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CHAMBERS USA GUIDE
“Tafapolsky & Smith is a “well-respected” immigration firm in California with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco. This “compact and efficient” boutique handles business immigration and visa issues for individuals as well as corporate clients. . . 

Peers describe managing partner Alan Tafapolsky as “an extremely bright practitioner who really knows the law and offers interesting insights.” He heads the San Francisco office and specializes in advising clients on the immigration issues involved in M&A.

Ronald Wada enters the rankings backed by positive feedback from interviewees who described him as “a legal gem.” He is senior counsel in the firm’s San Francisco office, and is described as “an intellectual, smart and knowledgeable immigration expert.”

WHO’S WHO LEGAL
“[Alan] Tafapolsky is said to be ‘great on the immigration aspects of mergers and acquisitions,” and “clients love him.”  “Sources ‘know and respect’ Ron Wada, who has helped to make case law that’s actively benefitted employers. . . Wada was commended for his ‘good reputation and work product’ and has published extensively in the field.”

AMERICAN IMMIGRATION LAWYERS ASSOCIATION
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has awarded Ronald Wada, Senior Counsel in the San Francisco office of Tafapolsky & Smith, LLP, with the 2011 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law.  According to AILA, "Mr. Wada is honored for his devoted effort to illuminate and clarify key aspects of the EB-2 and EB-3 categories. His cutting-edge work surrounding the criteria for degree equivalency in the EB-2 and EB-3 categories has defined the state of the law on that subject. His Focus on EB2 & EB3 Degree Equivalency (published by AILA) and his column in Bender's Immigration Bulletin are brilliant and invaluable aids to the immigration practitioner."

AMERICAN IMMIGRATION LAWYERS ASSOCIATION
Published the best-selling book, “EB2 and EB3 Degree Equivalency,” by Ronald Y. Wada, October 2007.

AMERICAN IMMIGRATION LAWYERS ASSOCIATION
2006 President’s Award received by Ron Wada in part for his contributions to the landmark case, Matter of Health America, decided by the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals.

AMERICAN IMMIGRATION LAWYERS ASSOCIATION
1997 Edward L. Dubroff Award received by Ron Wada “in recognition of outstanding scholarship in the field of immigration law.”

NATIONAL LAW JOURNALSOur attorneys are regularly invited to publish their knowledge and views of complex immigration law issues in the leading national immigration law journals.  Alan Tafapolsky is a regular contributor to the Immigration Briefings law journal and is a member of the editorial board of Bender's Immigration Bulletin; Ron Wada is a co-editor of the industry leading immigration law treatise Immigration Law and Procedure relied upon by federal courts and immigration attorneys nationwide, and is also a member of the editorial board of and regular contributor to Bender’s immigration Bulletin.

SAN JOSE MAGAZINE August 2008
“This law firm outshines its competitors in terms of its sophistication and staff experience.”

 

 

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