Christopher Stender on being an Immigration Attorney

Question: What was your first career exposure to immigration law?

Christopher Stender: In 1990, when I worked for the San Diego District Immigration and Naturalization Service as Assistant Chief Counsel. I have established several of my own legal practices since, working in Arizona, Nevada, and California.

Question: Why are you interested in this particular field of law?

Christopher Stender: I’ve got family in Canada and Germany, so have connections to loved ones beyond my nation’s borders. My draw to immigrant defense lies in a confluence of ideas. First, family goes beyond borders. Second, people should have the right to pursue happiness, whether or not they are a U.S. citizen. Also, I lived abroad for two years, traveling to countries all through Western and Eastern Europe, Asia, and South America, which connected me to people outside my own nation.

Question: What sets you apart from other immigration lawyers?

Christopher Stender: I speak Spanish and German. This is often useful as many individuals facing immigration removal proceedings do not speak English. I do not require a translator, which makes communication much more efficient and a general understanding of the client possible.

Question: Are you involved in any charities?

Christopher Stender: Absolutely. I’ve contributed to the Honduras Schools Mission, the Tijuana Schools Mission and Homeless Outreach, the Cesar Chavez School Mission and Homeless Outreach and the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project.

Question: Do you provide pro bono legal counsel?

Christopher Stender: Yes. In addition to the work I do through the FIRRP, I am also listed on the Department of Justice’s official website as a provider of free legal service in the state of Arizona.

Christopher Stender is an Immigration Lawyer based in San Diego, California.


About Christopher Stender

After working for three years as Assistant Chief Counsel for the San Diego District of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service, Christopher Stender launched a law partnership in 1993. Initially known as Stender & Larkin, the firm was renamed Stender & Associates, PC. Christopher Stender and his team of bilingual associates provide comprehensive immigration-related legal services, working with individuals held at Arizona’s detention centers and prisons in Eloy and Florence, as well as at California’s detention centers in El Centro, San Diego, and San Pedro. Christopher Stender assists in bond procurement and payment, visitation and hearing scheduling, and detainee transportation. He is known for taking tough cases, promoting novel legal theories, and getting positive results for his clients. He routinely appears before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the First, Fifth, and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. Prospective clients can read about the immigration process in both English and Spanish on his website. Christopher Stender spent his undergraduate years at the University of Würzburg, Germany, and the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. He earned his Juris Doctor in 1990 from the Syracuse University College of Law. An East Coast native who lived abroad for two years, Christopher Stender has traveled extensively throughout Europe. In addition to his native English, he speaks German and Spanish. He supports Grace Point Church, Homeless Outreach, Cesar Chavez Elementary School, Tijuana Schools Mission, and Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project. He lives with his wife and four children in San Diego.

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