, then adopt in California where we live, then we file for adjustment of status with USCIS. We got guardianship with no issue, and the adoption was pretty easy too. After the adoption, since Mexico is a Hague convention country, we needed to send a certified letter to the government asking them to certify some information, or let 120 days pass, after which we could file the adjustment of status. For reasons I won't get into, this ended up being extremely difficult, not least of which is that our 1st attorney disappeared entirely (we filed a complaint with the Bar). Our 2nd attorney, after we filed the paperwork and got the RFE, suggested we contact Tifany, given the issues this administration has with immigrants and the complexity of the case. We engaged her first in 2018, and right away had options for us. She explained what she was seeing and hearing from the legal community about USCIS and changes to legal immigration, and quickly discovered that the CA adoption judge, trying to be helpful and expedite the case, had signed the amended order with the Hague language one day too soon - 119 days from when the letter was received by the Mexican Government. Based on that, we elected to administratively close the case, re-file with the Mexican government, wait the full 120 days this time, get the adoption order amended, and re-file. We did this in late 2019. We had expected to have interviews, etc - some level of pushback - but in April we got a note that our daughter needed to update her medical exam (since it had been more than 2 years) and re-send. We did that, and in early July we got a notice of approval, and then the Green Card shortly thereafter. The 6 year process was complete, and I credit Tifany. She understood our stress as a family with a daughter we had adopted but was technically undocumented - couldn't work, scared to drive - and was with us the whole time. Our daughter just completed her 2nd year at a UC school in Aerospace Engineering, and she can finally live without fear. I can't recommend Tifany highly enough. She helped our family and she will do all she can to help yours.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Milner & Markee LLP
  • 2002 - Present

Education

  • California Western School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • University of California at San Diego
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1995

Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • Certified Specialist - Immigration & Nationality Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2016
  • Certified Specialist - Immigration & Nationality Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2011
  • American Jurisprudence
  • N/A
  • Academic Achievement Awards
  • N/A
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Publications

  • California Western International Law Journal
  • Russian Mail-Order Bride Industry
  • 2000
  • California Western International Law Journal
  • Violence Against Women Act
  • 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • AILA National Conference
  • International Adoption
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (4)
Adoption Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.I am a fellow immigration attorney. I needed some help with respect to inter country adoption, an area in which Tifany is recognized as an expert. I reached out to her and she promptly answered my email and called me to give me some guidance. Thanks again. You're the best."
Adoption Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tifany is an authority in international adoption."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Tifany is an exceptional professional within the legal community, with deep knowledge and skill in the fields of Immigration and International Adoption law. Our office is very lucky to have her on board, and we know that her clients are equally happy to have access to her caring and dedicated attention to their cases."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Tifany Markee. We have utilized her expertise in immigration law to assist a number of our clients. Tifany is responsive and knowledgeable and has helped our clients through some contentious matters."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tifany is an excellent Immigration Attorney. She is very knowledgeable and professional. We have worked together on a couple matters and I have the utmost confidence in her ability."
Adoption Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tifany is my go-to on any international or immigration-related adoption issues. We have given talks about adoption together and worked on matters. She is extremely professional and knows her area of the law."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Markee is a fine advocate and well qualified to practice law in her field of specialty, Immigration Law. Like her partner, her mother Nora Milner, and her law firm, Milner and Markee, she is first class. She is experienced and faithful to her cause. I heartily endorse Tifany Markee."
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San Diego Immigration Lawyer Tifany Elizabeth Markee
Tifany Elizabeth Markee
Immigration Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 21 years
Virtual consultation available