Thomas M. Griffin

Top rated Immigration attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Surin & Griffin, P.C.
Thomas M. Griffin
Surin & Griffin, P.C.

Practice Areas: Immigration, Criminal Defense

Licensed in Pennsylvania since: 2002

Education: Suffolk University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2007 - 2008

Surin & Griffin, P.C.

718 Arch St
Suite 701N
Philadelphia, PA 19106 Visit website


Focusing his practice exclusively on immigration law, and fluent in both Spanish and Haitian Creole so as to better serve his diverse client base, Thomas M. Griffin is an attorney at Surin & Griffin, P.C. Located in Philadelphia, he provides representation to clients throughout Pennsylvania and across the country. Mr. Griffin is admitted to practice in both Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.

A portion of Mr. Griffin's practice involves the procurement of family-based visas, including for fiancees, spouses and certain unmarried children. He also helps people who have successfully sought asylum to obtain green cards or to petition for derivative asylee status for family members. Mr. Griffin also provides defense representation for people who are in detention and who are facing deportation proceedings, such as green card holders who have allegedly committed a crime.

Mr. Griffin also has extensive employment-based immigration experience. This has encompassed helping clients to obtain EB-1 visas, such as for people who have extraordinary ability in certain fields, EB-2 visas for people with advanced degrees and EB-3 visas for certain types of professionals. Mr. Griffin's nonimmigrant visa background has included assisting heads of state, diplomatic officials, entertainers, athletes, victims of human trafficking and full-time students in accredited higher education institutions.

After graduating from Georgetown University, where he majored in sociology and received a Bachelor of Arts in 1985, Mr. Griffin went on to attend the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and obtained a master's degree in forensic psychology. After working as a probation officer and as a schoolteacher for several years, he decided to pursue a legal education and enrolled at Suffolk University Law School, and he served on the Suffolk University Law Review before being awarded his Juris Doctor magna cum laude in 1999.

Practice areas

Immigration: Consumer, Criminal Defense
  • 90% Immigration: Consumer
  • 10% Criminal Defense

First Admitted: 1999, Massachusetts

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Educational Background:
  • Georgetown University, Sociology
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, Forensic Psychology, Robert Morrow Prize, Outstanding Student in the Master’s Program
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Drexel University Law School, Professor, Human Rights
  • Associate Executive Editor, Law Review, Suffolk University Law School
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Haiti Foundation, Co-founder
  • Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, Board of Directors
  • Irish Immigration Center
  • “Rising Star”, Super Lawyers magazine
  • Massachusetts Pro bono “Attorney of the Year.”
  • Philadelphia Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Outstanding Mentorship of Fellow Members

Office location for Thomas M. Griffin

718 Arch St
Suite 701N
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Phone: 215-925-4435


4 Years Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2007 - 2008

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