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Vaughan R De Kirby

Immigration Attorney at San Francisco, CA

5.0   11 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 42 years
    Texas - TX 30 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 31 years
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1981
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1993
    Inactive No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1992
    Resigned No misconduct found

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

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Practice area
  1. Immigration
    EB-5 Investment Immigration

Vaughan de Kirby founded the Law Offices of Vaughan de Kirby, A.P.C. in 1983. President and Founder Vaughan de Kirby is admitted to practice law in the states of California, Texas, Maryland, the District of Columbia as well as being admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Vaughan de Kirby has served as an adjunct professor of law at Empire College of Law in Santa Rosa, California teaching Agency and Partnership, and Corporate law. Vaughan de Kirby is the author of a number of books available on Amazon including EB-5 Due Diligence WorkbookThe Investors Guide to a Green Card,” now in its fourth edition;  and “The Student Parent Green Card Guide." Additionally, Mr. de Kirby has authored several Consumer Guides, including The Business Owners Guide to the United States Residency L-1 Visa.

Vaughan de Kirby has achieved a 10 Superb rating on and the Law Offices of Vaughan de Kirby, AP.C. has been rated #1 in Client Service by the readers of the World Journal and Sing Tao Daily. Mr. de Kirby is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and has served on the Board of Directors of the California Consumer Attorneys Association.

               The firm attorneys are supported by carefully trained staff who speak English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hindi, and Urdu to assure excellent communication with our international clients. 

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Law Offices Of Vaughan De Kirby
5139 Geary Boulevard
San Francisco, CA, 94118


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Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
We were successful in getting our EB-5 permanent residentship and our investment funds back!
I am an EB-5 immigrant. Earlier in 2009 I started to search for a way to get my daughter a chance to stay in the U. S. after college. I had no idea of the EB-5. I visited a couple of law offices but the results were disappointing. When I visited Mr. Vaughan de Kirby’s law office and talked to him I knew I had found a chance. I spent three days reading his book about EB-5 carefully. I trusted him because I got answers I wanted to all the possible questions I had on the investment and the law. I believed no one could have explained it more clearly than Mr. de Kirby. With confidence I made the decision for the three of us, my wife, my daughter and myself, to go on with the investment (with CMB). Ms Lily his assistant, and other members of his team, were so efficient in straightening out all my documents. In no more than three months my application was approved by the Immigration. Things went out so smoothly that in exactly two years the conditions to our green cards were removed. Last year, our investment funds were all returned to us! During the last few years, I recommended Vaughan de Kirby Law Office to a couple of friends who were also interested in EB-5. Sure enough, they have all been successful in getting their green cards and on the way to get their investment funds back. In looking back on my immigration experience, I can only say to my friends who want to come live in this great country: Trust the law and find a good attorney to help you.
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Posted by anonymous | August 26, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
The Best Ever!!!
Vaughan de Kirby and his Assistant Lily Shi worked closely with us and our families throughout the EB-5 application process. They did an excellent and efficient job and were always there for us when we needed questions answered. I now have my Green Card and a great job in the US. With the green card Vaughan helped me get, even people like me that did not graduate from ivy league still had a chance to work for one of the Fortune 500 companies and make six figures. I could never achieve this without Vaughan's help! Vaughan is the one I refer my friends to if they want a Green Card!
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Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2014
Wonderful Attorney
Mr. de Kirby was very helpful in advising on the EB-5 visa for me and my family. I strongly recommend his law office if you have questions about this type of green card or any immigration concern.
Posted by anonymous | August 4, 2011
Top Lawyer
Mr. de Kirby was extremely helpful and knowledgeable in helping me get my temporary green card. He has always been available to answer my questions. I don't think I would have been successful without him.
Response from Vaughan De Kirby February 23, 2012
Thank you so much for the review!!!I always do what I am good at, that is serving my clients and helping them achieve their goals! It was great pleasure working with you! If there's anything you ever needed in the future, please don't forget you got a friend here for you!
Posted by Davide M. | August 4, 2011
Mr De Kirby has been handling my non immigrant VISA petitions since 2007 and I have complete and total trust in his work. He is fast and incredibly efficient. He is ALWAYS available to clarify any kind of questions or doubts about my cases, immediately, via e-mail or phone I have all the answers I need. I highly recommend him to all my fellow foreign dancers and artists.
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Posted by Daniel | April 15, 2010
Speak with Vaughan, you won't go wrong.
I started working with Mr. de Kirby when I had a few questions about my accident. He didn't try to sell my on his services, but rather he was there to answer my concerns. He even provided me with a free book that he wrote that has all the information an accident victim would need. I even got a journal to record all of my doctor's visits, info about the accident etc. He gave this all to me BEFORE I was even a client. Now we are settling my case for an amount that I am happy with. If you are ever considering hiring a lawyer, and you are hesitant to speak with it, I highly recommend to talk to Vaughan first.
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Posted by Mei | March 13, 2010
Great Result! Highly Recommended!
There are few truly competent and honest lawyers in the bay area, but Vaughan numbers among them.He has tremendous compassion for his clients. Having him helped me with my immigration matter was the best thing I could have done.
Posted by Vince | March 3, 2010
He's Your Finest Advocate
The most impactful attorney I have ever used. Highly recommended.
Posted by Dottie | September 9, 2009
Highly Recommended
I have worked with Vaughan De Kirby for almost 10 years. He returns phone calls. Communicates effectively. A pleasure to do business with.
Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2009
Always great results!
I have known Vaughan for many years and used him everytime I needed him. Always with the same great results. Bob
Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2009
Client Review
I have used Mr. De Kirby's Legal services for over 20 years and feel there is no finer representation than his. From Family Law , Imigration and personal injury he is truley the best and most honest Attorney you will find. Feel free to call me for a personal referance. [phone number removed]
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Law Offices of Vaughan de Kirby, A.P.C.
  • 1983 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Empire College of Law
  • 2001 - 2003


