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Mario Steven Zapata

Immigration Attorney at Anaheim, CA

4.9   26 reviews

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About Mario

Learn Mario’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. Immigration
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    Deportation/Removal Defense Family Based Immigration Employment Based Immigration (Immigrant & Nonimmigrant) Appeals Waivers

    16 years, 1,500 cases

 

Mr. Zapata is the Owner and Managing Attorney of the Law Office of Mario Zapata where he exclusively practices Immigration and Nationality Law, and represents clients with related criminal matters. He is a past member of the American Bar Association, and remains a member of the Orange County Bar Associations, Orange County Hispanic Bar Association, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

 

Mr. Zapata received his Juris Doctor degree from Chapman University School of Law in 2006. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He is admitted to practice in the State of California, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, U.S. District Court for the State of California in the Central and Southern Districts.

Mr. Zapata handles a wide variety of immigration matters, including family-based and employment-based petitions, adjustment of status, naturalization, citizenship and waiver applications, and consular processing. He appears extensively at USCIS interviews and before the Executive Office of Immigration Review (Immigration Court) regarding removal and deportation cases

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Licensed for 16 years
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 12/05/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Law Office of Mario Zapata
1100 E. Orangethorpe Avenue
Suite 200C
Anaheim, CA, 92801

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Douglas | September 12, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great price thorough fast service
So happy I found Mario. The price was right and his service was far beyond my expectations. He made it a point to get back to me promptly via email or phone. Very patient with us. Due to circumstances beyond our control it took longer on our case but he was always there.
Posted by Edgar A Delgado. | July 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honestidad
Desde la primera consulta su honestidad , y recomendaciones de que hablando y diciendo la verdad con inmigracion tendría los resultados favorables, El Lic. Zapata me trasmitio la seguridad para arreglar mi residencia permanente.
Posted by Justin | October 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney!!
My name is Justin. After searching and consulting with many immigration attorneys I came across Mr, Mario S. Zapata who provided me with outstanding consultation. I was very pleased that he took the time to understand my situation and offered a honest advice and way forward. Before meeting Mr. Mario Zapata, three attorneys turned down my application and advised me that the best solution to my case is to leave the country but Mr. Zapata accepted my case and gave me a heart felt advice. Because of his outstanding work on my case I was able to remain with my family and subsequently receiving my green card. I am delighted to recommend Mr. Mario S. Zapata as an exceptional immigration attorney.
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Posted by jeff tatch | October 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
excellent immigration attorney
I have known Mario for over 10 years. I literally speak to him at least once per month to get some expert advise on an immigration matter. He is always helpful when I have cross over questions stemming from my exclusive practice in Criminal Defense. He is very thorough in his analysis and very honest as well. When referring him a wide array of immigration matters from deportation proceedings to citizenship applications, he is happy to assist. With an honest demeanor, and hard working mentality, I never hesitate to give out his name and contact information.
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Posted by Marina | December 20, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
My husband and I came to Mr. Zapata in order to apply for adjustment of status through marriage. He was upfront and extremely honest. The entire process went smoothly and pretty quick. He addressed all questions and even random questions that came up over the weekend. He is extremely realiable and was always on time for appointments, even early for the interview appointment. His staff is friendly and also very helpful. We are so happy we found him and will refer family and friends for all immigration needs!
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Posted by Luis | September 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Cannot recommend Mario enough!
From the time we first consulted with Mario to the time we were approved our green card petition, Mario was on top of everything. And whenever something needed to get done, his staff was also more than helpful in getting it done. Mario was very knowledgeable and guided us throughout the process. At the time of the interview he was there to sit with us while we waited and just chit chatted about random things to help keep us at ease. I could go on and on about him and his office. But what for? Just do yourself the favor and call him. Talk to him and you'll know he's the attorney you need and can definitely trust. I liked him the first time we spoke and when my wife came in she said I definitely made the right call in hiring Mario. I cannot recommend him enough to anybody that asks. He cares about you more than just being a client, but as a person as well.
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Posted by Paolo | February 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Perfect for our immigration needs!
Mario and his team were great from the beginning. Very clear and straightforward. He maintained great communication all the way through our immigration process and answered all of our questions in a timely manner. He prepared us well and guided us through each step. I would happily recommend him to friends and family.
Posted by Alejandro | January 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mario Zapata is the one you need.
Mario Zapata a very, very passionate and dedicated attorney has helped me and my family make my dream a reality. I am now a Legal Resident of this beautiful country, Thanks your guidance Sir. I won't say much, anyone who reads this just remember something, "MAKE SURE YOU VISIT HIS OFFICE" it can be as a second, or third opinion trust you'll end up hiring him. Here is what the officer said at our interview for adjustment of status: Officer: HELLO! Dear friend, I'm glad you're back with another case it's a pleasure to have you here. Please come in. (Since Mr. Mario Zapata is very organized) Oh, man you make our lifes so much easier, thank you for being so organize you're the best. 10-15 minutes later: officer says to Mario, my wife and I, Okay wait for me outside, no more questions for you . You have everything in order and Mr Mario has all the copies for me, makes my life easier. (what officer said) Case: APPROVED Mario helped me get my DACA AND PERMANENT RESIDENT CARD. God I am so THANKFUL! THANK YOU SIR. MARIO ZAPATA God blessed you and your family.
