Firm Overview

Since 1983, the law firm of Teplen & Associates, PLLC, has been paving the way for families, employees, and professionals in all occupations to live and work in the United States.

Our team of experienced lawyers solve all types of immigration issues for a wide range of clients, including physicians, students, laborers/trades people, executives, working professionals, people with extraordinary abilities, families, marriage immigration, religious organizations, major corporations based in New York and throughout the United States, international conglomerates, individual foreign investors, and also those in removal or deportation proceedings.

Our firm also performs significant work in the area of international human rights. Issues of concern include asylum, violence against women, detention, international child abduction, human trafficking, and protection issues affecting the lesbian and gay communities.

Our Experience
For over 25 years, Teplen & Associates, PLLC, has specialized in U.S. immigration law. Our team of professionals brings the power of over 100 years of experience, including subspecialties in business immigration, waiver of 212(e), J-1 home-residence, (i.e., CONRAD 30 waivers for physicians, hardship, intellectual, governmental waivers,) O-1 visas, I-9 audit compliance, E visas, family immigration and immigration through marriage.

Our founding attorney, Philip Teplen, has been profiled as a pre-eminent immigration attorney on ABC television news,

Main Office

708 Third Avenue
16th Floor
New York  NY  10017

Phone
  • 212.401.4040
Fax
  • 212.401.4041

Philip Teplen

The founding attorney of Teplen & Associates, PLLC has been practicing law since 1983. Mr. Teplen is regularly listed in Who's Who in the World for outstanding contributions to the legal and business community. He has represented thousands of individual, corporate and institutional clients throughout the United States and Internationally in the resolution of U.S. Immigration issues and legal matters involving real estate, corporate, and estate law. The corner stone of the firm is Mr. Teplen's philosophy that the immigration client can only truly and best be represented if one is able to understand all of the related support issues essential to successful settlement in the United States.

Mr. Teplen's Gestalt philosophy stems from his diverse educational and professional background. His education includes: Brooklyn Law School (J.D. 1982), Georgetown University (B.S.B.A., Finance, Cum Laude, 1979) and Oxford University Center for Management Studies, Graduate International Business Finance, Marketing & Government Program (1978). In addition to legal representation, Mr. Teplen has served as Founder, Officer or Director of many corporations in the Construction, Financial, Energy and Computer industries.

The aforestated foundation has provided Mr. Teplen with unique expertise to represent immigration clients before the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Department of Labor, Department of State, Board of Immigration Appeals and the Executive Office of Immigration Review in a method that maximizes all the strengths of the application.

Mr. Teplen's immigration law experience includes family and employment based applications. He is thoroughly experienced in and has pioneered many successful strategies in alien labor certifications, J-1 visa waivers, O-1 Visas, National Interest Applications and many other immigrant and non-immigrant matters, including those issues unique to foreign physicians, teachers and scientists such as licensure, employment contracts, practice formation, waivers and immigrant exceptional circumstance cases.

Mr. Teplen has lectured on immigration law at Florida International University and has been interviewed and profiled as a pre-eminent immigration attorney on ABC television news, The New York Daily News, India Aboard and El Diario newspapers. Mr. Teplen has been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1984 and was admitted to the New York State Bar, Federal District Court for the First and Second Departments of New York in 1983 and Fourth Department since 2005.

Areas of Practice:



Immigration
Real Estate
Corporate
Estate Law



Bar Admissions:



New York, 1982
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court Western District of New York


Published Works:


Comprehensive Business Management Oxford University Press, June, 1978



Honors and Awards:



Financial Honor Society

Education
  • Brooklyn Law School
    Juris Doctor , 1982
    New York, NY
  • Georgetown University
    B.S.B.A. Cum Laude , 1979
    Washington, DC
  • Oxford University-Center for Management Studies
    Graduate , 1978
    Oxford, DC

Morton A. Gross

Admitted to the New York State Bar and the United States Federal Court for the Southern District of New York since 1974. Mr. Gross has developed a focused expertise in the unique immigration issues of foreign physicians entering, settling, and practicing in the United States. In his almost fourty years of experience Mr. Gross's success in the areas of J-1 waivers, physician licensing, and permanent residence has carved a niche in the medical community that has earned him the respect and admiration of physicians across the nation. Mr. Gross has assisted thousands of physicians and their families come to the United States to train, work, and live. Mr.Gross' intense involvement with J-1 waivers for physicians (which allow foreign physicians the ability to work and live in the United States, after their studies are complete, without being required to first return home for two years) has provided him with the opportunity to not only obtain extraordinary waiver approvals but to be consulted by numerous government agencies regarding the drafting and administration of their programs. Mr. Gross has extensive experience in working with most all Interested Government Agencies as well as the Conrad State 30 programs in furtherance of J-1 waiver requests. He has extensive experience in guiding the foreign physician through the complex immigration process. Through the course of his work with foreign physicians, Mr. Gross has developed the respect of hospital administrator's, state licensing officials, as well as government officers who assist in the immigration process for physicians. Mr. Gross extends his legal services beyond the initial immigration concerns of the physician to include contract negotiation and job placement, so as to best assist in successful resettlement.


