New York


Immigration - New York


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What the team is known for A key linchpin within the firm's global and domestic immigration offering, housing a number of leading authorities in the field. Counsels clients across every stage of the corporate immigration process, from the hiring and retention of foreign workers to immigration compliance best practices. Client base traverses many industries in the business community, including the financial services, consumer products, energy and entertainment fields. Practitioners continue to be at the center of current policy developments and reform.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are dominant players in the field and have a terrific reputation. It's hard to argue with their success."

Notable practitioners  

Michael Patrick has been a respected figure in the New York immigration scene for some time and continues to garner acclaim in the area of I-9 compliance. Interviewees attest that he is "very sharp, totally in control and knows his law." He is also frequently called upon by his diverse clientele to assist with the development and implementation of strategic corporate immigration policies.

Peers agree that founding and managing partner Austin Fragomen has made an indelible impression upon the business immigration legal sector. One admiring source effuses: "He is one of the shining lights of the immigration field. He is an amazing visionary."

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What the team is known for Preeminent business immigration group. A go-to provider on issues spanning the acquisition of temporary and permanent visas for leading foreign executives, managers and professionals, the immigration aspects of corporate restructurings and the H-1B program. Excels in counseling investors and foreign nationals of extraordinary ability on immigration and naturalization options.   

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A wonderful firm!" 

Work highlights Assisted in the procurement of short and long-term visas for various cast members featured in the Broadway productions of 'Book of Mormon,' 'Cabaret' and 'Once.'

Advised several Fortune 100 companies regarding their respective ICE worksite investigation matters. 

Notable practitioners  

Interviewees have deep admiration for Theodore Ruthizer's accomplished career in the field, which spans over 30 years. Considered a "great mentor" to both clients and peers, he is highlighted for his firm grasp of the intricacies of business immigration law and his "thoughtful responses" to complex issues.

Mark Koestler enjoys an excellent reputation in the field and retains an enviable, star-studded client base comprised of leading artists, directors and theatre production companies, in addition to prominent corporates in the financial services and media arenas. 

Matthew Dunn is highly regarded for advising clients on a host of employment-based and compliance issues and maintains a successful track record in assisting clients in the healthcare industry. Clients appreciate his unwavering responsiveness: "When I say I need a quick answer, I know I can count on him to get right back to me."

Significant clients Santander, HBO, Lincoln Center Theater,  McGraw Hill Education, Time Warner.

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What the team is known for Dynamic and comprehensive immigration outfit with expertise representing corporations and individuals in business, family, citizenship, asylum and removal matters. A rigorous academic appreciation of changing immigration policy makes practitioners ideal advocates in unconventional and complex cases. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They pretty much saved my life. If I could give them an award, I would." 

"They are very thorough and keep clients informed. I would give them an A-plus. They were very helpful ."

Notable practitioners  

Peers and clients unanimously praise Cyrus Mehta for the superior insight he brings to challenging immigration issues. His stellar competencies across business, family, consular and asylum matters are complemented by his unique appraisal of the ethical issues that intersect with immigration law.

Sources describe David Isaacson as a "young, dedicated and intelligent" attorney who, apart from being "a valuable asset to Cyrus," is one to watch in his own right. Clients highlight his passion and persistence as refreshing attributes: "He seemed to be striving for near perfection in my application. You can tell it's not just a job for him. He goes above and beyond and will always fight for his clients."

Sources compliment senior counsel Cora-Ann Pestaina for her depth of understanding of the immigration legal rules and protocol. She counsels a range of varying sized companies, in addition to individual clients, on employment-based matters and permanent residency applications.   

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What the team is known for Standalone immigration boutique with deep roots in the New York marketplace and an extensive background advising clients in family, deportation and employment contexts. Core areas of expertise include I-9 compliance, citizenship and naturalization cases, and consular work. Boasts a strong labor certification program and a notable EB-5 practice. 

Notable practitioners  

Accomplished attorney Alexis Axelrad is described as a "very knowledgeable" practitioner who always "has her finger on the pulse" of relevant legal developments. She regularly represents clients in immigration matters involving the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). 

