Baurkot & Baurkot: The Immigration Attorneys

Baurkot & Baurkot: The Immigration Attorneys

Baurkot & Baurkot is Pennsylvania's leading immigration law and deportation defense firm. Serving individuals, corporations, non-profits, small businesses, families, employers, US visitors and more. Call Today for a Free Consultation.

Firm Overview

With over 75 years of combined legal experience, the attorneys at Baurkot & Baurkot are some of the most respected attorneys in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

For decades, the Attorneys who are a part of Baurkot & Baurkot have represented individuals, families, small businesses & large corporations from around the world in all types of Immigration related matters, especially deportation cases.

We provide our Clients with unparalleled service and results in an expeditious and professional manner. We offer full Immigration services, from naturalization applications to the most complex of deportation proceedings or corporate employee immigration issues. Our firm offers all Clients with the resources necessary to provide efficient, cost-effective legal services.

Our team specializes in complex immigration matters and obtaining approvals for those matters.

Baurkot & Baurkot is located in Easton, Pennsylvania. From Pennsylvania, Baurkot attorneys represent clients in immigration and deportation matters across the United States and beyond, with a particularly focus on serving those in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

Call Now for a Free Consultation. Immigration Law is Complex and neither person nor corporation should commence the immigration battle alone. Call Now. Why Not? The talk is free.
Main Office
Baurkot & Baurkot - Pennsylvania
205 South Seventh Street
Easton  PA  18042
Phone
  • 484-544-0022
  • (484) 544-0022
Fax
  • (201) 604-6791
Websites

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?
Yes
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Varies. Most services are provided on an hourly basis. Sometimes, however, we will provide fixed fee services, such as adjustment of status, naturalization, family based immigrant petitions non-immigrant petitions and visa applications and applications to replace lawful permanent resident cards.

Every case is different. Whether a fixed fee can be used depends on the individual case circumstances. We are straight-forward and dedicated to providing the most comprehensive information to all clients. Given this, rest assured that you will be properly informed, in advance, of billing and legal fees. We are here to work with you. Your initial consultation is free. Call Today.
Hourly Rates
$250 - $350

Office Information

Office Hours
7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Office Manager
Yenny Bautista
Emergency After Hours
Yes
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Arabic and Russian

Other Offices

Baurkot & Baurkot - Pennsylvania
227 South Seventh Street Easton
Easton,  PA  18042
Baurkot & Baurkot - Pennsylvania
205 South Seventh Street
Easton,  PA  18042
Baurkot & Baurkot - New York
275 5th Avenue
Suite 704
New York,  NY  10001
Deportation
Deportation Defense is the practice of immigration law before federal immigration courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals and Federal Circuit Courts. It is the litigation that fights -- with every argument possible-- to prevent, forced banishment.
Baurkot & Baurkot Attorneys are your Deportation Defenders, providing deportation, removal, exclusion or admissibility representation to clients across the United States, with offices in New York City, New York, Easton, Pennsylvania, Brooklyn, New York and Basking Ridge, New Jersey.
Baurkot & Baurkot's is a firm that is dedicated to representing those who may have the smallest of deportation issues to the most complex of federal deportation matters. Key to Baurkot & Baurkot's growth to the forefront of deportation attorneys across the United States is that, while Baurkot & Baurkot has global capabilities, no case is treated as "minor." We believe in personalized representation, with experienced attorneys who use modern approaches to solve your deportation problem.

If you are not now in removal proceeding and have never been, but are in the United States unlawfully, have been convicted of any type of crime or are facing a conviction, Baurkot's Deportation Attorneys have counseled many in the very same position. Many immigrants those in the United States lawfully and those unlawfullyhave found comfort in retaining Baurkot & Baurkot for any potential immigration issues that may arise in the future and may lead to the commencement of deportation or inadmissibility proceedings.

If a case has already started, Baurkot & Baurkot steps in quickly, regardless of when the next hearing date is scheduled. From securing a client's release on reasonable bond to defending the client throughout the entire deportation proceeding process, such as establishing, through an extensive and detailed trial, that a client is eligible for one of many forms of relief from deportation. Baurkot's expertise is need from the start of a non-immigrant's criminal case, to that immigrant's bond hearing and final trial.

