Awards & Recognition

Do great work for clients, go above and beyond to serve the needs of your community, publish some of the best, most forward-thinking on issues of immigration and business and you get recognized for the work you do.


Chambers USA Guide
Tafapolsky & Smith is listed in the Chambers USA Guide as a “Prominent business immigration boutique with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles.


Who's Who Legal
“[Alan] Tafapolsky is said to be ‘great on the immigration aspects of mergers and acquisitions,” and “clients love him.”

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U.S. News Best Lawyers
Tafapolsky & Smith LLP is ranked in the top tier of immigration firms in the San Francisco Area. 


Ronald Wada, Senior Counsel in the San Francisco office of Tafapolsky & Smith, LLP, was awarded with the 2011 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law.


Published the best-selling book, EB2 and EB3 Degree Equivalency, Supplement 2012 by Ronald Y. Wada, October 2012.


2006 President’s Award received by Ron Wada in part for his contributions to the landmark case, Matter of Health America, decided by the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals.


1997 Edward L. Dubroff Award received by Ron Wada “in recognition of outstanding scholarship in the field of immigration law.”

San Jose Magazine August 2008 
“This law firm outshines its competitors in terms of its sophistication and staff experience.”


TSM Publications

From thinking through the ability of fashion models to ply their trade in Paris, Milan and New York to interpretation of the PERM application form, the partners and associate attorneys at TSM have published numerous contributions to the field of business immigration law. 

Alan Tafapolsky is a regular contributor to the Immigration Briefings law journal and is a member of the editorial board of Bender's Immigration Bulletin.

Ron Wada is a co-editor of the industry leading immigration law treatise Immigration Law and Procedure relied upon by federal courts and immigration attorneys nationwide, and is also a member of the editorial board of and regular contributor to Bender’s immigration Bulletin.


Immigration Law and Procedure

Edited by Ron Wada. It is the most widely used Immigration Treatise in the US.
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What Are Your Options?

Immigration Briefings by Alan Tafapolsky. It is a two-part briefing that explores immigration options for Foreign Nationals and its intersection to corporate and securities laws.
What Are Your Options
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What Are Your Options
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EB2 versus EB3

Written by Ron Wada. It is a book published by AILA that is the “go to” when deciding to file and strategize your case as an EB2 versus EB3 PERM.
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Risky Business

Written by Sharon Mehlman for Bender’s California Labor & Employment Bulletin that details issues in hiring and on-boarding foreign nationals without discriminating.
Risky Business, Assumptions in the Hiring Process 


Turn, Turn, Turn

An article written by Alan Tafapolsky and Tony Smith on dealing with PERM audits in AILA's David Stanton's Manual on Labor Certification.
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We Give Back

At TSM we’re pro Pro Bono. We are committed to serving the communities where we work and live. Our staff puts that commitment to work on behalf of community-based immigration efforts, public policy and legislation, as well as supporting individuals who need legal service in asylum/deportation cases.

A good percentage of TSM’s pro bono efforts come through our direct representation of unaccompanied minors facing deportation. Many of these unaccompanied minors fled horrific country conditions, have been abandoned, have suffered physical and emotional abuse at home, and faced daily threats from gang members that the local police forces could not or simply would not control.

Lawyers at TSM have directly represented unaccompanied minors facing deportation and have used a variety of legal tactics and defenses including obtaining guardianships in State Court (Superior/Probate Court) and seeking immigration relief such as asylum and special immigrant juvenile status (SIJS).

Through our pro bono efforts, TSM has impacted and made a positive difference in the lives of several unaccompanied minors.


Recent TSM Pro Bono efforts include representation for individuals includes:


Eritrean granted Withholding of Deportation by an Immigration Judge


Guatemalan granted asylum from the Asylum Office and their Green Cards were procured in immigration court due to special identity issues


Filed Guatemalan Asylum & Suspension of Deportation application for indigenous Quiche Indian from Guatemala


TSM Partners, Attorneys and Staff volunteered for a week at a family detention center in Texas housing migrant and refugee women and children who were fleeing violent country condition

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Successfully vacated an adverse credible fear finding for a detained woman from El Salvador in front of an Immigration Judge at a family detention center


Received special immigrant juvenile status (SIJS) from USCIS for a minor from Honduras after successfully terminating immigration court proceedings in Los Angeles


Our recent public policy and community pro bono work includes:

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    Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC): Board Member and provide monetary support and strategic guidance to agency providing immigration advocacy and training to social service agencies.

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    Numerous battered woman’s shelters – provide legal assistance to victims of spousal/domestic abuse

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    Asian Women’s Shelter: Provide meeting space and monetary support

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    KIND (Kids in Need of Defense) - an organization that partners with pro bono attorneys at law firms, corporations and schools to represent unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in deportation proceedings.

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    Provide consultation and advice for San Francisco Zen Center

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    Numerous local community/immigration groups – Provide free legal consultations and trainings