Deborah Notkin is consistently highlighted by commentators for her outstanding labor certification practice and for her command of nonimmigrant and immigrant employment-based issues.

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What the team is known for Commendable team of business immigration experts offering adept counsel on inbound temporary and permanent visas and all forms of worksite compliance. An interdisciplinary approach with other practice groups, such as labor and employment, and an impressive network of international legal partners allows for the provision of seamless global mobility services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A key strength for me is their knowledge and their connections around the world. Their reputation inspires confidence."

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Maltby impresses numerous peers with his deft handling of the firm's immigration group and its extensive corporate client base. His considerable experience in the business immigration arena includes devising and implementing bespoke immigration and employer compliance programs.  

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What the team is known for Transatlantic immigration group with offices in New York and London specializing across the full range of US and UK employment-based visas. Expertise with outbound work and strong connections at the British Consulate and UK Trade & Investments are added benefits to domestic clients. Recognized prowess in the entrepreneurial and investor visa categories.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They stand out for their creative and fast-acting approach." 

"They made me feel like I wasn't alone - I could call any time and they would have answers for me." 

Notable practitioners  

New York office managing partner Anastasia Tonello is "professional, punctual and fast" and "extremely adept at finding ways in which we can move talent around the world successfully," clients note. Her practice addresses the US inbound immigration needs of high net worth individuals, treaty investors and entertainers, among others.

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What the team is known for Ithaca-based immigration practice that is nationally recognized as a dominant player within the EB-5 space. Displays particular capabilities in obtaining nonimmigrant visas and green cards for medical professionals, academic professors and researchers. Also frequently undertakes pro bono asylum cases and collaborates with employers to devise comprehensive compliance schemes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very tuned in to what's going on in the immigration legal sector. I've never enjoyed paying lawyer bills, except for Miller Mayer's because they're the only ones that are deserved."

"They have one of the best EB-5 practices in the state." 

Notable practitioners  

Sources concur that Stephen Yale-Loehr "is a first-rate legal scholar and mind" and is a "complete expert" in the EB-5 investor category. He has wide-ranging expertise advising individual and corporate clients across a host of family and employment-based issues.

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What the team is known for Skilled handling of a broad scope of business immigration services. Highly accomplished in the areas of compliance, temporary and permanent business visas, as well as challenging and time-sensitive employee transfer cases. Represents a host of leading corporates in the financial services, retail, pharmaceutical, sports and publishing industries, in addition to high net worth individuals and nonprofit organizations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Apart from their obvious knowledge and ability, the team has a very good way of putting themselves in our shoes and understanding what our needs are."

"They find ways to accommodate requests, even those that are not always completely reasonable. I can count on them to find creative ways to help our clients." 

Notable practitioners  

David Grunblatt receives emphatic praise from peers and clients alike who regard him as a "mentor," a business immigration "expert" and even a legal "magician," capable of navigating complex issues by virtue of his "legal creativity." He is also lauded for his responsiveness and commitment: "We are extremely impressed with the professional, yet personal manner in which he handles our account. His wealth of knowledge and wise disposition are a true asset to our company."

Significant clients HSBC, The New York Times, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Markit Group, Major League Baseball.

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What the team is known for Distinguished track record assisting international companies and employees in obtaining temporary work visas and permanent residency. Key clients include publishers, industrial groups, consumer good manufacturers, entertainers and financial institutions. Also advises clients with respect to citizenship cases and compliance matters. 

Notable practitioners  

Peers say that Ted Chiappari stands out as a "first-class, good all-around immigration lawyer." He counsels clients across a broad spectrum of immigration and nationality issues and has a niche specialization in the tax implications of intra-company transfers.  

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What the team is known for Respected and sizable immigration team. Family and employment-based matters remain an integral component of the practice. Represents foreign and domestic corporate clients from a multitude of industries, including hospitality, entertainment, sports, beverage and publishing. Also strong in the investor and entrepreneur treaty visa spaces. 

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Donald Wolfson is renowned as a "thought leader" in the field by numerous commentators. His broad-based practice centers around citizenship, nationality and employment matters.  

