Virginia, US

Jeff practices employment-based immigration law and provides legal advice to corporations pertaining to temporary visa petitions, permanent residency applications and counsels clients in the IT and fashion industries on business compliance issues relating to immigration law. Jeff has published articles in the fields of immigration and commercial law and has been invited to speak at national conferences about immigration topics. A graduate of Boston College Law School, Jeff served as Supervising Editor of the UCC Reporter-Digest Law Review while he was a student. Jeff speaks fluent Spanish and French, is proficient in Italian and has lived in Spain, México, Ireland and Belgium.

Jeff is also a member of the pro bono committee and has represented pro bono clients in a wide range of legal matters, including petitions for asylum, family-based immigration, defense from removal, “U” nonimmigrant visa status, Deferred Action, Humanitarian Parole, Naturalization, Special Immigrant Juvenile status (SIJS), and has coordinated international pro bono efforts that require cross-border advocacy.

In 2010, Jeff was recognized for his contribution to Immigration Equality for pro bono support of legislation to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1990 to recognize sponsorship rights for same-sex couples. In particular, Jeff drafted proposed legislation, Congressional testimony and met with Congressional legal staff to provide immigration knowledge on various legislative proposals.

Education


Boston College Law School | J.D., 2004
Santa Clara University | B. Sc., B.A., 2000, magna cum laude
Universidad de Alicante, Spain, 1999
ITESM, México, 1998

Awards

Defender of Freedom Award presented by Immigration Equality, 2010

Phi Beta Kappa

Alpha Sigma Nu

Pi Sigma Alpha

Phi Sigma Iota

Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar, Alicante, Spain, 1998-1999

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Bar Admissions: New York

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

Publications and Lectures

Speaker, “Vulnerable Petitioners, VAWA & SIJs.” American Immigration Lawyers Association 2012 Annual Conference, July 16, 2012, Nashville, Tennessee.

Author, “‘The New Colossus’: Immigration Remedies for Unaccompanied Minors and Victims of Domestic Violence.” Immigration and Nationality Handbook, 2012-13 Ed.

Speaker, “A Feather in Your Cap: Completing I-129 Forms Correctly.” American Immigration Lawyers Association 2010 Annual Conference, July 2, 2010, National Harbor, Maryland.

Author, “Filing H-1B Petitions Involving Off-Site Employment in the IT Industry: USCIS Guidance & Employer Praxis.” Immigration and Nationality Handbook, 2010-11 Ed.

Speaker, “PERM 101.” AILA New York Chapter, February 11, 2010.

Speaker, “Laying the PERM Foundation: Shuffle, Cut, and Deal the Cards.” American Immigration Lawyers Association 2009 Annual Conference, June 4, 2009, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Author, “Weathering the Storm: Filing PERM Applications During a Blizzard of Layoffs.” Immigration and Nationality Handbook, 2009-10 Ed.

Speaker, “PERM 101.” AILA New York Chapter, April 28, 2008.

Author, “The States Confront Immigration.” New York Law Journal, September 25, 2006.