Practice Areas

Business Immigration

Our Immigration Practice Group is internationally renowned for delivering innovative and effective solutions to meet the U.S. Immigration and Global Immigration needs of our clients around the world. Our immigration team of over 80 professionals includes more than 25 attorneys dedicated to the practice of immigration law. Known for our collaborative, accessible environment, we offer clients the benefit of our collective experience to create customized immigration programs that reflect the very latest developments in immigration law. Our clients span a broad range of industry sectors including Automotive, Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical, Digital Media, Entertainment, Financial Services and Consulting, Gaming, Food and Beverage, Health and Nutrition, Hospitality, Information Technology, and Luxury Goods.

The Practice Group is large enough to represent institutions with significant foreign national populations, while nurturing our valued client relationships. Our strategic approach to client representation is attorney-driven, and each Gibney professional is committed to delivering personalized counsel and legal representation of the highest quality to all of our clients, whether large multinational corporations, start-up companies, private clients such as entrepreneurs and investors interested in the EB-5 program, and family based immigrants.

Our practice is particularly focused on immigration compliance in each jurisdiction. We provide clients with the training and technology to meet the challenges of an enforcement environment. Throughout the hiring and employment process and in conjunction with Gibney Onboarding Services, LLC we can advise on the legal, technology and administrative challenges relating to worksite compliance, including Form I-9 and E-Verify. We create and disseminate Client Alerts providing relevant legal and policy updates, and we provide clients customized on-site educational programs to ensure adoption of best practices and strategies. We offer access to our web portal (the “Gibney OWL”) for case status and updates, and an online resource to provide information regarding global business visa and work permit requirements and processing times (“Ask Gibney”).

As a full service law firm, our Immigration Practice Group provides a coordinated approach with other practices at Gibney to offer a range of interdisciplinary legal services. Our clients have access to Gibney’s full range of legal services. Corporate personnel and foreign nationals may obtain advice in areas related to immigration law including customs, employment, real estate, social security, compensation and benefits planning, and income tax and estate tax law.


Attorneys


Houman Afshar, Partner
Partner
(212) 705-9853
Adena L. Altman, Associate
Associate
(212) 688-5151
Nathalie M. Armas, Partner
Partner
(212) 705-9867
Jennifer M. Bennett, Associate
Associate
(212) 705-9878
Deborah B. Davy, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
(415) 901-2270
Shai Dayan, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
(212) 705-9875
Joseph Di Cesare, Partner
Partner
(212) 705-9815
Irem Dogan, Associate
Associate
(212) 705-9874
David W. Johnson, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
(212) 705-9828
Monica M. Kim, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
(415) 901-2270
Filomena Lepore Taylor, Of Counsel
Of Counsel
(212) 705-9855
Inez M. Macedonio, Associate
Associate
(212) 906-3319
Amy McCoy, Partner
Partner
(212) 705-9866
Judi A. McManigal, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
(415) 901-2312
Survi Parvatiyar, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
(212) 705-9831
Violeta Petrova, Associate
Associate
(212) 705-9812
Ellen L. Poreda, Partner
Partner
(212) 705-9810
Roderick A. Potts, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
(212) 705-9809
Aisling Ryan, Partner
Partner
(212) 705-9825
Minal A. Shah, Partner
Partner
(415) 901-2270
Zarina H. Syed, Associate
Associate
(212) 705-9845
Jaime Wang, Senior Counsel
Senior Counsel
(212) 705-9804

Recent News Posts


Gibney Immigration Attorneys to Speak at 2017 Bay Area Mobility Management Conference

Immigration attorneys Deborah Davy, Stephen Maltby, Aisling Ryan and Minal Shah will speak at the 2017 Bay Area Mobility Management Conference on February 23, 2017. Their presentation is titled “Business Immigration and the New Administration: Expectations and Strategies.” Topics include challenges for global mobility, regulations and rule making, legislation and practical tips. BAMM is the premier forum
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Update on Trump Administration Executive Orders on U.S. Immigration: Court Upholds TRO – Maintains Halt on Travel/Refugee Ban

The Trump Administration’s Executive Order on immigration remains on hold after an appeals court denied an emergency motion by the government to reinstate it. The Executive Order issued on January 27, 2017, sought to suspend entry of nationals from seven (7) countries including Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen for at least 90
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Update on Trump Administration Executive Orders on U.S. Immigration: Court Issues TRO – Halts Travel/Refugee Ban

On Friday, January 27, 2017, the Trump administration issued an Executive Order suspending entry of nationals from seven (7) countries including Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen for at least 90 days, and suspending admittance of all refugees for at least 120 days. Since the Executive Order was signed, U.S. government agencies have issued various
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Houman Afshar Quoted in Bloomberg BNA on Trump Immigration Order

Immigration Partner Houman Afshar was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA article “How Hard Will Trump’s Immigration Order Hit Businesses?” on January 31, 2017. The article addresses how U.S. companies are responding to President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27 immigration executive order which included a ban on entry for nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria,
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Update on Trump Administration Executive Orders on U.S. Immigration

On Friday, January 27, 2017, the Trump administration issued an Executive Order suspending entry of non-immigrant visa holders and U.S. lawful permanent residents (aka green card holders) who are nationals of seven (7) countries including Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen for at least 90 days, and suspending admittance of all refugees for
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