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Rafael S. Climaco


Rafael S. Climaco

Attorney at Law

Rafael "Ace" Shinn Climaco is admitted to practice law in California, the United States Federal Court Northern District of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  His main areas of practice are immigration law and bankruptcy. 

Super Lawyers magazine named Ace to its 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Rising Stars list for Northern California. 

He is an adjunct professor in the undergraduate Legal Studies program at John F. Kennedy University, where he teaches Immigration Law. 

Ace was President of the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California (FBANC) from 2008-2009, after serving as Secretary for two years, and is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.  For his legal work in the community, he was awarded the Minority Bar Coalition's Unity Award in 2009, and has been honored by the California State Assembly and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.   

Ace received his B.A. from UCLA and his Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco School of Law.  At the University of San Francisco School of Law, he received a Law Faculty Scholarship and the Douglas M. Raskin Memorial Scholarship.  After his first year of law school, he was chosen to participate in a summer exchange program to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  

Ace is fluent in Spanish and Chavacano (a Philippine Spanish-based dialect) and is proficient in Tagalog.  He comes from a proud heritage of lawyers.  Ace's grandfather, Rafael Climaco, was a Philippine Appeals Court Justice and Philippine bar topnotcher.  His uncle is Philippine national hero Cesar Climaco, who was a lawyer, longtime mayor of Zamboanga City, and a former presidential cabinet member.