Judi A. McManigal, Senior Counsel
Judi A. McManigal
Senior Counsel
Tel: (415) 901-2312
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Professional Profile

Judi A. McManigal has practiced business immigration law since 1998, with concentrated experience in labor certifications and EB-1 petitions for Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Researchers and Multinational Managers.  She has served a broad range of clients, including Fortune 500 companies and individuals in the semiconductor, manufacturing, oil, finance, non-profit, nursing and IT industries, and has worked extensively with establishing law firms’ internal immigration technology and processes.  Ms. McManigal has created training programs for corporate compliance and has presented numerous seminars to corporate immigration professionals and to multinational companies and their employees across the United States, as well as continuing legal education trainings for attorneys.

Ms. McManigal practices in Gibney’s San Francisco office.  She is a San Francisco native, conversant in Spanish, and has traveled to more than 40 countries.

Memberships and Affiliations

American Immigration Lawyers Association, Board member of the Northern California Chapter since 2006 and the 2009-2010 Chapter Chair

Bay Area Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Secretary, 2005-2008

Professional and Community Involvement

Public Interest Clearinghouse, Board of Directors, 1996-present
Public Interest Clearinghouse, President of the Board of Directors, 2008 -present

Articles, Publications and Lectures

Presentations and CLE Seminars:

  • “U.S. and Global Immigration: Trends in Labor Market Testing,” HR Certification Institute accredited Seminar, May 24, 2011
  • “The Worksite Investigator is Knocking…Are You Ready”, HRCI accredited seminar, May 25, 2010
  • “What Attorneys Need to Know About Liaising with Government Agencies,” CLE for AILA Northern California Chapter, March 2, 2010
  • “Update from the California District Directors and National Benefits Center,” AILA California Chapters Conference, November 14, 2008
  • “J-1 Visas for Business Clients,” AILA National Teleconference, April 11, 2007
  • “What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You:  An Overview of LCA Compliance,” CLE for AILA Northern California Chapter, December 14, 2006
  • “PERM Update and Roundtable Discussions,” Group Leader, CLE for AILA Northern California Chapter, October 18, 2005
  • “Alternatives to Labor Certification,” Digital Moose Lounge, February 19, 2003.  (The Digital Moose Lounge is a business network of Canadians in Silicon Valley)
  • “Immigration Law Practice for Paralegals,” Half Moon Continuing Education, July 25, 2003
  • “Tips and Tactics for Hiring Temporary Foreign Workers,” co-presented with David Strand, Bar Association of San Francisco, July 24, 2000


  • Update from the California District Directors and National Benefits Center, Proceedings from the AILA California Chapters Conference, November 2008, pp. 13-15
  • Survey of 1996 Nonprofit Case Law, 32 U.S.F. LAW REVIEW 139 (1997)


J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law, 1998; Comments Editor, U.S.F. Law Review
B.A., Psychology, University of California at Davis, 1987

Bar Admissions



Conversant in Spanish