Expertise You Can Trust
Daniel Shanfield, Esq.
Founder and President
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’
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 Garcia 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
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.
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
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 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.