Snaid, Leon J.

5755 Oberlin DriveSuite 301San Diego, CA 92121



Updated: 09/30/2016


Office Info

Practice Areas

  • Immigration & Naturalization Law

Representative Clients

  • Immigration and Corporate/Contract Law


Bar Admissions

  • California, 1982
  • South Africa, 1971
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1999

Specialties and Certifications

  • Immigration Law, California Bar Association, 1998

Other Affiliations

  • San Diego County Bar Association, - 1985 (President, Immigration Committee)
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, 1986 - Present


  • Finalist - Benjamin Franklin Award, 1989

Past Positions

  • Snaid & Snaid, Partner, 1973 - 1981


  • University of Witwatersrand School of Law, Johannesburg, South Africa
    DIP Law
  • University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa


Offers Free Initial Consultation

Accepts Credit Cards


Published Works

  • Newcomer's Guide to Living in the USA, I.B.S., 1989
  • Best Business Buddy, the Golden Rules and Strategies of Smart Business, I.B.S.

Office Information


5755 Oberlin DriveSuite 301San Diego, CA 92121

Office Hours

9.00 a.m-5.00 p.m. Monday to Friday


  • (858) 750-1901




Client recommendations  for Leon J. Snaid

  • From binger: Disclaimer

    Mr. Snaid was a pleasure to work with! he made this stressfull process very smooth for me and my family. he was very knowledgable and extremely helpful through this process and with the many questions and concerns i had , he answered all of them in a timely and easy to understand manner! it was a very good experience!
    Legal Issue: Immigration & Naturalization Law
    binger hired Leon J. Snaid in 2010.

  • From edizbenaroya: Disclaimer

    I arrived in America from Turkey in 2003. I was referred to Leon Snaid through family and friends, who spoke very highly of him. Upon meeting with Leon, I could understand why he was so highly recommended. Leon is precise, diligent, honest and completely trustworthy, and he is also very compassionate and understanding. His strong will and determination was consistent and present throughout my time working with him, giving me the confidence I needed to pursue my goals. I now also refer him to family and friends, as I have complete trust in him as a lawyer.
    Legal Issue: Immigration & Naturalization Law
    edizbenaroya hired Leon J. Snaid in 2009.

  • From yb33133: Disclaimer

    We are very appreciative to Leon Snaid for all of the help he gave us. He is very easy to work with and is very knowledgeable about immigration. He is very professional and also very realistic about every detail of the case. He won't tell you something is going to happen unless he knows for sure. He won't mislead you about your case, he tells you all the details upfront. We really enjoyed working with him and will gladly recommend him to friends and family in need of legal representation. Thanks again Zeng and Renee
    Legal Issue: Immigration & Naturalization Law
    yb33133 hired Leon J. Snaid in 2009.

  • From TheBrowns: Disclaimer

    When we needed the services of an immigration attorney Leon Snaid was recommended to us by another attorney. His expertise, many years of experience and caring nature made our experience easier and much less stressful than we expected. He expertly guided us through the entire process, from completing and submitting the initial applications to the final USICS interview. We most highly recommend Leon to anyone in need of help with the immigration process. The Browns
    Legal Issue: Immigration & Naturalization Law
    TheBrowns hired Leon J. Snaid in 2009.

  • From fernando: Disclaimer

    We strongly recommend Leon Snaid's immigration services. He meticulously guided us through the tedious US Immigration process and successfully put a petition together which was approved in record time. Leon's patience and professional courtesy coupled in with his sense of humor made him a delight to work with. We want to thank you for your dedication and commitment to help us continue to live our dream.
    Legal Issue: Immigration & Naturalization Law
    fernando hired Leon J. Snaid in 2009.

  • From BrettandTeresa: Disclaimer

    We are thrilled with how Leon Snaid handled our immigration case. Leon is polite, professional, prompt, and extremely effective. It put my wife and me at ease knowing Leon was helping us. His knowledge of the law and ability to achieve our goals were flawless. He always has treated us with the utmost dignity and respect, keeping us up to date on our case frequently. Leon is flexible, patient, personable, and refreshingly straightforward and honest. When we moved from San Diego to Connecticut in the middle of our case, Leon was not thrown off at all. In spite of suddenly being 3,000 miles away, Leon carried our case out successfully and without a hitch. We never for one moment doubted his sincerity or ability to walk us through this thorny process, even if we could not meet face to face. Using the phone, email, and the regular mail system, Leon was able to complete all the paperwork with no difficulty at all despite the distance. Thank you so much, Leon ! We will always be grateful to you. If you have an immigration case, we wholeheartedly and without any doubt recommend you contact Leon Snaid immediately. Brett Joly and M. Teresa Diaz-Faes Connecticut
    Legal Issue: Immigration & Naturalization Law
    BrettandTeresa hired Leon J. Snaid in 2009.