Deportation proceedings are commenced in several different manners and there are several forms of relief from deportation from the United States. To learn more about Immigration Courts, the Deportation Process and Forms of Relief, please visit Baurkot's Deportation Defense Practice Area by clicking here. Contact Baurkot & Baurkot if you, a loved one, a family member or a friend is facing deportation from the United States.
Immigration Law
Immigration Law is the complex area of law -- second to none -- that effects those who are neither citizens nor nationals of the United States, and their ability to enter, work and remain, as well as their rights while staying in the United States.
Current immigration laws are very harsh, especially for those who have a criminal record.

"The Game" Background of Immigration Law

Immigration law has evolved over the course of American and Global history. A primary purpose of United States immigration laws is to control the number and type of non-citizens who can be in the country. Among other things, these immigration laws outline conduct that can disqualify non-citizens from getting permission to enter or remain in the U.S. A key mechanism for enforcing the law against non-citizens already in the country is through their deportation. Under the law, one way such actions are justified is when the individual involved has been found to have committed various crimes.

For most of its history, the United States has maintained immigration laws to control which non-citizens are allowed to be in the country, for what reasons, for how long, and who can become citizens. The Alien Act of 1798, known as the Alien and Sedition Laws, empowered the President to expel any alien, or non-citizen, he deemed dangerous. A general immigration law passed in 1882 called for the exclusion of "idiots, lunatics, convicts, and persons likely to become public charges." The 1882 law also banned Chinese immigrants. A 1917 immigration law established a literacy requirement for admission to the country.

Establishing the Basic Structure of the Current Immigration Law

In 1952 the McCarran-Walter Act established the basic structure of today's immigration law, setting up deportation procedures, creating a quota system based on nationality, as well as detailed exclusions based on political grounds. Other major changes of the immigration laws have occurred in 1965, 1980, 1986, 1988, 1990, and 1996. Congress is again seriously debating major immigration revisions.

"The Rules" The Governing Law

Congress creates immigration law and policy through statutes. The primary immigration laws are contained in a statute known as the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The INA and its related federal regulations (Title 8 of the Code of Federal Regulations) cover immigration laws governing:

Who is an immigrant and who is a citizen
Who can enter the country from abroad
Who must have a visa to enter the country
How visas are defined and administered
How immigrants are processed
Which immigrants can be removed (deported) from the country
What immigrants must do to maintain their legal status
How immigrants can become permanent residents or naturalized citizens
Who qualifies as a refugee or asylum recipient
US Citizenship
The ultimate goal of many immigrants to the United States is citizenship through naturalization, which is the acquisition of citizenship after birth. Baurkot & Baurkot is a leader in the field of naturalization applications and petitions.
The ultimate goal of many immigrants to the US is citizenship through naturalization, which is the acquisition of citizenship after birth.

The most basic requirement for naturalization is that the applicant must be at least 18 years old. Children younger than 18 whose parents are naturalized automatically obtain US citizenship. If you have a criminal history, please contact Baurkot & Baurkot before you apply for naturalization, as issues may arise.

There are a number of requirements related to residency in the US that must be satisfied for naturalization. In most cases, the applicant must have continuously resided in the US for five years after becoming a permanent resident (three years if in a marital relationship with U.S. Citizen); at least one-half of this time must be spent physically in the US. The applicant must have lived for at least three months in the jurisdiction where the application will be filed.

The naturalization applicant must demonstrate good moral character and an attachment to the principles embodied in the US Constitution. Finally, they must possess basic English skills and a knowledge of the history and government of the US.

There are some groups of people who, even if they could demonstrate these requirements, are still not eligible to become citizens. These include people who have held certain ideological beliefs and people who have deserted the US military. While criminal offenses do not of themselves preclude a person from being naturalized, after 1996 people convicted of aggravated felonies are unable to show good moral character.

