Minal A. Shah, Partner
Minal A. Shah
Tel: (415) 901-2270

Professional Profile

Minal A. Shah practices in the area of Immigration and Nationality law, concentrating in employment-based immigration.

Ms. Shah represents corporate and individual clients before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services, the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of State.  She has extensive experience obtaining temporary work authorization and permanent resident status for international personnel, including executives, multinational managers, scientific researchers, professionals, health care workers, and artists.  Advising companies regarding the employment of foreign nationals, Ms. Shah consults with employers to implement effective immigration policies and compliance procedures.  She has managed immigration matters for established global companies and start-ups in a wide range of industries.

Prior to beginning her immigration practice, she served as Appellate Law Clerk to the Honorable Chief Justice Ronald T. Y. Moon of the Supreme Court of the State of Hawaii.

Representative Matters

  • Managed comprehensive immigration and compliance programs for corporate clients
  • Represented established multinational companies and start-ups in a wide range of industries, including:
    • Engineering, Computer Software, and Information Technology
    • Entertainment, Advertising, and Graphic Arts
    • Semiconductor Manufacturing and Telecommunications
    • Biotechnology and Scientific Research
    • Financial Services and Consulting Firms
    • Healthcare and Medical Equipment Manufacturing
    • Universities and Non-profit Organizations
  • Counseled corporations regarding compliance with U.S. immigration regulations and employment verification processes, such as E-Verify and I-9 compliance
  • Represented scientific researchers, executives and artists in obtaining permanent residence based on extraordinary abilities and contribution to the national interests of the U.S.
  • Represented individuals in family-based immigration applications and petitions for lawful permanent residence
  • Represented non-profit social services organizations and individual clients as pro-bono counsel.  Represented organization providing support to victims of domestic violence, applicants for U visas, international cultural festivals, and various artists

Memberships and Affiliations

State Bar of California
American Immigration Lawyers Association

Professional and Community Involvement

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Prior service and leadership positions with Northern California Chapter of AILA include Advisory Council/Board, Liaison to State Workforce Agency, and Chair of Committees on Legal Ethics, Unauthorized Practice of Law, and Consumer Protection
  • Worked with various legal aid organizations and immigration clinics in the San Francisco Bay Area to provide legal services to underrepresented groups and individuals

Articles, Publications and Lectures

Minal Shah has presented continuing education seminars and lectures to human resources personnel and legal counsel on various topics, including:

  • U.S. and Global Immigration: Corporate Compliance in an Enforcement Era
  • E-Verify and Worksite Enforcement
  • Hiring and Retaining International Personnel: Strategies and Emerging Issues in U.S. and Global Immigration
  • Intracompany Transfers:  U.S. and Global Perspectives
  • PERM Labor Certification
  • Immigration Basics for Corporate and In-House Counsel
  • Outstanding or Extraordinary?  How to Prepare a Successful EB-1 Petition
  • Redefining Discrimination: Using Social Cognition Theory to Challenge the Faulty Assumptions of the “Intent Doctrine” in Anti-Discrimination Law
  • Co-Author, Dismantling Civil Rights: Multiracial Resistance and Reconstruction, 31 Cumb. L. Rev. 523


J.D., cum laude, University of California, Hastings College of the Law
B.A., cum laude, University of California, Irvine

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

United States District Court, Northern District of California