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Jonathan Charles Dunten

Immigration Attorney at Oakland, CA

5.0   24 reviews
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2004
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Interview with Univision regarding the Supreme Court decision Dada v Mukasey

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Jonathan Charles Dunten
212 9th Street
Suite 316
Oakland, CA, 94607

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Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great law
We are very happy that we chose Jonathan Dunten. He was very calm and easy to talk to in our language (Spanish). from the first appointment he was very honest about every detail of the process. For us as a family he was a great help and made the process less stressful for us. His instructions were very clear and simple. We appreciate his work, his professionalism together with his great team that he has in his office, always very willing to talk, very flexible and understanding. Jonathan Dunten will definitely always be our choice if we ever need his professional help. Thank you for all your help blessings always.
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Posted by anonymous | October 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tricky Naturalization case
Jonathan handled a naturalization case with a tricky criminal background really well. During the interview he knew what he was doing, and offered his advice at all stages of the process based on his knowledge of the law and experience. His office was also very helpful and handled paperwork very well. They were well organized and responsive. This is the second time I worked with Jonathan and highly recommend his services to anyone!
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Response from Jonathan Dunten October 29, 2018
Thank you for your trust! During these trying times with immigration it is especially helpful to keep patience and optimism alive and you did so all the way across the finish line. I am especially pleased you are satisfied with how our staff supported us along the way. Thanks!
Posted by Ayumu | August 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Jonathan and his team are great!
ジョナサンは最も信頼のおける弁護士です。 ジョナサンの多岐にわたる弁護士経験、豊富な知識、親しみをもてる人柄、そしてチームワークのとれた彼の優れたスタッフの方々の充実した対応は、費用以上の価値があると思います。 私の場合、K−1ビザ申請からグリーンカード取得までの全ての工程をジョナサンに依頼しました。かたことの英語しか話せない私にはもちろん、ネイティブスピーカーである主人(アメリカ国籍)にとっても、専門用語が飛び交う書類作成や法に則った過程を適切に処理していくことは、不安と緊張が伴う作業となるということは明らかでした。しかし、ジョナサンの的確な助言と迅速な対応のおかげで、全ての工程を円滑に進めることができました。 彼ほど信頼のおける弁護士、彼のスッタッフほどチームワークの取れた弁護士事務所はありません。
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Response from Jonathan Dunten August 29, 2018
Thank you Ayumu! you were a pleasure to work for. A model client. Best of luck for you in the future!
Posted by anneke | March 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best Lawyer
Great Lawyer! He helped my mother with the impossible. My mother had been trying to have legal documents here in the US for the past 15 years or so. Five years ago, her political asylum had been denied and was told to leave the US. She only had 20 days before she had to leave the US when she found Jonathan. Jonathan helped my mother appeal her case and fought for her and was able to have her case approved February 2018. My mom was told she had an 80% chance she would get deported, but Jonathan did not let it happen! He is a great lawyer and we recommend him 100%.
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Posted by Delaila | March 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome lawyer!!!
Very competent lawyer. He dissects all the possible options for my case, sat down and listen. He gave me ways to fight my case, open pathways to go through. He really knows what he is doing. Thank you Jonathan!!!
Posted by anonymous | December 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Green Card Application
I hired John to be my attorney for a green card application thru marriage with a USC. John is very professional, detail oriented, he would analyze your case thoroughly and provide to you with the best approach. You will be treated as a VIP as John always response in a timely manner even when he is on a vacation (unless he is going to Antarctica or Mars) =). Case went smooth and got approved, I would recommend John to anyone who needs immigration services.
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Response from Jonathan Dunten December 7, 2017
Thanks! You will always be a VIP to me Mr. M.
Posted by Jose | November 30, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
First time consultation = 5 stars
I was referred to two different lawyers, including Mr. Dunten, by my lawyer for a second opinions about my case. I met with the first referral prior to Mr. Dunten and after about 3 hours of going through my case, asking me questions, etc. they gave me their professional opinion and recommendation. Two weeks later I met with Mr. Dunten for yet another opinion. It took 1 hour for him to ask the right questions about my case and come to the same conclusions as the other lawyers. I felt that his passion, and obviously his knowledge about immigration law were superb. He's very laid back, and make you comfortable. I highly recommend Mr. Dunten.
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Response from Jonathan Dunten December 7, 2017
Sometimes the answer to a difficult question is so simple that it can be deceiving, leaving one to wonder, "what am I missing?" Thanks for letting me shine a little more light onto your path Joe.
Posted by Kevin estrada | November 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very honest
