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I am a U.S. immigration lawyer and San Francisco Criminal Defense Attorney who has successfully defended clients in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1980. For 28 years our clients have placed their futures in our hands. We have taken those responsibilities very seriously.

If you are looking for an experienced & affordable San Francisco Immigration & Criminal Defense Attorney, then look no further. Please call for a free telephone consultation and visit my website:


I am a U.S. Immigration Lawyer and California Criminal Defense Attorney actively defending clients in both the U.S. Immigration and California Criminal Courts. Our law office emphasizes defending and representing non-citizen clients who require legal assistance in any of the following important areas of immigration and/or criminal law:



If you have a need for legal representation, then you will want a skilled and aggressive lawyer who is experienced in both immigration and criminal defense law to represent you. Please contact us for an free initial telephone consultation.


Languages spoken: Spanish, Russian, English

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 70%
    21 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 30%
    35 years, 2.5 thousand cases



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Stephen. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
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  • Hugh Anthony Levine

    The best endorsement I can and do give Steve Eckdish is to refer my own clients to him on their immigration issues. I make such referrals and will continue to do so because Steve Eckdish is a lawyer's lawyer. By that I mean that lawyers such as myself consult him or associate him in our cases when immigration issues are involved. We recognize that he knows immigration law inside-out and is an imaginative, aggressive, and tireless advocate for his clients. His outstanding record of success in this extremely complex, difficult, and anxiety-ridden field of law speaks for itself. All of Steve's vast experience and expertise is packaged in a lawyer who cares deeply about the people who consult him and who conveys that emotional connection through the intensity of his advocacy. If you seek an immigration lawyer who will stand and fight for you, or for your client, Stephen Eckdish is that lawyer.


    Hugh Levine Criminal defense Attorney
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Contact info

Stephen Eckdish

Attorney at Law
649 Mission St 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA, 94105


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Who's Who Honors Edition 2008-2009Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals2008
Special Recognition Award - AttorneyWho is Who in America1985
American Jurisprudence AwardAmerican Jurisprudence Committee1980
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior AttorneyLaw Office of Stephen Eckdish1980 - Present
Serious Felony Criminal Defense Conflicts AttorneyMarin County Superior Court1984 - 1996
Criminal Court Conflicts AttorneySan Francisco County Superior Court Serious Felony Conflicts Panel1982 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Matter of Alvin T.Application for Relief Granted
Matter of Aryan B.Motions to Vacate&Terminate Granted N-400 Approved
Matter of Lynda H.Post Conviction Relief and Cancellation Granted
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Publication nameTitleDate
KGO-TV Channel 7 San Francisco - Legal InfoI Need Advice Now - Immigration and Criminal Defense2011
Court Informer“How to Move a Stale Case.” 7 Young Lawyer 1 (November 2002).2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
California Western School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
University of ArizonaPhilosophy & PsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Guest LecturerImmigration and Criminal Defense Law2008
Guest LecturerImmigration and Criminal Defense2007
Defending Non-Citizens in the Criminal CourtsImmigration and Criminal Defense2007
Guest LecturerImmigration and Criminal Defense2006