Meet the Attorney

sd immigration attorneyMarci Ancel, San Diego Immigration Attorney

Marci Ancel started her law practice in San Diego, California, in 1987.

For the past 25 years, she has devoted her practice exclusively to immigration law – family-based; political asylum cases; deportation and removal defense, including criminal aliens; citizenship; and business-related visas and green cards.

She cares deeply about her clients and the outcome. She is a respected member of the legal community for her ability to expertly navigate immigration issues.


Marci Ancel has successfully represented clients from all over the world, including Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Laos, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, United Kingdom, Vietnam and other countries.

Ms. Ancel has always provided her clients with personalized service. She is tenacious and dedicated to fighting for her clients – whether it is at the Immigration Court, the Asylum Office, or before the local USCIS Office. She believes that every client’s case is unique and should be treated as such. She realizes that the immigration process can be very stressful for her clients and their families. She takes pride in her work and obtains great satisfaction in helping to make a difference in someone’s life!

happy-anniverseryState Bar of California, admitted 1988
State Bar of Maryland, admitted 1985

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th District, 1988
U.S. District Court, Southern District, 1988
U.S. District Court, Northern District, 1987
U.S. Court of Military Appeals, 1987

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) – since 1987
American Bar Association
San Diego Trial Lawyers Association

University of Baltimore, School of Law, Juris Doctor Degree, 1984
​University of Maryland, College of Journalism, Bachelor of Science Degree, 1981