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Who We Are  
The Law Office of Schoenleber & Waltermire, a Professional Corporation, was established in March 2002. The founders and continuing owners are Michael W. Schoenleber and Mary M. Waltermire. They are both certified as specialists in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California. Only a small minority of California immigration lawyers has this specialist distinction.

This professional corporation was formed from the private law practice of Michael W. Schoenleber, which existed from late 1989 to 2002.  Mary Waltermire joined that firm in 1996 after completing her clerkship with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Schoenleber and Ms. Waltermire have worked together continuously since that time.
offering our point of view
We believe that one element of a just society is the abiding respect for the stranger or immigrant in our land. This is a foundation principle in many cultural and religious traditions. For example one of the earliest books in the Bible instructs:

You shall not harm or oppress the stranger that sojourns with you in your land. You shall love him as yourself because you were strangers in the land of Egypt. Exodus 22:21, 23:9

Putting this principle into practice seems to be elusive, especially now, but it is attainable. We strive to do it every working day.
  We have other highly qualified associate attorneys and staff members working with us.

Every client in our office has an attorney directly responsible for his or her case. In many instances the attorney may supervise and work with one of our legal assistants to make sure the work is done well and in a timely manner.

We represent persons in almost all areas of immigration law. However, we currently limit our intake of certain matters relating to labor certification, specialty occupations and investors. Our client’s best interests are our highest priority.

Please refer to the following pages of this website for more specific information:
  • Staff - professional biographies of staff members
  • Services - our principal practice areas
  • Contacts - info to contact or locate us
  • Resources - links to important attorney and immigration-related websites
  • Recognitions - an appreciation of those persons who have made special contributions to the firm