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Otis Carl Landerholm

Immigration Attorney at Oakland, CA

4.3   17 reviews

also known as Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C.

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  • Licensed for 13 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Otis

Learn Otis’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    90%
    Asylum, Green Cards, Visas, Removal Defense, and US Citizenship. Mr. Landerholm fights for immigrant's rights and helps people stay with their families whenever legally possible.

    14 years

  2. Asylum
    10%

WE FIGHT COMPLEX DEPORTATION CASES! IMMIGRATION COURT ISSUES, ASYLUM, CANCELLATION OF REMOVAL, ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS, U-VISAS AND MORE!

Otis C. Landerholm, Esq. is the founding attorney of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., an immigration law firm based in Oakland, CA. Otis wants to change the world by defending the rights of immigrants who are caught up in the legal system. He speaks Spanish and Mandarin Chinese and has lived in several countries, including Spain, Argentina, Japan, China, and Ecuador. He is a graduate of Washington State University and the Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco. He is a certified specialist in immigration and nationality law from the State Bar of California, having demonstrated a high level of experience in immigration law and been favorably evaluated by other legal professionals. Call now and set up a free evaluation with a skilled immigration attorney in Oakland.

Awards

Top Contributor 2023,2014,2013,2012
Top Contributor
2023 2014 2013 + 1 ...
Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
2015

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Location

Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C.
Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C.
2233 Watt Ave #282
Sacramento, CA, 95825
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Reviews

