Christy Nguyen Umstadter


Christy has been passionate about immigration all her life, and she has dedicated all of her professional and volunteer efforts to this field. She has been helping foreign nationals since 1997 and practicing business immigration law with prominent law firms since 2001. She has extensive experience partnering with corporate clients, from startup companies to Fortune 500 companies, and with non-profit research and educational institutions. Christy’s client base has also included multinational professional consulting firms, technology companies, biotech, fashion, and financial technology.

Christy is certified by Worldwide ERC as a Global Mobility Specialist (GMS®). This training enables her to better understand and identify solutions for the range of global mobility issues facing clients, from relocation resources to cross-cultural considerations.

Her volunteer and internship activities have included participating in the Immigration Law Clinic at U.C. Hastings College of the Law, teaching a naturalization class with Asian Law Alliance, volunteering with the Immigration Clinic at Asian Law Caucus, researching and authoring immigration manuals for the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, and clerking with a renowned law firm that litigated many challenging immigrant cases.

She served as a contributing author to’s The Consular Post Book (Edition 2009-2010) on the subject of visa processing at the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China.

Christy is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area.

Connection to Immigration 

My family came to the U.S. as political refugees. I remember signing my naturalization certificate when I was 10 years old and attending the oath ceremony. Today, when I take clients to the local USCIS office in San Francisco, I still fondly recall the exciting day I became a naturalized citizen there.

  • HR Executive: “Most Powerful Employment Lawyers – Up and Comers”
  • HR Executive: “Top Corporate Employment Attorneys”
  • Chambers USA Guide: “America’s Leading Business Lawyers”
  • International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers
  • International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers
  • Julie Pearl, Sameer Khedekar and Christy Nguyen – July 2017, Lawdragon Magazine
  • The New Business Immigration Regime – February 2018, Best Lawyers
  • HR Article/Guide that Julie wrote on behalf of Christy
  • IBIS Conference: Panel on Brexit/Trump (2017)


J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law
B.A., University of California, Berkeley (Economics, Minor in Asian American Studies)
Worldwide ERC – Global Mobility Specialist (GMS)

What is a fun fact about you?

I love hula/Tahitian dancing! Traveling and dancing are my two favorite hobbies. Paris is my all-time favorite travel destination while Halstead, Austria wins for prettiest destination.


English, Conversational Vietnamese

My Family's Journey

Vietnam United States of America