Carl Shusterman
Immigration Attorney

immigration attorney Immigration Attorney Carl Shusterman has over 40 years of experience. He served as an attorney for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) from 1976 until 1982, when he entered private practice.

Carl has been featured in SuperLawyers Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the ABA Journal and many other media outlets.

For over a decade, he has been voted as one of the Best Lawyers in America and as a Super Lawyer by his colleagues in the bar.

Carl has been named as one of the top 15 corporate immigration attorneys in the U.S. by Human Resource Executive magazine. His hard work and dedication to immigration law have earned him the highest rating (“AV”) in legal ability and ethics from the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory.

He has also served as a member of the Immigration and Nationality Law Advisory Commission for the State Bar. Carl is also listed in The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers and the Chamber’s USA Guide for Leading Business Lawyers.

At the request of Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), Shusterman testified as an expert witness before the Senate Immigration Subcommittee in Washington, D.C. He also worked with Senator Brownback’s staff to draft legislation to increase the number of foreign-born physicians and nurses who could come to the U.S. to work in medically-underserved areas.


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Legal Guru in All Things Immigration

“Mr. Shusterman and his law firm have represented my family and me very successfully. He is not only a legal guru in all things immigration but even more so he is an exceptional human being because he empathizes with his clients and cares that justice is done.”

- Maria Davari Knapp, Chicago, Illinois
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Immigration law is very personal for Carl.  His wife immigrated to the United States from the Philippines. They met in the 1970s when they both worked for the INS.  Their son was born in Canada and his daughter-in-law’s parents are Indian immigrants.

Carl Shusterman is a former Chairman of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Southern California Chapter and served as a member of Shusterman AILA’s national Board of Governors (1988-97). He has chaired numerous AILA Committees, spoken at dozens of AILA Conferences and has contributed a number of scholarly articles to AILA’s publications.

In addition to practicing as an immigration attorney, Carl is a frequent writer and lecturer on immigration law.

His articles, letters to the editor and quotes have appeared in the New York TimesWashington Post, Canada’s Globe and MailUSA Today, Los Angeles TimesWall Street JournalNational Law JournalCalifornia Lawyer, Los Angeles LawyerJournal of the American Medical AssociationChristian Science MonitorAtlantic MonthlyComputer WorldInformation WeekIssues in Science and TechnologyVariety, and numerous other publications.

Immigration Lawyer Shusterman has written for, and been quoted extensively in, leading periodicals specializing in immigration law including Interpreter ReleasesImmigration Law and ProcedureImmigration BriefingsInside ImmigrationImmigration Journal and U.S. Immigrant Magazine. In addition, he has appeared on various television programs including NBC’s Today Show, CNN’s Headline News and on a wide variety of nationally syndicated radio shows.

Carl Shusterman has represented clients, both corporate and individual, across the United States and around the world. He has spoken at immigration conferences in over a dozen states and in Canada, Mexico, South America, Asia and Europe.

Carl is proud to work as Of Counsel to the following extremely talented immigration attorneys who worked at the Law Offices of Carl Shusterman before forming their own law firms:

  1. Immigration Attorney Jennifer Rozdzielski is a Certified Specialist in Immigration Law (California State Bar). Jennifer specializes in family-based immigration, deportation defense and Federal litigation.
  2. Immigration Attorney Cheryl Gertler has decades of experience specializing in employment-based immigration including EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 cases, PERM, and temporary working visas for E-2 investors, H-1B professionals, L-1 multinational executives and managers and O-1 for persons of extraordinary ability.

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