Jonathan A. Grode

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Immigration Attorney in Philadelphia, PA

Green and Spiegel, LLC
 | 1524 Delancey Street, 4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215-395-8959
Fax: 401-454-7882
Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2009
Practice Areas:
  • Immigration: Business (80%),
  • Immigration: Consumer (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Italian
Attorney Profile

An attorney at Green and Spiegel, Jonathan A. Grode serves his clients from the firm's office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. With his practice focused exclusively in the area of immigration law, he handles a variety of business immigration issues as well as individual and family immigration matters.

Mr. Grode completed his undergraduate education at Case Western Reserve University, graduating magna cum laude in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature. He later decided to pursue a legal career and enrolled at the Temple University Beasley School of Law. In 2008 Mr. Grode was awarded his Juris Doctor magna cum laude and received the Greg R. Wiegand '98 Memorial Fund Award as well as the Nat N. Wolfsohn Memorial Award in Real Property at his graduation ceremony. He is admitted to practice before all Pennsylvania state courts.

Recognized for his experience in his practice area, Mr. Grode has served as a panelist and moderator on immigration law topics for numerous organizations, including the American Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia. He has had articles selected for publication by a wide variety of journals on immigration law topics. Highly regarded by his fellow professionals, Mr. Grode has received a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo.

An adjunct professor in immigration law at his law school alma mater, Mr. Grode is an active participant in a variety of legal organizations. He is a member of the Section of Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar Association, and he has served as co-chair of that section's Immigration and Human Trafficking Committee. Mr. Grode is also a member of the board of directors of the Philadelphia Chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Immigration (80%): Naturalization & Citizenship

Immigration (20%): Naturalization & Citizenship

Focus Areas

Naturalization & Citizenship

Selections

top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 7 years

Rising Stars: 2012 - 2018

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About Jonathan Grode

Admitted: 2009, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: http://www.gands.com/en-us/team/bio/jonathan-grode

Honors and Awards:

  • Winner “2002 I Love New York,” Song Writing Contest
  • Temple University Law School Honor Code Representative: 2005 - 2008
  • Temple University Law School Hilary Holloway Scholarship for the 2005/2006 academic year, “Outstanding Academic Achievement”
  • Temple University Law School Louis Matkoff Scholarship for the 2007/2008 academic year, “Outstanding Academic Achievement”
  • The David Adamany Award, 2008
  • Albert J. Bricklin Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholastic Performance, 2008
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association Special Achievement Award for “dedication and commitment to the high school mock trial competition”. May 16, 2014
  • SuperLawyer’s Rising Star: for Immigration Law in Pennsylvania, 2012 -2017
  • Law360  “A New and Promising Immigration Tool for Entrepreneurs​"
  • Temple Law, Education and Participation Project (LEAP) Huey R. Burkett Service Award, Temple University Beasley School of Law, March 8, 2008
  • Greg R. Wiegand ’98 Memorial Fund Award, Temple University Beasley School of Law, May 22, 2008
  • The Nat N. Wolfson Memorial Award in Real Property, Temple University Beasley School of Law, May 22, 2008

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • AILA Philadelphia Chapter – Nominating Committee: 2013, 2016 
  • AILA NMD National – NMD Nominating Committee:  2011, 2012, 2013
  • AILA Philadelphia Chapter – Annual March CLE Co-Chair: 2012
  • ABA Labor and Employment Law Sec. Marketing Committee, 2011, 2012
  • AIJA (International Young Lawyers) President, Immigration Commission, 2011, 2012
  • National High School Mock Trial Association, Case Writing Committee: 2013 – Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition, Executive Board Member: July 2009 – Present
  • Board Member French American Chamber of Commerce (Philadelphia Chapter): 2014 – Present
  • AILA Philadelphia Chapter New Member Divisions, Chair Emeritus: 2014 –2015
  • ABA Labor and Employment Law Section Host Committees, 2014 – 2015
  • ABA Labor and Employment Law Section Human Trafficking Task Force, Liaison to ABA Business Section: 2014 – 2015
  • ABA Labor and Employment Law Section Immigration Committee, Annual Conference Track Coordinator: 2011 – 2015
  • ABA Labor and Employment Law Section Immigration Committee, Co-Chair: 2011 – 2015
  • ABA Labor and Employment Law Section Immigration Committee, Member: 2009 – 2015
  • ABA Labor and Employment Law Section Immigration and Human Trafficking Administrative Committee, Liaison to ABA Business Section: 2015 – Present
  • ABA Labor and Employment Law Section Immigration and Human Trafficking Administrative Committee, Management Co-Chair: 2015 – Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition, Executive Board Member, 2009-present
  • AILA National Chapter Student Outreach Committee, 2014-present
  • ABA Labor and Employment Law Section Marketing Committee, 2011, 2012

