Attorney Steven Jeffrey Malm joined Reeves Miller Zhang & Diza in March 2011. He is a Senior Associate in the San Francisco Office. Mr. Malm has successfully represented hundreds of clients in all aspects of immigration law, including cancellation of removal, misrepresentation waivers, extreme hardship waivers, k-1 fiancé visas, immigrant visa petitions, adjustment of status, VAWA, employment-based petitions, naturalization, H-1(b) skilled worker visas, E-2 investor visas, asylum, withholding of removal, CAT relief, and appeals to the Second and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal, Administrative Appeals Office (“AAO”), and Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”). He has also litigated cases in the Northern and Eastern District Courts of California.
Mr. Malm enjoys the challenge of navigating the most difficult cases to a successful resolution. He was recognized in the immigration publication Bender’s Immigration Bulletin for a Habeas Corpus victory challenging the mandatory detention of his client, the first case of its kind in the Eastern District of California. He has presented novel claims in the asylum and Convention Against Torture (CAT) context relating to country conditions in the Philippines which have also met with success. Mr. Malm has an extraordinary record of winning extreme hardship and other waivers on behalf of clients. He was selected as one of the Top 40 Immigration Lawyers Under the Age of 40 for the State of California by the American Society of Legal Advocates.
Prior to joining Reeves Miller Zhang & Diza, Mr. Malm gained extensive experience representing clients before the immigration courts and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) in cities throughout the United States. After graduating from law school, he worked in criminal defense where he honed trial skills and gained extensive courtroom experience.
Education and Background
Mr. Malm was admitted to the California State Bar in December 2007. He earned his law degree from the University of Southern California (“USC”) Gould School of Law in 2007. He also obtained a master’s degree in International Relations from USC. For his undergraduate education, he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with dual bachelor’s degrees. Mr. Malm has a passion for travel, learning about different cultures and has travelled to over 50 countries. He can relate to the experience of immigrants because he was once an immigrant himself, having spent his childhood in Europe. He proudly represents immigrants because he sees immigrants as revitalizing America’s future.
Mr. Malm is licensed to practice law before the Supreme Court of California, the Ninth and Second Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the Eastern and Northern Districts of California. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”). He is certified as a specialist in Immigration and Nationality law by the State Bar of California Board or Legal Specialization.
Mr. Malm speaks Spanish and French.