Well let me explain why I pick up Mr dunten. I went to see 2 more lawyers prior to see mr dunten. and how it goes of consultations everything seems to be ok but it was a point on my case that both lawyers SAID. we cannot help you. You are expecting to hear good news regardless your case both lawyers said that they can fill up application but they cannot help me if I need to go for a court if something goes wrong. So not to make my story to long. I got in contact with JONATHAN and I explain my case and is for me very pleasure to recommend such lawyer I explain my case and he didn't hesitate to help me on my case. Whether if is favorable or not he gave me a trust to hand my case to him he gave that opinion that if something goes wrong he have plan b or c to get my citizen well done and it was everything was a success I got my citizenship without going to court. So my point is this no matter what hard kind of case you have he is gonna talk to you straight without hiding nothing. So for that reason I highly recommend mr. JONATHAN DUNTEN he also is very fluently on Spanish I really recommend
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Response from Jonathan Dunten November 20, 2017
Congratulations and thank you for your review Kevin. It was my pleasure to serve you. Every plan must have a back up strategy, I'm glad didn't need plan B. Thanks again for hiring me.
Posted by Juancarlos gallardo | August 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Gran abogado!
Un gran abogado,estuvo conmigo casi 5 anos,mi caso estuvo muy dificil,al punto donde yo pense k me ivan a deportar y que mi caso no tenia solusion. Todo empeso en el 2012 donde me agaro la policia,tuve un accidente y estaba bajo la influensia del alcohol,de alli me agaro ice,me sacaron bajo una fianza,donde tenia que asisisti a corte. Immediatamente me puse a buscar abogados,me recomendaron al abogado jonathan y pues decidi agarlo. El abogado jonathan es una gran persona,te da confiensa, y siempre te abla para dejarte saber como va tu caso y te da forma de pagos mensualmente. El me ayudo a cerrar mi caso, y arreglar con mi esposa que es cuidadana. Ahora gracias a dios ya tengo mi residensia y todo a esta gran abogado que estuvo conmigo en las buenas y en las malas.
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Response from Jonathan Dunten August 9, 2017
Felicidades Juan! Yo te ayude navegar las curvas del camino pero fue tu dedicación y colaboración al caso que dio el elemento más grande para nuestro triunfo. Ya sabes, aquí me tienes a tu órdenes.
Posted by Ramon | July 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great service
Im really happy jonathan help me in my case, he gave me alot of confidence,trust and relieve in the get go. He is honest promt and professional. And overall willing to go the extra mile. He really cares for his customers.
Response from Jonathan Dunten July 6, 2017
Gracias Ramon. Remember I am always here to help you. Thanks for your trust.
Posted by Ben | June 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experienced Attorney
If there were 10 stars available I would definitely have given him 10. He is honest and respectful, he doesn't lie to you just to get your money. He pays attention to his clients, he wants to see them succeed. His clients are his priority. No matter how complicated your immigration case could be, he will guide you in the right way . I'm talking from experience. I highly recommend Jonathan, If you need an experienced and professional attorney don't hesitate to give him a call and set up an appointment, you will not be disappointed!
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Response from Jonathan Dunten June 9, 2017
Thank you Ben. I appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with me. It was an incredibly smooth process, due mostly to your commitment and follow through with our suggestions. I am especially pleased you felt a priority level of service because we do all we can to put our clients first, no matter what. Thank you!
Posted by Mahytabel Martinez | March 2, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
Dear Mr. Jonathan Dunten I wanted to express my gratitude for your efforts and dedication on my case... no tengo palabras para agradecerle todo lo que usted a echo por mi familia y por mi gracias muchas gracias Mr. Jonathan
Response from Jonathan Dunten March 10, 2017
Thank you Mahytabel for your kind words. Tienes una familia muy linda. Fue un placer defender tu caso.
Posted by Marcela | February 10, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent and honest Lawyer!!
My husband I are very pleased and satisfied to have met with Jonathan, he answered all our questions and calmed our fears on a very difficult case. He really took interest and answered all of our questions, he is very knowledgeable and trustworthy! We are looking forward in working with him in our case. We are very satisfied. Will recommend him for sure!
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Response from Jonathan Dunten February 17, 2017
Thank you for your trust and confidence Marcela.
Posted by antonia | January 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Found Jonathan to be very professional and honest, never misleading.Up-front, current knowledge of immigration laws.
