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Matthew Blaisdell

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Top Rated Immigration Attorney in Brooklyn, NY

Matthew Blaisdell, Esq.
159 20th Street, Suite 1B
Brooklyn, NY 11232
Phone: 347-352-9573
Selected to Rising Stars: 2018 - 2020
Licensed in New York Since: 2010
Practice Areas: Immigration: Consumer, Immigration: Business
Attorney Profile

Matthew Blaisdell, Esquire, is a general immigration practice based in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to his practice, Matthew is an adjunct professor and is deeply involved in advocacy related to professional ethics and consumer protection.

  • We provide ongoing, in-depth consulting, at a flat rate, on a full range of legal immigration services.
  • Our focus is on developing a plan designed to accomplish your individual goals.
  • We won’t push you into a certain type of case, but will empower you to make decisions that are in your best interest.

Our practice is guided by respect for our clients. I have been deeply involved with legislation at local and state levels to protect foreign nationals from exploitation in immigration services, and I have long been active on these topics on a national level. These principles are incorporated into a process that is designed to identify the strategy that best fits your individual goals.

While the solution is sometimes straightforward, for others it may require a longer period of dialogue and consideration. Rather than charge you for a single meeting or call, we will charge a flat fee to consult with you for as long as it takes to develop a plan that you feel confident in.

Our personalized approach is designed to evaluate your situation from all angles: family-based, employment-based or skills-based, humanitarian, removal defense, or naturalization, or general trouble-shooting. Whether you have already identified the path you wish to pursue or believe that you might benefit from additional guidance, our job is to help you get to where you want to go––doing as much or as little as you need.

So we may reserve time and prepare for you, we request 50% of the consulting fee when making the appointment; this may be refunded if you cancel or reschedule more than 24 hours in advance, or if I do so at any time. We may provide translation in multiple languages, though additional fees are typically required.

We understand that getting an estimate of the fees involved is helpful in deciding whether to schedule an initial consultation. While we cannot provide a quote for your case outside of a consultation (for both professional and ethical purposes), we will do our best to give you an idea of what to expect throughout this process while you consider making an appointment.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Immigration: Consumer
  • 50%Immigration: Business


3 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2018 - 2020

White Papers

  • Truth in Advertising: an Ethics Case Study (2021) - Provides ethical considerations and potential liabilities attorneys must consider when advertising legal services on social media.
  • Collaborating to Protect New Yorkers from Immigration Fraud (2016) - The PINY Resource Guide, “Collaborating to Protect New Yorkers from Immigration Fraud: A Resource Guide For Law Enforcement, Government and Advocates” provides government and law enforcement with the tools to crackdown on immigration assistance fraud. The Guide outlines the common ways consumers fall victim to this type of fraud; highlights the laws under which a case are commonly brought; details considerations for law enforcement when working with immigrant victims; provides contact information for relevant agencies engaged in helping to build enforcement cases and educate the public; and, lifts up best practices from recently enforced fraud cases. This first of its kind guide also details the new private right of action provision in the New York State law in these cases.
  • Ethical Considerations Related to Affirmatively Filing an Application for Asylum for the Purpose of Applying for Cancellation of Removal and Adjustment of Status for a Nonpermanent Resident (2017) - Use this valuable guide to navigate the ethical questions posed by the practice of submitting an affirmative asylum application with the goal of being placed in removal proceedings so that an application for cancellation of removal for nonpermanent residents may be submitted.

About Matthew Blaisdell

First Admitted: 2010, New York

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • National Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Ethics Committee
  • New York State Bar Association Special Committee on Immigration Representation, Member
  • Protecting Immigrant New Yorkers Task Force, Member
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) National Consumer Protection and Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, Chair & Member

Educational Background

  • Pace Law School, 2009
  • LL.M Environmental Law, Pace Law School, 2011
  • New York City Environmental Law Leadership Institute, 2011

