Claire S. Pratt
Principal & Managing Attorney
p: (415) 434-1161 x39

Claire currently serves as the firm's Managing Attorney. She is a principal of the firm and a Certified Specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Claire practices in all areas of U.S. immigration law and oversees immigrant, nonimmigrant, administrative and operational teams. She is an expert in L-1 intracompany transferee visas and loves working with companies small and large to mobilize executives, managers, and key employees. Recognized as a leader in the field, she speaks regularly at conferences and seminars on immigration subjects. She is also an elected board member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Northern California Chapter, which has more than 1,000 members and is one of the largest and most active AILA Chapters. Currently serving as Immediate Past Chapter Chair, she is responsible for coordinating educational programming and conferences, liaison relationships to government agencies, advocacy and lobbying efforts, media involvement, pro bono opportunities, member engagement, and coordination with the national organization.

Prior to joining the firm, Claire was selected for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Attorney General Honors Program, serving as Attorney Advisor to the San Francisco Immigration Court (EOIR). While earning her J.D. at Golden Gate University School of Law, she was Managing Editor of the Law Review’s three journals and published a case note. As an undergraduate at the University of Washington, she studied Political Science and was Co-Captain of the UW Sailing Team. She continues to enjoy competing in college-style sailboat racing in the V15 fleet at the Treasure Island Sailing Center in San Francisco.

Honors & Awards:

  • Elected Board Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Northern California Chapter (AILA NorCal), 2015 to present
  • AILA NorCal Liaison to U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services San Francisco Field Office, 2011-2015, 2017-2018
  • Selected for inclusion in the Northern California Super Lawyers®, 2015 to present (Rising Stars 2015-2018)
  • Selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Legal for Corporate Immigration, 2019 to present
  • Bar Association of San Francisco’s (BASF) Barrister of the Year, 2010
  • Co-Chair, Barristers Immigration Section for BASF, 2010-2013
  • Pro bono volunteer, South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project

Memberships & Admissions:

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. Immigration Courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Bar Association of San Francisco


  • B.A. University of Washington
  • J.D. (highest honors) Golden Gate University School of Law