Immigration Lawyers


About Our Lawyers

The law office of Popkin, Shamir & Golan in Los Angeles was established in 1966.  At the time, Congress made major changes in the immigration law by enacting our present Immigration & Nationality Act (INA).  This law, in its basic structure, is still the governing law today.

Since then, the firm has been devoted to the practice of immigration and nationality law.

When the firm started representing aliens, there were less than five lawyers practicing in the field.

Today, the firm is a full-service immigration law firm assisting people to achieve permanent legal status in all available categories (Family, Employment, Registry, Asylum, etc.), or temporary status under various non-immigrant visas (Employment, Student, others). The firm also helps immigrants with becoming citizens.

An important side of the firm's work is in defending people against removal (deportation) in the various courts (Immigration Courts and Federal Courts). Deportation cases can be brought also against legal immigrants holding Green Cards, not only against illegal immigrants who never had Green Cards. In this area, the firm's motto has always been that: TIME IS ON THE SIDE OF THE ALIEN. The longer we can keep the alien here legally, the better it is for the alien and his or her family: sooner or later something positive might happen to resolve the case in favor of the alien.

Dr. Shamir Popkin still remembers her first two cases of a Filipino client who was arrested in Mexico after trying to re-enter the U.S. and of a Jordanian student who almost lost his student visa. She saved both of them. Over the years, the firm has represented individuals from all over the world and accompanied them in their quest to obtain permanent residence in the U.S. while their home countries underwent major political changes and upheavals: Philippines, Iran, Turkey, Hong Kong, Taiwan and many others.

The firm represented Iranians who left Iran before and after the Revolution, Filipino veterans who fought on the side of America during World War II and were unjustly denied U.S. citizenship. The firm established for a while an office in Manila. The firm obtained asylum for Burmese students during the political upheaval in Burma, now known as Myanmar, and for Eastern Europeans fleeing from communism before the fall of the Soviet Union.

The firm had an office in Hong Kong, where many immigrated to the U.S. before the British possession was returned to China. The firm obtained “amnesty” for thousands of workers agricultural and others during the Amnesty period passed during the Reagan administration.

Our Team of Lawyers

Popkin, Shamir & Golan is a full-service immigration law firm located in the heart of Los Angeles and provides services in several main areas of immigration.


Attorney at Law

obtained her law degree from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. She is a member of the California State Bar. Dr. Shamir Popkin established the law firm with her late husband and Atty. Richard C. Popkin. In 2010, Ruth Shamir Popkin obtained a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University.


Attorney at Law

is holder of two law degrees (Juris Doctor and LLM in Taxation). Golan devotes his practice to immigration matters with special emphasis on employment based applications for Immigrant visas or working visas.


Attorney at Law

earned bachelor's degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara and also holds a Juris Doctor. Marshak devotes his practice to litigating complex immigration and citizenship issues in Immigration Court, at Board of Immigration Appeals and in Federal Courts, obtaining the many kinds of waivers ("pardon") available under the Immigration laws and advising regarding the immigration consequences of crimes.


Attorney at Law

holds a B.S. degree in Political Science and a Juris Doctor degree from Santa Clara University. Mai devotes her practice to the representation of applicants for Permanent Residency and applicants for Naturalization before various offices of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and applicants for Stay of Deportation before the office of U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE).

Meet Irma our friendly receptionist

who has been with the firm for over 30 years and is fluent in Spanish. She can set up an appointment for you to see one of our attorneys or a member of our staff.

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