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San Diego Immigration Lawyers

Compassionate & Ethical Legal Services

Navigating the U.S. immigration system can be intimidating – especially if you are going at it alone. Far too often, people try to take advantage of vulnerable people in vulnerable situations. Founded as a full-service firm built on strong morals, Jacobs & Schlesinger has a long-standing commitment to ethical operations. Our ultimate goal is to aid clients with immigration issues and improve our community as a whole. We recognize that every case we handle affects the lives of individuals, families, and their communities. Our San Diego immigration lawyers take the firm’s work very seriously and are always looking for ways to ease your burden and ensure a simple and stress-free process.

When you hire Jacobs & Schlesinger, you are not hiring a single attorney – you are hiring an entire firm dedicated to your service and protection. Meeting with any of our attorneys gives you access to the knowledge and experience of the entire team. The firm’s diversity of perspectives and decades of combined experience enhance any advice we provide.

Remember: You do not have to go through this process alone. We encourage you to reach out and schedule a comprehensive case evaluation so that our San Diego immigration lawyers can hear your story and get started on your case.

Jacobs & Schlesinger - Excellent Advisers & Dedicated Advocates

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Meet the Jacobs & Schlesinger Team

  • Ginger Jacobs, Esq.
    Ginger Jacobs, Esq. Partner, Immigration & Nationality Law
  • David Schlesinger, Esq.
    David Schlesinger, Esq. Partner, Appellate Litigation
  • Joshua A. Altman, Esq.
    Joshua A. Altman, Esq. Immigration Court Cases, Deportation Defense, Immigration Appeals
  • Kathleen Spero, Esq.
    Kathleen Spero, Esq. Employment/Corporate, LGBTQ, Marriage & Family Immigration, Naturalization, I-9 Audit/Workplace Raids
  • Maria Chavez, Esq.
    Maria Chavez, Esq. Family-Based Petitions, Naturalization Affirmative/Defensive Asylum, Immigration Court Cases, U Visas, Vulnerable Populations, DACA
  • Ileana Soto, Esq.
    Ileana Soto, Esq. DACA, Naturalization, Family-based petitions, Temporary Protected Status
  • Kai Medeiros, Esq.
    Kai Medeiros, Esq. Asylum, Removal Defense, U Visa, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
  • Ginger Jacobs, Esq. Partner, Immigration & Nationality Law
    Ginger Jacobs, Esq.

    As a Harvard Law School graduate with over two decades of legal experience, Attorney Ginger Jacobs practices in all areas of immigration law, representing individuals, families, and businesses in their immigration endeavors. She co-founded Jacobs & Schlesinger in 2004 with former law partner and prominent immigration advocate, Andrea Guerrero. Attorney Jacobs is particularly well known for her work with vulnerable populations – including refugees, asylum-seekers, and the victims of violent crimes – and has helped hundreds of people seek and obtain immigration relief after enduring challenging and horrific circumstances. Our San Diego Immigration Attorney speaks frequently on immigration relief for vulnerable populations and remains an active member of the local community, performing pro bono work frequently. Read More

  • David Schlesinger, Esq. Partner, Appellate Litigation
    David Schlesinger, Esq.

    Since graduating with his J.D. from the New York University School of Law in 1996, Attorney David Schlesinger has practiced in various areas of the law, including business litigation, white-collar criminal defense, and commercial litigation. He spent significant time representing clients in both federal and state trial and appellate courts before joining Jacobs & Schlesinger in 2005. Attorney Schlesinger focuses his practice at our firm on all phases of appellate proceedings in immigration, civil, and criminal cases. He represents clients before the federal court of appeals, California courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and USCIS’s Administrative Appeals Office. Attorney Schlesinger is a member of the state bars of California and New York, and is admitted to practice before many federal courts. Read More

  • Joshua A. Altman, Esq. Immigration Court Cases, Deportation Defense, Immigration Appeals
    Joshua A. Altman, Esq.

    Joshua A. Altman received his J.D. degree with cum laude honors from Washington University in St. Louis in 2008 and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University in 2002. Throughout his career, Josh has worked diligently to advance justice both in and out of government service. After becoming an attorney, Josh joined the Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). This federal agency houses both the Immigration Courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals. He first clerked locally, for the immigration judges at the Immigration Court in San Diego. Next, he moved to the agency’s headquarters near Washington, DC, where he wrote decisions for the Board of Immigration Appeals and worked on policy and litigation in the agency’s Office of the General Counsel and Office of the Director. After almost 10 years of government service, Josh left to practice civil litigation in Orange County.

  • Kathleen Spero, Esq. Employment/Corporate, LGBTQ, Marriage & Family Immigration, Naturalization, I-9 Audit/Workplace Raids
    Kathleen Spero, Esq.

