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San Diego Immigration Lawyer

Compassionate & Ethical Legal Services for Immigrants

Navigating the American 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 immigration law 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 immigration lawyers in San Diego take our work seriously. We are always looking for ways to ease your burden and ensure a simple, stress-free process, whether you're seeking to obtain a green card or need immediate deportation defense.

When you hire Jacobs & Schlesinger, you are not hiring a single attorney – you are hiring a 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.

Don't go through this process alone. Reach out to our immigration law office in San Diego.

Jacobs & Schlesinger - Excellent Advisers & Dedicated Advocates

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Meet the Jacobs & Schlesinger Team

  • Ginger Jacobs, Esq. Partner, Immigration & Nationality Law
  • David Schlesinger, Esq. Partner, Appellate Litigation
  • Kathleen Spero, Esq. Employment/Corporate, LGBTQ, Marriage & Family Immigration, Naturalization, I-9 Audit/Workplace Raids
  • Maria Chavez, Esq. Family-Based Petitions, Naturalization Affirmative/Defensive Asylum, Immigration Court Cases, U Visas, Vulnerable Populations, DACA
  • Zakkery Clark Immigration Law
  • Ginger Jacobs, Esq. Partner, Immigration & Nationality Law

    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. She has helped hundreds of people seek and obtain immigration relief after enduring challenging and horrific circumstances. Our attorney speaks frequently on immigration relief for vulnerable populations in the United States. She also remains an active member of the local community in San Diego, CA, performing frequent pro bono work. Read More

  • David Schlesinger, Esq. Partner, Appellate Litigation

    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

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

    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

    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

  • Zakkery Clark Immigration Law

    Raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Zakk received a B.S. in Public Safety Management from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis in 2015. Upon graduation, he moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where he worked as a construction safety advisor to American Electric & Power. In 2017, Zakk decided to make a career change and pursue his longstanding dream of becoming an immigration attorney. That fall he moved to San Diego, California, and began attending California Western School of Law (CWSL). While in law school, Zakk served as the president of CWSL’s Immigration Law Society and interned at various immigration law firms in the San Diego area. Zakk joined Jacobs & Schlesinger in the fall of 2019 as a legal intern during his last semester of law school. After graduation, he continued on with the J&S team as a post-bar law clerk and, upon passing the CA bar exam, was promoted to associate attorney. Zakk handles both employment-based and family-based immigration cases, as well as assisting on some appellate work. Zakk is admitted to the State Bar of California and is licensed to practice law before the Department of Homeland Security nationwide. Read More

Reputation & Results

Real Clients, Real Stories

  • “One of the top Immigration firms in the state. This firm is adept at all aspects of Immigration procedure and law, including all levels of appeal.”

    John S.

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


  • “Attorney Ginger Jacobs is the best!”


  • “The attorneys at Jacobs & Schlesinger are very knowledgeable and incredibly kind and helpful.”

    Tamara Jezic

  • “Thanks!!!”

    Javier & Andrew

Victories for Our Clients

How We Have Helped Others

Since 2004, Jacobs & Schlesinger has served bright minds, loving families, and eager businesses in navigating our country’s complex immigration processes. We understand the difference an immigration case can make in both a 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 lawyers for immigration in San Diego maintain a collaborative practice, offering an entire team’s worth of support to work toward a positive resolution. With an unyielding commitment to ethical, 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.
  • EB-1 Visa Win EB-1 Successfully Obtained!
  • 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
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