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SMS Law Firm is a boutique law firm specialized in customizing top tier legal services for clients around the globe.

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Our mission is to create a global network of legal professionals focused on delivering results for our clients.

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SMS Law Firm prides itself in tailoring to the legal needs of each and every one of our clients.

Our team is diverse, multi-lingual, and professional. We are fluent in English, Chinese, Taiwanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Khmer, Vietnamese.

Our practice has evolved with a focus on Immigration, Business Formation and Contracts, Estate Planning, and Tax focusing on working with HNI international clients, domestic corporations, and local Californian start-ups.

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Stella M. Shih, Esq.

Founder and Senior Partner


James S. Shih, Esq.

Senior Partner


Kevin Qi, Esq.

Senior Partner


Peter Lay, Esq.


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Friday, May 31st, 2019

EB5 Program in a Nutshell

EB-5 is a program where a foreign person and their family seeking to come to the United States can invest $500K USD in a government certified program and receive a visa, thereafter followed by a permanent residency. This investment does, however, have certain conditions imposed by the USICS. These conditions include: (1) the capital used […]

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Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

What is the L1 visa?

L1 is a temporary work visa that permits a foreign company to transfer high-level managers or executives (L1A) or workers with specialized knowledge (L1-B)  to the United States. The foreign company does NOT need to be in the same field of business.  What are the requirements? The main requirements a beneficiary being transferred to the […]

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