Creating Opportunities for Investors, Employers and Employees.

At the Northern California immigration law firm of Litwin & Smith, (formerly Litwin & Associates) our San Francisco immigration lawyers counsel and represent employers, employees, outstanding individuals, and their families from around the world. We have a diverse team of immigration attorneys, including Donald E. Smith, J.D., Managing Shareholder, Robert L. Smith, LLM, Transnational Law and Shareholder and Edward Litwin, Founder, a Certified Specialist in immigration and nationality law by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization.

We routinely provide focused immigration assistance to US and global businesses. From our San Francisco, Bay Area, Silicon Valley offices we serve industries that include bioscience, telecommunications, technology, gamers, manufacturing and engineering, energy and financial services, sports and entertainment. We are known for responsive, timely, and professional expertise to provide our clients with strategic advice and effective and efficient immigration solutions to assist them in achieving successful immigration results.

Our Bay Area immigration law attorneys are focused on meeting our clients' needs and objectives, whether they are foreign nationals seeking temporary or permanent residence in the U.S., or employers needing assistance in sponsoring an employee or individuals sponsoring a family member for a visa. We explore all immigrant and nonimmigrant visa options to provide clients with the most efficient and effective strategy to obtain their goals.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

  • Employment of Foreign Nationals
  • Entity Formation, Governance, and Compliance
  • Business Structuring
  • Merger & Acquisition
  • Worksite Enforcement & Immigration Compliance
  • I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification
  • H visas : Temporary work visas for professionals (H-1B visas), agricultural or seasonal workers (H-2A and H-2B visas), and trainees
  • E visas: For treaty traders (E-1 visas), treaty investors (E-2), and Australian business professionals (E-3)
  • L visas : For intra-company transfers of foreign executives, managers, or employees with specialized knowledge
  • O visas: For foreign nationals with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics

We have extensive experience advising business professionals and employers regarding various employment-based visas, counseling clients through labor certification (PERM), and proactively assisting businesses with immigration compliance and enforcement. Some of the business or employment-based visas that we regularly handle include H working visas, L working visas, O visas, and R visas.

In addition, through global connections, we have access to a network of overseas immigration attorneys who provide similar services for U.S. or non-U.S. employees going to work abroad or transferring employment from one country to another.

Call Litwin & Smith, A Law Corporation today at 888-344-0892 to arrange your free initial consultation.

Attorney Edward R. Litwin

Bar Admissions:

  • California, 1973
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1982


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California - 1973

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Elected member of Board of Governors
  • San Francisco Bar Association, Member
  • Christian Legal Society, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member

Attorney Donald E. Smith

Bar Admissions:

  • Florida, 1986
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 1986


  • Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, Washington
    • J.D. - 1984
  • California State University Fullerton, CA, USA
    • B.A.
    • Major: English Literature

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Washington DC Bar Association

Donald Smith always replied to my queries fast and effecient. I highly recommend him.

Ehsan M.

Good afternoon,

I have received the Green Cards for myself and for my family today [following our religious worker petition approvals]. I would really like to thank you all for being so helpful and cooperative. Because of the trust I have in you all I have referred some of my friends to your office and I will definitely keep doing that.

Thank you again and stay blessed.

Dear Mr. Smith,

As you could likely tell from the overly-excited and somewhat erratic tone of my voice-nearly callow, I have been more than a bit anxious. I don't know the law. And I have felt clueless in how to go from where I am to where I would like to be.

You spelled out options, calmly. You shed light on possibilities. I feel less in the dark. (And I did feel I was in the dark, quite deeply in).

The talk has lifted my spirits. I realize there is work to be done.

I am thankful for the hope which you offered so easily and generously and matter-of-factly.

Thank you, Mr. Smith, deeply, with great warmth.


Donald "THANK YOU!!!!!!!"

You, in two simple steps, have answered the question nobody has been able to answer me. The visa process is fast approaching and I was starting to panic.Thank you SO MUCH!

Merry Merry MERRY Christmas to you and your family!


A very good morning to all you:

We received our permanent resident cards yesterday around 2.15 pm. We feel so honored and privileged to be a permanent resident of this great nation, The United States of America. My family and I would like to take this opportunity by thanking each member of your esteemed team, Ms. Fok, Ms. Salvador, Ms. Hung and Mr. Smith for their endeavors. The name "Litwin and Smith" will remain imprinted on the minds of LAL'S for the rest of their lives and generations to come.

I just checked my wife's status on USCIS website and on March 6,2017 USCIS have ordered new card and will it to the address which we gave them. Thank you to the entire team once again. If any one of you will ever visit Seattle, please let me and my family know we would like to meet you and treat you in a special way.


Pastor L

Dear Donald,

I cannot express my gratitude for what you and your firm has done for me. You know you’re amazing right! You have helped me go forward in so many ways that I am really grateful getting to know you.

Thank you so much!!


Mr. Donald,

I just recommended you to a family friend (He is US citizen) who wants to bring his fiancé (foreigner) to get married and live in the United States.He will be contacting you.

Thank you so much for you great assistance always. I'm grateful to you and find it easy to recommend you to anyone looking for a good immigration attorney. Peace.


Dear Mr. Donald.Smith

Thank you so much for your helping and supporting me till i became united states citizen. I promise you that i will study English language more and more only to express my feelings towards your helping, supporting, and your patience in me.

I have received my citizen certificate on 08/18/2015.

Really, you helped me to achieve the best dream in my life. So I ask God to support you and give you more and more power and knowledge to continue helping those who are like me.

Thank you so much,


We had a consultation with Mr. Smith, preparatory to hiring him. However, he was completely honest that we are on the right track, and will not need his services. He explained what the probable causes are in the delays we are experiencing, and he confirmed that what we planned to do is correct, plus additional tips. His expertise and honesty are remarkable: he was not insinuating that we need a lawyer at all! He is tops.


I have been working with D and L for my H1B and Green card processing. I am very happy about their service. They respond quick and were available to answer any kind of immigration question I had. They communicate very well so that we don't get surprises. I recommend this law firm. Thank you D and L


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San Francisco Office
425 Market Street
Suite 2200
San Francisco, CA 94105
Santa Clara Office
5201 Great America Parkway
Suite 320
Santa Clara, CA 95054
South San Francisco Office
1435 Huntington Avenue
Suite 336
South San Francisco, CA 94080

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