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Teodora Dentcheva Purcell

Immigration Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   15 reviews

also known as Teodora D Purcell, Teodora D Harizanova

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  • Licensed for 22 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2002
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I am a US Immigration Attorney with Global and Diverse Experience and Expertise

Teodora D. Purcell has experience in all facets of immigration law and is a Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law, certified by the State Bar of California. She counsels clients on global mobility and business immigration issues and represents companies in a broad array of industries with a focus on the life sciences, biotechnology and IT sectors. Teodora also advises corporate and individual clients on immigration compliance, immigration consequences of mergers and acquisitions, devises strategies for bringing and retaining foreign talent to the U.S. She represents individuals in various family immigration and citizenship matters. Teodora obtained her LLM in Comparative Law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law and her JD and LLM degrees from the Sofia University in Bulgaria where she is also licensed to practice law. Teodora is dedicated to pro bono work and is a recipient of the Casa Cornelia Distinguished Lawyer of the Year “La Mancha” 2015 Award, the Wiley Manuel Pro Bono Award of the State Bar of California (2002, 2014, 2015, 2016). She has served the legal community also as Chair of the Immigration Law Section at the San Diego County Bar Association, an Executive Committee member of the American Immigration Lawyer Association (AILA) San Diego Chapter and it Liaison committees, has been active in several Lawyers Club and BIOCOM committees. In recognition of her in depth immigration knowledge and the impact of her work, Teodora is a recipient of many professional accolades, among which Super Lawyers List, Immigration Law (2016, 2017, and 2018), KPBS Local Hero Award (2016), and San Diego Daily Transcript’s Top Attorney List in Immigration Law (2014, 2015). She is a faculty member of the UCSD ABA approved paralegal program where she teaches an Immigration Law class and is a frequently invited speaker on US and global immigration topics.

