James Wolf

Of Counsel, Head of Immigration & Global Mobility Practice
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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James Wolf is Of Counsel of YK Law LLP and heads its US Immigration Practice. He is also founding partner of Lipman & Wolf LLP, “VisaWolf,” a well-established immigration law firm in the San Francisco Bay area.

James Wolf practices principally in the area of US immigration law, with a special emphasis on EB-5, representing investors, developers, issuers, and regional centers. He also represents investors in defunct EB-5 projects with strategies to preserve US immigration status and recover investment losses.  Mr. Wolf represents clients in collaborating with other party counsel related to foreign investment in the US including offering documents, disclosures, lender agreements, and state and federal agency compliance. James Wolf has successfully represented clients in federal court litigation to overturn unjust decisions of the federal government.

With more than 30 years’ experience, James Wolf serves as an Attorney Mentor for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, guiding other lawyers on the intricacies of immigration law compliance and strategy.

James Wolf is also a successful entrepreneur, directing commercial interests in renewable energy (pyrolysis), coffee, and technology staffing. Before law school, Mr. Wolf was an agricultural volunteer in a village in the Philippines for three years.


  • King Hall School of Law, University of California, Davis, JD (1988)
  • Graduate School of Management, University of California, Davis, MBA (1988)
  • Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, BS Foreign Service (1980)

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • Supreme Court of California
  • United States District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles)


  • American Immigration Lawyers Association


  • English
  • Cebuano, Chavacano


  • Avvo rating 10.0/10.0
  • Client Distinction Award, Lawyers.com; martindale.com

Publications and Presentations

  • EB-5 Regional Centers: Buy, Rent or Build?” Invest in the USA (IIUSA) (EB-5 Trade Association) Conference, Dallas, TX
  • “Removal of Conditions on EB-5” Residence Los Angeles County Bar Association / American Immigration Lawyers Association, Mammoth Lakes, CA
  • “H-1B in the Age of Trump” INSZoom Immigration Conference, Bangalore, India


  • Recent transactions handled by James Wolf include:
  • Managed legal teams processing more than 1,000 immigration cases per year with an approval rate of more than 98%.
  • Successfully sued federal government to reverse unjust denial of H-1B petition
  • Representing clients in obtaining Citizenship by Investment in Grenada; representing clients in obtaining E-2 investor visas based on new nationality
  • Advised group of 25+ EB-5 investors on strategies to take over a failing EB-5 senior living project in Illinois
  • Provided immigration counsel to innocent partner to take control of an EB-5 financed skilled nursing facility in California from a manager indicted for fraud
  • Advised group of 15+ EB-5 investors on strategies to secure immigration status by redeploying funds from a closed EB-5 manufacturing project in Mississippi
  • Formed several EB-5 Regional Centers in California and Hawaii; represented parties in buying, selling and leasing EB-5 regional centers
  • Represented issuers in responding to USCIS audits regarding EB-5 projects in Hawaii