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John J Dooney III

Immigration Attorney at PORTLAND, OR

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found

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I am a partner at NELSON|SMITH, LLP and my practice is strictly focused on immigration law. Specifically, I handle matter such as adjustment of status, naturalization, unlawful presence waivers, DACA, asylum, and all immigration matters focused on protecting the LGBTQ+ communities. 

I am the AILA Liaison to the USCIS Portland, Oregon Field Office. I am also a past Ambassador of AILA Oregon to the American Immigration Council.  I am also a past coordinator and planner for the AILA Northwest Annual Conferences in Portland and Seattle.




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Posted by Molly | November 21, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
John is a great advocate and partner in immigration cases
John was an amazing advocate and partner throughout our immigration process. He and his team were always responsive to our questions and responded in a timely matter. They always made us feel supported and like we were on the right path towards getting our immigration status. We look forward to continuing our work with John.
Posted by Miguel | October 30, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Wonderful to work with
Excellent communication skills and walked us through the process from our initial consultation. Would highly recommend. Thank you
Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2017
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Excellent Attorney
John is attentive, responsive and extremely empathetic to people's struggles on Immigration. John knows that the immigration process is a difficult and expensive process so he makes sure that he is provided honest and appropriate assistance depending on the case you have. I would recommend John to anyone, he knows what he is doing and wants only to provide the correct service to his clients.
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Posted by anonymous | November 22, 2015
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Highly Recommend!
John helped my husband and I successfully navigate our application and interview for his green card. He assisted us through the complicated process and gave us clear expectations and instruction through the entire process. We loved worked with John, he and his staff were friendly, helpful and professional. They were prompt in communication, always answered all of our concerns, and made sure we were had all of our necessary documents in order. Although it was a stressful process, John made it as painless as possible. It was obvious that he knew how to navigate the system, and had valuable knowledge of what to expect, and what we needed to prepare. I would highly recommend John to anyone needing an immigration attorney, I feel very fortunate that we found him!
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • 2005 - 2019


  • Willamette University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • University of New South Wales
  • MA - Masters
  • 2005
  • Gonzaga University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000


  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • Italian
  • Spanish

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (5)
Endorse John
Immigration Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a competent and caring immigration lawyer. You will be in good legal hands with him!"
Immigration Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Co-worker
"John is an excellent attorney and strong advocate for his clients. John is extremely thorough and conscientious in his work and is committed to his clients. He speaks Spanish, which is very helpful for many immigrants in Oregon. I endorse him without reservation."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"John is an excellent immigration attorney that is both passionate and dedicated to his profession. Exceedingly patient, John is a zealous advocate that is never afraid to throw his hat into the ring to protect those he represents. I recommend him without reservation."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. John focuses exclusively on immigration law and helping each of his family and business clients navigate the complicated U.S. immigration system. John's knowledge, experience and commitment make him an excellent immigration attorney."
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PORTLAND Immigration Lawyer John J Dooney III
John J Dooney III
Immigration Attorney
Licensed for 13 years