4.3 / 5.0
  17 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | June 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, confident and welcoming attorney!
Dealing with Mr. Landerholm was very exciting for me. His deep and always current knowledge in the area of immigration as well as his welcoming friendliness are qualities I would describe as magnetic to any potential client. Not all attorneys…, in fact, few attorneys posses these qualities which were the main reason I hired Mr. Otis Landerholm to handle my immigration matter. Landerholm Immigration is an immigration law firm that understands the ins and outs of the U.S. immigration law. What I especially liked about this firm is their neat organization. They approach the case or an immigration matter in an organized and structured way that is based on a legal strategy tailored specifically to a client’s situation. As it is known that two minds are better than one, Landerholm Immigration handles the clients’ immigration matters as a whole team as opposed to when they are handled by a single attorney who barely finds a time to pay a proper attention to details. I was very satisfied with the way they organized necessary documents as well as all the papers and the format it was filed with USCIS. Every stage of the progress was examined and supervised by Mr. Landerholm himself. And the paralegal assigned to me, Mr. Miles, always professionally maintained a communication and correspondence with me regardless of the fact that I was located in a different state which was no hinder to a process at all. Another considerable point to mention about Landerholm Immigration is the payment method. As opposed to many law firms who charge either the whole sum at once or half right in the beginning and the rest after a while, Landerholm Immigration offers the monthly installment based payment which makes the payment for legal services possible to handle. Even though my immigration matter has come to an end with successful results, I do intend to maintain a further contact with Mr. Landerholm and the Landerholm Immigration in general, should I have anything to do within any of my immigration matter here in the U.S. Thank you Mr. Landerholm and the whole team for all of your efforts and professional legal service. Sincerely, Your Client
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Posted by Mina R | May 12, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Super amazing team and very caring people
I want to share my feeling of a huge relieve and gratitude after speaking with Otis regarding my unique situation. This started with his assistance 'Christy' who carefully took time to evaluate my situation and quickly made arrangement so I can speak/consult directly with Otis on a quick basis. Thank you so much Christy!!! My conversation with Otis was solely on the phone from U.K. and the first time speaking with him...but amazingly, I was very comfortable explaining my situation and asking questions. I could sense that he clearly understood my situation by all his responses, which gave me a great confidence immediately. He was also very generous with his time and very patient by covering all basis of my options. He was proactive (impromptu) researching the information and he guided me through - for actions and steps that I can follow. The first consultation meeting with Otis was beyond my expectation and gained total TRUST. Otis stands for people and he will have contunued success. Cheers :-) Mina
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Posted by Angeline | October 29, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you.
Otis Landerholm handled my fiancé visa case. Thought the journey, his staff and him were patient and kind. I would hire Otis again for all my future needs in immigration.
Posted by anonymous | June 12, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
More than awesome and professional!
The immigration lawyer with real knowledge that could help, and he is the lawyer will think in your position!
Posted by Darek | May 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I was lucky enough to find this immigration law firm
From the first moment l got this feeling l'm in the right place. Everyone.....Norma, Norberto, Alex ,Otis and others who works in my case was nice and helpful. Mr Landerholm explained all my stages in such a clear and simple way and that's at least for me one of the most important parts. They help me with all the paperwork and let me pay in monthly installments. Also Oakland location is great - short walking distance from the BART station. Overall my experience with Landerholm Immigration was painless and all positive. Thank you again. Darek
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Posted by Daniel Carrasquel | April 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Muy profesionales, les recomiendo.
Mi nombre es Daniel Aaron Carrasquel Adrian, y contrate al equipo de Landerholm Inmigration para mi caso de solicitud para un Asilo Politico en los Estados Unidos. Excelente equipo de trabajo y muy profesional; mi solicitud de asilo fue aprobada gracias a sus recomendaciones y a la forma en que Otis y su equipo abordaron mi caso. El respaldo fue constante; desde llamadas telefonicas preparatorias y orientacion para mis entrevistas migratorias, hasta el llenado de las formas correspondientes y el apersonamiento de abogados para mi caso. Eternamente agradecido con cada uno de los integrante de Landerholm. Muchas gracias a Sarahi, Manuel, Sandra y Otis. Gracias a ellos ahora tengo la oportunidad de una nueva vida en los Estados Unidos y superar poco a poco la migracion forzada que tuve que realizar de Venezuela. Siempre fueron muy conscientes de la dificil situacion por la que pase en mi pais y supieron canalizarla para mi peticion de asilo. Muy recomendados
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Posted by Vincent | October 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Our immigration case
We had been to several lawyers before meeting with Mr Otis Landerholm. We found him very approachable and explained our case to us and thought we had a good chance of being successful. We were successful i now have my Green Card. Mr Landerholm and his staff well all approachable communicative professional. If we had a question they were unsure of they would research and get back to us with the answer. We did not live close to the office but with social media such as Skype we conducted virtual office meetings. We are so happy we used his office and his staff on the advice of friends of ours who were also successful. It is a long process and patience and tolerance had to be shown on both sides as well as a nice sense of humor. Thank you.
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Posted by Hiba | September 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Recommended great attorney to grant of asylum
I wanted to express my gratitude for your efforts and dedication for my case. It was quite a long and upsetting process and I could never thought anyone would stay by my side for this long but you were very generous regarding it. I am grateful to you that you took all the stress and restored everything out for me. Your faith, knowledge, determination and your great team were something that solves my worries. Thank you Otis you are great lawyer hope the best for you. Definitely I will recommended you to everyone I love and to all my friends. Sincerely Hiba
