Martin J Lawler -
Find an EB-5 Visa Lawyer: Immigration Attorney

Martin J Lawler

San Francisco, California
  • Martin J Lawler

Martin J. Lawler is an EB-5 immigration attorney and founder of Lawler & Lawler Law Offices located in San Francisco, Calif. He has specialized in immigration law for over 30 years and is recognized by clients and colleagues as one of America’s leading lawyers in the immigration sector. Considered an authority on investor visas, family-based visas, asylum, and deportation defense, he has secured temporary visas, permanent resident, naturalization, and passports for thousands of people from around the world.

Attorney Lawler has authored the first book dedicated to H-1B visas, Professionals: A Matter of Degree. The book has since expanded to become the leading authoritative text on business visas.

He has written and published two op-ed articles in the Wall Street Journal regarding immigration law and co-authored an article in HR Magazine concerning H-1B visas. Attorney Lawler was featured on CNN as an expert on the EB-5 visa program and appeared on National Public Radio’s Science Friday program in September of 2007 to speak about visas for scientists and engineers. He is a regular speaker at American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) conferences and his lectures on immigration law have taken place at prestigious venues such as Harvard, Stanford, University of San Francisco, and the American Chemistry Society.

Attorney Lawler revolutionized the criteria by which visas are awarded by leading the way for H-1B visas to be granted based not strictly on a professional’s education level, but also in consideration of their work experience. He was also the first to win approval from the State Department in recognizing that E-2 investor visas may be based on intellectual property.

Attorney Lawler understands that the visa process is complex and stressful. He is committed to helping unify families and helping entrepreneurs through the attainment of permanent resident status (green card). He listens to his clients, discusses all available options, and provides recommendations that he believes will best suit the interests of his clients. His thorough explanations of procedures, timeframes, and costs make it simple for his clients to understand the process that they are involved in.

Among other prestigious awards and distinctions, attorney Lawler has been listed in Best Lawyers in America, Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers, has been designated a Northern California Super Lawyer by San Francisco Magazine, and received an American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) top award.

Verified EB-5 Investors

As of September 23, 2013

  • found no public criminal record on
  • Active BAR member in good standing

What does it mean to be a VERIFIED member of verifies attorney members before placing them on our directory. Not all professionals pass the verification process, and we are not paid by members in any way for verified badges. The entire verification process is performed by staff members based in Irvine, California.

We perform a background check on the member by using’s online background check tool. The criminal background database is compiled by pulling together public records. Misconduct, such as a proven criminal record, disqualifies the applicant from obtaining a verified badge from For attorneys that practice law in the United States, a staff member also checks to make sure the attorney is in good standing with the BAR of the state they represent to practice bar in.

The Verified Badge does not mean or represent that the attorney has experience or specializes in immigration law. Please consult the State Bar or other government based sites for more information on a particular attorney.

EB5 Investors Magazine and Articles