Robert Gaffney received his Juris Doctor degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1980. Mr. Gaffney is an attorney licensed to practice in the State of California and is certified by the California State Bar Association as a Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law. Through his law practice in San Francisco, Mr. Gaffney has nearly 30 years of experience counseling a wide range of corporate and individual clients in areas of employment-related, investment, and family-based visa matters.
Mr. Gaffney is rated "AV", the highest such rating for skill and integrity available to individual lawyers, by Martindale-Hubbell, generally recognized within the U.S. legal profession as the most complete and trusted source for identifying qualified legal counsel. Mr. Gaffney honored to have been selected through peer-review as one of only 5% of practicing attorney’s selected to the list of Super Lawyers of Northern California.
Mr. Gaffney, who is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, received his B. A. degree in Chinese Studies, with highest honors, from the University of California in 1973. He attended the University of Michigan, Center for Chinese Studies as a National Defense Foreign Language Fellow between 1973 and 1976. He is a long-time member of the Association of Asian Studies; a member of the San Francisco-Shanghai Sister City Committee; and a regular speaker on the topics of the U.S. legal system, business practices, and immigration through investment to professional and business groups.
Mr. Gaffney has developed significant expertise and a strong practice focus representing alien entrepreneurs under the “EB-5" visa program. He is the author of “Country Specific Issues and Challenges in Representing EB-5 Petitioners from the People’s Republic of China”, a leading source of information on this rapidly evolving topic published in Immigration Options for Investors & Entrepreneurs, 2nd Edition, (American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2010).