Benefits of Becoming a Citizen

The Right to Vote: A Fundamental Right of a U.S. Citizen

Being a citizen of the United States provides many privileges. Voting in elections is one such privilege. New citizens are expected to participate in elections and to adhere to the principles of tolerance and understanding towards differing points of view, which is the philosophical basis of the system of government of the United States.

A Chance to Reunite Families

Certain immigrants who because of their close relationship to U.S. Citizens are exempt from the numerical limitations imposed on immigration to the United States. Immediate relatives are: spouses of U.S. Citizens, children (under 21 years of age and unmarried) of U.S. Citizens, and parents of U.S. Citizens 21 years of age or older.

A Way to Protect your Children's Right to Remain in the U.S.

Permanent resident children under the age of eighteen, who are in the lawful legal and physical custody of their naturalizing parent(s), automatically become U.S. Citizens when their parent(s) becomes naturalized.

Protection in Cases Involving Illegal Activity

In the event a Permanent Resident is ever accused of an illegal activity, they will remain within the authority of the USCIS and the Immigration Courts, and can be removed (or deported) for such activity. However, U.S. Citizens have the right to an attorney and a fair trial without the threat of being deported.

International Travel Made Easier

Permanent Residents can lose their status if they leave the country for 180 days or longer, and in the event of an extended absence, must obtain a re-entry permit. However, as a U.S. Citizen, you are not restricted on the amount of time you can spend outside of the U.S. and are not subject to obtaining a re-entry permit. Additionally, travel can be more convenient as many countries do not require Visas of U.S. Citizens.
US Visa
US Visas are immigrant or non-immigrant. Each can be based on family, employment, schooling, simple visits, brief business, entertainment, diplomatic and many more. Baurkot & Baurkot is a leading immigration law firm, specifically in visa issues.
Aliens seeking admission to the United States (U.S.) as immigrants follow one of two paths depending on their residence at the time of application.

Aliens living abroad apply for an immigrant visa at a consular office of the Department of State. Once issued a visa, they may enter the U.S. and become legal immigrants when they pass through the port of entry.

Aliens already living in the U.S., including certain undocumented immigrants, temporary workers, foreign students, and refugees, file an application for adjustment of status (to legal permanent residence) with the Bureau of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). At the time they apply for adjustment of status, applicants may also apply for work permits. New legal immigrants are automatically authorized to work and should receive alien registration cards ("green cards") after becoming legal permanent residents.

Immigrant Visa Categories

Immigrant visas may be divided into two categories: visas subject to numerical limitations and those that are not.

Visas not subject to numerical limitations are granted to immediate relatives (children, parents and spouses) of U.S. citizens, resident aliens returning from temporary visits abroad, and former U.S. citizens. To qualify as a "child" of a U.S. citizen the person must be unmarried, under 21 years old, and either a legitimate child, stepchild, illegitimate child, adopted child, an orphan adopted abroad, or an orphan coming to the U.S. to be adopted. A parent with any of the relationships described under the definition of child qualifies as a "parent." In order to receive a visa as the spouse of a U.S. citizen the alien must have a "valid and subsisting marriage" with that citizen.

Visas subject to numerical limitations are granted to persons qualifying for family sponsored, employment related, or diversity immigrant visas. There are four categories of family sponsored visa preferences: unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens and their children; spouses, children, and unmarried sons and daughters of legal permanent residents; married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens and their spouses and children; and brothers and sisters, including spouses and children, of U.S. citizens ages 21 and over. There are five categories of employment-sponsored preferences: priority workers; professionals with advanced degrees or aliens of exceptional ability; skilled workers, professionals (without advanced degrees), and needed unskilled workers; special immigrants (e.g. ministers, religious workers, and employees of the U.S. government abroad); and employment creation immigrants or investors.

As noted, one can secure an immigrant visa through either a family petition or an employment based petition.

Call Baurkot & Baurkot Now for a Free Consultation on a possible immigrant visa. Call (484) 544-0022.

