Immigration Quiz

James Drew

James Drew

Case Manager
James Drew is a Case Manager at the Law Offices of Jacob J. Sapochnick. He is a native of England, military veteran, and law school graduate that earned his Juris Doctorate degree from St. John’s University School of Law in New York. His journey in the field of immigration law began when he decided to work as a legal intern for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, where he helped vulnerable immigrants receive their visas in the United States. To further his experience in the field, he reached out to the San Diego community and was welcomed by the Law Offices of Jacob J. Sapochnick where he has worked since 2019.

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A Little Bit More About James Drew

What is your position with the Law Offices of Jacob J. Sapochnick?
Case Manager

How did you end up working for the Law Firm?
I had just graduated from law school in New York City where I had worked as an Intern for a year at a not-for-profit immigration law organization. Upon my return to San Diego, the place I was living prior to my law school adventure in NYC, I wanted to utilize the skills that I had learned to help people. In an attempt to get my foot in the door of the San Diego Immigration Law community, I reached out to the Law Offices of Jacob Sapochnick for advice on how to be active in the community. Attorney Marie promptly replied and asked for my resume and a sample of my writing, which I happily supplied. Within a week Marie contacted me asking if I wanted to interview for the firm. The rest is history!

What does your job entail?
Talking with clients and addressing their needs;
Assisting clients with their family and business immigration needs by putting together well written and researched applications that put them in the best possible position for success;
Ensure that the client is kept up to date throughout the process, whilst at the same time being there for any concerns that they make;
Provide the client with the most up to date information on the immigration process, laws, and policies so that they can make informed decisions about their future;
Be a source of information for the team on various immigration topics and visas, conducting staff trainings when necessary.

What is the most difficult part of your job?
One of the most difficult parts of the job is hearing stories of families that have been separated for several years whilst dealing with the bureaucracy of the immigration system; however, this also acts as a motivating force to do everything that I can to bring an end to their suffering by reuniting them with loved ones.

What is the best part of your job?
The best part of the job for me, is making a significantly meaningful difference in the lives of our clients, whilst at the same time seeing them go on to accomplish great things and, in turn, have a meaningful impact on the United States.

Where are you originally from?

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy sporting activities, in particular playing tennis and jiu-jitsu
Watching live sporting events and concerts
Camping, and traveling

Can you tell us about your family, pet, etc.?
I have a wife, a daughter, and two stepsons. My parents and sister are back in England.

Do you have a favorite saying or quote and if so, what is it and why?
One of my favorite quotes is:

“GET UP AND GO. Take the risk, take the gamble, take the first step. Take action. And don’t let another day slip by.” – Jocko Willink

I like this quote because, more often than not, the only barriers to success are the ones that we have set up in our mind.

A favorite book or movie you would like to share?
Book: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Movie: Too many to choose, but off of the top of my head: Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino

Client Reviews
Great immigration lawyer, very professional, knowledgeable and experienced. Jacob always answered my questions, e-mails and calls; great customer service from him and everybody at his office. I highly recommend Jacob, probably the best immigration lawyer out there. Plinio Franca
I trust you know how much all of us at the Spreckels Organ Society appreciate your incredible generosity in providing legal assistance with the visas required by the international artists last year during our International Summer Organ Festival. We consider it an honor that you and your firm provided this service, and were delighted to publicize your firm in our concert materials. George H.
That's good news on the approval of our 3 executive L1A visas. You fought a tough RFE, but we won. We are pleased to be working with you. KB is also bringing passports tomorrow again to the US Embassy in Tashkent for visa processing. We look forward to his arrival to the US. Sarvar
I wanted to thank again and again for obtaining my E1 Treaty Trader visa for me. The process was not easy, especially since our trade was all based on Technology. You knew the law, and was able to craft an outstanding file to be presented to Immigration. We are now ready to take the business to the next level. Toda Raba
Thanks for helping me with my marriage-based immigration case. You were very accessible - taking my calls, returning my messages and emails promptly. You answered all my questions. I was most impressed and relieved that you attended the immigration interview with me and my wife. You made the whole process streamline and simple. You really know your stuff, and you're a nice, friendly guy as well. Shane P.