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Posted by Norma | January 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Successful Naturalization
It has been a great year personally for me. My family’s well-being is my number 1 goal. My experience with Landerholm and faith in god have helped me help my family pursue their American Dream! My father naturalized the middle of last year, while my mom had a long and stressful 1 ½ year wait for a naturalization interview. There was nothing to fear, but hearing devastating stories online and in the office, brought me doubt and sadness. I was preparing for the worse because her application was outside normal wait times for an interview. My family and I were nervous due to the long wait. Although, with the help of the greatest, most honest, intelligent, giving, caring, passionate attorneys, the interview notice arrived. I stayed positive and believed in our services as I usually due for our clients. Hector represented my mom at her naturalization interview and it was a success! Her Oath Ceremony is the last part, we will now all hold an American passport - thanks to the Landerholm Team! We do make dreams possible!
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Posted by JEI | November 16, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
U VISA Approved
Atty Otis Landerholm's perseverance & determination to help an individual like me, gave me hope that someday I can have a piece of my American dream, I did! Thank you so much, Sir! My worries are finally over, move on, work harder to achieve our goals in life. Awesome! Extending gratitude to the staff of Landerholm Law Office, Maraming Salamat Po, Thank you in native language
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Posted by Yuki | November 4, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Everything was perfect!!
From the very first day, I was very worried for my case. Because I didn’t know anything about the U.S. law. Also, my ex-husband wanted to still be with me, I was in a horrible situation every day but Mr. Otis listened to my story very carefully, also my paralegal was taking care of my case deeply. And I didn’t expected that my case would be done so quickly. Someone try to get permanent residence by themselves but when I saw the lots of documents, I was feeling I was right. Landerholm Immigration was the right choice. I don’t know how to say thank you for all staff. Really appreciate for everything, and I will enjoy the life in the U.S. from now on!... with my new family. Thank you very much, - Yuki S. (New Permanent Green Card Holder)
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Posted by Mateo | October 30, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Immigration Lawyer saves the day
In Otis you will find a sharp & intuitively equipped attorney with an energetic arsenal of information and creativity with regards to immigration law. I scrutinize who I work with and interviewed 3 separate lawyers prior to deciding on Otis. His success in my case was not surprising after meeting him in person and discovering the caliber of individual I was hiring. Great lawyer, tireless advocate. A wonderful person with professional expertise clearly reflecting his solid ethics - rooted in service to others - rather then profit generating. I will recommend him without any reservations.
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Posted by Christi | October 29, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My experience with Otis Landerholm.
My name is Christi, I've been a client of otis for some time now. Otis is a great attorney as well as all of the staff. If it wasn't for Otis my children and myself wouldn't be here with my husband. I highly recommend Otis if we can we will hive I'm a higher number of stars.
Posted by anonymous | October 29, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DACA - Advance Parole & Green Card
I initially approached Landerholm Immigration on a consultation basis regarding a green card process. Upon learning about the steps, Mr. Landerholm presented an additional option that would facilitate my green card process. Thanks to their expertise, my advance parole was approved within one month. On those grounds, I sought his assistance again, to finally process my green card application, which was done so in a timely fashion. Now I wait.
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Posted by Andressa | March 15, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
IT IS A TRAP!
Unfortunately, there is no option to give -5 stars which is what they deserve. I had the unfortunate idea of ​​searching for a lawyer on google and so I decided to hire one of the lawyers (flavio Carvalho) in this law firm because he is Brazilian like me so I thought it would be helpful giving the facts we are both originally from the same country and he would fight for my rights. It didn’t happen at all. I arrived at the office for our first meeting (case i751) very worried and desperate for help. They charged me $8,500 to postpone my interview, accompany me to the interview, and come up with a different strategy to try to resolve my situation (other offices charged me $3000 for the exact same service). Even so, I hired them. (as I said: He is Brazilian like me, I believed he would put more effort into helping me). I was wrong. Two days later (on our second meeting) he came back and said we should go to the interview and he would prepare my husband and I for it. I agreed because I was desperate and I trusted him. The next day (after he had advanced the amount of $3000) Flavio called me and said that he had thought better of it (again) and that we should completely chance the strategy. By his decision, he decided to drop the case and guaranteed me a refund of the advance amount ($3000). four weeks After a lot of humiliation, a lot of calls, a lot of emails (all unanswered) they wrote me a check amount of ($1750). They charged me ($1250) for doing nothing but the slightest bit to give me any return. I saw in the reviews that I'm not the only person who fell into the exact same trap. I DO NOT RECOMMEND! DO NOT GO! DO NOT HIRE! Find another law firm because the chances of what happened to me and a lot of other people happening to you are high. It is very sad to see immigrants trying to take advantage of other immigrants instead of trying to help. I hate give bad reviews but I had to spend 10 minutes to let everyone knows who they are and I will spend hours if needed to review in all communication platforms that they are announced.
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Posted by Jeffrey | January 21, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Immigration Associate