U.S. Non-Immigrant Visas

As a general rule, an alien who wants to travel to the United States as a non-immigrant needs a visa. For some non-immigrant visa categories, an alien can obtain the visa directly from the U.S. consulate without having to first apply to and receive approval from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) (formerly called the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)). For other non-immigrant visa categories, an alien has to obtain approval from the USCIS prior to applying for a visa at the U.S. consulate. In those instances, one must be ready to produce evidence of USCIS approval to the U.S. consulate. Aside from evidence of approval from the USCIS, there are other forms and documents an alien must bring to the U.S. consulate when applying for a visa.

Call Baurkot & Baurkot Now for a Free Consultation on a possible non-immigrant visa. Call (484) 544-0022.
Immigration Law
Corporate Immigration Law
Baurkot & Baurkot: Representing Corporations, Employees (Temporary and Permanent), Athletes, Entertainers, Intercompany Transfers, New Hires, Foreign Recruits and Religious Workers

Businesses across the globe and of all sizes and in all industries and sectors have come to rely on foreign nationals whose education, talents and skills can make them highly valuable or even essential to their employers.

Baurkot & Baurkot represents businesses, non-profits, trusts, employers and individuals with respect to all aspects of business and commercial related immigration law.

If an employer seeks permanent legal residence for a foreign employee, there are many options. If an employer wants to simply transfer a foreign employee or manager to an American subsidiary company or an American office, there are many options available. If an employer requires temporary employment, again, the options are numerous.

Baurkot & Baurkot's Attorneys will work with employer and employee at all levels to ensure that all documents are properly filed and all qualifications are met. Whether the stay is short term or permanent, Baurkot's Attorneys can assist in all business immigration needs from labor certifications, I-140s, EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, EB-4, EB-5 documents to B1 (short term business travelers) or H-1b (temporary professional employees) and H-2 visas for nonprofessional employees.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Immigration Law has been the core of Baurkot & Baurkot's practice for over five decades. Founded by an attorney born to immigrants to the United States, the Firm has always had a link towards the entire concept of the American Immigration System -- it has always been something personal.

Immigration Law still is personal at Baurkot & Baurkot. The outcome of a certain case impacts the immigrant, his or her family, children, employers and the like. Lives depend on the outcome of any immigration matter and the impact is oft-lifetime. Mistakes cannot be made. Recognizing that, Baurkot & Baurkot has remained in the immigration law specialty -- building on its history, knowledge -- while expanding into the innovate practice of law that is all to necessary today.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

Baurkot Attorneys have litigated immigration law and deportation defense case to the highest of courts -- day after day fighting for the rights of immigrants (detained and not-detained), employers and those seeking refugee. Baurkot & Baurkot has been fighting these battles decade after decade, with the intent to continue for decades more-- serving clients from all spectrums of life. For Baurkot & Baurkot, immigration is personal.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Baurkot & Baurkot is a personal law firm. Baurkot Attorneys strive to go beyond what is the minimal, to bring about arguments and representation that is beyond that initially imagined at the free consultation. Baurkot's representation is educated, historic, yet modern, innovative and dedicated to each client, as though that client is the only one.

Raymond Lahoud

Raymond Lahoud, a former business leader who earned many accolades throughout his life forhis excellent academic performance, business leadership and political activism.  Lahoud was appointed as Managing Director of Baurkot’s Immigration Law Group.


Raymond Lahoud, an Easton, Pennsylvania native, graduated summa cum laude from Lehigh University (fourth in his class), with a Bachelor’s Degree in English (highest department honors), earning several accolades and scholarships.  During his time at Lehigh, Lahoud studied at the London School of Economics (International Law & Trade) and the Umbra Institute (Italian Language & Literature).


Raymond Lahoud served as the Editor of The Lehigh Review, earned Deans List each semester, was named a President’s Scholar, was inducted into Phi Beta Delta and received, among other awards, the Williams Award, Cohen Scholarship, Treen Scholarship and Littner Scholarship.


