Richard M. Green

Partner & Chair of CDF's Immigration Practice Group
Orange County Office
(949) 622-1661, ext 1432
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If I Wasn't A Lawyer I'd Be: An airline pilot.

I am Most Proud Of: Crossing the finish line of my first marathon.

What Was Your First Job? Bussing tables & washing dishes at Straw Hat Pizza in Huntington Beach.

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Immigration Lawyer Richard M. Green understands the importance of work and family, and places special emphasis on helping employers obtain immigration status and employment authorization in the United States for their employees and their family members. A Certified Specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law by the California Board of Legal Specialization, Green is a proud member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and has been helping clients with their immigration issues for close to 20 years.  Additionally, Green is an Adjunct Professor at the Fowler School of Law at Chapman University where he teaches Immigration Law.

Whether you are an employer or employee seeking an employment based visa for a highly skilled employee, need to establish citizenship, want to bring a family member to the States under a family based visa, or need information regarding immigration opportunities for religious workers, Green puts his years of experience into play to assist his clients in an efficient and timely manner so they get what they need, when they need it.

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Chapman University School of Law, J.D., 1998

  • Chapman Law Review, Staff Member Notes & Comments Section, 1997
  • Nexus, A Journal of Opinion, Circulation Manager, 1997

Trinity Western University, British Columbia, B.A., History, 1993


Foreign Students Can Now File for Work Authorization Online,” Quoted in SHRM article, April 2021

Immigration Service Tightens Rules to Make Deportation Easier,” Quoted in Daily Journal article, July 2018

"Deferred Action Comes To The Workplace," Orange County Lawyer, March 2015

“Ms. Sanchez’s Wild Ride,” AILA Leadership Blog, July 2012

MAVNI: Nonimmigrant to Citizen in Less than a Month,”  Mass. Bar Association, Section Review, 2010

“Adjustment of Status for Family Based Immigrants: Immigration Law Essentials,” Mass. Bar Institute, 2009

Written Opinions

Abou-Haidar v. Gonzales, 437 F.3d. 206 (1st Cir. 2006)


"How the New Biden/Harris Administration is Likely to Affect California Employers,” Co-Presenter, CDF Webinar Series, January 2021

"Ethical Representation of Clients During a Pandemic," 33rd Annual American Immigration Lawyers Association's Virtual California Conference, December 2020

"Square Pegs in Round Holes: Drafting a Job Description," 2019 American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference on Immigration Law, June 2019

“Trends in the Enforcement of Federal Immigration Law in the Workplace,” Co-Presenter, PIHRA 2019 Legal Update, January 2019

"Attacks on Military, Immigrants and Established Americans," American Immigration Lawyer's Association California Chapters Conference, November 2018

"Putting Together Your First PERM," American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, June 2018

"Employment Immigration Under the Trump Administration," CDF Webinar Series, February 2017

"Back from the Brink: Personal Strategies for Trying Times," American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, June 2016

"Immigration Issues and the Military," American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, June 2016

"Immigration 101," Pincus Professional Education, February 2016

"Immigration Benefits for Active Duty Military, Veterans, and their Families," Orange County Bar Association - Immigration Law Section, November 2015

"Strategies Seeking an H-1B Extension Beyond the Six-Year Limit," AILA Webinar, July 2015

"Stars & Stripes: Immigration Issues for Members of the Military," American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, June 2015

"Immigration & Nationality Certified Specialist Exam Prep Class," Pincus Professional Education, April 2015

Immigration Law Lab - Fall 2014 Chapman University School of Law

"The Devil's in the Details: Executive Action in Immigration & It's Effect on Your Workforce," CDF Webinar Series, October 2014

“Parole in Place, Adjustment of Status, & Naturalization Issues for Military Members,” American Immigration Lawyers Association, June 2014

“Parole in Place: Update in Light of 11-15-2013 USCIS Policy Memo,” American Immigration Lawyers Association Podcast, December 2013

“USCIS’ Implementation of the Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act,” Orange County Bar Association, 2013

“US Citizenship: A Field Guide,” Chapman Univ. School of Law July 2011

“The I-864 Fire Drill,” Orange County Bar Association, November 2010

“How to Succeed in Immigration Court,” Orange County Bar Association, June 2010

“Immigration Law Essentials,”  Mass. Bar Association, August 2009

Professional Affiliations/Leadership/Awards

Member, State Bar of California, 1998 - present

  • Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2001 - present

  • Member, Military Assistance Task Force, 2011 - 2012
  • Vice-Chair, Military Assistance Task Force, 2013 - 2014
  • Chair, AILA Military Committee, 2015 - present

Member, Orange County Bar Association, 2010 - present

  • Chair, Immigration Law Section, 2013 - 2014
  • Arbitrator, Mandatory Attorney-Client Fee Arbitration Panel, 2012 - present

Chapman University School of Law, Alumni Advisory Board, 2010 - present

  • Alumnus of the Year, 2013

Chapman University School of Law, Adjunct Professor, 2014 - present

Blog Entries

Good News for Employers Seeking to…

April 28, 2021

USCIS to Accept Electronic I-765 OPT…

April 14, 2021

What’s Old is What’s New: DHS…

February 5, 2021

USCIS Publishes Regulation…

January 7, 2021

District Court Strikes Trump…

December 2, 2020

Layoffs Averted at USCIS

August 25, 2020

DHS Allows Use of an EAD Paper…

August 20, 2020

The Trump Administration Bans New…

June 23, 2020

Is a Fee Surcharge Coming to USCIS?

May 18, 2020

USCIS Extends RFE, NOID, and…

May 4, 2020

COVID-19 Immigrant Entry Ban: So Much…

April 23, 2020

COVID-19 Related Changes to…

March 25, 2020

USCIS Releases New Version of Form I-9

February 3, 2020

USCIS Makes Changes to the H-1B Lottery

January 31, 2019

eVerify:  Good News and Bad News

January 28, 2019

USCIS Proposes Changes to the H-1…

December 5, 2018

June 2018: The Beginning of the End…

March 2, 2018

The End of DACA and its Effect on…

September 5, 2017

President Trump Issues New Travel Ban

March 6, 2017

President Trump Bans Citizens of…

January 30, 2017

USCIS Launches the Pilot of the Known…

March 7, 2016

PERM: Where Details Matter

February 10, 2016

USCIS Publishes F-1 STEM Regulation…

October 22, 2015

Misuse of USCIS’ E-Verify System Is…

October 12, 2015

Olympic Gymnast’s EB-1 Petition…

September 21, 2015

DHS F-1 STEM Employment Authorization…

August 13, 2015

DHS Extends Eligibility for…

February 26, 2015

Employer Agent Who Signs Section 2…

February 4, 2015


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