Daniel Shanfield

Daniel Shanfield: Attorney with Law Offices of Daniel Shanfield - Immigration Defense, PC
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Daniel Shanfield has succeeded in some of the most difficult immigration cases. Overseas, he led an appeals project to overturn visa denials by the U.S. Consulate, and has overseen numerous successful appeals for detained immigrants in the United States. He is a former INS litigation attorney who advised the government on a broad spectrum of immigration law issues, and was adjunct clinical law professor at New York Law School in Downtown Manhattan. Before entering private practice, Daniel was the Legal Services Manager with the U.S. refugee program in Europe, where he brought immigrants to safety and helped reunite them with loved ones in the United States. Daniel has also served as a migration and refugee advisor to the United Nations, and as an attorney overseeing pro bono legal representation for the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, now Human Rights First. His legal knowledge and uncommon insights are the critical difference behind his clients’ success.

Daniel is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law and UCLA (magna cum laude). He is admitted to practice before the California Supreme Court, Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal District Court, Executive Office for Immigration Review, State Department, and Department of Homeland Security. He is currently the Consulate General of Mexico in San Jose Liaison for the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA SCV). Daniel previously served as AILA SCV Chapter Chair, and was Chair of the Immigration Section of the Santa Clara County Bar Association. Daniel's experience and skills have also been recognized by the Bar Association of San Francisco, which has selected him to serve on its Pro Bono Immigration Court Panel. Daniel holds a deep commitment to pro bono service, serving as an asylum law mentor for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco, and on the Legal Advisory Board of the Stanford Law School Immigrants’ Rights Clinic. For his efforts on behalf of Northern California's immigrant community, Daniel was awarded the 2011 Premio Tequio by the Consulate General of Mexico in San Jose.

Daniel, a California native, is fluent in Spanish and French. As the child of parents from Latin America, he understands the challenges his immigrant clients face.

Judicial Extern, Chambers of the Hon. Thomas S. Zilly, United States District Court, Western District of Washington Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Judiciary industry, June 1994 - August 1994 (3 months). Advised the Court on a wide spectrum of matters in federal litigation. Owner Daniel Shanfield, Esq. Immigration Defense, January 2004— (8 years). Managing Attorney of immigration law firm focusing on deportation defense, criminal immigration matters, family immigration, naturalization, immigration appeals and litigation. Legal Services Manager, HIAS/OPE/US Refugee Program, January 2003 - January 2004 (1 year 1 month). Oversaw legal services for immigrants seeking refugee resettlement to the United States. Refugee Resettlement Expert United Nations/ICMC, June 2002 -September 2002 (4 months). UNHCR refugee resettlement program implementation in Central Asia. Staff Attorney, Lawyers Committee for Human Rights/Human Rights First, November 1998 - April 2002 (3 years 6 months). Oversaw pro bono legal representation for asylum seekers and conducted legislative advocacy and lobbying on human rights issues. Assistant District Counsel Immigration & Naturalization Service, May 1997 - October 1998 (1 year 6 months). Represented government in litigation before the US Immigration Courts and Board of Immigration Appeals.

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Immigration Law
  • Criminal Defense
  • Citizenship
  • Immigration Lawyer

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
408-755-5670  Phone
(408) 275-6565  Phone
University Attended:
University of California, Los Angeles, BA, Magna cum laude; University of California, Los Angeles, Highest Departmental Honors, 1993; University of California, San Diego, Undergraduate Research Scholar Award
Law School Attended:
Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, JD, Highest Honors International Human Rights Law, 1996
Year of First Admission:
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 1997, California
State Bar of California; Santa Clara County Bar Association; American Bar Association; American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Special Agencies:
Former Assistant District Counsel, Department of Justice Honors Program, U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service.
Spanish (Fluent) and French (Proficient)
Reported Cases:
Of Counsel, Brief of Amicus Curiae, Elian Gonzalez v. Reno, 212 F.3d 1338 (11th Cir. 2000).
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts American Express
  • Fixed Fees Available

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