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Provide assistance to attorneys representing or advising immigrants in anticipation of the Biden administration., moderator & presenter, Immigration in 2021: Anticipating Changes under a New Administration, Lawline, 2021
  • Walk attorneys through pitfalls to be aware of regarding use of their trust accounts. , co-presenter, Avoiding Trust Account Terrors: How to Ethically And Effectively Manage a Lawyers Trust Account, Lawline, CLE, 2021
  • Assist immigration attorneys, as well as criminal defense attorneys, in advising noncitizen clients regarding the implications of criminal activity. , presenter, Analyzing Criminal Activity for Immigration Consequences, Lawline, 2021
  •, presenter, CLE, Enhanced Enforcement and Desperate Clients: Managing Ethical Risk in Immigration Law, Lawline, 2018
  • Monthly meeting of the Indiana Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association., presenter, Monthly Meeting, Hot Topics In Ethics, AILA, Indiana Chapter, 2020
  • Immigration-specific responses to the Covid-19 pandemic for practitioners. , presenter, Immigration Updates and Strategies amid the Covid-19 Pandemic, Lawline, 2020
  • Survey the most common immigrant and non-immigrant visas, discuss how to evaluate a client's suitability for each, and identify special issues that should be addressed from the outset to provide the client with the best chance of success., presenter, CLE, Immigration Pathways from Studies to Employment , Lawline, 2020
  • Provide a survey of nonimmigrant visa categories that typically apply to these circumstances, including their benefits and drawbacks, timeframes, and eligibility requirements. We will also explore how several of these categories might fit with or conflict with each other. The program will provide attorneys with as much information as they need to help a client feel informed about and comfortable with the options presented. , presenter, CLE, Alternatives to the H-1B Visa (update), Lawline, 2020
  • Understand the regulatory, judicial, and model rule foundations for practicing immigration law across multiple states., co-presenter, Whose Rules Do I Follow? Ethical Concerns for Multi-jurisdictional Practitioners., American Immigration Lawyers Association, Annual Conference, 2019
  • Provide an overview of the various regulatory schemes governing the conduct of immigration lawyers, apply these rules to basic areas of litigation and practice management, provide a background understanding of the ethical issues at play in these conflicts, and will attempt to provide a framework to assist in managing your risk of discipline., presenter, CLE, Legal Ethics: 10 Rules for New Immigration Practitioners, 2019
  • Provide a unique perspective for attorneys seeking a better understanding of not only the ins-and-outs of various non-immigrant visas for foreign national students, but also the concerns and practical realities of both students and the schools and programs with which they interact., presenter, CLE, Immigration Strategies for International Students, Lawline, 2018
  • Provide an overview of the most common, and a few of the often-overlooked, options for clients seeking to launch and develop businesses and other projects in the United States, while providing the practical information needed to identify the option that is most appropriate for the circumstances., presenter, CLE, Immigration Strategies for Investors and Entrepreneurs, 2018
  • Review the executive orders currently being litigated. Understand the constitutional challenges to those orders within current litigation. Anticipate further constitutional challenges and litigation related to the orders., presenter, CLE, Constitutional Challenges to Recent Executive Orders in Immigration , Lawline, 2017
  • Examine the cases that were heard by SCOTUS in the last year, with an eye towards several decisions and issues that may be front and center in the next term, including the “travel ban” and “sanctuary cities.”, presenter, CLE, The Supreme Court Immigration Roundup (2017-2018 Term), Lawline, 2018
  • Provide an overview of the CAT and the manner in which it has been adopted into U.S. law, explain the differences between relief under asylum law and under the CAT, and explore the elements needed to establish a claim. Special attention will be paid to the cases of foreign nationals who face detention in their home countries based upon criminal conduct occurring in the U.S., presenter, CLE, Immigration Relief under the U.N. Convention against Torture, Lawline, 2017
  • Panelist on contemporary issues related to professional responsibility in immigration practice., co-presenter, AILA Monthly Meeting, Ethics Issues for New Attorneys, Asylum, and Disciplinary Issues, American Immigration Lawyers Association, New York Chapter, 2016
  • Following the presidential election of 2016, noncitizens face high levels of uncertainty regarding their ability to enter and remain in the U.S. Likewise, attorneys must understand this new landscape in developing legal strategies for clients seeking to live, work, study, or conduct other activities in the U.S. Policy makers at the state and local levels must also contend with complex and politically fraught issues affecting their constituents, while determining how they will interact with a new federal administration that may have different objectives.   Noncitizens and their attorneys, advocates and representatives face difficult questions in this new landscape. What changes to existing programs, such as DACA, might take place? What are some ways that the enforcement may change? How might the administration change the ways that screenings take place at the border? Who are “criminal aliens”, what are “sanctuary cities”, and what powers does the administration have to force cities to comply with its policies? How do we explain these potential changes to our clients and advise them accordingly?   This course, led by attorney Matthew Blaisdell, seeks to enable attorneys to provide strong counsel in this new, challenging environment., CLE, What Comes Next: Immigration Law and The New Administration, Lawline, 2017