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Legal and Tax Issues of Interest to the French and Expatriate Communities. Consular Agency of France in Philadelphia and Wilmington. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. March/April, 2016
  • Understanding the Employment and Immigration Implications of Terminating Expatriates: At the Journey's End. ABA Employer Rights and Responsibility Committee Midwinter Meeting. New Orleans, Louisiana. March, 2016
  • Ethical Issues in Immigration Law. Louisiana Bar Association Conclave on Diversity. Baton Rouge, Louisiana. March, 2016
  • Visas for Entrepreneurs (France). French Chamber for Commerce and Industry. Paris, France. January, 2016
  • Recent Changes in Immigration Law for Labor Lawyers. Colorado Bar Association Annual Ski and CLE. Vail, Colorado. January, 2016
  • In the Eye of the Visa Holder. American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section Newsletter. Vol. 44, Number 2. Winter, 2016
  • Civil Labor Enforcement, Private Claims and Supply Chain Accountability: What You Can Do to Help Fight Trafficking in Persons. ABA 9th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. November, 2015
  • Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Investor Options for Foreign Nationals. American Immigration Lawyers Association Philadelphia Chapter. October, 2015
  • How to Make Immigration Law Part of Your Existing Practice. ABA Employer Rights and Responsibility Committee Midwinter Meeting. Naples, Florida. March, 2015
  • Developments in Enforcement - I-9s. Colorado Bar Association Annual Ski and CLE. Vail, Colorado. January, 2015
  • Managing Unintended Consequences of Immigration Reform. American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section Newsletter. Vol. 43, Number 3. Spring, 2015
  • Changing Immigration Regulations Raise Employment Issues. American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section Newsletter. Vol. 42, Number 3. Spring, 2014
  • O-1B: For More than Traditional Artists (with Alex Varghese). AILA New Member Division E-News. Vol. 6. Issue 3 – www.aila.org, July, 2014
  • Business Immigration Basics. Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. January, 2014
  • Immigration Options for Engineering Entrepreneurs. Brown University PRIME Program. Providence, Rhode Island. February, 2014
  • A Narrated Mock Trial – The Asylum Defense. AILA Philadelphia Chapter New Members Division Meeting. March, 2014
  • U.S. Immigration Law Reform: What You Don’t Hear in the Press. ABA Employer Rights and Responsibility Committee Midwinter Meeting. Los Cabos, Mexico. March, 2014
  • Lessons from the Hot Stove – Risk Management. Control Systems Integrators Association Executive Conference 2014 Annual Conference. San Diego, California. April, 2014
  • Best Practices in Workplace Training in the Prevention of Human Trafficking. ABA 8th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference. Los Angeles, California. November, 2014
  • Mergers and Acquisitions: The Assets and Liabilities of Foreign Workers. ABA 8th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference. Los Angeles, California. November, 2014
  • LGBT Immigration Post-DOMA. Philly Gay Lawyers. Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. October, 2014
  • The Politics of Compliance - Control Systems Integrators Association Newsletter. www.csia.org - July, , , 2014
  • Developments in Enforcement - Watch Out for ICE. Colorado Bar Association Annual Ski & CLE. Vail, Colorado. January, 2014
  • Temporary Protective Status and Ebola (with Andrew Rodgers) AILA Law Student Newsletter. December, 2014
  • Immigration Options for Upcoming Foreign National Graduates. Bryant University. Smithfield, Rhode Island. November, 2013
  • Business Immigration Basics. Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. January, 2013
  • Representing Corporate Clients: Managing Immigration Risk for "Compliant" Employers (with Jane W. Goldblum, Esq.). The Labor Lawyer: A Journal of Ideas and Developments in Labor and Employment Law. Spring, 2013
  • Avoiding Stumbling Blocks in Acquiring TN Status (with Karen Jensen, Esq.) AILA New Member Division E-News. Vol. 5, Issue 2 - www.aila.org. May, 2013
  • Immigration Action - The Civil Side of Employing Foreign Nationals (with Brian Green, Esq. & Alex Varghese, J.D.). ABA Labor and Employment Law Section 7th Annual Conference. November, 2013
  • Author, "Developments in Enforcement", Colorado Bar Association Annual Ski and CLE (Snowmass, CO), 2013
  • Author, "The Six Most Important Aspects of Immigration Law Now Impacting Labor and Employment Lawyers", ABA Employer Rights and Responsibility Committee Midwinter Meeting (Miami, FL), 2013
  • Author, "Immigration Reform: The Employment Perspective", ABA Webinar Series, 2013
  • Author, "Trends in Business Immigration Law", Russian-Speaking Professionals Network of Greater Philadelphia [RSPN] (Philadelphia, PA), 2013
  • Author, "How Comprehensive Immigration Reform will Affect Business in the United States", German-American Chamber of Commerce (Philadelphia, PA), 2013
  • Author, "Developments in Canadian/U.S. Immigration Law", National Association of Software and Service Companies NASSCOM (Mumbai/Bangalore, India), 2013
  • Moderator, "Comprehensive Immigration Reform: What has been Proposed and What to do Now?", ABA 7th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference (New Orleans, LA), 2013