Prior to attending Lehigh University, Raymond Lahoud served as a United States Congressional Page, under then-Congressman Ray LaHood (R-IL), who is now President Obama’s Secretary of Transportation.  He also served as a legislative aide to State Senator Lisa Boscola (D-PA) and was the founder and director of Youth for America PAC, a nationwide Political Action Committee that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for various political candidates and registered thousands to vote across America.  Following his time with both Boscola and LaHood, Lahoud traveled to twenty-six different congressional districts in thirteen states, to assist several vulnerable incumbents manage last minute grassroots efforts. 


When returning to the Lehigh Valley (Easton, Bethlehem & Allentown), Lahoud directed Victory Consulting Group, a Pennsylvania-based political consulting firm that employed as many as fifteen individuals at one time.  Further, Raymond Lahoud assisted in the development of Macquarie (PA), a private equity firm that raised foreign capital for commercial development projects across the United States, including a tower housing one of the nation’s leading insurer’s in California.  Lahoud also actively lobbied for several global corporations looking to conduct business with the United States Government.  While doing this, Lahoud traveled to twenty-nine countries–meeting with high level executives and political leaders.


After Lehigh, Lahoud attended Georgetown University Law Center, where he excelled academically.  Raymond Lahoud earned a position on the Georgetown Immigration Law Review-a leading international academic resource focusing solely on immigration issues. While in law school, Raymond Lahoud worked for the Honorable Joanne Seybert, Federal District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York as well as for Sullivan & Cromwell (summer associate), a prominent law firm. 


Lahoud graduated cum laude and earned Deans List and several CALI awards in many different legal courses.  Lahoud was actively involved in several clincs, programs and other organizations such as the Appellate Litigation Program, Barristers’ Counsel, Moot Court, Moot Trial, ABA Law Student Division, ACLU at GULC, Catholic Student Association, Hoya Realty Group, Innocence Project, International Law Society, National Lawyers Guild, PHI ALPHA DELTA, United Nations at Georgetown and the Student Bar Association.


When joining Baurkot & Baurkot, Raymond Lahoud brought with him a long history of political, legal and business management expertise. Raymond Lahoud specializes in immigration law and deportation defense for individuals and corporations in New York, New Jersey & Pennsylvania (Easton, Bethlehem, Allentown & the surrounding region).  His immigration work includes:  Citizenship,  U.S. Non-Immigration Visas, E Visas, E-3 Visas, H-1B Visas, H-2B Visas, L Visas, O Visas, P Visas, Q Visas, R Visas, TN Visas, U.S. Immigration Visas, EB5 Investor Visas, Exceptional Ability Immigrant Visas, Extraordinary Ability Immigrant Visas, K-1 Visas, K-3 Visas, Multinational Manager/Executive Immigrant Visas, Outstanding Professor/Researcher Immigrant Visas, PERM Labor Certification, Family Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Marriage Petitions, Asylum and VAWA applications.


Lahoud also works in the field of Immigration Waivers, such as the Visa Waiver Program, National Interest Waivers, Hardship Waivers and J Waivers.  Raymond Lahoud’s practice focuses greatly on Deportation Defense, at the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals and Circuit Court levels.  Lahoud has defended individuals against deportation across the United States.  Often, his Deportation practice takes him into state and federal appellate courts, where he seeks post-conviction relief for the underlying crime that led to the commencement of the deportation.  On the other hand, Raymond Lahoud has represented individuals who overstayed their visas or entered the United States without inspection.


While Raymond Lahoud resides in the Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton, Pennsylvania area, he is licensed in the State of New York and practices immigration law and deportation defense throughout the nation, particularly in New Jersey, New York and throughout the rest of Pennsylvania.

License
  • Bar Number: 4869111
    New York , 2010
Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center
    J.D. , 2009
    Washington, DC
    Lahoud attended Georgetown University Law Center, where he excelled academically. Raymond Lahoud earned a position on the Georgetown Immigration Law Review-a leading international academic resource focusing solely on immigration issues. While in law school, Raymond Lahoud worked for the Honorable Joanne Seybert, Federal District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York as well as for Sullivan & Cromwell (summer associate), a prominent law firm.

