Steven H. Garfinkel is a nationally recognized business immigration law expert with over twenty-five (25) years of experience. He is one of 20 attorneys certified as a Specialist in Immigration Law by the North Carolina State Bar and is the immediate past Chair of the Immigration Specialization Committee. He has served as President of the Carolinas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and has served on the National Board of Directors of AILA. He has presented on Immigration Law topics at six (6) AILA Annual Conferences and has written and lectured extensively on Immigration and Nationality Law matters. Mr. Garfinkel has been rated by his peers with an AV® Peer Review Rating and is listed in the International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers.
Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm (“Garfinkel Immigration”) has grown to be the largest law firm in Charlotte, North Carolina and one of the largest law firms in Southeast dedicated exclusively to the practice of U.S. immigration law. With 5 immigration attorneys and 15 paralegals and support staff, the firm is a full service provider of U.S. immigration law assistance. The firm’s clients include major financial institutions, healthcare providers, manufacturers, information technology providers, colleges & universities, public school systems, etc. Approximately 90% of the firm’s work involves business immigration; the remainder involves assisting with family immigration matters and deportation/removal defense. The firm uses the most up-to-date technology so clients have access to case information 24/7. The firm has professionals fluent in Spanish, French, German and Russian.
Although Garfinkel Immigration is one of the largest business immigration law firms in the southeast, we are still a relatively small firm. Realizing that there are advantages of being a part of a larger organization, Mr. Garfinkel accepted an invitation to join the prestigious Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (“ABIL”) (www.abil.com). ABIL is made up of 20 of the top U.S. business immigration law firms throughout the U.S., with over 200 attorneys (500+ staff). ABIL has offices in 23 major U.S. cities, as well as international offices in Canada, Mexico, the U.K., Germany, Belgium, Turkey, India, Australia, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Brazil & Peru. Through ABIL, Garfinkel Immigration has all of the resources of one of the world's two largest immigration firms, with the advantages of boutique firm’s flexibility, client accessibility and customer focus.
Mr. Garfinkel received a Bachelor's degree (cum laude) from Wake Forest University in 1981 and a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Wake Forest School of Law in 1984. He has practiced immigration law in Charlotte, North Carolina since that time. He worked in one of the Carolina’s largest law firms from 1989 to 1997 and was the partner in charge of the immigration and visa practice of that firm's Charlotte office from 1992 until September 1, 1997, when Mr. Garfinkel established the Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm.