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Law Office of Joel Friedman
401 West A Street, Suite 1150
San Diego, CA  92101

Our law office is located on the 11th floor of the 1 Columbia Place building in downtown San Diego, CA. There is parking in the building and the surrounding areas.

Map to find immigration lawyer near me in San Diego.

Tips to Find a Good Immigration Lawyer Near Me in San Diego

It is important that you find an immigration law attorney that you can rely upon. You want a skilled lawyer that you can trust with your case and that has your best interests in mind. An experienced immigration attorney will have had extensive dealings with the U.S. government agencies that you will be applying to.

Unfortunately, a number of people have contacted our San Diego law office over the years that have had bad experiences with other immigration attorneys. That may be because clients’ cases were neglected, they were given bad advice, they could not reach their own lawyer, over money disputes, and the like.

Hiring a good immigration attorney can make a big difference to the outcome of your case. The following tips can help you to reach an informed decision about which attorney to hire.

Check that the Lawyer is a Licensed Attorney in Good Standing with the State Bar

Every immigration attorney needs a valid license in order to represent you. The State Bar in each state is the licensing authority. The State Bar of California lists its members publicly on their website, as do the bars in most other states. Information about members of the State Bar of California is available here. If an attorney is a member in good standing then that will appear. If an attorney is a member with a record of being sanctioned or disciplined for certain behavior then that will appear. If an attorney has been disbarred and is therefore no longer legally permitted to practice law then that will appear. It is a good idea to know that important information before hiring someone as your lawyer.

Also, so-called “notario” fraud is a fairly common problem in immigration. Notarios often give people incorrect advice that can have serious negative consequences. People have also reported to us about giving their money to notarios who then disappear.

Check that the Lawyer is a Member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is the national association of more than 15,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. Founded in 1946, AILA is a not-for-profit organization that provides continuing legal education, information, and expertise through its 39 local chapters and over 50 national committees. AILA member attorneys may represent U.S. families seeking permanent residence for close family members, as well as U.S. businesses seeking talent from the global marketplace. Some AILA members represent foreign students, entertainers, athletes, and asylum seekers.

Most U.S. immigration attorneys are members of AILA. Although some attorneys also practice other types of law as part of a general practice, it is usually best to choose an attorney that focuses only on immigration law. Not being an AILA member can be an indication that an attorney does not primarily or exclusively practice U.S. immigration law. Check to see if an attorney is an AILA member.

Attorney Joel Friedman focuses exclusively on U.S. immigration law. He has been an active AILA member for over 20 years. That includes the national organization of AILA and the local San Diego AILA chapter.

Read Reviews

Review sites can be helpful tools for you to find a good lawyer. Client reviews are from people who have worked with the attorney before. Client experiences can inform others about the level of professionalism, personal attention, and care of the attorney. You can read reviews from other people in San Diego and worldwide about the Law Office of Joel Friedman on Google, and elsewhere on the web.

Consider More than Just the Lowest Price

Some immigration lawyers offer very low fees and you usually get what you pay for. Over the years, many disappointed clients have come to our downtown San Diego law office after having hired a previous lawyer that mishandled their cases. Sometimes hiring the wrong lawyer is a waste of your money and sometimes it can have even more disastrous consequences for you. You should consider more than just the cheapest price when choosing your immigration attorney.

Trust Your Instinct

You should be able to get a good sense of how you feel about the lawyer after doing your preliminary research as outlined above and then speaking with him or her. You should ask questions to determine the level of knowledge that an attorney has. You should be able to form a connection with the attorney.

Be careful of an attorney that overpromises or tells you how easy or how fast your case will be, to get you to sign up. And it is unethical for an attorney to guarantee to you a specific result or outcome for your case.

A good attorney will be interested in the details of your circumstances and your background. Individual cases must be carefully evaluated to determine the best approach. Each case stands on its own merits. A reputable lawyer will be honest with you about your immigration options.

After you become a client, your immigration attorney should be your personal advocate. A good attorney will be in your corner and work zealously on your behalf to achieve your U.S. immigration goals.

Immigration Lawyer Proudly Serving San Diego, California

Joel Friedman is proud to serve the community of San Diego, CA where our law office is located.  Attorney Friedman has assisted many clients in southern California, in the heart of San Diego and its surrounding areas. He has also assisted many clients throughout the world.

Here’s a bit more interesting info about our favorite city and “America’s Finest City,” San Diego.  Referred to as many as being the only area in the United States with near-perfect weather, San Diego is also the oldest port on the West Coast. Complete with a well-known and historic Naval Base and a high level of international tourism, this breathtaking city continues to dominate the economy of southern California.