    Lahoud graduated cum laude and earned Deans List and several CALI awards in many different legal courses. Lahoud was actively involved in several clincs, programs and other organizations such as the Appellate Litigation Program, Barristers Counsel, Moot Court, Moot Trial, ABA Law Student Division, ACLU at GULC, Catholic Student Association, Hoya Realty Group, Innocence Project, International Law Society, National Lawyers Guild, PHI ALPHA DELTA, United Nations at Georgetown and the Student Bar Association.
  • Lehigh University
    B.A. , 2006
    Bethlehem, PA

    Lahoud graduated summa cum laude from Lehigh University (fourth in his class), with a Bachelor’s Degree in English (highest department honors), earning several accolades and scholarships.  During his time at Lehigh, Lahoud studied at the London School of Economics (International Law & Trade) and the Umbra Institute (Italian Language & Literature).


    Raymond Lahoud served as the Editor of The Lehigh Review, earned Deans List each semester, was named a President’s Scholar, was inducted into Phi Beta Delta and received, among other awards, the Williams Award, Cohen Scholarship, Treen Scholarship and Littner Scholarship.

George Baurkot

Mr. Baurkot is the founding partner of Baurkot & Baurkot. Following a strong completion of law school and several stints at other law firms, Mr. Baurkot, who was first admitted to practice over a half a century ago, decided that his role in life was to ensure that the rights of all are protected, regardless of what approach had to be taken. From the very start, Mr. Baurkot has dedicated much of his life practicing deportation law to building a reputable, distinguished and client focused Firm, where every case is given the one-on-one deportation defense representation that each client deserves.

Mr. Baurkot is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC, where he earned his Juris Doctorate. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Seton Hall University in Northern, New Jersey. Mr. Baurkot is admitted to practice law before the United States Immigration Court System as well as the Federal Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He is likewise admitted to practice before the Pennsylvania and District of Colombia Courts.

More importantly, for the last fifty-years, Mr. Baurkot has become a leader in the field of immigration law and deportation defense. His first case in 1961, in-fact, was an immigration case and he has built a rather extensive, respected and dedicated practice since that first case. He has handled every type of immigration matter, from deportation, BIA appeals, naturalization, marriage related immigration, permanent immigration, issuance of private bills, and temporary visas.
License
  • Bar Number: 7905
    Pennsylvania , 1961
Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center
    JD , 1958

Daniel Baurkot

Daniel J. Baurkot is a named partner at Baurkot & Baurkot ad a Deportation Defense attorney at Baurkot & Baurkot. He is a 1987 graduate of St. John's University School of Law in New York a 1984 graduate of Notre Dame University in South Bend, India. While at the University of Notre Dame, Daniel majored in Accounting.

Over the years, Mr. Baurkot has took on numerous positions in several private firms across New York City, New York, before becoming a member of Baurkot & Baurkot, the firm started by his father in 1960. He is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Courts of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, the Federal District Court for the District of New Jersey and the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He is also admitted into the Federal District Courts for both the Eastern and Federal Districts of New York.

Mr. Baurkot practices primarily out of the Firm's New Jersey and New York offices (handling cases in Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Manhattan, Long Island, Upstate New York and the rest of New York State as well as Newark, Jersey City, Patterson, Clifton, Piscataway, Camden, Phillipsburg, Woodbridge, Clinton and the remainder of the State of New Jersey).

Mr. Baurkot represents individual clients, estates and corporations of all sizes in all types of matters, including immigration litigation, commercial and real estate transactions, state and federal regulatory issues, civil defense, personal injury and criminal defense. Daniel's current practice is focused on Immigration Law & Deportation Defense in courts across the nation.

Mr. Baurkot also leads the Firm's "Post-Conviction Relief" practice area, which focuses on vacating criminal convictions for permanent residents and those who have some other minor or serious criminal conviction, that warrants their removal from the United States. It has long been a recognized principle of Baurkot Law that a key way to overcome the removal/deportation of a person in removal/deportation proceedings, is by attempting to vacate the underlying criminal conviction however minor it may be. Daniel, together with other Baurkot Firm Attorneys, work diligently to secure post-conviction relief in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania and in Federal Courts across the United States. Petitions filed include Petitions for Writs of Coram Nobis, New York 440 Motions, Pennsylvania Post-Conviction Relief Motions, New Jersey Post-Conviction Relief Motions, Federal and State Habeas Petitions, and, among others, Section 2255 Motions in federal courts.