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Response from Mario Zapata February 4, 2016
Thank you Alejandro for your kind words! It is greatly appreciated, and I wish you and your family the best. Mario Zapata
Posted by Rosanna | May 9, 2015
Amazing!
Mario explained everything what you want to know, the consequences just in case it happen, and what to do next. His fee is reasonable. He just represented me May 1, 2015, for an interview for adjustment of status, and I was approved. Prior to this in 2008, he was with me for my removal proceedings,
Response from Mario Zapata May 29, 2015
Thank you for your kind words Rosanna. It was a pleasure representing you throughout your entire immigration matter from removal proceedings all the way to the issuance of your green card. Congratulations!
Posted by Hector | January 23, 2015
Trustworthy and Knowledgeable Attorney helped us become residents
We are extremely satisfied with the professionalism and service of Mr. Zapata, and the entire staff provided to my family. Their staff provided excellent attention. They found us a long-awaited solution to our immigration problem. Also, their fees are very reasonable. I am thankful to all of them. Familia Cardozo
Response from Mario Zapata May 29, 2015
Congratulations Cardozo family once again. Thank you for your kind words, and I wish you all great success.
Posted by anonymous | November 14, 2014
Successfully handled multiple family cases
Attorney Mario Zapata successfully represented multiple family members going through the adjustment of status process. Our case was quite complex, but Mario handled it as the seasoned attorney that he is. Attorney Zapata is honest and trustworthy. WIth Attorney Zapata we received not only representation and a resolution to our cases, but we were also educated about immigration and the legal process. These explanations really put my family at ease. Thank you, Attorney Zapata and much success to you! Familia Fernandez
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Posted by anonymous | November 12, 2014
Very TRUSTWORTHY and HONEST!!
Attorney Mario Zapata is an excellent Immigration Attorney!!! He is always up to date on all immigration issues and is very clear with all advice that he provides. I would recommend Mr. Zapata to anyone looking for an immigration lawyer who really cares about their clients.
Posted by Nikki | October 8, 2014
Fantastic!
I would recommend Mario to anyone (and everyone!) in need of an immigration attorney. Just one look on the USCIS website can leave anyone feeling overwhelmed and certainly unsure of the forms and files required for each unique case. My now husband and I were at a loss as to how we would ever get through the process! Mario took all of the stress and uncertainty out of that for us. He prepared the files we needed and helped us every step of the way. When it came to our interview, we were cool calm and collected and more importantly we were safe in the knowledge that all our documentation was exactly as it should be, thanks to Mario! If you want a professional, friendly and organized attorney, I would recommend Mario's services.
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Posted by Jesus C. | August 28, 2014
Smart, Respectful, and Got My Wife a Green Card
This attorney was great. It was my first experience hiring an attorneys. My fears and concerns quickly went away, as Mr. Zapata was very clear and thorough with his instructions. Additionally, the processing times he provided my wife and I were on point. He got my wife a green card within 4 months of having filed the paperwork. He was on time to the immigration interview where he accompanied us, and seemed to be very well respected by immigration officers at the Santa Ana office. He prepared us for the interview to reduce the nervousness. I cannot say enough great things about the attorney, and would definitely recommend anyone to give him the opportunity earn your business. He is very smart, respectful, and caring. Thank you!
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Posted by Raimundo B. | August 25, 2014
Mr. Zapata helped me get Form I-601 waiver approved and then my green card!!!
I definitely recommend the services from Attorney Mario Zapata. I feel completely satisfied as a former client. Mr. Zapata demonstrates great knowledge and confidence in immigration law. He guided me through a complex immigration process, and helped get me Form I-601 waiver approved. Without him, I would not have my green card today. He is also very affordable in comparison to other lawyers I visited, and he was very flexible with monthly payments. He made my wife and I feel safe and secure throughout the entire process. God bless you Mario Zapata, and we wish you much success. Bonilla Family
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Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2014
Honest and Professional Problem Solvers in Immigration at an Affordable Price
We are extremely satisfied with the professionalism and service Mr. Piscopo, Mr. Zapata, and the entire staff provided my family. Their staff provided excellent attention. They found us a long-awaited solution to our immigration problem. Also, their fees are very reasonable. I am thankful to all of them. Familia Cardozo
Posted by angeles | September 27, 2013
Thank you!!
Mr. Zapata was very helpful in my situation. He explain me since the begining what were my options. And he made it work . He is the best!!
Posted by Natalia | September 20, 2013
H1B Renewal
Mario is very responsive and knowledgeable. He always kept me informed and gave good advise to make future decisions.
Posted by Mehdi | September 18, 2013
"Excellent Attorney"
“I want to thank my attorney, Mario Steven Zapata. He did a wonderful job handling my immigration case, I would highly recommend Him, simply put his the best. He has also helped my family in the past; his very friendly, professional and straightforward . Mehdi, Orange County CA
Posted by anonymous | September 16, 2013
Immigration lawyer very helpful and trust worthy
They are very responsible and professional at wat they do they keep u very inform of ur appointments. Also they are very polite. I would really recommend this lawyer to anybody that's looking for someone that trust worthy.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Law Office of Mario Zapata
  • 2014 - Present
  • Pro Bono Attorney
  • Public Law Center
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Associate
  • Nicastro Piscopo, Attorneys at Law
  • 2006 - 2014
  • Immigration Law Clerk
  • Law Offices Of Gali Koren, PLC
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Judicial Extern
  • Supreme Court Of California
  • 2004 - 2005
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Education