Areas of Practice:
Immigration
Specialization: Foreign Medical Graduates
Bar Admissions:
New York
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1974





 



Charles F. Printz

Mr. Printz is Special Counselor to Teplen & Associates, P.L.L.C. focusing on political asylum and international human rights with a special interest in women's human rights. He counsels the firm in areas that include J-1 waivers of the Home Country Requirement for foreign medical graduates based on either hardship or persecution, cancellation of removal in deportation cases, and specific immigration issues related to persecution, asylum, refugee and international law and national security. A graduate of Columbia Law, Member of the Bar, and a former U.S. Foreign Service Officer, Mr. Printz has over 30 years of international experience and refugee resettlement work with the U.S. Department of State, the Intelligence Community, and with international human rights organizations. He has traveled widely for the U.S. government, overseas in Southeast Asian and African countries, as well as postings to the United Nations and assignments for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Because of his Indochina experience, Mr. Printz was a guardian-ad-litem for Amerasian youth in Vietnam attempting unification with their U.S veteran fathers. Active in non-profit human rights work, he is a Director for the non-profit law group Human Rights Advocates International (HRAI) and the HRAI Alternate Representative to the United Nations. Mr. Printz's refugee work has been the subject of articles in the New York Daily News, San Francisco Chronicle, and in Newsweek's Periscope feature. 


Specialties:


Political Asylum; International Human Rights; International Women's Human Rights; UN Refugee Convention

Jessica Hargis

Jessica Hargis is an attorney specializing in all aspects of Immigration & Nationality Law.  As an Associate with Teplen & Associates since 2006, she has successf


Jessica Hargis is an attorney specializing in all aspects of Immigration & Nationality Law.  As an Associate with Teplen & Associates since 2006, she has successfully assisted hundreds of clients in obtaining training and professional visas, investor and treaty-trader visas, extraordinary ability visas and green cards, family-based green cards, labor certifications and employment-based green cards, national interest waivers, citizenship, asylum, and relief from deportation and removal. Ms. Hargis advocates for clients in all stages of their cases, regularly appearing in Immigration Court and representing clients before the Board of Immigration Appeals.  


Ms. Hargis received her Bachelor of the Arts Degree from Vassar College in 2003, majoring in political science and international economics. She received her Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2006, with coursework concentrated on advanced issues in immigration law, international law and civil rights.


During law school, Ms. Hargis was actively involved with the Center for Social Justice at Seton Hall School of Law as an Immigration & Human Rights Law Clinic participant.  Ms. Hargis and her partner successfully represented asylum-seekers and other victims of persecution, and visited area-wide detention centers conducting "Know Your Rights" presentations for detainees.  Her legal education and training includes study abroad at Universidad de Palermo in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as well as pro bono service at several community-based public interest organizations, such as the ACLU-NJ. Ms. Hargis was a competitor in the 2004 Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, and a member of the Seton Hall School of Law Student Bar Association's Honor Council


Ms. Hargis is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, and is a member of the New York Immigration Coalition, American Immigration Lawyer's Association, the Brooklyn Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the Kings County Criminal Bar Association.



Bar Admissions:
New York


 


Education
  • Seton HallUniversity School of Law
    Graduate , 2006
    Newark, NJ
  • Vassar College
    Baccalaureate , 2003
    Hudson Valley, NY

Christina Kan



Christina Kan is an associate attorney, specializing in all aspects of Immigration & Nationality Law.  Ms Kan has successfully assisted hundreds of clients in obtaining family-based green cards, employment-based green cards, citizenships, labor certifications, waivers and asylums.  In addition, she also prepares numerous nonimmigrant visa petitions ranging from professionals, outstanding researchers, doctors, managers, executives, artists/ entertainers, athletes and persons of extraordinary ability.


 


Ms. Kan also has extensive experience in preparing Treaty Trader/Treaty Investor visas and regularly develops innovative solutions, for entrepreneurs investing in the United States.


 


A frequent fixture, seen at Immigration Court and the Board of Appeals, Ms. Kan has achieved unparalleled success, advocating on behalf of clients.


 


Christina Kan received her Juris Doctorate from the University at Buffalo, where she also graduated cum laude, with majors in legal studies and psychology,


 


Serving as an Associate Editor for both the Buffalo Women's Law Journal and Buffalo Public Interest Law Journal, Ms. Kan has also competed in the prestigious criminal law Weschler Moot Court Competition. Additionally, she has worked at both the Securities Clinic and Immigration Clinic. At the Immigration Clinic, her work focused primarily, on employment based immigration petitions and labor certifications. While at the Securities Clinic, Miss Kan focused her attention on assisting individual investors in disputes with securities dealers, brokers and advisers.


Prior to joining the prestigious firm of Teplen & Associates, Ms. Kan worked at the Department of Homeland Security, Customs & Border Protection where she researched legal issues in federal security and drafted advisory memos relating to customs and border matters. As an intern, Miss Kan clerked for a Supreme Court Judge, drafting orders and bench memorandums.


Miss Kan is proficient in Cantonese.


She is admitted to practice in both the States of New York and New Jersey.



 

Areas of Practice:


Immigration




Bar Admissions:


New York, 2008


New Jersey, 2007




Honors:


Weschler Moot Court Competition


Law Journal: Buffalo Women's Law Journal, Associate Editor


Law Journal: Buffalo Public Interest Law Journal, Associate Editor




Languages:


Cantonese








 


 


 

Education
  • University at Buffalo Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 2007
    Buffalo, NY
  • University at Buffalo,
    B.A. , 2004
    Buffalo, NY

Philip Teplen

Philip Teplen

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Articles Written

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