Litwin & Associates, A Law Corp.
1435 Huntington Avenue
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Phone: (650) 588-7100
Fax: (650) 588-4302
5201 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Phone: (408) 998-1159 Additional Office:
425 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: (415) 392-3300
"As Americans, we don't understand the difficulties in
getting a visa to come to the United States until we're confronted by a friend, relative or other person."
Edward Litwin's Story
Ed grew up in the Sacramento Valley of California where his only introduction to foreign nationals was Mexican farm workers in the fruit orchards and Indian ranchers from the Punjab region. After receiving his Bachelor's Degree in political science in 1969, Ed was stationed as a U.S. Military Policeman in Thailand for two years. When asked by the Thai people that he met how they could come to the U.S., he naively replied, “buy a ticket, get on a plane & go.” It wasn't until later that he realized the intricacies and difficulties that were involved in obtaining a visa to the United States.
Ed returned to the U.S. and received his Juris Doctorate from Hastings College of Law in 1975. His first legal position was with an immigration lawyer, which opened his eyes to the complexities of the immigration process. He started practicing immigration law at a time when labor certifications for employment of foreign workers were difficult and most immigration attorneys steered away from them. Through articles and publications that Ed wrote on the subject, he quickly became known as an expert in labor certifications. Starting in 1979, he educated fellow colleagues on current processes for labor certifications at the annual conference of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). This speaking opportunity continued for the following thirty years.
In 1980, he started the law firm Litwin & Associates, concentrating in the area of labor certifications and business visas, in addition to providing other immigration services. His clients have ranged from Fortune 500 companies down to small family-run companies as well as individual cases. More recently, the companies that his firm represents have started offices in other countries, which has opened the doors to provide global services, as well.
Ed was an elected member of AILA's Board of Governors and served for ten years in this position. He was also an adjunct professor, teaching Immigration and Nationality Law at the University of San Francisco Law School and the McGeorge School of Law for fifteen years. Since 2003, Ed has also done humanitarian work in Haiti on a yearly basis.
Coming a long way from thinking that immigrating to the U.S. was as easy as buying a plane ticket, Ed is one of the leading specialists in the immigration law field. He finds working with people from many cultures from around the world to be extremely interesting and enjoys explaining the American system of rule of law, as it can vary greatly from that of other countries.