Immigration - New York
THE FIRM This highly esteemed international immigration boutique is perfectly structured to handle the immigration requirements of entities of all sizes. The team handles inbound and outbound immigration matters, and frequently provides assistance to clients looking to develop their own immigration policies. The firm's global footprint ensures that it is able to provide a seamless service to the highest-profile multinational companies.
Sources say: "Being a large international law firm provides it with a lot of resources, connections and leverage for all of its clients."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Patrick "stands out" as an immigration practitioner with a wealth of experience. He has particular expertise in helping clients to develop immigration policies, I-9 compliance and corporate restructuring immigration due diligence.
Austin Fragomen is "one of the deans" of immigration law and a founding partner of the firm. He continues to be highly respected in the field and involved in the immigration law community.
THE FIRM This firm's business immigration group continues to garner an excellent reputation in the field. The group handles a variety of immigration matters including immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, permanent residency cases, compliance and the immigration-related elements of corporate transactions. An impressive client roster includes Santander, HBO and Louis Vuitton.
Sources say: "A very, very fine firm."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Theodore Ruthizer "really knows his stuff" according to sources. He is a longstanding and well-respected practitioner in the field, and an expert in business immigration matters.
Mark Koestler is described as "a very bright guy" by market observers. He advises individuals and organizations from a wide range of industry sectors, including banking, advertising, entertainment, luxury goods, e-commerce and insurance.
Matthew Dunn continues to impress commentators. He assists a variety of clients and has particularly strong expertise in healthcare, hospitality, banking and advertising.
THE FIRM The attorneys at this boutique immigration and nationality firm provide services across a broad spectrum of business and family-related immigration matters, including labor certifications, citizenship, removal defense and related litigation. The firm's clients range from individuals to Fortune 500 companies, and come from a variety of sectors, including IT, education, finance and professional services.
Sources say: "An excellent firm. They are experts in the field and are of the highest integrity. They deliver results that are both accurate and timely, and are a pleasure to deal with."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Cyrus Mehta is described by commentators as "a genius" and "one of the premier experts in this field," who "gives personal attention and is available and willing at all times." He has experience in many areas, including business, employment and family-related immigration, naturalization and asylum.
Clients appreciate Cora-Ann Pestaina for being "easy to deal with" and note that she "distinguishes herself with thorough expertise in immigration matters." She focuses her practice on business immigration.
THE FIRM The Proskauer Rose immigration and nationality group provides a full range of business immigration services to clients, including the hiring and transfer of personnel, compliance, investment and corporate immigration policy. The firm acts as sole US immigration counsel to clients of the caliber of The New York Times Company and Willis North America.
KEY INDIVIDUALS David Grunblatt is a "very smart, careful and thoughtful immigration lawyer," observers note. He has experience in a complete set of immigration matters, and has particular expertise in advising clients on I-9 compliance and the immigration ramifications of corporate transactions.
THE FIRM The immigration and nationality group at this firm continues to maintain its solid reputation in New York state. The team advises both US and international companies with their visa, citizenship and compliance matters. The firm's clients are drawn from a range of industry sectors, including manufacturing, fashion and design, and entertainment.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Ted Chiappari focuses on business immigration and is noted for his expertise in the tax implications of personnel transfers. Sources note that he is "well regarded" and "recognized in the field."
THE FIRM This boutique firm provides a full range of immigration law services such as labor certification, visas, residency, enforcement and EB-5 investment. The team's expertise is sought by clients from a variety of industries, including entertainment, retail and manufacturing.
Sources say: "Excellent." "An old-time immigration boutique firm."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Deborah Notkin is a "very bright woman who writes extensively and insightfully," say sources. She is particularly well known for her work on PERM matters.
Alexis Axelrad is known as "one of the stalwarts in the New York immigration Bar." She practices in both business and family-related immigration law.
Philip Kleiner focuses his practice on corporate immigration matters. He advises his clients on hiring foreign workers and planning corporate immigration policies.
THE FIRM This firm's respected immigration practice continues to represent many different clients from entrepreneurs and new startups to multinational companies. The team focuses primarily on employment-based immigration law and employer compliance, and has a growing presence in the e-commerce arena.
KEY INDIVIDUALS The "excellent" Stephen Maltby heads the firm's immigration practice group. He concentrates on assisting clients to develop corporate immigration strategies, and advising employers on compliance matters.
THE FIRM Clients continue to be impressed by the business immigration services provided by this Rochester-based firm. Recent successes include the achievement of a landmark decision in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in relation to foreign professionals obtaining licenses. The firm's clients include Talisman Energy, Carestream Health and Kodak.