  • Author, "Employer Compliance - How to Mitigate and How to Litigate", AILA Philadelphia Chapter New Members Division Meeting, 2013
  • Author, "Basics of Immigration Law", AILA Philadelphia Chapter New Members Division Meeting, 2012
  • Author, "Are You Compliant With Immigration Laws???", Labor and Employment Relations Association Philadelphia Chapter (Philadelphia, PA), 2012
  • Opening Pandora’s Box – Immigration Law and Enforcement (with Wendy Castor Hess, Esq.), Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Spring 2012.
  • Moderator, On a Collision Course – State Immigration Enforcement Laws Running into Federal Jurisdiction. ABA National Conference on Equal Opportunity Law. San Francisco, California, March 2012
  • Moderator, The Real Cost of Human Trafficking, ABA National Conference on Equal Opportunity Law. San Francisco, California, March 2012
  • Moderator, ICEman Cometh, Immigration Enforcement in the Workplace. ABA 5th Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference. Seattle, Washington, November 2011
  • Regular Presenter at National and International American Bar Association conferences as well as at local American Immigration Lawyers Association seminars and meetings
  • Business Immigration Law – A 2 Part Series. Philadelphia Community College – January 2012.
  • 'Immigration for Corporate Counsel.' Goldblum & Hess, Annual CLE. Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. January 2012.
  • The 10 Most Important Aspects of Immigration Law Now Impacting Labor and Employment Lawyers. ABA National Conference on Equal Opportunity Law. San Francisco, California. March 2012.
  • Everything You Didn’t Know you Needed to Know About Performing Due Diligence Regarding Immigration Status in Corporate Acquisitions / Mergers (But Were Afraid to Ask) (with Wendy Castor Hess, Esq.), New York State Bar Annual Conference Publication. April 2010
  • Organizing CLE Events for Your NMD (with Jennifer Hermansky, Esq.) AILA New Member Division E-News. Vol 3. Issue 1 – www.aila.org, February 2011.
  • Practice Pointers for Employment-based Green Card Sponsorship AILA New Member Division E-News. Vol 3. Issue 4 – www.aila.org, December 2011.
  • Employer-Related Issues to Spot Before Commencing a PERM Case (with Wendy Castor Hess, Esq. & Maria P. Fritzinger, Esq.), AILA’s PERM Labor Cert Guide. AILA December 2011.
  • Representing Corporate Clients: Managing Immigration Risk for “Compliant” Employers (with Jane W. Goldblum), ABA Labor Law Journal, Summer 2012.
  • Opening Pandora’s Box: Immigration Issues Affecting Labor Lawyers (with Wendy Castor Hess, Esq.) Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 18th Annual Employment Law Institute. April 2012.
  • Presenter, First Amendment and Cyberspace, Women for Greater Philadelphia: Constitution Day 2007. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 2007.
  • Presenter, I-9, E-Verify and Employer Compliance, Experience HR Webinar, January 2009
  • Co-presenter (with Jane. W. Goldblum, Esq.), PERM, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Philadelphia Chapter Annual Conference. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 2009
  • Co-presenter (with Howard Cleveland, Esq.), What Every Labor/Employment Lawyer Needs to Know about Immigration Law: The Top 10. , ABA, Labor and Employment Law Conference. Orlando, Florida (April 2009)
  • Co-presenter (with Jane. W. Goldblum, Esq. and Maria P. Fritzinger, Esq.), Immigration Laws and Diversity in the Workplace. , Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Social Equity Conference. State College, Pennsylvania, October 2009
  • Co-author, CHART: Immigrant Visa Options for Scientists and Researchers , David Stanton Manual on Labor Certification, 3rd Ed. AILA 2005.
  • Co-author (with Wendy Castor Hess, Esq. & Maria P. Fritzinger, Esq.), Employer-Related Issues to Spot Before Commencing a PERM Case , David Stanton Manual on Labor Certification, 4th Ed. p.113. AILA 2008-2009. (with Employer Questionnaire Practice Aid p. 314).
  • Co-author (with Wendy Cator Hess, Esq.), Representing Corporate Clients: A New Union between Labor, Immigration and Criminal Counsel, The Labor Lawyer: A Journal of Ideas and Developments in Labor and Employment Law, Vol. 24, Number 2, p.223 Fall 2008

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Quoted in: The P-1 Visa And Suk-Min Yoon: How the Pitcher Will Get His Visa. Global Sports Integration Blog. February 16.2014. http://globalsportingintegration.com/p-1-visa-suk-min-yoon/, 2014
  • Immigation Expert Witness - Robinson v. Grande (Berks County C.C.P., Docket No. 10-15643), Reported in the Legal Intelligencer  , 2013
  • Quoted in: H-1B Visas are Hot Again, for Philly Firms too. Newsworks. WHYY [5/8/13]  http://www.newsworks.org , 2013
  • Quoted in: Immigrant Investor Program Gets Watchful Eye. Legal Intelligencer [5/21/13], 2013
  • Quoted in: Egg Harbor Township officials see foreign investment as solution for West Atlantic City. Press of Atlantic City [8/12/2011] - http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com, 2011

Educational Background:

  • Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, Magna Cum Laude, 1999

Industry Groups

  • Corporate
  • Education
  • Healthcare
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Office Location for Jonathan A. Grode

1524 Delancey Street
4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Phone: 215-395-8959

Fax: 401-454-7882

 

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