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Joe is Of Counsel to Landau, Hess, Simon & Choi.
He has been a practicing immigration attorney for over 20 years and is renowned for his specialization of complex litigation in federal and immigration courts, especially relating to criminal issues and asylum/withholding cases. He has won numerous precedential cases in the Third Circuit, including: Zheng v. Gonzales, 422 F.3d 98 (3rd Cir. 2005) (“arriving aliens” eligible for adjustment of status; regulation at 8 C.F.R. 1245.1 found to be ultra vires); Sukwanputra v. Atty. General, 434 F.3d 627 (3rd Cir. 2006)(granting asylum and withholding for Chinese Christian from Indonesia); Purveegiin v. Gonzales, 448 F.3d 684 (3rd Cir 2006) (Convention Against Torture claim relating to prison conditions in Mongolia and finding that Board must follow regulation, 8 C.F.R. 1003.1(e)(5), to provide full panel review); and Liu v. Ashcroft, 372 F.3d 529 (3rd Cir. 2004) (holding that regulation at 8 C.F.R. 287.6 is not an exclusive mechanism for authentication of documents in a Chinese family planning asylum claim). He is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), serving on the National Amicus Committee since 2008 and as a National Conference Speaker every year since 2005. In addition, Joe has lent his expertise as a Trainer for the American Immigration Law Foundation (now known as American Immigration Council) Litigation Skills Program and has participated as a speaker for AILA’s Annual Federal Court Immigration CLE.
Joe is consistently listed as one of the best immigration attorneys in Pennsylvania (www.superlawyers.com) and was recognized by his peers for his outstanding mentorship with the Matthew Baxter Mentorship Award, awarded by the AILA Philadelphia Chapter in 2015. He earned his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1993 and his Bachelor’s degree from Earlham College in 1989. He served as an Independence Foundation Fellow from 1996 to 1997 working with the Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program and has worked for other non-profit agencies as well as having extensive prior private firm experience. In addition to complex litigation cases, Joe has worked on behalf of immigrant victims of domestic abuse, assisting many women to obtain permanent residence and protection from their abusers. He has additional experience in cases dealing with the controversial use of secret evidence in immigration proceedings. Joe is fluent in Spanish. Joe’s primary goal is securing justice for each individual he represents.