  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Juris Doctor - Cum Laude
  • 1981
  • California State University, Northridge
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1976

Legal Cases

  • Shanel Lewis v. AAA Insurance
  • Resolved in Mediation at $235,000


  • The Heritage Registry of Who's Who
  • Honored Member
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Member
  • 2005 - 2007
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - 2010
  • California Consumer Lawyers Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 1989 - 1993
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1981 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • Mandarin
  • Cantonese
  • English
  • Hindi
  • Urdu
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Honors and Awards

  • Top Rated Lawyer
  • AVVO
  • 2017
  • Best of 2016 in Immigration Law
  • Best Business
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Voted #1 in Client Service
  • Sing Tao Newspaper
  • 2007
  • 全城至TOP客户服务大奖
  • World Journal Newspaper
  • 2006
  • Outstanding Customer Service
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2005
  • World Journal Newspaper
  • Golden Crown
  • 2005
  • Golden Crown
  • World Journal Newspaper
  • 2004
  • Outstanding Achievment
  • California Trial Lawyers Association
  • 1998
  • Presidents Award
  • California Trial Lawyers Association
  • 1989
  • Leadership Award
  • San Diego Trial Lawyers Association
  • 1988
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  • Complete Guide to the EB-5 Green Card for Indian Nationals
  • Complete Guide to the EB-5 Green Card for Indian Nationals
  • 2017
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Speaking Engagements

  • The Poona Club
  • EB-5 for Indian Nationals
  • 2017
  • National Sports Club of India
  • EB-5 for Indian Nationals
  • 2017
  • EB-5 Investment Visa
  • Developments in Immigration and Investment
  • 2017
  • 2017 China Immigration Industry Summit
  • Due Diligence of EB-5 Project
  • 2017
  • Tampa GLM Mastermind Meeting
  • Student Immigration
  • 2014
  • Glass Legal Marketing Conference
  • EB-5 Investment Immigration
  • 2014
  • Great Legal Marketing Conference
  • Serving the Ideal Immigration Client
  • 2013
  • Great Legal Marketing Conference
  • Immigration Law Practice
  • 2013
  • Outstanding Artists, Educators and Researchers
  • EB-1
  • 2011
  • Investor's Guide to A Green Card
  • EB-5 Green Card
  • 2011
  • Business Immigration
  • L-1 Visa for Business Executives
  • 2011
  • Great Legal Marketing Conference
  • Consumer Education Marketing
  • 2010
  • GLM Mastermind Conference
  • Investment Immigration Practice China
  • 2010
  • Foster Web Marketing Web Seminar
  • Writing A Consumer Book
  • 2010
  • Empire College of Law
  • Business Associations
  • 2002
  • Empire College of Law
  • Business Law
  • 2001
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Attorney endorsements