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What the team is known for Displays an acute awareness of the immigration issues impacting international physicians, researchers and other foreign nationals of extraordinary ability. Expertly assists employers with creating and implementing programs to recruit foreign talent and with devising thorough compliance schemes. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The client service from Harter Secrest is reliable and professional. Our inquiries are always answered and we appreciate that they give the appropriate attention to our cases."

"They do an excellent job." 

Work highlights Provides ongoing immigration advice to Kodak, which includes temporary work visas, permanent residency, M&A immigration matters and I-9 compliance.

Successfully obtained work visas and permanent resident status for key employees on behalf of Talisman Energy.

Notable practitioners  

The "very accomplished" Margaret Catillaz has a vast range of knowledge with regard to employment-based immigration law, which includes core specialties in PERM labor certifications, employer verification, I-9 audits and J-1 waivers. A satisfied client notes: "She is excellent at explaining immigration law and complex immigration issues in layman's terms."

Frank Novak handles a broad portfolio of employment-based immigration matters for clients spanning academic and healthcare institutions, high-tech, and oil and gas companies. One source describes him as a "calm and deliberate" attorney who "knows his law" and is "creative in his thought process."

Significant clients Talisman Energy, University of Rochester, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic, Rochester Institute of Technology, Carestream Health.

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What the team is known for Burgeoning immigration practice known for providing savvy and strategic counsel on matters spanning temporary and permanent visas, naturalization and family-based issues. Corporate and individual clients value the firm's full-service capabilities, consular connections and expedient service. A go-to immigration firm for a host of professional athletes and sports teams.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We work in an extremely fast-paced and hectic industry and they are beyond responsive and accommodating to extremely tight and difficult timelines."

Notable practitioners  

The "super-smart" and "articulate" Avram Morell comes highly recommended for his expertise across a host of employment-based immigration and nationality issues, acting for a diverse client base, including entrepreneurs, investors and Fortune 500 companies.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Robert Groban chairs the immigration group at Epstein Becker & Green PC and maintains a highly reputable practice within the business immigration space. Clients value both the significant practical experience he brings to bear on matters and his "very clear explanation of the law." 

Kate Kalmykov of Greenberg Traurig, LLP has cultivated unique expertise in advising developers and private equity funds in the creation of regional centers and other EB-5 investment projects. One commentator stands in awe of her achievements: "She's become an expert in the EB-5 program and has put Greenberg on the map in that area."

Sole practitioner Cheryl David "is one of the top lawyers in the very specialized area of deportations and removals," says one commentator. She also offers adept counsel with respect to a variety of family-based and naturalization issues, including deferred action, green cards and provisional waivers.  

Frances Berger of Masliah & Soloway, PC is deeply respected for her comprehensive immigration and nationality practice, which touches on employment, family and naturalization matters. This "strong practitioner" notably excels at addressing the immigration needs of foreign students and professionals in the healthcare industry.  

Noemi Masliah of Masliah & Soloway, PC is highlighted for her principally employment-based immigration practice. She is particularly renowned for her involvement in complex and unconventional cases which run the gamut from national interest waivers to extraordinary ability petitions. Sources are quick to praise her "very personable" approach to matters.

Clients agree that Joan-Elisse Carpentier of McDermott Will & Emery LLP is a particularly useful adviser to have on your side while navigating the business immigration process: "I can't recommend her highly enough. She knows what she's doing, knows the field, which has a lot of arcane parts to it, and is always quick to respond."  

The "very well respected" Suzanne Seltzer of The Seltzer Firm, PLLC continues to impress sources with her wealth of knowledge regarding the issues facing foreign nationals of extraordinary ability, which includes everything from visa petitions to national waivers. 

Roxanne Levine of Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP is beloved by many of the firm's notable clients, who applaud her "incredible knowledge of the ever-shifting immigration regulations" in the corporate and I-9 compliance arenas. Additional areas of expertise include PERM labor certifications, nonimmigrant and immigrant visas and permanent residency.  

Solo practitioner Thomas Moseley is regarded as an excellent litigator in federal court immigration cases and is also noted for his work in removal defense contexts.

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