Hired for paid consult on the merits of two immigration issues. One was challenging and one was mundane. The associate lawyer was 30 minutes late for scheduled appointment. I had to contact this law office over three times in 30 minutes. I paid $125 for this disorganized, unprofessional attorney. The support staff were professional. I am very busy, plus my money and time. In the end, getting some undesired answer is not the crux of the matter, but the self-proclaimed "objectivity" was lacking for any competent attorney. On the second routine issue, effectiveness of his counsel was called into question, because the general nature of the issue should not be rocket science. I would very strongly advise not using this law firm for anything that is not routine paralegal work. Mr. Landerholm's reputation is badly tarnished by his choice of associate lawyers, and connections in Chinatowns are important. I don't expect one to put on airs, but partner attorneys are judged by the associates that one keeps in their law office. Mr. Landerholm projects his keen Chinese cross-cultural competency in videos but he allows mishandling by the underling associates. Sorry, but you earned a poor rating and a lot of negative feedback. Chinese will say: Meiyou guanxi (no connection) because of your employee. Good luck with future and more sophisticated legal clients who may speak Chinese, because this law firm does not warrant your business at their hourly rates.
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Response from Otis Landerholm January 28, 2020
Hello Jeffrey: First of all, thank you very much for your feedback and for leaving this comment here on Avvo. Feedback like this is painful for me to hear at the outset, but at the same time is critical for me to improve the operations of our firm. I am sorry to hear that you found my office to be 30 minutes late, disorganized and unprofessional. The truth is that we always strive to be timely, organized and very professional, so I wonder what went wrong there. If you would be willing to contact our office again and ask for me directly, I’d love to look into it in more depth, and at least offer you a refund for having wasted your time. (Did you know that we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee with our consultations? Since you are not satisfied, you are eligible for that refund!). Second of all, my office has recently gone through a transition amongst our associates, and I take it to heart the feedback you’re giving. Going forward, I will make sure that all of our associates are ready and able to give advice that live up to our outstanding reputation – by being of high integrity (starting on time) by being very organized and thorough, and by being respectful, culturally competent and professional. In the meantime, I wish you the very best of luck with your case and legal issue.
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Posted by anonymous | May 25, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
BEWARE!!!! =DEPORTATION!
At the time when I still was at state prison, and found out about my immigration hold, my family started to look for an immigration attorney to defend me from being deported. On 27th of February in the year of 2015 my family had a meeting with Otis. Right from the beginning, after heard specific of my case he quoted price of $25,000 and since my family and I were not really educated in the immigration, the price did't seem so outrageous plus on top Otis give us a "discount" which brought the final price to $20,250. And please keep in mind, that this the so called final price of $20,250 included only the first stage of the proceeding, which means in case of losing your case Otis would not appeal the decision unless you'd pay him more. I had been charged with aggravated felony, and the aggravated felony is the worst of the worst when it comes to the immigration. Now after reading many reviews, talking to my immigration attorneys and after being transferred from state prison to an immigration facility and being face to face with many people with similar situation, I know, that you can get an immigration attorney with more professionalism, knowledge and competence from anywhere from $4000 to $10,000, and who will provide you with same services that Otis charged $20,250 for. So here is the first strike against Otis the price he charged.But, like I said, since my family and I were not aware in details of the immigration practice and prices, Otis was hired in beginning of March of the 2015 to represent me. And here comes second strike against Otis, not then and not up to this day (1/20/2016) did I receive a letter from him where he assured me that he knows my case, or at least in the process of learning my case and that he is representing me. Now just for a moment, imagine yourself in my shoes: this is your fourth year in a prison, you are not prison material and you are literally counting days to your release - your entire living is about release! All of the sudden all your hopes and dreams are shattered-you are not being released on your released day, instead you will be transferred, God knows where and when.You have a million and then some more questions, you also have even more doubts! Can you imagine what a difference could one letter from your attorney make? I did not get that letter to this day.So the second strike against Otis is the lack of communication (and by the way, the first thing the attorney who represents me right now did, after being hired by my family, was sent the later to me) But let's keep going... with all those question on my mind I went to the law library to do some research - just want to remind you that this is happening in a state prison, where getting to the law library is a mission of itself-there was lot of Information... a lot! But all the information was like Egyptian's hieroglyphs to me- very discouraging! One thing I got, though is that I might qualify for Rodriguez bond. I wrote letter to my family and ask them to ask Otis about it. Guess what? He simply said (through email by the way, so I have proof if someone interested) that I do not qualify. My family researched this subject more online, so after they did it seemed that I was qualified (in fact anyone qualifies after six month in immigration detention). So my family emailed Otis again, but this time with some of the information for a back up, Guess what? He did admit that he was wrong. FYI: Rodriguez bond hearing was available since September of 2012 because that was when the U.S. District court for the Criminal District of California ordered a preliminary injunction in Rodriguez V. Robbins, a class action lawsuit for six month or more while they fight their cases. Well... but for some reason in almost 3 years this information did not reach Otis. So the third strike against Otis is lack of knowledge. When Otis got to the prison grounds he was not able to see me. Was it because of not filling proper paper work or lack of negotiation skills (w
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Response from Otis Landerholm June 6, 2019
We're sorry that you had a negative experience with our office. It looks like this was back in 2015, we have had a lot of changes to our office since then. Still, we strive to provide outstanding service on all our cases. We wish you the best with your case.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Attorney
  • Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C.
  • 2010 - Present

