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Robert Gaffney received his Juris Doctor Degree from University of California, Hastings
College of the Law in 1980.  Mr. Gaffney
is an attorney licensed to practice in the State of California and is certified
by the California State Bar Association as a Specialist in Immigration and
Nationality Law.  He is a long-standing
member of the Immigration and Nationality Law panel of the Lawyer Referral
Service of the San Francisco Bar Association. 
Mr. Gaffney is honored to have been selected through peer-review as one
of only 5% of practicing attorney’s selected to the list of Super Lawyers of
Northern California


Gaffney received his B. A. degree in
Chinese Studies, with highest honors, from the University of California in 1973.  He attended the University of Michigan,
Center for Chinese Studies as a National Defense Foreign Language Fellow
between 1973 and 1976. He is a long-time member of the Association of Asian
Studies and a
member of the San Francisco-Shanghai Sister City Committee. 





Languages spoken: Mandarin, Cantonese, Chinese, Wu

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%


Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • John F. Roth

    Robert Gaffney is unquestionably one of leading lawyers in the EB-5 field. Smart, dedicated and responsive, his knowledge of issues peculiar to China is, in particular, second to none. In addition, he is a highly ethical attorney who makes no compromise on his 100% loyalty to the client.


    John Roth Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Offices of Robert P. Gaffney

601 Montgomery St Ste 1114
San Francisco, CA, 94111-2616


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of Asian StudiesMemberN/A
San Francisco-Shanghai Sister City CommitteeMemberN/A
San Francisco Bar Association, Lawyer Referral PanelMember of Immigration and Nationality Law PanelN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
The EB-5 Book, published by ILW.comPractical Approaches to Lawful Source of Funds Issues2012
Immigration Options for Investors & EntrepreneursCountry Specific Issues and Challenges in Representing EB-5 Petitioners from the People’s Republic of China2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1980
University of California - San DiegoChinese StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1973
University of Michigan, Center for Chinese StudiesN/ANational Defense Foreign Language FellowN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Vietnam VTV1 Panel PresentationUS - Vietnam: Enhanced Opportunities for Trade, Investment and Global Mobility after TTP2016
Vietnam VTC8 View 24 InterviewDue diligence and the EB-5 program2016
AILA EB-5 Investors Summit: Representing EB-5 Investors & Regional CentersAdvanced Issues in Representing Individual Investors2015
Third Annual Southern California EB-5 ConferenceImpacts of Visa Retrogression: Project Structuring, Investor Demand and Exit Strategies2014
The Immigration Section of the Barristers Club of the Bar Association of San Francisco and the Northern California ChapterImmigration Options for Entrepreneurs and Investors2014
2014 AILA EB-5 Investors & Regional Centers ConferenceChina Issues2014
International Law Section WebinarEthical Issues in EB-5 Practice2013
AILA EB-5 ConferenceSpecial Issues Inherent in Direct EB-5 Filings2013
EB-5 Foreign Investors SeminarEB-5 Foreign Investors2010
AILA Fall 2009 CLE ConferenceLawful Source of Funds and Other Consideration for EB-5 Investors From China, Korea, Russia, Iran and India2009