Sources say: "We consider them true partners."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Margaret Catillaz is an established practitioner who clients say "has an ability to distill information in a very user-friendly way." She is recommended for her sound advice on the transfer of foreign nationals for work or studies, employer compliance and the immigration consequences of corporate transactions.
The "fantastic" Frank Novak is appreciated by clients for being "very responsive." He has notable experience in the representation of clients in the healthcare, education and biotechnology industries.
THE FIRM Laura Devine Attorneys is highly regarded among peers and clients alike. The firm practices in both US and UK immigration and nationality law. Recent highlights include a number of impressive extraordinary ability cases in business and in the arts. Clients include high net worth individuals, entrepreneurs and multinational corporate entities.
Sources say: "Extremely professional and absolute experts in their field."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Clients value managing partner Anastasia Tonello's creative approach and her commercial awareness, with one interviewee noting that she is "very quick to attend to our matters." She is dual-qualified in the USA and the UK, and is frequently called upon to provide advice on outbound and global immigration matters.
THE FIRM This Ithaca-based firm offers a full array of immigration services to individuals, students, investors, small businesses and large corporations. The team has earned an excellent reputation for investor category visas, and for representing clients in the healthcare and education sectors.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Stephen Yale-Loehr is "one of the deans on the EB-5 investor visa program and a leading practitioner in that area," according to one impressed interviewee. His formidable academic credentials augment a respected advisory practice.
THE FIRM This well-established immigration practice group offers a wide variety of services to individuals and corporate clients, including citizenship and family-based immigration. The team offers advice to clients from a plethora of industry sectors, including media, financial services and manufacturing.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Donald Wolfson is a "smart fellow" and "a prestigious lawyer" according to commentators. Wolfson is a former trial attorney, and currently heads the firm's immigration group.
Robert Groban of Epstein Becker & Green PC has a wealth of experience in assisting corporate clients in their recruitment of foreign nationals. He is also noted for the quality of his compliance counseling and for his advice on the immigration implications of corporate transactions.
Kate Kalmykov of Greenberg Traurig, LLP is appreciated by clients for being "very detailed, extremely responsive, very thorough and extremely attentive." She focuses on business immigration and is prominent in the field of EB-5 investor categories. She has recently worked with New Jersey Liberty Regional Center and Extell New York Regional Center.
The "wonderful" Suzanne Seltzer of Klasko Rulon Stock & Seltzer is well known for her representation of clients in the healthcare sector and academia. She has particular expertise in dealing with complex national waiver and extraordinary ability visa issues.
The "fantastic" Cheryl David of The Law Office of Cheryl R. David is well regarded in the field for her prowess in the area of detention, enforcement and removals. Additionally, she practices in business immigration law matters.
Frances Berger of Masliah & Soloway, PC is very well respected in the immigration law community. She focuses on employment-based work but her expertise extends to family-based immigration and naturalization matters.
Noemi Masliah of Masliah & Soloway, PC is active in the immigration law community and has a strong reputation in the field. She focuses her practice on employment-based immigration work.
Joan-Elisse Carpentier of McDermott Will & Emery LLP is "absolutely fabulous; creative, reliable and approachable" according to sources. She handles immigrant, nonimmigrant and nationality matters for corporate clients in an assortment of industries, including finance, banking, entertainment and pharmaceuticals.
Ceridwen Koski recently arrived at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC from Laura Devine Attorneys LLC. She is admired for her responsiveness and for her "complete professionalism, and her calm and accurate manner." Koski advises individuals, investors, startup companies and corporations in compliance matters and immigrant and nonimmigrant visa needs.
Avram Morell of Pryor Cashman LLP is "wonderful," according to sources. He assists clients with a range of matters, including their immigrant and nonimmigrant visa needs.
William Reich of Serotte, Reich & Wilson LLP is an expert on border practices and on the transfer of personnel under NAFTA. Reich is frequently consulted about challenging cases.
Sources describe Lisa D'Avolio of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates as "dedicated, very knowledgeable and terrific in every way." She manages business immigration matters for clients from all industry sectors.
A new entrant this year, Andrew Koerner of Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP is considered to be "very on the ball, thorough, open-minded and creative." He is recommended for his representation of individuals and companies in an all-encompassing array of employment and family-based immigration matters and nationality issues.
Roxanne Levine of Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP "is exceptional," say sources, who add that "she handles cases with meticulous detail." Levine handles all manner of employment and family-based immigration matters for individuals and corporations.
Thomas Moseley of The Law Offices of Thomas Moseley is "probably the brightest immigration lawyer on the planet," according to one observer. His advice and assistance is highly sought after, especially in the areas of removal defense and federal court immigration litigation.