Aside from offering easy access to high mountains, deserts, and over 70 miles of the world’s most renowned beaches, San Diego also offers other great attractions such as Balboa Park, historic Old Town, the Gaslamp Quarter, and Seaport Village.

For art lovers, there are many different museums and even the Shakespearean play at the Old Globe Theater.  Throw in the fact that San Diego has more championship golf courses than any other area in the world, and you have a city ready for anyone’s imagination.

As a tourist city or a place to call home, San Diego is one place you should at least visit. The night life here rivals that of Las Vegas, giving you something for everyone in the family. Young or old – San Diego is the one city that you will never find boring.

Fun Facts About San Diego

Considering how San Diego is one of the best cities in the United States, it is easy to understand San Diego’s popularity as a top tourist destination. Among San Diego’s many accomplishments, let’s take a look at several interesting facts about this amazing city.

San Diego Fact 1

San Diego has been called “the birthplace of California.” San Diego was the first place that Europeans landed, on what is now the west coast of the United States. In 1542, Rodríguez Cabrillo sailed to San Diego Bay and claimed the area for Spain. That formed the basis for the Alta California settlement 200 years later. Established in 1769, the Presidio and Mission San Diego de Alcalá was the first European settlement in what is now California. In 1821, San Diego became part of the newly independent Mexico. After the Mexican–American War in 1848, San Diego became part of the United States.

Cabrillo National Monument – located at the southern tip of the Point Loma Peninsula in San Diego.

San Diego Fact 2

Today, nearly 1.5 million people live in San Diego. This makes San Diego the second most populous city in California and the eighth largest city in the entire United States. Yet, even though San Diego is this big, San Diego residents still have that hometown experience – which is quite amazing!


San Diego Fact 3

No matter what type of year it is, it’s never the wrong time to visit San Diego. The weather in San Diego is near-perfect year round, giving you the chance to experience everything to offer here. With an annual high of 70 degrees and a low of 55 degrees, you can pretty much go swimming year round in San Diego.

San Diego Fact 4

If you visit San Diego between December – March, you can catch some glimpses of the impressive gray whale during migration. All along the coast or on a cruise, you can view this amazing mammal

San Diego Fact 5

San Diego hosts the largest naval fleet in the world. The U.S. Navy is the top employer in San Diego, followed by the University of California, San Diego. San Diego is home to U.S. Navy facilities, Marine Corps bases, and Coast Guard stations.

San Diego Fact 6

San Diego has been recently ranked amongst the top 10 safest cities to live in America.


San Diego Fact 7

If you travel just 23 miles south of San Diego, you will be in the beautiful city of Tijuana. What was once thought of as dangerous, happens to be an amazing place of Mexican hospitality, with great restaurants, shopping, and a pleasing nightlife. A little further into Mexico is Rosarito and Ensenada, two other popular nearby destinations

U.S./Mexico border. California (left). Tijuana, Mexico (right).

San Diego Fact 8

San Diego is home to a great diversity of native wildlife. This includes coyotes, bobcats, raccoons, whales, dolphins, seals, seal lions, water birds and other avians, and many more. There is even an occasional mountain lion sighting in San Diego County. Keep an eye on your smaller pets because of coyotes and even hawks. If you are in the more rural areas of San Diego County or exploring the many great wilderness areas watch out for rattlesnakes! But always respect our local San Diego wildlife.

San Diego Fact 9

San Diego offers an amazing array of flowers and desert plants. San Diego’s arid climate is optimal for roses, wild daises, and other exotic flowers and plants. There is a fascinating diversity of succulent species adapted to San Diego’s climate. And with different flowers in the winter and summer seasons, avid flower lovers will fall in love with everything San Diego has to offer them.

San Diego Fact 10

It’s no secret that one of the biggest attractions in San Diego are its great beaches. Whether it is surfing, sunbathing, or other fun activities, San Diego’s beaches are a great place for adults and children to visit and play. There are also dog-friendly beaches, such as Dog Beach in the San Diego locale known as “Ocean Beach.” Those areas allow you to have your dog off-leash and are good places to socialize and to exercise your pet. Make sure you read the signs though, as the beauty behind San Diego beaches vary almost as much as the rules do.

San Diego Fact 11

When it comes to nightlife, San Diego has something to please everyone. From country dancing to singing in a bar, San Diego has a very happening nightlife. Downtown San Diego is home to the vibrant Gaslamp Quarter, which is known for its many excellent restaurants, clubs, and bars. No matter what you like to do at night, San Diego has it all – and probably a bit more.

For many reasons, San Diego is the perfect city to visit or live. You can visit San Diego with family or friends and know that you’ll always have places to go and things to see. Winter or summer, San Diego is the one place that you will never find boring.

Hope to see you in San Diego soon!