  • When the President, as head of the executive branch, takes an action to implement and enforce the laws passed by Congress, we sometimes call it an ‘executive action. In such instances, the President delegates that power to the appropriate executive agencies; in the context of immigration, the relevant agencies and offices are U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Attorney General. Decisions about how to enforce Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) are referred to as “prosecutorial discretion”, which is what it sounds like: the use of discretion to prosecute the laws.   Prosecutorial discretion therefore refers to the ability of an enforcement agency to decide how to do its job. For example, Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) only has the resources to fully enforce the immigration laws against a relatively small percentage of the immigration population that is in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Thus, when the ICE decides not to fully pursue enforcement in a particular case, it is favorably exercising discretion   The manner in which ICE carries out its duties is influenced by policy memorandum issued by its Director. Over the years, there have been numerous memos relating to how ICE should exercise its prosecutorial discretion. For instance, on whom should ICE focus its investigations? Who should ICE detain or allow to be admitted? Against whom should they initiate removal proceedings? Against whom should they seek removal orders?   This course, led by immigration attorney Matthew Blaisdell, seeks to provide attorneys with an understanding of the different points in the enforcement process at which they may advocate that ICE exercise its discretion in a favorable manner, as well as provide an idea of how a new President may take executive action to change the manner in which ICE exercises its discretion., presenter, CLE, Prosecutorial Discretion in Individual Immigration Cases, Lawline, 2017
  • As advocates for immigrants pursuing humanitarian-based relief, we often seek to use whatever legal means are available to secure relief for our clients, whose life, freedom, and/or ability to remain in the country they grew up in may depend on securing particular benefits from USCIS or in obtaining relief from an immigration judge. However, such advocacy must be guided by the rules governing attorney conduct, including confidentiality, candor before the court, unauthorized practice of law, and conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice, to name but a few.   The desire to secure benefits and relief for clients in desperate circumstances may cause attorneys to step into ethical grey areas. For example, some clients may be eligible to apply for a form of relief that may lead to permanent residence, but only if they find themselves before a judge in removal (deportation) proceedings. This has caused some attorneys to file applications for asylum specifically to place their clients into such proceedings. What are the ethical considerations surrounding these practices, and what is the possibility that attorneys may face discipline? This course, led by attorney Matthew Blaisdell, examines these and related practices in the context of pursuing humanitarian-based relief, as well as issues involving the use of translators and paralegals, working with children and victims of crimes or persecution, and dual representation, with the objective of empowering attorneys to better manage their risk while advocating for their clients. , presenter, CLE, Ethical Considerations in Applying for Humanitarian-Based Immigration Relief, Lawline, 2017
  • Survey of nonimmigrant visa alternatives to the H-1B classification., presenter, CLE, Alternatives to the H-1B Visa, Lawline, 2017
  • Assisting attorneys to provide effective intakes for immigrant clients., co-presenter, Improving the Client Intake Process, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Annual Conference , 2017
  • Help to develop a strategy for consultations that fits both your personality and the objectives for your practice., presenter, CLE, Preparing for an Immigration Consultation , Lawline, 2015
  • Immigration attorneys often struggle with the demands of practicing in a highly complex area of law in which the stakes are extremely high for their clients. These demands are particularly difficult for those new to this area of law, who must grapple with an entirely new set of ethics-related questions: What rules govern the practice of immigration lawyers? What types of conduct are most likely to result in attorney discipline, and how does discipline occur? How can small- and solo-practitioners manage their practices a manner consistent with the relevant rules of professional responsibility? This course, led by immigration attorney Matthew Blaisdell, will provide an overview of the various regulatory schemes governing the conduct of immigration lawyers and apply them to basic areas of litigation and practice management, with a close analysis of specific, practice-related issues that immigration attorneys should become familiar with. , presenter, CLE, Immigration Ethics, Lawline, 2016
  • Overview of benefits through both USCIS and the U.S. Immigration Court system. , co-presenter, CLE, Navigating the U.S. Immigration System for Immigrant Youth, Lawline, 2016
  • Survey of relief available to minors in removal proceedings., co-presenter, CLE, Representing Unaccompanied Children in Immigration Court, Lawline, 2016
  • Presented panel on issues related to potential and recent Executive actions related to immigration benefits and protections., presenter, CLE, Implementing Executive Action on Immigration: Executive Grants of Administrative Relief, New York City Bar Association, 2015
  • Provide both an overview and a ‘nuts-and-bolts’ approach to family-based cases, detention, asylum, deferred action, and parole into the United States for LGBT clients. , co-presenter, CLE, Immigration Concerns for LGBT Persons, Lawline, 2015
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Office Location for Matthew Blaisdell

159 20th Street
Suite 1B
Brooklyn, NY 11232

Phone: 347-352-9573

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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