People: Angelo A. Paparelli, Partner

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Angelo A. Paparelli

Partner

Los Angeles - Downtown
Direct: (213) 270-9797
Fax: (213) 270-9601
New York
Direct: (212) 218-5500
Fax: (212) 218-5526
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Mr. Paparelli is a partner in the Business Immigration Practice Group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. A Certified Immigration Law Specialist (CA), he is known among clients and peers for providing creative solutions to complex immigration law problems, especially those involving mergers and acquisitions. He also serves as an expert witness and consultant on immigration issues arising in litigation.

Mr. Paparelli’s immigration practice areas include compliance audits; counsel and due diligence in mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructuring; immigration-related corporation policy formulation; permanent residence and citizenship; visas for executives, managers, scientists, scholars, investigators, professionals, students and visitors; PERM labor certifications; employment-based immigrant visa petitions; global visas and consular practice; family-based immigration; legislative advocacy and immigration messaging; federal court litigation under the Administrative Procedures Act; waivers, white-collar immigration, asylum and removal defense.

Mr. Paparelli writes a blog, Nation of Immigrators, on America's dysfunctional immigration system. To access the blog, click here.

For links to Mr. Paparelli's numerous published articles on immigration click here

 

Mr. Paparelli is a partner in the Business Immigration Practice Group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. A Certified Immigration Law Specialist (CA), he is known among clients and peers for providing creative solutions to complex immigration law problems, especially those involving mergers and acquisitions. He also serves as an expert witness and consultant on immigration issues arising in litigation.

Mr. Paparelli’s immigration practice areas include compliance audits; counsel and due diligence in mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructuring; immigration-related corporation policy formulation; permanent residence and citizenship; visas for executives, managers, scientists, scholars, investigators, professionals, students and visitors; PERM labor certifications; employment-based immigrant visa petitions; global visas and consular practice; family-based immigration; legislative advocacy and immigration messaging; federal court litigation under the Administrative Procedures Act; waivers, white-collar immigration, asylum and removal defense.

Mr. Paparelli writes a blog, Nation of Immigrators, on America's dysfunctional immigration system. To access the blog, click here.

For links to Mr. Paparelli's numerous published articles on immigration click here

 

Education

  • B.A., University of Michigan (1971)
  • J.D., Wayne State University Law School (1976)

Admissions

  • California
  • New York
  • Michigan

Courts

  • California
  • Michigan
  • New York

Publications

Affiliations

  • Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyer (Founder/Past President)
  • American Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • State Bar of New York
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • National Speakers Association
  • American Immigration Law Foundation (Emeritus Member, Board of Trustees)
  • Children First (Member, Advisory Board)

Accolades

  • N.Y. Times editorial (“Requiem for a Dream”) linked to Angelo’s blog to show Pres. Obama’s executive authority to implement changes in immigration policy without action by Congress.
  • The 2010 recipient of Edith Lowenstein Award conferred by the 10,000-member American Immigration Lawyers Association, for advancing the practice of immigration law.
  • Given Chambers highest rating (above Band 1), a “Star” business immigration lawyer (2011 Chambers USA’s highest rating), and Band 1 (2011 Legal500).
  • Named 3 times as the world’s leading corporate immigration lawyer (2009, 2006 & 2005, International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers)  
  • Prolific Writer:  Co-author of the New York Law Journal’s “Immigration” column, a blogger (www.nationofimmigrators.com), co-editor of The Immigration Compliance Book (ILW, 2009)
  • Founder and immediate past president of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers – www.abil.com, a 38-member worldwide alliance of leading immigration firms, and Founder Orange County Managing Partners Roundtable (30 managing partners participate monthly for breakfast).
  • Social Media Evangelist:  Twitter, Blog, Linked-In & Facebook

Press Quotations

  • Quoted, “White House Holds Off on Tightening Immigration Checks,” The Wall Street Journal (wsj.com) (January 30, 2009)
  • New York Law Journal Columnist on “Immigration”
  • Quoted, "Ruling Says Deportation Cases May Not Be Appealed Over Lawyer Errors," The New York Times and Wall Street Journal Law Blog (January 12, 2009)
  • Quoted, "Deal Pros Overlooking Immigration Issues in Their Due Diligence May Be Inviting a Costly Hassle Post Close," Mergers and Acquisitions (January 22, 2009)
  • Quoted in New York Times article, “Employers Fight Tough Measures on Immigration” on the on injustice of the government’s enforcement-only immigration strategy (July 6, 2008 )
  • Interviewed on “ Election 2008 - Presidential Candidates' Immigration Policies - Tweedledum and Tweedledee" - Morning Edition - National Public Radio’s Reporter Jennifer Ludden asks Mr. Paparelli how the Presidential candidates differ on immigration (June 10, 2008)
  • Quoted, “Firms Brace for Crackdown on Illegal Labor,” The Wall Street Journal (wsj.com) (October 2007)
  • Quoted, “Historic Shift Laid Out In Deal on Immigration,” The Wall Street Journal (wsj.com) (May 2007)
  • Appeared on CNBC, CNBC's Jim Goldman newscast reporting on the debate over whether we should allow more skilled workers in the country. Mr. Paparelli discussed the problems associated with the H-1B visa cap, which was exhausted on the first day of filing 2007 (April 9, 2007)
  • Quoted, Colleen DeBaise, "For Illegal-Alien Entrepreneurs, Tax Time is Tricky," SmartMoney.com, (March 12, 2007)
  • Interviewed and quoted in an article in the San Jose Metro about proposed fee increases by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: Matt Stroud, "Land of the Fee," San Jose Metro (March 7, 2007)
  • Co-author, ABA International Lawyer's Deskbook, Chapter on Immigration, 2nd Ed. (2004)