Bernadette Connolly


Ms. Connolly has been practicing immigration law since March 1998. She graduated from University of San Diego School of Law in 1997. Her pre-law academic career includes extensive language studies, German Magister Atrium degree in Japanese Area Studies, International Economy and Italian Philology. She was accepted in the doctoral program at the University of Bonn, Germany and awarded a scholarship to conduct research in her doctoral thesis in Japan. Ms. Connolly speaks English, German, French, Italian, and Japanese.

After graduating from University of San Diego School of Law, Ms. Connolly devoted her career to helping immigrants and their families in obtaining legal status in this country.

She opened her private practice in San Diego in March 1998. In 2002, Ms. Connolly moved to the Bay Area where she currently has her own practice in San Jose.

She has handled numerous cases with variety of very complex inadmissibility and deportability issues before immigration courts, the Board of immigration Appeals (BIA) and the Ninth Circuit Court.

During her career, she has handled over 850 cases, including affirmative asylum before the Asylum Office, removal proceedings before the Immigration Court, appeals before the BIA, Habeas and Writ of Mandamus actions in Federal District Courts and Petition for Review in the Ninth Circuit.

Ms. Connolly is experienced in naturalizations, family based petitions, U-visas, green cards, waivers, consular processing, DACA applications and many other immigration law applications. She also provides expert opinions for clients with complex criminal issues that have an impact on their immigration status

Ms. Connolly has also been a volunteer and a supervising attorney in a public interest environment at the Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center of the Santa Clara School of Law. She was awarded the University of Santa Clara Schoolof Law's Commitment Award in 2012.