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Hitomi Lisa Kobayashi

Immigration Attorney at Sacramento, CA

4.9   14 reviews

About Hitomi

Learn Hitomi’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    Waivers, removal defense, federal court litigation, family and business based immigration, visas, citizenship.

    16 years

  2. Criminal defense
    Including criminal related immigration matters such as plea negotiations, post conviction relief, appeals, and defense in immigration court.

    16 years

Licensed for 16 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2009
Updated 06/28/2022
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 08/06/2022

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Kobayashi Law Office
2045 Hallmark Drive, Suite 10
Sacramento, CA, 95825


4.9 / 5.0
  14 customer reviews
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Posted by Chie | April 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
She is a great immigration Lawyer
Lisa helped my husband and me with our process of getting a Green Card last year 2017. He found Lisa online and it was a great decision we made to go with her immigration service because I’m Japanese so it was very helpful for me that she explained details of immigration law in Japanese. Also I asked her a bunch of small questions that I was concerned about immigration process via email and she always gave me an answer. Before our immigration interview, Lisa went through everything of our case that our interviewer would ask. That got us prepared and was very helpful. Even though our phone’s signal was terrible at the time, she was patient and we really appreciated it. We are thankful for her patience and effort throughout the process. Highly recommend her.
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Posted by MAYUMI | August 18, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
She is the best lawyer I can trust!!
I was unable to get ESTA due to my Immigration status. She did set up meeting by Skype for my situation because I am living in Japan. After that emailed me very periodically that is made my feel without worry all that time even I was far from her.
Posted by Dalila | August 11, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and Professional
Where to begin....first and foremost I would like to begin by thanking Lisa for all of her patience and hard work. Starting the immigration process was something my husband and I had been dreading for a very long time. We had two other consultations with different attorneys but they were not able to answer most of our questions. When we met Lisa, it was like night and day. She answered all of our questions without hesitation. She was confident and that put us at ease. She was always in touch with us via phone or email. Some of her emails were after regular business hours... like 11:00pm.. :) that definitely showed that she cared about our concerns no matter the time what it was. We didn't feel as if we were just another client. Lisa's assistant Brian is awesome. He always made sure to explain the stage of the process we were in in both English and Spanish, which we appreciated. He has a good sense of humor :) which helped us when we were preparing for my husbands consulate interview. Adrian, also helped in delivering several messages to Lisa and Brian. He always made sure we would have a response in a timely manner. We appreciate him being super friendly despite multiple calls from us :) If you or a family member is ready to embark on the immigration process journey. I definitely recommend Lisa and her team!
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Posted by JE Lane | May 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Immigration Counsel - Lisa Kobayashi
My wife and I met online a little over 3 years ago and we developed a good friendship. She travelled to the US to visit her friends and conduct some work-related business; we met several times during these trips. Eventually, on one of her visits, I asked her to marry me and we went off, completely unplanned, and got married. Soon afterwards, we found ourselves in a potential visa fraud nightmare and our newlywed happiness quickly turned to panic. I called several offices to find advice and direction working with INS and the only response came from Kobayashi Law office; other offices did not respond at all – and when I came in person to offices they were closed. Kobayashi Law office returned my calls – even in the evenings they frequently returned my calls. We arranged a meeting, and received help, counsel, and assurance of support as we went through the adjustment of status procedure to apply for a green card. I was particularly impressed with knowledge of processing and time frames – when they said INS would respond in 2 months – they were right on! Consistently, over-and-over, we stepped through the spousal petition, application for work permit, and application for permanent residence green card – they gave us a clear idea of what to expect so that as appointments for biometrics, and letter that we received came in – there were no surprises. At the interview at the INS office at the Federal Building on Capitol Mall, Sacramento, we felt more comfortable because she was there to accompany us and that was no problem. My wife and I both felt that the cost was very reasonable and there were no unexpected costs. Kobayashi Law office was also accommodating to our paying in several payments over several months and we were very appreciative they were patient with us. Ms. Kobayashi and her staff, Brian and Jessica – each provided support – even emotional support when needed – that helped keep us calm and focused on the procedure and process we were going through. The counsel and personalized service and attention was exceptional – the office location is convenient – near Cal Expo – plenty of parking, no fees for parking – the office was open and able to schedule appointments around my work schedule so that I did not have to miss work. My wife and I both feel very indebted and thankful for the help Kobayashi Law office provided for our family. We both recommend this attorney without reservation and know that clients will find the same excellent service and support for this office.
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Posted by Sarah SungHee Kim | January 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Best layer you can depend on
Having Lisa as a lawyer for my immgration process was very smart decision I made. She made me feel comfortable to discuss all the issues I had for the immigration and gave me many good advises on preparing legal documents for the green card. I recieved my green card with in three month after submitting the final doucuments!! Lisa was knowledgable, responsible as well as nice and caring. She was worth every penny. :) I would strongly recommend her for the people who needs help on the legal issues for their immigration.
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Posted by Erica | January 9, 2015
great and helpful lawyer
I just finished all my process with lisa and thanks to her knowledge, responsiveness and help everything turned out great. She's always in touch with you. She made the orocess very easy and she is also very understandable wgen it cones to driving. I live 3.5 hours always and she would always try to get everything ready for me so I didn't travel a lot of times. In other words she is amazing, friendly and the best lawyer you can hire to help you in your process.
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Posted by Cecilia D. | September 24, 2014
Excellent job Atty. Kobayashi
She is one of the best immigration attorney in California I've ever known. Me and my husband were expecting another interview for my case since our documents were properly completed and arranged after 2 months we received my permanent green (10 years).
Posted by Atien | May 10, 2014
Lisa is very knowledgeable with the U.S immigration process.
Lisa is very knowledgeable with the U.S immigration process. I had the opportunity to use her services for my mother and son's immigration cases. Lisa was very helpful during the whole process; she responded to my emails and phone calls promptly. She was constantly in touch with the visa granting authorities and kept me updated on a regular basis. I believe that Lisa's involvement with my case expedited the process. I strongly recommend Lisa, K.
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Posted by anonymous | April 11, 2014
great lawyer
Lisa is a great lawyer, she helped me with my immigration status She helped my husband with his citizenship, and a brother law also with His immigration status, and in all 3 cases everything went very well. I definitely recommend her As an immigration lawyer. I will hire her again when its time to do my citizenship.
Posted by Karen & Oscar | February 7, 2014
Application for Provisional Waiver for Unlawful Presence
Hi, Lisa was very informative and knowledgeable about our specific case and I would recommend her to my family and friends. Thank Lisa
Posted by Nathan | September 16, 2013
Lisa did an amazing job with my case. She was kind, very help and kept me well informed about each process in order to complete my case. Myself being in the military was very hard in order to complete each step but Lisa made it very easy . I would recommend Lisa to anybody if they want their case to go smoothly and easily as I did.
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Posted by Lamin | August 1, 2013
Simply The Best
She is simply the best if you are looking for a positive result. I hired Lisa to fight almost an impossible case in order to be a permanent residence in the united State with a contradiction of two different identities, she went from suing, and guiding me to provide all documents that was required. My case took a little bit longer, but in my own case of situation, where you have to deal with different identities, I was pleased and at the end, the result was positive. I am now a legal permanent residence, plus eligible to file for US Citizenship. I therefore recommend Hitomi Lisa Kobayashi
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Posted by Michael | July 8, 2013
Excellent results and experience with Hitomi Lisa Kobayashi
I went to the office of Lisa Kobayashi to get consultation about filling out my fiance visa application to bring my Vietnamese fiance and her child here. I am so glad that i went to Ms. Lisa. She gave me all the information i did not know about with the result of getting my visa approved in 4 months when the average time at the California Service Center was 9 months! Lisa was thoroughly knowledgeable and her rate was much more affordable that all the other attorneys i called. Now, with the visa approved, I am back to get consultation with her again regarding my fiance' interview. i realize that without her guidance, there is no way I would have been successful with my visa approval and have no doubts that without her i would not stand a chance at the interview.
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Posted by Apollo | March 27, 2014
Application to adjust status in the US
Given the complexity of our case, we had some down time due to lost citizenship certificate of secondary sponsor, a likely deportable felony, prior asylum filing and voluntary departure and being in different status in the US the last 22 years from F1, to H1B and undocumented. Lisa's strength is in understanding family's need to be together. US citizen daughter as primary sponsor. Lisa understood the law and the strategy to pursue, absolute professional. Recommend her anytime, she is good.
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • 2010 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Pacheco & Somera
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Legal Research Assistant
  • Sacramento County Public Defender's Office
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Associate
  • Law Offices Of Douglas M. Lehrman
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Legal Intern
  • California Department Of Insurance
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Legal Assistant
  • Masuda Funai Eifert & Mitchell
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Extra Chancellor
  • Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles
  • 1999 - 2001
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  • University of California at Davis School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Keio University Graduate School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • N/A
  • Keio University Faculty of Law, Tokyo Japan
  • LL.B - Bachelor of Laws
  • N/A