  • From dame2310: Disclaimer

    Mr. Leon Snaid is a true professional and very skilled at his profession. He assisted with my immigration staus and even though there were some "bumps" in the road he handled the case with both grace, confidence and the utmost professionalism which put my mind at rest.
    Legal Issue: Immigration & Naturalization Law
    dame2310 hired Leon J. Snaid in 2009.

  • From Brit2American: Disclaimer

    Leon J. Snaid has represented and counseled me for approx 5 years now and has helped me over a number of hurdles on my road to permanent residency in the U.S. Leon has a great deal of knowledge and experience in Immigration law and is patient and professional. He pays a great deal of attention to detail which adds to his effectiveness and skill. I received my permanent papers about a month ago and am so proud and must give most of the credit to Leon's expertise. I recommend him highly.
    Legal Issue: Immigration & Naturalization Law
    Brit2American hired Leon J. Snaid in 2009.

  • From EkaterinaM: Disclaimer

    My husband and I hired Leon Snaid to represent me for my Green Card in November, 2007. I am a Canadian citizen and needed to legalize my stay in the United States by applying for a Green Card, so that I could live with my husband, and my daughter could be born in this country. Leon explained the law in very easy-to-understand language to us; giving us much more confidence and easing any frustrations about the process. He always returned our phone calls promptly, and had the answers and assuaged any worries that we had. My interview with immigration officer was scheduled for April 15th, 2008 which was very close to the due date of our daughter (April 5th) so we needed to reschedule for a later date. Leon managed all the scheduling without a hitch or any additional effort on our part. There were NO unexpected legal fees during the entire process, everything occurred as he explained it would. We felt secure in having him represent us and would highly recommend his services to anyone we know! Ekaterina and Richard Morrissey
    Legal Issue: Government Agencies & Programs
    EkaterinaM hired Leon J. Snaid in 2008.

  • From Danny1304: Disclaimer

    I was referred to Leon by a good friend, who used him and said good things about him. From the moment I walked into his office I felt that he cared about my case. He was confident and he was very friendly. Leon explained the law to me so that it was easy to understand. He told me what would happen in my case from the beginning to the end and everything happened the way he said it was going to happen. At the end of the case, I felt that he was more my friend then my lawyer. I recommend him to anyone who wants an honest lawyer, who cares about people and who knows the law. Danny Almog Israel now San Diego
    Danny1304 hired Leon J. Snaid in 2007.

  • From PastorJon: Disclaimer

    I am thrilled to have this opportunity to express my gratitute for all that Mr. Snaid had done for my family, and to endorse Leon to whomever may read this. I first came to Leon after an enthusiastic recomendation from a close college friend, I was very skeptical however since my wife and I had suffered the consequences of poor legal representation from a previous immigration lawyer. From our very first meeting I felt assured that Mr. Snaid had the competence and experience to represent our immigration needs, and he has not disappointed. Not only did Leon explain the relevant laws to my case clearly and thoroughly, but he also revealed some imminent dangers to our legal status before it was too late and got us safely through it. I don’t know what we’d do without him, Leon Snaid is simply the only immigration lawyer we trust and we continue to his outstanding services for all our immigration needs.
    Legal Issue: Immigration & Naturalization Law
    PastorJon hired Leon J. Snaid in 2006.

  • From roysilver: Disclaimer

    I’m a businessperson who has owned different businesses both in the U. S. and abroad, so I’ve worked with many lawyers in different areas of the law. When I started my first business in the USA in 1995. I needed to get visas for my family and myself, incorporate my business and enter into new contracts. I retained Leon for his Immigration, Corporate and Business legal services and since then we’ve worked together on different issues. Leon is knowledgeable and explains complex legal issues in easy to understand terms. In my Immigration petitions he was thorough and creative in presenting the facts of my case in a convincing way. In corporate and contract law his experience shines through. He raises issues that can impact his clients interests and then finds appropriate solutions. What especially impresses me about Leon is that he has a determined and caring interest in the outcome of each case. He truly cares. I’ve had no hesitation in referring family, friends and business associates to him for their legal representation. Roy Silver San Diego
    roysilver hired Leon J. Snaid in 2004.

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