Bernard P. Wolfsdorf

Top rated Immigration attorney in Santa Monica, California

Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP
Bernard P. Wolfsdorf
Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP

Practice Areas: Immigration

Licensed in California since: 1983

Education: Suffolk University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2024

Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP

1416 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401 Phone: 310-570-4088 Email: Bernard P. Wolfsdorf Visit website


Bernard P. Wolfsdorf is the past national president of the 16,000-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 via innovation and technology, including by using WRapid™ and WRapid™ Global its proprietary cloud-based Immigrant Management Systems. With over 170 professionals and lawyers, and with offices in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Oakland, Petoskey (Global), Santa Monica, San Diego, 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 manages the full range of global immigration matters.

Mr. Wolfsdorf has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, Best Lawyers as "Immigration Lawyer of the Year" for Los Angeles. He was listed as Who's Who Legal’ s “Leading and Most Highly Recommended Immigration Lawyer in the United States” for seven 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. The publication also called Mr. Wolfsdorf a “leading expert in EB-5” who has “strengths in many practice areas.” Other reputable attorney rating sources, such as Chambers and Partners, have ranked his as an "Eminent Attorney". Martindale-Hubbell has consistently given Mr Wolfsdorf “AV Preeminent” ratings (the highest possible) in ethics and competence. 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, and EB5 Investors Magazine have consistently listed him in its “Top Immigration Lawyers.”

Mr. Wolfsdorf has been certified by the California State Bar as an Immigration and Nationality law specialist for over 25 years. Chambers USA 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, which include the managing partners of 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 of his accomplishments, 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 

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

Who’s Who Legal’ s “Corporate Immigration Lawyer of the Year”

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

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

Southern California Super Lawyers, 2015-2021

Chambers & Partners (USA) Eminent Practitioner

First Admitted: 1981, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Past National President of the 16,000 American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
White Papers:
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), 2011
  • 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
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Counselled and assisted dozens of Afghan and Ukrainian refugees., 2022
Industry Groups:
  • Corporate Immigration
  • Global
  • Investment Immigration

Office location for Bernard P. Wolfsdorf

1416 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401


19 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2024

Top Lists

Top 100: Southern California Super Lawyers: 2008, 2010

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