    With a long-standing passion for immigration policy and foreign relations, Attorney Kathleen Spero has dedicated her career to immigration law. Day in and day out, she provides high-quality legal assistance to individuals, families, and businesses who need to navigate the complex U.S. immigration system. Attorney Spero has volunteered with Casa Cornelia, the Immigration Justice Project, UURISE, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She holds two Bachelor’s degrees from San Diego State University; a Master of Pacific and International Affairs degree from University of California, San Diego; and a J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Read More

  • Maria Chavez, Esq. Family-Based Petitions, Naturalization Affirmative/Defensive Asylum, Immigration Court Cases, U Visas, Vulnerable Populations, DACA
    Maria Chavez, Esq.

    A graduate of the University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law, Attorney Maria Chavez has dedicated her legal practice to immigration law. During law school, she served as vice president of membership of the Immigration Law and Policy Association. She also interned with the Maryland Department of Labor and Licensing Regulation in the Consumer Protection Clinic. At Jacobs & Schlesinger, Attorney Chavez primarily handles family-based cases, petitions under VAWA, petitions for U nonimmigrant status, requests for humanitarian parole, and stays of removal. Outside of Jacobs & Schlesinger, she is a passionate volunteer with UURISE, the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium, DREAMer Assistance Network, Community Law Project, and North County Immigration Task Force. Read More

  • Ileana Soto, Esq. DACA, Naturalization, Family-based petitions, Temporary Protected Status
    Ileana Soto, Esq.

    While working toward her J.D. at California Western School of Law, Attorney Ileana Soto focused her studies on employment and immigration law, her passion for which stems from a deep personal desire to advocate for those who are seeking immigration relief. A descendent of migrant workers herself, Attorney Soto is dedicated to helping others overcome immigration-related struggles. Outside of Jacobs & Schlesinger, she volunteers her time raising awareness of immigration matters and educating those who do not have access to important information. Attorney Soto is admitted to the California state bar and is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of California. Read More

  • Kai Medeiros, Esq. Asylum, Removal Defense, U Visa, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
    Kai Medeiros, Esq.

    While in law school, Kai volunteered and interned for Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, where he worked on a wide range of immigration matters, including asylum, SIJS, and U-visa cases. Kai also worked extensively during law school for Stanford Law School’s International Human Rights Law Clinic and the Stanford Human Rights Center. Highlights from his work there include traveling to Bolivia to contribute to a study on detention policy in the Americas, and assisting the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in litigating five different cases before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. He also interned for the Mexico City-based human rights NGO Centro de Derechos Humanos Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez. Read More

Reputation & Results

Real Clients, Real Stories

  • “JSS proved to provide professional and reliable services on immigration and other legal matters.”

    Ruslan K.

  • “In the sensitive field of immigration law, Ginger and her team at Jacobs Schlesinger & Sheppard LLP proved to be very competent and diligent in advancing my case.”


  • “Ginger Jacob's expertise and dependability makes a process fraught with uncertainty so much less stressful.”


  • “Today it became final! I took the oath and am now an American Citizen!”


  • “" It's a huge relief, and I'm SO grateful to everyone at Jacobs & Schlesinger who made this happen! You are absolutely amazing"”


Victories for Our Clients

How We Have Helped Others

Since our foundation in 2004, Jacobs & Schlesinger has served bright minds, loving families, and eager businesses, helping them navigate our country’s complex immigration processes. We understand the difference that an immigration case can make in both a single life and an entire community – that is why we strive to provide reliable, high-quality legal services, always backed by our decades of combined experience. Our San Diego immigration lawyers maintain a collaborative practice, offering an entire team’s worth of support to work toward a positive resolution. With an unyielding commitment to ethical and compassionate service, Jacobs & Schlesinger is the firm you can count on to handle your immigration matters with the utmost care.

  • Successful Asylum Application Approved Asylum Application Approved
  • Successful E-3 Obtained Australian Seeking Entrance to U.S.
  • Successful O-1 Approval Chef Trying to Gain Entry to U.S.
  • Successful J-1 Trainee Approval Employee Re-Petitioning After Previously Completed F-1 Employment
  • Successful L-1B Approval European Employee Visa at Major Electronics Company
  • Successful H-1B Refiling Key Analyst Seeking Employment at Large Company
  • Katie Spero's First Pro Bono Hearing Win Mom & Son Seeking Asylum
  • Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Result Review of 1983 Right to Medical Care Claims
  • Client Passed Their Citizenship Interview Successful Citizenship Interview
  • Win in Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Transgender Woman Persecuted in Mexico
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