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Bernard P. Wolfsdorf

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Immigration Attorney in Santa Monica, CA

Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP
1416 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: 310-570-4088
Fax: 310-570-4080
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1983
Practice Areas: Immigration: Business
Attorney Profile

Bernard P. Wolfsdorf is the past national president of the 15,000-member American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is managing partner of the top-rated Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP immigration law firm ( The firm is known worldwide for providing exceptional quality legal service. With over 100 professionals and lawyers, and offices in Los Angeles, New York, Oakland, Santa Monica, San Francisco and Shanghai, the firm provides high-quality, excellent-value global immigration services. Mr. Wolfsdorf specializes in business, global and investment visas and also handles the full range of global immigration matters.

Mr. Wolfsdorf was recognized as a 2020 Best Lawyers in America by Best Lawyers, a definitive guide to legal excellence. Bernard Wolfsdorf has been selected by U.S. News & World Report's Best Lawyers as "Immigration Lawyer of the Year" for Los Angeles. Mr. Wolfsdorf was listed as Who's Who Legal’ s “Leading and Most Highly Recommended Immigration Lawyer in the United States” for the seven consecutive years. The distinction was accorded to Mr. Wolfsdorf by his “peers in the market” and WWL’s independent researchers. Mr. Wolfsdorf secured the top spot after earning the most votes from more than 632 highly-rated immigration lawyers around the world. The publication also called Mr. Wolfsdorf a “leading expert in EB-5” who has “strengths in many practice areas.”

He has been described by other highly reputable sources, such as Chambers and Partners, as an “excellent” attorney who is “very good at tough one-off cases.” The  Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP firm is the only Band 1 listing for Southern California in the Chambers & Partners (USA) guide

Martindale-Hubbell has consistently given Mr Wolfsdorf “AV Preeminent” ratings (the highest possible) in ethics and competence. US News’ Best Lawyers in America has selected Mr. Wolfsdorf as its “Lawyer of the Year for Los Angeles”. Chambers USA gave him a “star” rating, an honor given to only three attorneys in California for the immigration chapter. Mr. Wolfsdorf has been recognized as “an undoubted leader” and “one of the prestigious names in the field” who “knows his stuff back to front”. He is listed in California Super Lawyers, while Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business rated him in its top tier. EB5 Investors Magazine has rated Mr. Wolfsdorf in its “Top 25 Immigration Lawyers” for the past 4 years.

Mr. Wolfsdorf has been certified by the California State Bar as an Immigration and Nationality law specialist for over 25 years. Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business described him as “one of the hardest-working immigration lawyers around,” adding that “he continues to lead from the front with astute strategic and tactical decisions”.

Mr. Wolfsdorf is a long-standing member of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (ABIL) and ABIL Global, both of which include the managing partners of the top immigration firms worldwide. He has authored numerous publications on immigration law and frequently lectures on visa matters. He is renowned for his broad knowledge of immigration law and his ability to successfully navigate complex immigration matters. Over the years, Mr. Wolfsdorf has had a major impact on the practice of immigration law. In recognition, the American Immigration Lawyers Association honored him with its Service Excellence Award for his distinguished work.  He can be reached at [email protected].

Awards & Recognition

Best Lawyers in America 2020

Who’s Who Legal’ s “Most Highly Regarded Immigration Lawyer,” 2018

Who’s Who Legal’ s “Corporate Immigration Lawyer of the Year,” 2010-2017

“Top 25 EB-5 Lawyer”, EB-5 Investor Magazine, 2014-2018

“Top 20 Practitioner in Immigration Law”, Law Dragon/Human Resources Executive 2013-2020

Southern California Super Lawyers, 2015-2020

Chambers & Partners 2019 (USA) Eminent Practitioner


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About Bernard P. Wolfsdorf

First Admitted: 1981, Massachusetts

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • Past National President of the 15,000 American Immigration Lawyers Assocation (AILA)



Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certifed by the State Bar of California as a Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law for over 20 years, 1988


  • Laywer of the Year for Los Angeles, U.S. News' Best Lawyers in America, 2012
  • Most Highly Rated Immigration Lawyer Worldwide, The International Who's Who Legal, 2014
  • Corporate Immigration Lawyer of the Year , Who's Who Legal, 2015
  • Top Tier, Chambers Global World's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Service Excellence Award, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Human Resources Executive Magazine, Top 20 Lawyer in Immigration Law, Lawdragon’s Guide to The Most Powerful Employment Lawyers, 2019
  • Star Individual, Chambers USA
  • AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Leading and Most Highly Recommended Immigration Lawyer in the United States, Who’s Who Legal, 2018

Industry Groups

  • Corporate Immigration
  • Global
  • Investment Immigration
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Office Location for Bernard P. Wolfsdorf

1416 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Last Updated: 6/25/2021

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