Mr. Baurkot has long been a leader in the immigration law and deportation defense community and his background in civil and criminal litigation provides him with a strong background to take on any case, regardless of what it entails.

Mr. Baurkot's key focus is on deportation defense, including immigration bond hearings, bond redetermination hearings, master calendar hearings, individual (merits) hearings, asserting all forms of removal relief, including, but not limited to Cancellation of Removal for Permanent Residents, Cancellation of Removal for Non-Permanent Residents, Political Asylum, Convention Against Torture, Withholding of Removal, Former 212(c) Relief, Adjustment of Status and Voluntary Departure.

Mr. Baurkot also assists in the securing of Private Bills, S Visas, U Visas and T Visas and he diligently works on Motions to Reopen, Stays of Removal, Administrative Appeals and Petitions for Review in the Second and Third Circuits of the United States Courts.
License
  • Bar Number: 2167914
    New York , 1988
Education
  • St. John's University School of Law
    J.D. , 1987

William Menard

Attorney William C. Menard is a leading immigration law and deportation defense attorney at Baurkot & Baurkot. Mr. Menard is a native New Yorker, growing up in the East Village neighborhood of New York City. He attended high school at the Trinity School, an independent, preparatory educational institution located in New York's Upper West Side that was founded in 1709 (the fifth oldest school in the United States). The Trinity School has long maintained the reputation as one of the nation's leading educational institutions, with Forbes Magazine naming it the best college preparatory school in the United States. During his time there, he worked on the campaigns of both Andrew Cuomo for governor of the State of New York and John Kerry for president. He was also a member of Trinity's Model Congress, and was selected to participate in the National Student Leadership Conference, a program in Washington, D.C., preparing exceptional college-bound students for the nation's top professions.

Mr. Menard then moved to Los Angeles to attend Claremont McKenna College, perennially one of America's top ten liberal arts institutions. At Claremont, he majored in Government, and wrote his thesis on the effect President Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign on the Iraq War, and the future of U.S. foreign policy in the Persian Gulf. Mr. Menard worked for the Claremont Courier, a Los Angeles-area newspaper, where he covered numerous areas as a journalist, including U.S. Congressional campaigns, immigration in Southern California, healthcare and abortion rights, and more. During college, Mr. Menard also worked as a public relations representative for the Harlem Children's Society, promoting a New York-based organization that helped bright children from underprivileged backgrounds and communities pursue college degrees and careers in math and science. Finally, Mr. Menard interned for a New York labor and employment law firm.

Mr. Menard then attended St. John's University Law School. There, he was selected to join the school's prestigious Moot Court Honor Society. As part of the application process to join Moot Court, he earned the award for best brief of those applying in his year. He was twice picked to argue in the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition, the largest and most respected moot court competition in the world, and his writing helped St. John's earn one of the highest brief scores in the Northeast region. He was also selected to be the brief specialist for the St. John's National Moot Court Competition team, helping the school to earn runner-up best brief in the New York region. Finally, he was elected as a Senior Director of the St. John's Moot Court Executive Board. Outside of Moot Court, Mr. Menard was selected as the Dorothy Day Memorial Scholar for the class of 2012. He also earned multiple CALI awards for top grade in a particular course, including for his work in State Constitutional Law, and earned a spot on the St. John's Dean's List.

Mr. Menard is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York, First Judicial Department, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Menard is also a member of the American Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Mr. Menard played varsity baseball for two years at the Trinity School and one year at Claremont McKenna College, pitched for several travel teams in the New York area, and continues to love baseball, as well as hockey and several other sports. He also loves to travel as much as possible.
License
  • Bar Number: 5157672
    New York , 2013
Education
  • St. John's University School of Law
    J.D. , 2012
  • Claremont McKenna College
    B.A. , 2009

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