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The firm of Wasserman, Mancini and Chang was founded in 1946 by the late Jack Wasserman, a former member of the Board of Immigration Appeals, as Wasserman & Jaffe. The firm specialized from the beginning in matters involving immigration and nationality law and represented clients before the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Department of State and in federal courts throughout the country. He was a founding member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, also in 1946.

Mr. Wasserman authored the first American Law Institute -- American Bar Association publication on immigration law, Immigration Law and Practice, in 1972, and was responsible for the first publication of the Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Manual, previously unavailable to the public, in 1973. He died in 1980.

The firm continued its immigration practice throughout the 1980’s, representing increasing numbers of corporate clients, such as General Electric, H.J. Heinz Company and Xerox Corporation, in Immigration matters. In 1981, Mr. Mancini began teaching immigration law to junior and mid-level consular officers at the Foreign Affairs Institute of the Department of State; and in 1987 received the Foreign Affairs Institute’s Adjunct Faculty Award for his teaching service. In 1998 he was named one of Washington’s best immigration lawyers by Washingtonian Magazine. 

Mr. Chang has also continued the firms practice of serving the community by hosting a Free Legal Affairs Program on Channel 56 in Fairfax, Virginia from 1989 through 1992. He hosted a free immigration help program on Today’s World, Cable Channel 45 in Montgomery County, Maryland. Mr. Chang has been hosting this program from 1993 to 2004. In 2005, Today's World, moved to Comcast cable's "The Chinese Channel" on Channel 278.

Our firm has handled immigration cases for over 65 years, with its attorneys known for vigorous representation of clients before agencies and courts.  Jack Wasserman was a retired member of the Board of Immigration Appeals and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) now confers the Jack Wasserman Award each year at its annual conference.  Mark Mancini followed in his footsteps as a legendary litigator, and other attorneys at the firm have worked in high-level positions within the immigration field and government.  Our experienced attorneys and paralegals are available by appointment to handle your case, and we welcome email inquiries.  We offer the personalized attention of a small law firm while providing vigorous, big-firm representation of your case.  

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"U.S. Immigration Law and Policy"

Co-Authored by Sam H. Chang



Richard W. Chang was named one of the Top Immigration Lawyers in the Northeast by Arrive Magazine and Avvo in the November/December issue of Arrive Magazine

Arrive Magazine Nov/Dec 2011

Top 100 Northeast Lawyers

Sam H. Chang & Mark A. Mancini named Washington's TOP 1% of all lawyers in the DC Metro Area by


Magazine Dec 2007

Washingtonian Magazine Dec 2009

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