Awards

Client's Choice 2024
Client's Choice
2024

Location

Purcell Law, APC
10755 Scripps Poway Pkwy
Suite F444
San Diego, CA, 92131

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Client's Choice 2024
Client's Choice
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Posted by Sue | July 8, 2024
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Sr. Director, Human Resources
I have had the privilege of working with Teodora Purcell for many years now, and without hesitation, I can say she is the best immigration attorney one could hope for. Teodora's provides absolute dedication to her clients; her expertise and knowledge of immigration law are truly exceptional. Teodora continuously impresses me with her thorough understanding of the complexities of immigration cases. She navigated every aspect of my legal needs with precision and care, ensuring that I was informed and confident throughout the process for each of my cases. What sets Teodora apart is her genuine empathy and commitment to her clients' well-being. She goes above and beyond to provide personalized attention. Her strategic advice have consistently provided positive outcomes for me. I recommend Teodora Purcell to anyone seeking expert immigration legal services. She is not just an attorney but a trusted ally - she's the best!
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Posted by Liz | July 2, 2024
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Supportive, Strategic and Effective!
Teo was referred to me from a colleague, and they mentioned how successful she was with complicated immigration cases. As my previous employer's law firm was unsuccessful in their prepared petition, I was looking for a strong immigration lawyer on my own. Teo lived up to her reputation and helped me navigate the complex forms and processes. She presented a case that was successful in me obtaining a National Interest Waiver. Teo's experience allowed her to strategize and truly partner with me to prove my skills as a technical professional. She was supportive through this stressful time and I highly recommend her for immigration cases.
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Posted by Andro | July 2, 2024
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Recommendation
Teodora Purcell is highly knowledgeable and pragmatic lawyer who knows how to achieve her client's goals. Always available to answer questions and concerns of her clients. Honest, generous and always timely - I highly recommend Teodora!
Posted by Jenna | July 1, 2024
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Sr. Human Resources Manager
I highly recommend Teodora Purcell for anyone seeking expert immigration assistance. Teodora's demonstrated expertise in handling complex immigration issues is unmatched. She is always quick to respond to our questions, particularly those related to employees, which greatly eases our concerns. She provides clear guidance and support at every step, making stressful processes much more manageable. Teodora's commitment to her clients is evident in her prompt and thorough approach. Her assistance is invaluable in ensuring we understood and correctly followed all necessary procedures. If you're looking for a reliable, knowledgeable, and communicative immigration law firm, Purcell Immigration Law is an excellent choice.
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Posted by Colleen | June 24, 2024
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High regards for Teodora Purcell
We have been working with Teodora for years. She is always prompt, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. She has helped our organization with a variety of different cases including TNs, H1Bs and PERM applications. We highly recommend Teodora Purcell and are looking forward to our continued, long-term partnership.
Posted by Philip | June 24, 2024
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Chairman, CEO, CTO & Founder
As the Head of a Biotech company with international staff, investors and clients, I frequently work with a wide spectrum of attorneys, all top notch. Even in this context, Teodora Purcell stands out as a brilliant, informed and kind professional, who both integrates and presents very complex and technical information in a clear and manageable way. Her success rate with me is over 100%, because not only has she always successfully obtained immigration documents for myself and for my staff, but she has done so faster than anyone in the business could imagine. Teodora is an honor to any institution she is part of or works with, and I recommend her and her work enthusiastically and without any hesitation. She is an absolute pleasure to work with.
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Posted by Karolina | June 21, 2024
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The most talented immigration lawyer
Teodora is a wonderful person who always goes above and beyond for someone, on top of that she is an incredibly talented lawyer. She was very diligent and ensured all the paperwork for my visa was submitted in a timely manner and talked me through the entire process to make sure I could put the strongest case possible forward. I got my investor visa thanks to Teodora, her faith in me and her unrivaled work ethic.
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Posted by Tim | June 20, 2024
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CEO
Teodora is an excellent attorney, super attentive to a client's needs and helps strategize on complex immigration tasks. Her professionalism has ensured business continuity and keeping the talent that drives our company success. Would definitely recommend her for any immigration matter.
Posted by Vessela | June 19, 2024
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Excellent immigration attorney
I am pleased to write this review to express my appreciation for the excellent service provided by Ms. Teodora Purcell, who has assisted our organization with the immigration needs for some of our employees. Ms. Purcell has always been extremely responsive, knowledgeable, kind and efficient throughout the entire process. She answers all our questions promptly and thoroughly, explains the options and requirements clearly, and prepares the paperwork accurately and professionally. Thanks to her expertise and diligence, we were able to obtain the visas we needed without any complications or delays. Ms. Purcell is truly a remarkable attorney and a wonderful person, and I highly recommend her to any business or individual who needs immigration assistance.
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Posted by Simon | June 19, 2024
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Invaluable help!
Teodora advised my wife and I for our E2 visa application during the COVID pandemic. It seemed daunting at first but Teodora helped us navigate the process with extreme professionalism. She was always friendly, super positive when we had doubts and went above and beyond to ensure we were successful in our application. We could not have done it without her. We are now very happy in California and we owe it to her! We highly recommend her services.
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Posted by Hubert | April 8, 2018
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EB-2
I can only express my appreciation and my gratitude to Attorney Teodora Purcell and her team for their outstanding work in my case to obtain permanent resident status in the United States in the National Interest Waiver (NIW) Employment-based (EB-2) category. My case had two major challenges; the type of industry I come from and the limited time available to file my case. Attorney Purcell didn't hesitate to dedicated substantive resources to build a solid case in record time. She was always available to discuss any detail or answer any question through every step of the process. Not only is her knowledge of the immigration law exceptional, but her work ethic, her integrity, her attention to detail, and her dedication makes her an incomparable Immigration Attorney. She will not hesitate to spend time and appropriate resources to build the base case possible. Through all the process of my immigration, Attorney Purcell was always positive, supportive of new ideas, and reachable. She really cares genuinely for her client and she will not hesitate to go the extra mile to represent them the best way possible. I am very thankful for her work and recommend her highly.
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Posted by Jimmy | February 5, 2017
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Over 10 years of excellent help
Lawyer Purcell helped me switch my student visa to working visa to eventually getting a resident status. Always acted very professional and with my best interests as a priority. I have and will continue to recommend Lawyer Purcell for any immigration needs.
Posted by anonymous | January 27, 2014
E2
During the past few years, Teodora and her staff have assisted me several times with the renewal of my E2 visa. Each and time, she has been wonderful to work with, and her knowledge of the system is very comforting. She is extremely detail oriented and takes great pride in presenting the very best case possible, often thinking outside the proverbial box when it comes to strengthening and improving the basis of a case. I could not imagine working with any other team of attorneys, and am always recommending her and Gary Perl to every person in need of legal assistance.
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Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2013
Excellent work done by Lawyer Purcell
Lawyer Purcell helped me with my I-140 OR petition. After I collected most of reference letters, she spent just two weeks from preparing to filing my case. And my petition was approved four days after filing. Efficient and quality work done by Lawyer Purcell. Thank you!
Posted by Aniket | February 12, 2013
Teodora Purcell, best lawyer for EB1 case handling!
Teodora helped me in my EB1 case. She was on top of things from the beginning. She was very responsive and ready to discuss the case any time of the day. The letter she formed as well as the response after the NOID was excellent. She integrated my inputs and information from my documents in a very readable format. We went thru the document several times and she was always positive and supportive of the questions and concerns I had. In conclusion, Teodora is very personable and she is excellent in understanding the immigration laws. Due to this combination, she is the best lawyers I have worked with for my immigration related needs.
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AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Education

  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2000
  • Sofia University "St. Clement Ohridski" School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998

Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
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  • Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • Member
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  • American Bar Association
  • Member
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Languages Spoken

  • Bulgarian
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2024
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2024
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2023
  • Top 100 Women of Influence in law
  • San Diego Business Journal
  • 2023
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Top 100 Leaders in the Law
  • San Diego Business Journal
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Top 25 Women in San Diego, CA
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Hero Award
  • KPBS Local
  • 2016
  • Pro Bono Attorney of the Year
  • Casa Cornelia La Mancha Distinguished
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

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Immigration Attorney | Apr 11
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Teodora is an excellent lawyer. She is meticulous in her work and brilliant. Also, she is a nice person. I highly recommend her."
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San Diego Immigration Lawyer Teodora Dentcheva Purcell
Teodora Dentcheva Purcell
Immigration Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 22 years
Virtual consultation available