About Gary S Eisenberg

Gary brings with him an international perspective on South African immigration and citizenship law. Educated in the United States, Gary is a Federal Lawyer admitted in Washington D.C.. Gary’s profession began with international trade regulation and multinational legal compliance. He is well published in his field, especially within the transformative context of South Africa’s liberation in 1994. This background has enabled Gary to approach localised problems from a sophisticated range of angles, taking political and socio-economic considerations into account. This has been particularly helpful to Gary’s clients who emanate largely from abroad.

This background has enabled Gary to approach localised problems from a sophisticated range of angles, taking political and socio-economic considerations into account.  This has been particularly helpful to Gary’s clients who emanate largely from abroad.

Consequent to South Africa’s passing of post-apartheid legislation, the Recognition of Foreign Legal Qualification and Practice Act of 1993, Gary was admitted as an Attorney of the Cape High Court in 1996.  Since then he has practiced exclusively in the field of South Africa’s immigration and citizenship law. He has established an outstanding reputation for his creative and steadfast approach to complex immigration problems, gaining recognition for his protracted litigation in the public interest on the democratisation of South Africa’s immigration regulation making process.  Through his work South Africa’s first Minister of Home Affairs Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi invited Gary to advise on his final Cabinet draft of the Immigration Act in 2003.  This formed the foundation of South Africa’s current immigration system.

During the past 20 years he has trained immigration practitioners and lawyers alike who have all commenced their own immigration service enterprises.  However, Gary is the recognised intellectual leader in his field, continually publishing expert insights into various aspects of immigration and citizenship law within the wider policy and political environment.  He is also a well-recognised television and radio personality, drawing on his experience with over 15,000 cases across a wide spectrum and legislation.  Gary has been voted the best Immigration Lawyer in South Africa by his peers for the past 8 years running.

Gary belongs to South Africa’s Litvak Jewish community, his family originally from Lithuania. In the course of his involvement in South Africa’s Jewish communal affairs he developed an interest in the restoration of citizenship laws of Lithuania and established a unit within his practice assisting Jewish descendants of Lithuanian citizens to have their rights to Lithuanian (and European Union) citizenship restored. Gary’s grandfather, Rabbi Ze’ev Eisenberg’s contribution to Lithuanian Yiddish literature is noted by scholars in the field.  He is proud of his Lithuanian Jewish heritage and continues to develop his expertise in the area