New York


Immigration - New York


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What the team is known for Imposing and expanding presence in the immigration law arena, operating at the forefront of policy developments. Able to handle all types of immigration matter for individuals and corporate clients. Counts numerous Fortune 500 companies among its clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their database makes them unique. They have some really great and wonderful lawyers."

"They do an excellent job of working with very large organizations."

Notable practitioners  

Michael Patrick is warmly regarded by interviewees, who declare that he is "clearly the go-to person at Fragomen for developing policies." His areas of strength include general immigration compliance and matters stemming from restructurings and transactions.

Austin Fragomen is the firm's chief executive and continues to be held in very high regard by sources, with one noting that he is "extremely insightful, successful and knowledgeable." Interviewees are unanimous in their praise for his outstanding contribution to the field.

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What the team is known for Outstanding practice housed within an international full-service firm. Offers clients longstanding experience and expertise in immigration compliance, employer sanctions, naturalization, citizenship issues and all visa petitions. Notable niche in the entertainment industry.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are responsive and helpful, and they understand the business and business concerns."

"We think very highly of them."  

Work highlights Assisted with the long-term and short-term visa requirements of individuals entering the country to work on several Broadway productions, including 'Macbeth' and 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'.

Advised an international insurance company on immigration law compliance issues stemming from a business acquisition.

Notable practitioners  

Theodore Ruthizer is variously described by interviewees as a "very eminent and capable lawyer" and "one of the top lawyers in immigration." He is a go-to for major corporate clients.

Sources say Mark Koestler is "very bright" and "terrific in every respect." He acts for individual and corporate clients in the entertainment, insurance and banking industries, among others.

Matthew Dunn's broad practice ranges from temporary and permanent visa petitions to compliance and auditing.

Significant clients Santander, Daiwa Securities America, DDB Worldwide, Duff & Phelps, Euro RSCG New York.

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What the team is known for Leading immigration boutique with the sophistication and adaptability to handle any immigration problem, whether routine or highly unusual and controversial. The client list spans everything from financial companies to hi-tech and IT businesses.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm is very thorough in its work. They do not go around handing out false hopes and promises."

"They are very professional and always available; they provide prompt and comprehensive responses to questions, both by e-mail and phone, and they are available in emergencies and provide consultations for inspections and interviews."

Work highlights The team used the little-known section 212(k) of the Immigration and Nationality Act to obtain a waiver for a client whose wife had revoked the alien relative petition while he was in transit to the USA.

Obtained asylum for someone from the former Soviet Union who had been persecuted because of his ethnicity, despite the application being filed a considerable time after his arrival to the USA.

Notable practitioners  

Cyrus Mehta continues to be held in the highest esteem by sources, who hail him as a thought leader and as someone who "dreams, lives and sleeps immigration law. He is very bright and a very committed individual." Clients seek him out for tricky and unusual cases, which in some instances have been rejected by other practitioners.

The "incredible" David Isaacson is a gifted associate with an impressive immigration practice. Clients say he "has regulations and statutes at his fingertips," and is "a very compassionate and great person."

Clients note that associate Cora-Ann Pestaina stands out from the crowd. She deals with a wide variety of corporate immigration matters.

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What the team is known for Immigration-focused, seven-partner ensemble dealing with consular processes, naturalization and citizenship cases, and permanent and temporary visas. Standout presence in the entertainment field.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"It is an excellent firm." 

Notable practitioners  

Alexis Axelrad is "one of the smartest immigration lawyers" around, according to sources. Her flourishing immigration practice covers a broad range of business-related issues, and she represents individual and corporate clients in complex immigration cases.

Deborah Notkin is a "very, very strong practitioner," according to interviewees, and is noted for being active within the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She has an excellent reputation for labor certification matters.

Philip Kleiner has a healthy practice ranging from compliance to permanent visas. A multilingual practitioner, he is active within the USA and abroad.

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What the team is known for High-quality practice benefiting from a global network of offices. Advises on all corporate immigration issues, from EB-5 investor visas to worksite enforcement.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They stand out for their amazing responsiveness."  

"They have really done a very good job at establishing themselves in the market."

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Maltby chairs the firm's immigration team and is appreciated by clients for "the amount of energy and focus he provides to us." He has a broad corporate immigration practice and is often sought out for compliance strategizing and planning.

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What the team is known for US-UK immigration-focused group handling compliance and inbound and outbound immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. Caseload includes numerous matters involving the entertainment industry, the scientific world and business entrepreneurs.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They think outside the box." 

"They were always very approachable and knowledgeable."

Notable practitioners  

The "very professional and very practical" Anastasia Tonello is "just extremely good at what she does," according to sources, with clients declaring that they have "total faith in her decision-making." A dual-qualified UK and US lawyer, she focuses on inbound and outbound services and is noted for her cutting-edge practice advising entertainers, artists, entrepreneurs and investors.

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What the team is known for Four-partner team that expertly assists entrepreneurs, healthcare professionals, academics and educational institutions to obtain working rights in the USA. Also offers expertise in the area of EB-5 investor visas.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm’s work style is very collaborative. All work product is created through an interactive process with comments and discussions between Miller Mayer and us."

