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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


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    9 years, 1.5 thousand cases



Fixed (always), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Maria Cobarrubias

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Contact info

Law Office of Mario Zapata

1100 E. Orangethorpe Avenue
Suite 200C
Anaheim, CA, 92801


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Contributor AwardAVVO2015
Client's Choice AwardAvvo2014
Top Immigration AttorneyAvvo2014
Excellent AttorneyAvvo2014
Top ContributorAvvo2014
Attorney and Counselor of the CourtU.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit2007
Attorney and Counselor of the CourtUnited States District Court, Central District of California2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing AttorneyLaw Office of Mario Zapata2014 - Present
Pro Bono AttorneyPublic Law Center2014 - 2015
AssociateNicastro Piscopo, Attorneys at Law2006 - 2014
Immigration Law ClerkLaw Offices Of Gali Koren, PLC2005 - 2006
Judicial ExternSupreme Court Of California2004 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Southern California chapter)Member2014 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2014 - Present
Orange County Hispanic Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Immigration Law SectionMember2007 - Present
Executive Office for Immigration ReviewMember2007 - Present
United States Court for the Ninth CircuitAdmitted to Practice2007 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
United States District Court, Central District of CaliforniaAdmitted to Practice2006 - Present
National Hispanic Bar AssociationGeneral Member2005 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Lawful Permanent Resident Granted Cancellation of RemovalIJ Granted Cancellation of Removal
Writ of Mandamus Forces USCIS to Adjudicate N-400Client granted US Citizenship
Humanitarian Revalidation of Immigrant Visa PetitionAdjustment of Status Granted
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Publication nameTitleDate
Law Office of Mario Zapata Website BlogUSCIS Policy Memorandum on CSPA Creates an Exception for Late "Sought to Acquire" Filing2014
Law Office of Mario Zapata Website BlogThere is Hope for Violent Crime Victims and Their Family2014
Law Office of Mario Zapata Website BlogBlessed by Arrabally: DACA and TPS Recipients Who Entered the Country Illegally May Be Eligible for Green Cards2014
Law Office of Mario Zapata Website BlogPARENTS, SPOUSES AND CHILDREN OF CURRENT & FORMER MILITARY (Including RESERVES) MAY NOW BE ELIGIBLE FOR GREEN CARD (even if you entered “without inspection”)2014
Law Office of Mario Zapata Website BlogUndocumented Immigrants: Be Prepared as Obama on the Verge of Granting Temporary Status to Millions2014
AVVO websiteGuideline for the Filing of I-130 Petition for a Spouse2012
AVVO WebsiteICE Detention - Getting a Family Member Released on Bonad2012
AVVO WebsiteGuideline to the Nonimmigrant U-Visa2012
OC WeeklyVaya Con Mom2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Chapman University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of California - Los AngelesSpanishMinor2002
University of California - Los AngelesPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Information Session Regarding Administrative Relief: DAPA and DACADAPA and DACA2015
Immigration ForumDeferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Extension and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA)2015
Administrative Relief ForumAdministrative Relief2015
Clinica Legal Contra la DeportacionLegal Clinic Against Deportation2014
Immigration Presentation for Immigrant ParentsRemoval Defense, Raids, and Legalization2010
Consequences of Criminal Convictions and WaiversConsequences of Criminal Convictions and Waivers2010
Citizenship FairCitizenship2009
Volunteer Immigration ClinicVolunteer Immigration Clinic2007