James A. Bach

Top rated Immigration attorney in San Francisco, California

Law Offices of James A. Bach
James A. Bach
Law Offices of James A. Bach

Practice Areas: Immigration; view more

Licensed in California since: 1980

Education: University of California College of the Law, San Francisco

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2024

Law Offices of James A. Bach

100 Bush St Ste 1980
Shell Building, 19th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104 Visit website


James A. Bach is a top immigration attorney who has decades of experience providing innovative solutions to companies and individuals to obtain U.S. immigration status and green cards. Located in the heart of the San Francisco financial district, Mr. Bach assists business clients in obtaining H-1B, O-1, E, L  and other working visas for professional employees, and permanent resident status for a range of clients including  engineers, executives, investors, and family-based applicants. He also assists those with extraordinary ability in the arts and sciences, doctors, professional athletes, and researchers to obtain visas and green cards in special immigration categories.

Mr. Bach has written and lectured extensively on immigration-related matters. His books include "The HR Manager's Guide to Immigration Law" and "How to Secure Your H-1B Visa". Mr. Bach has also delivered presentations to groups of fellow attorneys at continuing legal education seminars. Highly regarded by his colleagues, Mr. Bach has been certified as a Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law by the State Bar of California, and has received an AV Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. He is a former chair of the Immigration and Nationality Law Advisory Commission of The State Bar of California, and he has appeared various immigration tribunals and courts, including the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Administrative Appeals Office, the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals, the U.S. District Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals. Mr. Bach received his Bachelor's from Dartmouth College and law degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law.

Case-by-case and over many years, Mr. Bach has achieved a reputation for service, success, and above all integrity - with the firm's clients and with the government agencies from which they seek immigration benefits.  

Practice areas

Immigration: Business

Focus areas

Naturalization & Citizenship

  • 100% Immigration: Business

First Admitted: 1980, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.immilaw.com/attorney-profiles

Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • In the Matter of MELTWATER NEWS US1, INC. Prevailing party in published precedent decision with nation-wide impact: U.S. Department of Labor, Issue Date: 16 July 2014 Appeal from Department of Labor Prevailing Wage Determination in connection with PERM labor certification, 2014
Educational Background:
  • Dartmouth College, Bachelor's degree, Major: Literature and Creative Writing, 1975
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Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Lecturer, "The Homeland Security Act of 2002", MCLE, 2002, "The Homeland Security Act of 2002", 2002
  • Analysis of California Rule of Professional Conduct 3.10(a) (prohibiting threats), and federal and state extortion laws. Published by the American Immigration Lawyers Association, November 2023., Author, The Limits of Attorney Threats, Legal Ethics, 2023
  • MCLE-approved lecture on attorney competence, Sole Lecturer, Attorney Competence, Bay Area Lawyers Network, 2019
  • Sole lecturer in MCLE-approved seminar, Bay Area Lawyers Network, January 22, 2019, MCLE-Approved Lecturer, What Is Our Immigration System, And Is It Broken? A Summary Of US Immigration Statutes., 2023
  • Lecturer, "Remedies for Illegal Immigrants and their Employers", MCLE, 2001, "Remedies for Illegal Immigrants and their Employers", 2001
  • Lead Author, How to Secure Your H-1B Visa: A Practical Guide for International Professionals and Their US Employers, Apress, 2012, Author, How to Secure Your H-1B Visa: A Practical Guide for International Professionals and Their US Employers
  • Lecturer, Bay Area Lawyers Network, Dartmouth Lawyers Association, 2001
  • Chair, Bay Area Lawyers Network (leading and coordinating the delivery of 9 MCLE approved lectures each year), 2017
  • Lecturer, "The Immigration Battle in the U.S.", MCLE, 2016
  • Panel Speaker, Immigration Options After College Graduation, Dartmouth Lawyers Association, 2017
  • MCLE-approved lecture for other attorneys on visa options for start-up and growing companies, and changes in adjudications resulting from the "Buy American, Hire American" Executive Order , Speaker, Visa Options For Startups, Dartmouth Lawyers Association, 2018
  • Lecturer, "Texas v. United States: Immigration Politics, Policy, and the Law", MCLE, 2015
  • Lecturer, "Visa Options for Investors", MCLE, 2014
  • Lecturer, "An Anatomy of an I-9 Audit", MCLE, 2013
  • Lecturer, "Immigration Based on Extraordinary Ability", MCLE, 2011
  • Lecturer, "Family Immigration Overview", MCLE, 2009
  • Lecturer, "The Current State of Social Security No-Match Letters", MCLE, 2008
  • Lecturer, "The H-1B Visa: Working Status for Professionals", MCLE, 2007
  • Lecturer, Avoiding Liability in H-1B Cases, Center For Continuing Education, 2011
  • Lecturer, Immigration Opportunities for the World's, Center for Continuing Education, 2011
  • Sole Author and Panel Speaker, Effective Responses To Fee Disputes and Claims Of Malpractice, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2014
  • Lecturer, "Implied Attorney/Client Relationship and Withdrawal as Attorney", MCLE, 2006
  • Lecturer, "Dual Representation of Clients with Potentially Conflicting Interests”, MCLE, 2005
  • Forum Moderator, InfoNet Forum on Advanced Issues for Immigration Attorneys, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), 2017
  • Author, The HR Manager's Guide to Immigration Law, CreateSpace, an Amazon company, 2011
  • Lecturer, "Immigration Strategies for the Very Rich and the Very Poor", MCLE, 2004
  • Lecturer, "Overview of Employment-Based Immigration and PERM Regulations", MCLE, 2003
White Papers:
  • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers; A/V rated for two decades, A/V rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2024
  • AVVO RATING10, Avvo, 2024
  • Most Trusted Employment Law Attorney - California, Global Mobility Immigration and Logistics Awards, 2015
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Immigration and Naturalization Law Specialist, State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, 2024
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Fee Arbitrator, State Bar of California, 2024
  • Speaker at American Immigration Lawyers Association California Chapters Convention (Los Angeles), 2022
  • Presenter and published author for American Immigration Lawyers Association national convention, ethics and practice management (Boston), 2014
  • Ethics Forum Moderator, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2024
  • Fee Arbitrator, The Bar Association of San Francisco, 2022
  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association Legal Ethics Committee, 2023
  • Hawaii Bar Association (Inactive), 2024
  • Chair, State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, Immigration and Nationality Advisory Commission, 2013
  • Chair, Bay Area Lawyers Network (an MCLE-approved forum for scholarly legal discussions in specialty practice areas). www.baln.org, 2024
  • Commissioner, State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, Immigration and Nationality Advisory Commission, 2012
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Member, 2024
Industry Groups:
  • All Industries
  • Engineering
  • IT
  • Technology

Office location for James A. Bach

100 Bush St Ste 1980
Shell Building, 19th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104

Phone: 415-800-1562


10 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2024

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