  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • N/A
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Co-chair, Immigration Law section
  • N/A
  • United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit
  • N/A
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • N/A
  • Lincoln Law School of Sacramento
  • Professor of Immigration Law
  • N/A
  • McGeorge School of Law
  • Adjunct professor
  • N/A
  • UC Davis School of Law
  • Adjunct professor
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Japanese
  • Spanish


  • Witkin Award for Academic Excellence
  • Witkin Legal Institute
  • N/A
  • Graduate Scholarship
  • Keio Graduate School of Law
  • N/A
  • Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law
  • State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
  • N/A


  • CEB, Practice Under the California Family Code (Continuing Education of the Bar)
  • Immigration Issues in Family Law Cases
  • 2017
  • Environs, Environmental Law and Policy Journal
  • Lifting the International Whaling Commission's Moratorium on Commercial Whaling as the Most Effective Global Regulation on Whaling
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Pacific Islanders Voyage to Healing
  • Immigration & Domestic Violence Issues
  • 2017
  • CEB Live Webinar
  • Immigration Status and Divorce
  • 2016
  • Asylum Moot Court Competition
  • Moot Court Judge
  • 2016
  • Lincoln Law School of Sacramento
  • Immigration Law
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (1)
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lisa is simply the best attorney you can hire because not only is she incredibly smart, very experienced, and beyond talented, but she has the biggest heart full of kindness and compassion. She is the most knowledgeable and ethical attorney I have ever worked with. Highly skilled, honest, dedicated, and effective, Lisa is a true gem. There are just not enough superlatives to describe what a fabulous attorney she is. You will fall in love with her calm and positive energy. She is not just a great lawyer but a wonderful human being. I would vouch for her any day. She is simply the best!"

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Sacramento Immigration Lawyer Hitomi Lisa Kobayashi
Hitomi Lisa Kobayashi
Immigration Attorney
Sacramento, CA
Licensed for 16 years