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Daniel Shanfield, Esq.
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Daniel Shanfield

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 enjoys teaching and writing on immigration law topics, and is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the International Law Committees of the American Bar Association and California State Bar. 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 has been awarded the Premio Tequio by the Consulate General of Mexico in San Jose.


Juan Gil García

Immigration Services Coordinator

Juan Gil brings more than 20 years of experience in immigration law and has represented countless individuals and families with diverse immigration challenges at interviews before the Citizenship and Immigration Services (U.S. Department of Homeland Security) and hearings before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (Immigration Court) of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Before joining the firm, Juan Gil was fully accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals to practice immigration law as a counselor with Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County. At Catholic Charities, Juan Gil successfully represented cases involving applications and petitions for naturalization, adjustment of status, consular immigrant and non-immigrant visa processing, family immigrant visa petitions, inadmissibility waivers, U Visa, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), asylum, and humanitarian parole. He also led numerous citizenship workshops and community outreach presentations on immigrant’s rights.

Juan Gil previosy served as an Asylum Officer with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In his role there, Juan Gil researched and analyzed immigration laws and precedent legal decisions, and synthesized political and human rights conditions of countries around the world to render informed decisions on asylum cases.

Juan Gil has an extensive record as an advocate and spokesperson for immigrant rights. In 2012, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors gave Juan Gil the Unity in Diversity Award for his work with the immigrant community in Gilroy, California. He has been invited to be a presenter at regional and national conferences and trainings sponsored by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network and the Immigration Advocates Network. Juan Gil is also sought after by local English and Spanish language media as an expert spokesperson on immigration issues.

Juan Gil earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Stanford University and a Master of Fine Arts in Directing Motion Pictures and Television from the Academy of Art University. He has also studied at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City, Mexico and the Centro Linguistico di Ateneo in Florence, Italy.

Juan Gil is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Italian.

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