Received (44)
Given (62)
Endorse Vaughan
Immigration Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When you are facing a sensitive (and often complex) immigration law matter, you want the best help possible. Vaughan is a trusted advisor and an authority in all areas of immigration law. I endorse him for his work ethic, depth of knowledge, and history of great service to his clients."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vaughan is very knowledgeable about immigration issues and works hard to provide his clients with the best service possible. I would highly recommend his services."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I simply can't endorse Vaughan high enough. Although I have not known Vaughan an extremely long time when I had a fairly complex question on immigration he was more than willing to walk me thru the options and consequences of the various options. These days the interplay of immigration and criminal law is difficult and it is nice to know that when I have difficult issues I can reach out to Vaughan and he will be available."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Vaughan De Kirby's rating is a perfect 10 for one very good reason. He is a superb attorney who provides excellent work for his clients. He is an EB-5 immigration specialist and I am referring all EB-5 investor visa inquiries that I receive to Vaughan. I know he will do excellent work. Vaughan is a leader in the immigration field. He also is an excellent businessman and mentor. I hope to one day have a practice as vibrant and as sophisticated as Vaughan R De Kirby. If you need immigration help on the West Coast, I recommend Vaughan without hesitation."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Vaughan. It is evident from my brief interactions with him that he is a knowledgeable, hardworking, and very talented attorney. He is also a role model for other lawyers in the community."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Vaughan for many years now. He knows a ton about immigration, especially for those who want to come to the U.S. and start a business. Contact him and read his book!"
Immigration Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vaughan De Kirby has an amazing law practice and he is not just a first rate, highly experienced attorney but also a mentor and an inspiration to other attorneys & law firm owners who are striving to build a world class operation. Vaughan is considered a leader in a nationwide group of attorneys who make client satisfaction their number one goal and he is far and away one of the best at this endeavor. Vaughan is a leader in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Vaughan is a very experienced and capable attorney who cares about his clients."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Vaughan is an excellent attorney. He knows the immigration process better than anyone and has helped countless clients navigate the difficult issues involved with the immigration process. On top of that, Vaughan is a great guy."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Vaughan for many years. As members of a nationwide organization, Vaughn and I spend time together working on how to best represent and educate our clients. His passion, zeal and intense drive in educating his clientele is inspiring. I have happily studied his methods and ways. While we practice in far different areas of the law, I am confident that Vaughn provides top notch service to his clients and would readily refer him anyone who needs advice on immigration."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"For accident victims in California, I highly recommend Vaughan. He is an experienced accident attorney and his expertise is second to none. His books are beyond helpful and a recommended reading for accident victims in California."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vaughan has done a terrific job in getting relevant information out to injured folks in California. Just check out his website, legal news, articles, FREE books, and his legal guides here on I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vaughan has really been an inspiration to my practice. His progressive thinking and insight on how to serve clients with respect and effectiveness has raised the status of lawyers everywhere. Thanks Vaughan."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Other
"Vaughan takes his clients step by step through the complex legal process, dedicated to providing his best service. If you're in California and are in a personal injury matter, you know who to call."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Vaughan De Kirby is simply the master of immigration. I have know Vaughan for over three years and he has been able to simplify for me this complicated area of law. Not only is Vaughan a very talented lawyer but he is dedicated to his clients and their satisfaction. I highly recommend Vaughan De Kirby."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Vaughan is a brillant lawyer who has written some of the best books available for consumers. I recommend Vaughan in the strongest terms."
Personal injury Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vaughan is an extremely nice and generous man with a unique practice providing representation to the Chinese community while honoring their language and culture. When we receive a referral for legal help in Northern California, our first call is to Vaughan."
Immigration Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Vaughan is innovative and a tireless worker who actually travels worldwide to serve the interests of his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Vaughan De Kirby is the go to guy in the San Francisco area for anyone who has been seriously injured or has questions about immigration. His 30+ years of experience provides him a knowledge base few can match. His results speak for themselves, he takes to the time to educate you on the tough decisions. Vaughan and I work together in a organization of national attorneys who focus on helping individuals. It is with great honor that I endorse Vaughan De Kirby."
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San Francisco Immigration Lawyer Vaughan R De Kirby
Vaughan R De Kirby
Immigration Attorney
San Francisco, CA
Licensed for 42 years