Education

  • Golden Gate Univ SOL
  • N/A
  • Washington St Univ
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Win in Deportation Proceedings! Complex 212(h) (crime waiver) in Immigration Court
  • Win!

Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyer's Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Lawyer's Guild
  • Board Member
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • Mandarin
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Outstanding Volunteer of the Year
  • VLSP Program of San Francisco Bar Association
  • 2012
  • Outstanding Volunteer
  • ALRP
  • 2012
  • Top Lawyers
  • Three Best Rated
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Intro to Immigration Law, CLE
  • Intro to Immigration Law with Emphasis on U-visas and Asylum
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (26)
Given (16)
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Immigration Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Otis is an intelligent, dedicated and hardworking, attorney and who's firm is passionate about helping their clients confront the ever changing world of immigration law to help and protect them and their families. I strongly endorse him"
Immigration Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Otis provides only the highest quality immigration legal services. He is an excellent advocate and a great colleague. He's always willing to answer questions from a newbie immigration lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Otis is smart, hardworking, and incredibly passionate about helping his clients confront critical immigration law issues that can dramatically affect their lives. I strongly endorse him."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Otis is a very knowledgeable immigration attorney who truly cares about his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney. Otis is an excellent immigration attorney with a high level of respect and recognition in the Bay Area."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is bright, articulate and hard working. I feel very comfortable in referring my clients to him."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Otis is well known in the community for his experience in immigration law and for having the utmost integrity. I have referred clients to him and will continue to do so."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Otis is not just an incredible and talented attorney, he is also a truly caring person. Otis' passion for his work and for others shines through in everything he does."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Otis Landerholm. Otis is an excellent immigration attorney who is passionate about representing his clients."
Immigration Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Landerholm. He offers practical and insightful commentary in the complex area of immigration law in the Avvo forum."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Landerholm. He is a skilled attorney."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Otis. Over the last several years, I have referred multiple clients to his office, and each time I have heard nothing but strong reviews. Otis is compassionate, knowledgeable, and extremely professional. He dedicates himself to each case with equal enthusiasm. The area of immigration law is truly better served by having an attorney like Otis."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Otis is honest, hard-working, and passionate--exactly the traits a client should be looking for in an attorney. He's developed an excellent reputation and become a role model for other sole practitioners in the San Francisco legal community. I strongly endorse him."
Immigration Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Otis is who I send all my immigration matters to. He is an attorney that really cares about his clients and knows the law well. I've known Otis for 7 years and can depend on him every single time. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Otis is an excellent advocate. He is intelligent, passionate and committed to fighting for his clients."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His answers and comments are always on point."
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