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Stephanie Sy, co-founder and attorney at Sy and Smith, has years of experience in Immigration Law, Family Law, Personal Injury and Proposition 65. Previously, she was a partner at USA Immigration Legal Group, LLP, where she handled a variety of legal matters, including family-, employment- and investment-based petitions. She has written legal articles for several publications.

From a very early age, Stephanie knew she wanted to work with families. One of her differentiators is her understanding of the immigrant experience, because she experienced it firsthand as a young child entering the U.S. from the Philippines with a limited knowledge of the English language and American culture. Stephanie comprehends and appreciates the importance of every case and the impact it will have on her clients and their future generations.

Stephanie earned a BS in business administration with a focus on business economics, cum laude, from the University of Arizona. She entered law school at California Western School of Law knowing she wanted to help families achieve the American dream and graduated in 2006 with her Juris Doctor.

During law school, Stephanie clerked for the Honorable Kenneth Lee, Superior Court of Arizona, Pima County. She also interned at Garvey Schubert Barer in Beijing, China. Her first position after law school was at The Law Offices of Stephen Ure, PC, where she practiced immigration and family law, and handled Proposition 65 litigation.

Stephanie is a member of the California State Bar, a former co-chair of the San Diego County Bar’s Immigration Section, and a member of the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA). She has also been named to Cambridge Who’s Who for Executive Women. Stephanie is fluent in Tagalog and conversant in Fujian Chinese (Hokkien) and Mandarin Chinese.

Stephanie is an avid basketball fan and enjoys going to games in her free time. She also enjoys dining out and exploring local restaurants with her family and friends.


Languages spoken: English, Tagalog, Cantonese, Japanese, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 60%
    9 years
  2. Family: 40%
    7 years



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  • Parker A. Smith

    I endorse this lawyer. She is a phenomenal attorney. Knowledgeable, honest, forthright, caring, dedicated, and committed to her clients.


    Parker Smith Family Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

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    Stephanie is a very professional and experienced attorney, who has wide expertise across all aspects of immigration.


    Kathleen Spero Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Sy and Smith, PC

11622 El Camino Real
Suite 100
San Diego, CA, 92130


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Who's Who for Women ExecutivesWho's Who2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of Stephen Ure2006 - 2013
ClerkSuperior Court Of Arizona2005 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationN/A2016 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (San Diego chapter)N/A2016 - Present
San Diego County Bar Association, Immigration Law SectionCo-chair2009 - 2012
State Bar of CaliforniaActive Member2006 - 2015
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
IRMO AClient's divorce was completed prior to filing the conditional removal. Client obtained his permanent greencard.
Car AccidentSettled for over $40,000
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Publication nameTitleDate
Sy and Smith BlogH-1B Alternatives2016
Press ReleaseH-1B Alternatives2015
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
California Western School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of ArizonaBusiness EconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Catch the Compliance WaveEmployer Compliance2014
SDCBA Immigration MeetingImmigration 101N/A
San Diego County Bar CLEH-1B AlternativesN/A
San Diego County Bar AssociationImmigration- Non-Immigrant VisasN/A