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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.


Merle Kahn

Attorney of Counsel

Merle Kahn has been exclusively practicing immigration law for over twenty-five years. She has experience in removal defense, criminal immigration issues, asylum and refugee law, naturalization, and family-based immigration. She represents clients before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the Board of Immigration Appeals, USCIS, ICE, and the Superior Court of California. She works with criminal prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys to craft criminal pleas that will not have adverse immigration consequences and works on post-conviction relief cases for immigrants. She is a frequent presenter at Continuing Legal Education programs for the American Immigration Lawyers Association and provides legal advice and assistance for several non-profit organizations in the Bay Area. She is the founder and director of the Jewish Family Services/American Immigration Lawyers Association pro bono legal clinic for refugees.

Prior to joining the Law Offices of Daniel Shanfield – Immigration Defense as Of Counsel, Merle was a staff attorney at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center in San Francisco where she ran a legal hotline for immigration professionals, wrote practice manuals, and presented at legal education seminars on immigration law. She was an associate at the Law Offices of Angela M. Bean, where she focused her practice on removal defense and on Ninth Circuit litigation, and was an adjunct professor at Evergreen Community College and San Francisco City College where she taught immigration law.

Before entering the field of immigration law, Merle worked was a prosecutor for the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission in Illinois, and as a law clerk for the District of Columbia Office of Bar Counsel where she investigated and prosecuted attorney misconduct.

Merle is a graduate of the George Washington University National Law Center in Washington DC and the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois where she graduated with High Distinction in English Literature. She is admitted to practice before the California Supreme Court, District of Columbia Bar, Illinois Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Merle is the 2016 AILA Pro Bono Champion and the Vlada Gelfond Visionary Award from Jewish Family Services.


Revital Shavit Barsheshet

Associate Attorney

Revital joined the firm as an Associate Attorney in 2017. Revital’s practice focuses on all areas of family-based and employment-based immigration law, including non-immigrant visas, immigrant visas, removal defense and representation in front of government agencies. Revital is passionate about helping her clients, companies and individuals, in achieving their goals and enjoys working with her diverse clientele.

Revital is a graduate of Tel Aviv University Law School (LL.B, 2011) and has been practicing law internationally since 2012. She is admitted to the state bars of California, New York, and Israel, and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

Revital is fluent in Hebrew; she loves hiking, and practices Pilates and running after her four-years-old to keep in shape.


Graciela Pinto

Paralegal

Graciela Pinto is a Paralegal at our firm with over four years of experience in Immigration Law. Graciela graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in legal studies. Prior to joining our firm, Graciela work as an Immigration and Criminal Defense Paralegal in Reno, Nevada. She has experience in Adjustment of Status, I-601 and I-601A waivers of inadmissibility, consular processing, VAWA, U-Visa, DACA, and Naturalization applications. She assists attorneys in the firm with Cancellation of Removal cases before the San Francisco Immigration Court. Graciela is passionate about immigrant rights and enjoys participating in community pro-bono events such as Citizenship Day with the Santa Clara County Citizenship Collaborative.

Graciela is fluent in Spanish.


Diana Morales Avin

Paralegal

Diana Morales Avin is the Firm’s Senior Paralegal since September 2017. Previously, she was the Firm’s Immigration Services Coordinator for close to five years before taking a brief hiatus as Director of Immigration Legal Services with SIREN. Prior to joining our office, Diana worked with Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County for ten years as a Board of Immigration Appeals Representative, successfully representing individuals in all manner of family-based immigration cases before USCIS and EOIR. Diana has more than 15 years of experience in the immigration field. Prior to her work in the immigration field, Diana assisted domestic violence victims before the family courts in obtaining protective orders with Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County.

Diana is a graduate of Santa Clara University (B.A. History with an emphasis in Latin America) and Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College (J.D.) in Portland, Oregon.

As an immigrant brought to the United States as a child, Diana can relate to the struggles and uncertainties many immigrants face.


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