  • Chapman University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • UCLA
  • Minor
  • 2002
  • UCLA
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Legal Cases

  • In Matter of X
  • Termination of Removal Proceedings
  • In Matter of Padilla
  • Granted Cancellation of Removal
  • Humanitarian Revalidation of Immigrant Visa Petition
  • Adjustment of Status Granted
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Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Southern California chapter)
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Orange County Hispanic Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association, Immigration Law Section
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Executive Office for Immigration Review
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • United States Court for the Ninth Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2007 - Present
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • United States District Court, Central District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2006 - Present
  • National Hispanic Bar Association
  • General Member
  • 2005 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Contributor Award
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Top Immigration Attorney
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Excellent Attorney
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Attorney and Counselor of the Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • 2007
  • Attorney and Counselor of the Court
  • United States District Court, Central District of California
  • 2006
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Publications

  • AVVO website
  • Guideline for the Filing of I-130 Petition for a Spouse
  • 2012
  • AVVO Website
  • ICE Detention - Getting a Family Member Released on Bonad
  • 2012
  • AVVO Website
  • Guideline to the Nonimmigrant U-Visa
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Information Session Regarding Administrative Relief: DAPA and DACA
  • DAPA and DACA
  • 2015
  • Clinica Legal Contra la Deportacion
  • Legal Clinic Against Deportation
  • 2014
  • Immigration Presentation for Immigrant Parents
  • Removal Defense, Raids, and Legalization
  • 2010
  • Consequences of Criminal Convictions and Waivers
  • Consequences of Criminal Convictions and Waivers
  • 2010
  • Citizenship Fair
  • Citizenship
  • 2009
  • Volunteer Immigration Clinic
  • Volunteer Immigration Clinic
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (35)
Given (20)
Endorse Mario
Immigration Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Zapata is consistently knowledgable and thoughtful in his advice on the Avvo forum and I believe to be an accurate reflection of his commitment to his own clients."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Zapata is a very knowledgeable and effective advocate for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mario Zapata is a well respected and knowledgeable attorney in the community. I have referred cases to him and would trust him wholeheartedly with any matter entrusted upon him. He is a top notch lawyer."
Appeals Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Other
"Highly recommended. Knowledgeable and experienced. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Zapata is a highly trusted member of the legal community, his contribution is greatly appreciated and valued."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Appeals Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is an excellent lawyer who is well respected in the community."
Appeals Attorney | Sep 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mario Steven Zapata is well known in the legal community as an effective advocate for his clients."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've worked with Mario in the past and have known him for many years now. He is a very knowledgeable and diligent attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I believe Mr. Zapata is details-oriented lawyer. I liked his answers on AVVO"
Immigration Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is my pleasure to endorse Steve Zapata, young but already knowledgeable, attentive and well distinguished lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Zapata. Very knowledgable reviews and answers."
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