About the Firm

Tafapolsky & Smith LLP specializes in the practice of business immigration law.  We represent employers who wish to hire and retain foreign-nationals in skilled, professional, managerial and executive positions. Our clients range from large corporations to small startups and immigrant scholar/entrepreneurs, in industries such as information technology, Internet, media, science, engineering, research, industrial, manufacturing, financial and health care services.  

Immigration Services include Nonimmigrant (Temporary) Visas, Permanent Residency (Green Card) Applications, Consular Services, Citizenship and Naturalization Services, and Outbound Visa Services.

Alan Tafapolsky, San Francisco office partner, and J. Anthony “Tony” Smith, Los Angeles office partner, both seasoned business immigration practitioners, co founded Tafapolsky & Smith LLP in 2000.

Flexible Solutions for Your Business

  • Employer Services are customized to an employer’s specific needs and are developed in partnership with each company we serve.
  • Employers and employees have direct access to decision makers who can speak on behalf of the firm, customize services, negotiate fees, and make commitments.
  • Our unique service structure is flexible and can adapt to work within a company’s existing operating processes and policies.

Specialists in Complex Immigration Issues

  • With attorneys who average over 11 years of experience and paralegals who average over 8 years of experience, our highly skilled professionals possess in-depth expertise on business immigration issues and can speak with authority.
  • Our staff is cross-trained and capable of handling each case in its entirety.
  • All aspects of case and business related issues are identified, considered and resolved without handoffs between departments.
  • Our attorneys are highly regarded among their peers, sharing their leading edge knowledge of current immigration law issues by regularly publishing articles in leading national law journals, serving on and chairing national committees, and serving as faculty for national conferences on immigration law.

Personal Attention for Every Unique Situation

  • We take pride in having very low staff turnover; our employers and the foreign nationals served benefit from knowing who is handling their cases and having the confidence that they are in good hands.
  • Our multilingual paralegals serve the legal needs of foreign nationals and foreign-based companies in their own native language including Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, French, Persian and others.


What Clients Say

Public Service and Pro Bono Efforts

Tafapolsky & Smith is committed to serve the communities in which we work and live.  We believe in using our exceptional legal knowledge and talents to help individuals in need and to support community-centered efforts.  Our firm’s pro bono efforts include representing various indigent people in asylum/deportation cases and supporting a variety of community organizations.

To learn more about our commitment to making a difference, click here.


Contact Us

San Francisco
Tafapolsky & Smith LLP
90 New Montgomery Street, 8th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
415.975.9850 Fax
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Los Angeles
Tafapolsky & Smith LLP
555 W. Fifth Street, Suite 4510
Los Angeles, CA 90013
213.624.7550 Fax
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Contact Us 90 New Montgomery Street, 8th Floor,
San Francisco, CA 94105
415.975.9800 | 415.975.9850 fax
555 W. Fifth Street, Suite 4510,
Los Angeles, CA 90013
213.624.7500 | 213.624.7550 fax
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