Stacey L. Gartland is a Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology and a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy/Biomedical Ethics. She entered the practice of immigration law as a skilled scientist with a background in genetics. Her medical and scientific background gives her a deep understanding of biotechnology and related areas.

She specializes in employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visas for scientists, university professors, healthcare workers, business owners and managers, and other professionals. She is particularly skilled at preparing complex labor certification applications, extraordinary ability petitions, outstanding researcher petitions, national interest waivers, and investor visa applications. She also specializes in family-based immigrant visas, naturalization applications, and in applications for relief from removal, including political asylum.

Ms. Gartland has been practicing immigration and nationality law since 1995. San Francisco Magazine has named her among its Northern California Super Lawyers in this specialty. She has authored articles published in the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook and has spoken at national AILA conferences and other legal educational seminars. In 2011, Ms. Gartland was appointed to a three-year term on the California State Bar Immigration and Nationality Law Advisory Commission to the California Board of Legal Specialization. The advisory commission makes initial recommendation regarding board certification and re-certification of certified specialists; prepares certified specialist examinations; and evaluates and accredits programs and providers of continuing legal education

Ms. Gartland retired from law practice on January 7, 2022. Former clients or those wishing to contact her can contact the firm.

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Immigration and Nationality Law Advisory Commission to the California Board of Legal Specialization
  • National Lawyer’s Guild