Over-all we felt confident with Jonathan handling our first immigration case. After consulting with several attorneys we came across Jonathan, a well mannered and easy personality to convers with. After hiring him, he lead us thru the twists and turns of gathering information and consolidating documents and making our case solid. He let us know about up-coming fees that were going to be required and finally the "Interview" in Juarez step by step. Johnathan, during this whole ordeal, Jonathan was always acsessable by phone or e-mail and would always return my phone calls with the information I needed or even just to make me feel good that I was on the right track about filling out an application or something. He would always go the extra step. Needless to say his staff also reflected their professionalism and courtesy. Upon reaching our goal of receiving residency for my husband we decided to retain Jonathan once again for residency for my step-child. In this case Jonathan was even more thourough in reguards to the step by step journey in dealing with a child immigration case, but we put ourselves in his hands and once again had a very positive out-come in a very short time. I think anyone who hires Johnathan will come to find that he is not only an honest attorney but truly a friend and almost part of ones family due to the fact that one must also be honest and forth right in order for him to give the best of his profession as an attorney.
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Response from Jonathan Dunten January 17, 2017
Thank you so much for those kind words Toni. I think people are often mirrors of what they see and feel. You and Carlos are wonderful people and your kindness and positive attitude carried the day. Thanks for letting me be a part of it and sharing in your triumphs.
Posted by Mauri | December 24, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
A very good customer service and excellent lawyer
Response from Jonathan Dunten January 5, 2017
Thank you Mauri!
Posted by Nicandro perez | November 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
el mejor abogado de inmigracion !!
hola mi nombre es nicandro.. yo tuve un caso con inmigracion. y despues de contratar dos abogados anteriores. ninguno pudo hacer nada por mi solo mentiras y perdida de tiempo. hasta que un dia consulte con el sr jonathan dunten el desde el primer dia me hablo con la verdad. no me dio falsas esperanzas solo me dijo que trabajariamos duro para cerrar mi caso ante la corte y gracias a su arduo trabajo y en conjunto con lisa raney y todo su staff en un periodo muy corto logro lo que no habia podido hacer ningun otro abogado; y lo que mas megusta que son muy atentos muy amables y siempre estan disponibles para ayudarte y resolver tus dudas.. yo estoy muy agradecido con la ayuda que me brindo. definitivamente yo lo recomiendo.
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Response from Jonathan Dunten December 7, 2016
Gracias por tu confianza Nicandro. Fue un placer realizar tu caso con el mejor exito posible.
Posted by Juan | September 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Con fe y un buen abogado todo se puede
Soy juan Cuando enpese en este proceso agarre una abogada me dijo que segun en un año iva a poder tener mi green card pero fue mentira en cuanto termine de pagar me dijo ke eya no podia aser nada por mi so me aguite un poko pero gracias a dios que puso a jonathan dunten Cuando tuve mi primera cita con el me dijo tu caso esta dificil esta 50 a que si y 50 a que no me dijo si me queria arriesgar y yo con un poco de miedo acepte El trabajo ke hizo en mi caso fue exelente les comento el por que? Yo tengo 2 dui's tuve 3 entradas al pais y tatuajes pero mi abogado siempre obtimista siempre echandome animos una persona ke en todo momento muy atento asia ke se me quitaran los nervios el siempre positivo en mi caso y gracias a dios y a jonathan fui aprobado Les recomiento a jonathan garantisado tiene muy exelente equipo de trabajo no duden en llamarle
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Response from Jonathan Dunten November 2, 2016
Muchas Gracias por su fe y confianza Juan. Fue un placer ayudarle.
Posted by Lucero | April 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent services!
Jonathan took on my brother's case and successfully helped him obtain a visa. We were looking for an attorney that had experience in both immigration and criminal law, and he was the perfect match. He and Lisa went above and beyond our expectations throughout the process. From the moment we consulted with Jonathan, he provided an honest overview of the case and explained in detail what we should expect and addressed our concerns.  He is trustworthy and very efficient with his time. He made my brother and me part of the team and kept us involved and informed throughout the process. We feel blessed to have had Jonathan represent my brother and are extremely satisfied with his work. I would highly recommend Jonathan and his team for any legal needs.
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Response from Jonathan Dunten January 26, 2017
Muchas gracias Lucero. It was because of you and your brother's continued involvement in his case that we were ultimately successful.
Posted by Jose | April 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing lawyer
Jonathan has been a fantastic lawyer for me and my family. He has been helping us for a few years now and has been a pleasure to work with. He is very responsive if you have a quick question and everyone in his office is courteous and professional. Great guy to work with and would highly recommend!
Response from Jonathan Dunten April 4, 2016
Thank you Joe!
Posted by Erik | March 31, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Just had an oath ceremony yesterday!
I came to Jonathan about 6 years ago, was removable back then. Not going to get in any details but Jonathan and Lisa have really worked in prder to get me to where I am now. I just had an oath ceremony yesterday and this happened 6 months after Jonathan and Lisa won the case against government. This is huge for me, this is all I ever dreamed of and they did it!
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Response from Jonathan Dunten March 31, 2016
Congratulations Erik. The patience, faith, and commitment you demonstrated during your darkest hour exemplifies the American "Can Do" spirit you carry within. I am proud to call you my fellow American. You did it!
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Resume

AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Professor
  • East Bay Law School
  • 2007 - 2008

Education

  • Golden Gate Univ SOL
  • law
  • N/A
  • Univ of California Santa Barbara
  • undergraduate
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • FRANCISCO JAVIER OREA-BARBOSA, Petitioner, v. ERIC H. HOLDER, Jr., Attorney General, Respondent.
  • PETITION FOR REVIEW DENIED.
  • RONALD RITESH PRASAD, Petitioner, v. MICHAEL B. MUKASEY, Attorney General, Respondent.
  • PETITION FOR REVIEW DENIED

Associations

  • Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity
  • Province President
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • member
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Media Coordinator
  • 2008 - 2009

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • La Red Latina
  • 2013
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Coalition of Concerned Legal Professionals
  • 2012
  • Community Service Award
  • Foothill Elementary
  • 2010
  • Volunteer Honor
  • AIDS Legal Referral Panel
  • 2009
  • Certificate of Recognition
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • 2008
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Publications

  • Verdict
  • The Criminal Character of the Civil Immigration Law System
  • 2009
  • Verdict
  • Fencing Out the Constitution
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • Latino Programs
  • Immigration + Criminal Law intersect
  • 2015
  • Informational Session and Call to Action to Stop Deportation of DREAM Act-Eligible Youth
  • Deferred Action
  • 2012
  • Immigration roundtables- Consulate of Mexico
  • U visa requirements and benefits
  • 2011
  • platica de Inmigracion- Latin American Church of Christ
  • Immigration Law fundamentals
  • 2010
  • Cultural Healthcare Week- La Clinica
  • Family Immigration Law fundamentals
  • 2010
  • Boys and Girls Clubs Pittsburg- Immigration workshop
  • Family Immigration Law fundamentals
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

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Immigration Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jonathan Dunten's commitment to the practice and development of immigration law has always struck me as exemplary. I've known Jonathan for over 10 years and during this time I've seen him volunteer his time in order to educate the public and further the interests of the immigrant community. He's perfectly bilingual, he's a straight shooter, and will definitely give clients their money's worth."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have maintained a close professional relationship with Jonathan Dunten since 2003. He is well known in the field of immigration as an expert in subject matter law, and as having the very highest ethical standards. Any person would be very fortunate to have him as their attorney. He is also a great, and very nice guy!"
Immigration Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jonathan Dunten. He is a committed and professional lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jonathan is not only an expert in immigration but also a valued member of the Bay Area legal community. He has built his practice from the ground up with passionate advocacy for his clients in an area of law with a lot on the line. I wholeheartedly recommend and endorse him."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Jonathan is an expert in the immigration field. He fights for the best possible result in all of his cases. I would have no hesitation recommending him to anyone in need of immigration counsel."