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I have practiced immigration law for the Law Offices of Carl Shusterman for over 15 years specializing in deportation defense, federal litigation, asylum, family and employment issues.  I have successfully represented hundreds of persons in Immigration Court, before the Board of Immigration Appealsthe various U.S. Court of Appeals and before the Citizenship and Immigration Services. 

I have traveled across the United States defending persons who the government sought to deport.  I also have successfully represented clients not only in deportation proceedings, but in derivative citizenship, naturalization, family and employment-based immigration matters. 

I am admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals in the Second, Seventh, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits.  I wrote the appeal briefs in the landmark victory case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Schneider v. Chertoff, 450 F.3d 944 (9 Cir. 2006). This case successfully challenged the government’s restrictive regulations regarding National Interest Waivers for foreign-born International Medical Graduates.



Languages spoken: Turkish, English

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 25%
    21 years
  2. Asylum: 25%
    21 years
  3. Immigration: 25%
    21 years
  4. Appeals: 15%
    21 years
  5. Administrative Law: 10%
    21 years



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Los Angeles, CA

Law Office of Carl Shusterman

600 Wilshire Blvd. #1550
Los Angeles, CA, 90017



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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Chambers USA GuideChambers & Partners2013
Chambers USA GuideChambers & Partners2012
Chambers USA GuideChambers & Partners2011
Chambers USA GuideChambers & Partners2010
Chambers USA GuideChambers & Partners2009
Chambers USA GuideChambers & Partners2008
Chambers USA GuideChambers & Partners2007
Chambers USA GuideChambers & Partners2006
Best Oral AdvocateGabrielli National Family Law Moot Court Competition1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney at LawLaw Offices of Carl Shusterman1998 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh CircuitN/A2009 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second CircuitN/A2007 - Present
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh CircuitN/A2005 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember1997 - Present
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth CircuitN/A1997 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Anakor v. HolderRemanded to the Board of Immigration Appeals
Perera v. Holder 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 2807The Court remanded the case to the immigration agency to grant the family asylum, or at a minimum withholding of removal.
Singh v. Holder 491 Fed. Appx. 835Granted and remanded.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Shusterman's Immigration UpdateWhat Does Silva-Trevino Mean for Greencard Holders?2013
Shusterman's Immigration UpdateGreen Card Granted to Abandoned Spouse2013
Shusterman's Immigration UpdateImmigration Judge Grants I-601 Fraud Waiver2011
Shusterman's Immigration UpdateReopening Removal Proceedings When Outside the U.S.2010
Orange County RegisterCitizenship hangs Just out of Anaheim man's grasp2007
Los Angeles TimesU.S. Deportation of Marcos-Era Evacuee Delayed2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris Doctor1995
Manhattanville CollegeInternational StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Deportation Proceedings and Consequences of Convictions upon Non-U.S. CitizensImmigration2013