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Peter Michael Isbister

Immigration Attorney at Decatur, GA

5.0   6 reviews
  • State Years
    Georgia - GA 15 years
    Washington - WA 18 years
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2008
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2004
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Peter

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Practice area
  1. Immigration
    Legislative Staff Attorney, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund Southeast Regional Office, Atlanta, Georgia (2008-2009) Center for Applied Legal Studies, Georgetown University Law Center (Asylum Law Clinic) 2003 Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, Florence, Arizona (2002)

    15 years

Born and raised in Santa Cruz, California, Peter has always been committed to social justice.  In his immigration practice he is most interested in deportation defense and representing people in ICE detention. Peter now lives in Decatur, GA with his wife and three children.


 Peter is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.


Between college and law school Peter spent a year in Guatemala. He worked for the Human Rights Ombudsman's office in Quetzaltenango (La Procuraduria de los Derechos Humanos) and later La Defensoria Maya in Santa Cruz del Quiche.


While at Georgetown University Law Center Peter successfully represented a Falun Gong practitioner from China in an asylum case. His partner on that case, Ms. Robyn Painter, is now his wife. At the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project Peter worked under the supervision of Ms. Holly Cooper. There he successfully represented an unaccompanied minor held in INS detention in his asylum case. The client was from Honduras and sought asylum as a member of the particular social group street children. Peter also spent a summer in San Jose Costa Rica at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.


After law school, Peter spent over three years a criminal public defender defending adults in misdemeanor and felony cases.


Most recently, with MALDEF, Peter was a lobbyist at the state capitol.


Peter is an enthusiast of live theater, a fan of the SF 49ers, SF Giants, Seattle Seahawks, Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays. Thanks to his wife, he is increasingly a fan of eating and cooking good food.

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Posted by Lindsay Tome | August 19, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Wonderful lawyer!
We became a client of Peter's in 2012 and he worked very thoroughly so our outcome was the best it could be. He provided us with reassurance and probability on what would work and what wouldn't. He was honest every step of the way. August 2016 my husband was finally awarded his Visa at his visa interview in Honduras and we cried tears of joy. It honestly was one of the best days of our life. We highly recommend Peter to anyone out there looking for a great immigration lawyer. He is very friendly and goes above and beyond to help you stay together as a family. He came recommended by a dear friend of mine and I will recommend him again to others!!! We are so happy!! Thank you again for being such a great lawyer!
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Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2015
Very Caring !!!
Thank you to Peter and his staff for the outstanding work . They answered all my questions and will recommend a friend or a family of they ever need a lawyer
Response from Peter Isbister August 12, 2015
Thank you so much, "client." If you are willing, I would very much appreciate your adding your name to this post. If not, I understand. --Peter
Posted by Ariana | August 11, 2015
Very Gratefull
I want to thank Mr. Isbister and his paraleagel for working so hard on my husbands case. They always answered every question I had from the very begining and worked hard to help my husband. We are very grateful to you for keeping our family together. We will highly recomend you! -Ariana & Esau
Posted by Jocelyn | July 22, 2015
Peter Isbister was amazing with my husband's immigration case. It was very refreshing to see an Attorney truly engaged and involved with helping us. He was caring and had our best interest. I wholeheartedly appreciate his outstanding service. He fully explained the entire immigration legal process and expectations. He was detailed and kept us well informed through the entire process. My husband is now a permanent US resident. We are truly grateful that we had Peter Isbister by our side.
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Response from Peter Isbister July 27, 2015
Thank you so much, Jocelyn. It was a pleasure to represent you and your husband. Many congratulations! -Peter
Posted by Robyn | July 9, 2015
Wonderful colleague, no one works harder!
I worked with Peter on an asylum case for a mutual client of ours. Peter worked long ours, was tireless in his investigation of the case and forged a strong personal connection with our client, which was vital to us ultimately winning the case. It was a pleasure to work with him--a true professional with a heart of gold and work ethic that can't be beat.
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Response from Peter Isbister July 27, 2015
Thanks Robyn. It was an honor to work with you on this important and successful case. -Peter
Posted by Maria | July 8, 2015
Extremely Satisfied
Peter and his paralegal were always on top of my husbands case! They helped bring our family back together and we feel blessed to have had the opportunity to have a great lawyer on our side, we are continuing to work with Peter as long as we are in need of a lawyer. Thank you for every thing you have done for us. -Fernando and Maria
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Response from Peter Isbister July 27, 2015
Thank you so much for these kind words, Fernando and Maria. I appreciate your trust and confidence. Sincerely, Peter
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AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Vazquez and Servi, PC
  • 2009 - Present


  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004


  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • AILA GA-AL Chapter
  • Chair, ICE Liaison Committee
  • 2015 - 2016

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Achievement in the Art and Science of Advocacy
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • 2004

Speaking Engagements

  • Know Your Rights
  • Basics of Immigration Law and Rights
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (5)
Endorse Peter
Immigration Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peter is without question one of the best immigration lawyers I know. He is dedicated to his clients and has a deep knowledge of immigration law. He has handled complex matters before the immigration courts and has a stellar reputation with the judges and his fellow attorneys. He is fluent in Spanish. He is an active community advocate. I would recommend him very highly to all potential clients."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"Peter Isbister is an exceptional attorney. He is hardworking, knowledgeable and very passionate about his work. Peter owns his clients' immigration problems and does everything possible to help them succeed. I've learned invaluable skills and defense strategies from him and feel fortunate to work with him. Highly recommended!"
Immigration Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Peter is an outstanding and dedicated attorney with excellent analytical skills, writing ability and advocacy skills. I confidence in his work as do our clients."
Criminal defense
Decatur Immigration Lawyer Peter Michael Isbister
Peter Michael Isbister
Immigration Attorney
Decatur, GA
Licensed for 18 years