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Our firm is dedicated to winning the toughest immigration cases. We focus on criminal immigration, citizenship, family, and refugee/asylum matters. Having worked as a trial lawyer for the Immigration & Naturalization Service, I have a better understanding of how government attorneys will attack my client's case, and use that understanding everyday to provide the best immigration representation possible.


Languages spoken: French, Spanish, English

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%


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Law Offices of Daniel Shanfield - Immigration Defense, PC

111 W. St. John Street
Suite 315
San Jose, CA, 95113


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 LawyersThe National Advocates2014
Lead Counsel RatingLead Counsel2014
Clients' Choice AwardAvvo2013
"Preeminent" Attorney RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top 100 LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2013
Clients' Choice AwardAvvo2012
Tequio Award for Pro Bono Service to Immigrant CommunityConsulate General of Mexico San Jose, California2011
Northern California SuperlawyerSan Francisco Magazine2010
Northern California SuperlawyerSan Francisco Magazine2009
Northern California SuperlawyerSan Francisco Magazine2008
Berger Memorial FellowshipAmerican Immigration Lawyers Association2000
Attorney Honors ProgramU.S. Department of Justice1997
Prosser Award for Research in International Human RightsUC Berkeley1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices of Daniel Shanfield - Immigration Defense, PC2010 - Present
Managing PartnerShanfield & Klein, LLP2004 - 2007
Legal Services ManagerHebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) Overseas Refugee Processing Entity2003 - 2004
Expert-on-MissionUnited Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)2002 - 2002
Adjunct ProfessorNew York Law School Civil and Human Rights Clinic, New York, New York2000 - 2001
Staff Attorney, Asylum ProgramHuman Rights First1998 - 2002
Assistant District CounselU.S. Department of Justice, Immigration & Naturalization Service1997 - 1998
Legal ResearcherUnited Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (Unhcr)1995 - 1995
Judicial ExternU.S. District Court Western District of Washington, Chambers of the Hon. Thomas S. Zilly1994 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers Association, Santa Clara Valley ChapterConsulate General of Mexico Liaison2009 - Present
Legal Adisory Board -- Stanford Law School Immigrants Rights ClinicBoard Member2008 - Present
Bar Association of San FranciscoPro Bono Immigration Court Panel2008 - Present
Stanford Law School Immigrants' Rights Clinic Legal Advisory BoardBoard member2008 - Present
Lawyers Committee for Civil RightsAsylum Mentor2004 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association, Santa Clara Valley ChapterImmigration Courts Liaison (EOIR)2008 - 2010
American Immigration Lawyers Association, Santa Clara Valley ChapterChairman2007 - 2008
American Immigration Lawyers Association, Board of GovernorsBoard Member2007 - 2008
American Immigration Lawyers Association, Santa Clara Valley ChapterVice-Chair2006 - 2007
Santa Clara County Bar Association, Immigration SectionChairman2005 - 2005
American Immigration Lawyers Association, Santa Clara Valley ChapterCongressional Advocacy Liaison2004 - 2005
American Immigration Lawyers Association, New York ChapterImmigration Courts Liaison (EOIR)2000 - 2000
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re E-Z-Obtained Green Card
In re F-O-Successfully stopped deportation
In re: T-L-Successfully stopped deportation
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Publication nameTitleDate
American Immigration Lawyers Association (California chapters)Update on Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude and Admissibility2013
Refugee ReportsRelief for Persecuted Religious Minorities from Iran2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
University of California - Los AngelesPolitics and International PoliticsBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
University of California - San DiegoPolitics and International PoliticsN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Santa Clara Valley chapter) Surviving Your Master Calendar Hearing CLEImmigration Court Removal Proceedings2014
American Immigration Lawyers Association (California chapter)Developments in Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude and Inadmissibility2013
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationDeferred Action for Childhood Arrivals2013
Lawyers' Committee for Civil RightsAsylum and Immigration Law2011
U.S. Congress, House Subcommittee on International Operations and Human RightsRights of Child Refugees and Asylum Seekers2000
Numerous Speaking EngagementsImmigration LawN/A