"They have a unique knowledge of the EB-5 system and the intricacies involved."

Work highlights Obtained a green card for a prominent scholar in the biomedical field, which required the provision of detailed scientific and academic information.

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Yale-Loehr is a "preeminent authority on immigration law" and stands out for "his longstanding institutional experience in the EB-5 practice," according to sources. Referred to as a "walking encyclopedia" by commentators, he combines deep academic knowledge with outstanding practical experience.

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What the team is known for Strong immigration team comprising a lead partner and five supporting attorneys. At the forefront of the representation of sporting professionals and entities. Areas of practice include labor certifications, I-9 compliance and business visas.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They achieved remarkable results." 

Notable practitioners  

David Grunblatt continues to be held in "extremely high regard" by interviewees, who refer to him as a "dean of immigration." His longstanding expertise in compliance and strategy planning is highly valued by clients.

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

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What the team is known for Talented group with an excellent reputation for assisting business clients, who value the firm's multiservice offering. Immigration work ranges from obtaining visas for foreign students to securing green cards for top executives.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their team is not very big, but very, very talented."  

Notable practitioners  

Market commentators speak warmly of Ted Chiappari, whom they praise as being "very intelligent and an intellectual – clearly a great lawyer." His key clients are corporate entities requiring counseling on their employees' temporary and permanent visa petitions.

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What the team is known for Recognized presence in the immigration domain and a reliable hand for the gamut of immigration services. Its individual and corporate clients are drawn from a range of sectors, including hospitality and sports.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a really good, excellent team."   

"This group has strong levels of young leadership and support."

Notable practitioners  

Donald Wolfson manages the team and advises clients on citizenship, nationality and immigration issues. He is lauded by sources as "an excellent advocate" and "a creative leader."

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What the team is known for Leading immigration duo operating from the Rochester office of this multipractice firm. Much admired for its expertise in corporate immigration compliance and permanent and temporary visa processes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are extremely proactive in managing our cases."  

"They staff appropriately, using skilled paralegals whenever possible, and their senior partners get actively involved in unusual or complex issues."

Work highlights Assisting prominent oil and gas company Talisman Energy with its workers' immigration needs, handling M&A-related matters, I-9 compliance and counseled on the hiring processes of foreign talent.

Notable practitioners  

"Top lawyer" Margaret Catillaz is appreciated for "her knowledge, professionalism, friendliness and dedication." She is a former president of the AILA, and regularly works with medical and healthcare centers, including Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Carestream Health.

Frank Novak is "wonderful," according to clients. His broad practice covers issues pertaining to permanent and nonpermanent visa petitions as well as corporate auditing and compliance. His client portfolio includes entities in the education, healthcare and technology sectors.

Significant clients Gleason Corporation, University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, Kodak.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Epstein Becker & Green PC's Robert Groban is a "very skilled immigration lawyer" and is lauded by clients as a "walking immigration encyclopedia." He is praised for the passion with which he approaches his work, and for the way he "rolls up his sleeves to work on our cases."

Kate Kalmykov of Greenberg Traurig, LLP is recognized for her expertise in the niche area of EB-5 investor financing. "She is certainly someone who stands out from the next generation," said a fellow lawyer.

Sole practitioner Cheryl David is "a leader in the field" with respect to deportation issues and is hailed as being "marvelous and very compassionate." She is also highlighted for her abilities in juvenile matters.

The "wonderful" Frances Berger of Masliah & Soloway, PC is a respected member of the immigration Bar. She offers clients a wealth of experience in the field and has established a practice with a focus on family, naturalization and employment-related matters.

Masliah & Soloway, PC's Noemi Masliah is highlighted for her creativity and is recognized by the market for her particular expertise in advising gay and lesbian clients on their immigration needs; she is considered "one of the leaders in the field" in that area.

Joan-Elisse Carpentier of McDermott Will & Emery LLP is praised by clients for her willingness to "understand the background of a person - she goes out of her way to get to know me and the situation," said one. Carpentier handles the gamut of immigration law issues.

Avram Morell of Pryor Cashman LLP offers expertise in employment-related visas and green cards, and in immigration counseling, including on new developments. Clients appreciate his ability to "put people at ease and explain the situation in plain English, which is not always easy to find."

Suzanne Seltzer of The Seltzer Firm, PLLC is considered to be a top attorney in the immigration sphere. She is best recognized for her abilities in representing academic, healthcare and research clients.

William Reich is the founder of the immigration practice at Serotte, Reich & Wilson LLP and is a prominent practitioner in the field. He is noted for assisting the trans-border movement of business personnel under NAFTA, and as a go-to for novel questions arising from border issues.

Andrew Koerner is now a partner at Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP, and is praised for his "preparation and mastery of the process." Areas of focus include employment-based petitions, business visas, national interest waivers and the finance field. "He is very professional and efficient, and always looks for a well-balanced, mutual benefit."

Roxanne Levine of Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP is recognized for her "broad and deep level of expertise in the field of immigration law" and her "calm and considered approach" to problems. She handles all immigrant and nonimmigrant visa issues on behalf of individual and corporate clients.

Sole practitioner Thomas Moseley is commended as "a great federal litigator in the immigration realm." He is a go-to attorney for deportation and removal defense.

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