Dori  Zavala

Dori Zavala - Zavala Law Offices, LLC

Dori Zavala
Zavala Law Offices, LLC

Phoenix, AZ 85015



Dori Zavala
Zavala Law Offices, LLC

Attorney Profile


Zavala Law Offices offers competent and aggressive legal representation to foreign nationals, undocumented aliens and permanent or non-permanent residents throughout Arizona. Immigration matters are highly complex and can result in life-changing consequences if not handled properly. Because they are legal in nature and involve such high stakes, it is essential that you involve a lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to effectively represent your interests and guide you through the process in a timely fashion.

Dori Zavala is licensed to practice law in the State of Arizona, the United States District Court, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Fluent in Spanish, Ms. Zavala is a frequent interviewee on immigration issues for Spanish and English media outlets including Channel 5 News, the Arizona Republic, Univision, and Telemundo. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the State Bar of Arizona.


Dori Zavala earned her B.A. in Political Science/International Studies from Northwestern University in 1996. During her time at Northwestern, she received a full scholarship from the U.S. Department of State to participate in a study-abroad program at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, Mexico. She went on to attend law school and graduated with honors from the University of Arizona with a J.D. in 2000. During law school she was chosen to serve as an Assistant to a U.S. panelist on a bi-national NAFTA Arbitration Panel regarding a U.S.- Canadian dispute under international treaties.

After graduation from law school, Ms. Zavala worked as an associate for Snell & Wilmer, LLP, one of the largest law firms in Arizona, where she handled employment immigration matters as well as complex commercial litigation. Ms. Zavala next opened her own law practice focused on all aspects of immigration law, including employment visas, family-based petitions, and removal defense. As part of her practice, Ms. Zavala has handled extensive immigration appeals with the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. District Court including petitions for review, writs of mandamus, habeas corpus petitions, and petitions for naturalization. Ms. Zavala also has experience handling complex commercial litigation.

Ms. Zavala's primary focus is on criminal removal defense before the Immigration Judge and Board of Immigration Appeals and appellate work before the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. District Court. Ms. Zavala prides herself in providing professional and personal representation for her clients.

Areas of Practice:
Deportation defense before the Immigration Judge
Appeals to the BIA
Petitions for Review
Writs of Habeas Corpus
Writs of Mandamus
Petitions for Naturalization Hearing
Federal civil and criminal appeals
Criminal defense
Federal Crimes
1326 Charges (Illegal Presence after Re-entry)
Constitutional Violations
Forfeiture Defense

Litigation Percentage:
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:
Arizona, 2000
U.S. District Court District of Arizona
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit

University of Arizona College of Law, Tucson, Arizona, 2000
Honors: Cum Laude
Northwestern University, 1996
Major:  Political Science/International Studies

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Immigration implications for international students, Arizona State University
Immigration enforcement issues in the workplace for employers, including I-9 compliance, Arizona State University
Ethics for attorneys regarding retainer agreements in the immigration law context and dual representation of immigration clients, Arizona State University
Panelist speaker on the fundamentals of immigration law for new attorneys, Arizona State University
Immigrant and refugee issues as related to social work in Arizona, Arizona State University

Honors and Awards:
University of Arizona 1999 Moot Court Competition - Best Oral Advocate/Best Legal Brief, 1999
University of Arizona 2000 Regional Moot Court Team Varsity Team Member, 2000
University of Arizona College of Law Journal of International Affairs Staff Writer
University of Arizona College of Law - Tutor on Contracts Law

Professional Associations and Memberships:
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
AILA Young Lawyers Division Chapter for Arizona
Former Chairperson
Litigation Committee of AILA
Arizona Bar Association
American Bar Association
Maricopa County Bar Association

Pro Bono Activities:
Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
Lutheran Social Ministries of the Southwest
Telemundo Television - Participant in Miercoles de Inmigracion"


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