Immigration Law Attorneys
Serving the Immigration and Nationality Law goals of their Clients
Michael B. Berger is a senior partner in the firm of Berger & Berger. He graduated in 1973 from the SUNY Buffalo School of Law. He was admitted to the practice of law in New York State in 1974. He has practiced in the area of Immigration Law since 1975. Mr. Berger has developed over 30 years of experience in the area of Immigration & Nationality Law. His practice includes all aspects of Immigration & Nationality Law from business visas and waivers to deportation and visa processing as well as waivers for foreign medical graduates wishing to immigrate to the United States.
Michael B. Berger was one of the founders of the Upstate New York Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association in 1977. He served as Chairman of the Upstate New York Chapter of AILA from 1977 to 1981. He served on the Board of Directors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association for a period of four years. Mr. Berger was the founder of the Immigration and Customs Law Committee of the Erie County Bar Association and served several years as its Chairman. Mr. Berger has taught courses in the field of Immigration & Nationality Law across the United States as well as at the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School.
Mr. Berger has served on many Boards as a Director and Trustee including the International Institute and Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Foundation located in Rochester, New York. He was voted one of the Best Lawyers in America in the field of Immigration Law in every year from 1994 to the present. This is a vote cast by fellow Immigration lawyers recognizing the best 100 lawyers in their respective areas of practice in the United States. Mr. Berger was awarded The Presidents Award from the Minority Bar Association in 2001. In addition, Mr. Berger was voted as among The Top Lawyers in New York in the field of Immigration Law and also Best Lawyer in the Practice of Immigration Law in Erie County, New York by fellow Immigration Lawyers.
Mr. Berger has been recognized for his outstanding achievement in the practice of Immigration Law by the following national and local organizations: New York Area's Best Lawyers, Buffalo's Business First "Who's Who in Law," and The Best Lawyers in America. He is also a member of National Register's "Who's Who in Executives and Professionals" and Strathmore's "Who's Who" where inclusion is limited to individuals who have demonstrated leadership and achievement in their occupation or profession. In addition, Mr. Berger is qualified for Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating.
William H. Berger heads up the Atlanta, Georgia office of Berger Berger & Slepian. He received his B.S. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, his M.A. from the University of Illinois Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations and his J.D. from Cornell Law School. Mr. Berger is retired as a trial and appellate attorney from the U.S. Department of Labor, after 27 1/2 years, where he served as Senior Trial Attorney, Counsel for Employment Discrimination Law and Deputy Regional Solicitor in the Atlanta Regional Solicitor's office.
Lee M. Sobieski is currently an Associate at Berger Berger & Slepian. He received his B.A. in Social Sciences (With a Concentration in Legal Studies) from the University at Buffalo in 2007. Mr. Sobieski then received his J.D. in 2010 from the University at Buffalo Law School. He was sworn in as an Attorney in March of 2011, and began working at Berger Berger & Slepian in September of 2012. He is currently a member of the New York State Bar Association, and the Erie County Bar Association
Angela J. Schnell is an Associate at Berger& Berger. She received a dual B.A. in Political Science and Public Policy, with a minor in Sociology from Hobart & William Smith Colleges in 2006. Ms. Schnell moved to Washington, DC in 2006 where she was a corporate transactional paralegal for several large law firms. She received her J.D. in 2011 from American University, Washington College of Law and was sworn in as an Attorney in January of 2012. After working as a juvenile rights attorney Portland, Oregon and a general practice associate in a Buffalo law firm, Ms. Schnell began working at Berger & Berger in February of 2013. She is currently a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Erie County Bar Association, and the Women's Bar Association of New York State
Kelly Cipolla is a Paralegal in our employment-based immigration section. Ms. Cipolla joined Berger Berger & Slepian in 1999. She obtained a Bachelors degree in Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Programs with a concentration in Legal Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1999. Her work focuses on permanent labor certification applications, physician J-1 visa waivers, second and third Preference immigrant petitions, including Physician National Interest Waivers. Ms. Cipolla also has experience in preparing H-1B nonimmigrant petitions.
Keith J. Bova
Keith J. Bova is an Immigration Specialist/ Legal Professional at Berger & Berger. He received a B.A. in Political Science with a dual minor in Education and Communication from Canisius College of Buffalo in 1992. Mr. Bova has extensive Government and Immigration Law experience as he was employed for over 18 years with the United States Government; working for The United States Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS) and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) under the US Department Of Justice (DOJ) and US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a Federal Officer and Immigration Inspector. Mr. Bova as a result brings to the table first-hand knowledge and experience in the adjudication of Immigration benefits and the enforcement of US Immigration Laws. His work at Berger & Berger focuses heavily on NAFTA business related work permits, conducting I-9 Audits, I-9 Compliance Defense, US Criminal Waivers, Permanent Residency, and other Immigration related issues as called upon. Mr. Bova joined the team at Berger & Berger in March 2013.
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