About Emmanuel S. Tipon

Attorney EMMANUEL S. TIPON practices federal law in Hawaii focusing on immigration law and appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals. In 1960, he was awarded a Fulbright/Smith-Mundt scholarship to study law at Yale Law School in the United States where he obtained a Master of Laws degree in 1961. He was conferred a Bachelor of Laws degree by the University of the Philippines in 1955 graduating among the top ten in his class.

Mr. Tipon is permitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the State of New York, and in the Philippines. He was Dean and Professor of the College of Law, Northwestern University, Philippines. Attorney Tipon has a thorough knowledge of the immigration and nationality laws of the United States by virtue of:

  • serving as an officer of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.

  • practicing immigration law for more than 30 years.

  • writing law books, and legal articles on immigration law.

  • conducting seminars on immigration issues.

  • hosting a radio program discussing immigration concerns.

  • writing legal columns for U.S. newspapers and in the Philippines.

Attorney Tipon personally experienced the entire immigration process. He was first admitted to the United States on an exchange visitor/student visa to study law at Yale Law School, and returned to the Philippines to resume law practice. After ten years, he was admitted to the United States for the second time on a working visa to write law books pursuant to an H visa petition by Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Co. His status was adjusted to that of a lawful permanent resident, and eventually was naturalized as a United States citizen.

In the United States, he was a senior editor of Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Co. and Bancroft Whitney Law Publishers. He is a contributing editor of Thomson-Reuters. He was President of Golden West Realty Corporation. He was the publisher and editor of U.S. Philippine Times and U.S. Visa and Immigration News. He was the editor of Filipino LIFE magazine. He founded and was a senior partner in the Tipon, Rayburn, and Whitney Law Office in San Francisco, California.

In the Philippines, he was Corporate Counsel of Dole (Pineapple) Philippines, Inc., Chief of the Legal Department of Provident Savings Bank, Chief Legal Counsel of Fidentia Insurance Group, and an Associate Attorney in the law firm of former Judge Guillermo B. Guevara.

Recently, he drafted the bill granting U.S. citizenship to Filipino WWII veterans and a bill for dual citizenship for Filipinos entitled, “Once a Filipino, always a Filipino.”

Attorney Tipon is fluent in English, Ilocano, and Tagalog.