Valentine A. Brown

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Immigration Attorney in Philadelphia, PA

Duane Morris LLP
 | 30 South 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-979-1840
Fax: 215-405-3855
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1996
Practice Areas:
  • Immigration: Business
Attorney Profile

As a partner with Duane Morris LLP & Affiliates, Valentine A. Brown focuses her practice on the areas of employment, labor and immigration, and particularly on the legal issues raised by employment-related immigration. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she helps companies, universities and individual clients throughout the United States and internationally.

Ms. Brown graduated with honors from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Prior to law school, she graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in languages. She is fluent in Spanish.

Admitted to practice in the state courts of Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey, Ms. Brown is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. courts of appeals for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 9th and 11th circuits.

In addition to her law practice, Ms. Brown is involved in a number of professional organizations. She has served as co-chair of the pro bono committee for the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and has also served as a mentor for that organization. She has also served as a volunteer attorney with the Board of Immigration Appeals Pro Bono Project.

A prolific writer of legal articles, Ms. Brown has been a speaker at numerous professional events over the past 15 years. She is an instructor at the Duane Morris Institute, which provides training for professionals working in human resources.

Outside of her legal practice, Ms. Brown is active with several civic and charitable organizations, including the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition.

Practice Areas
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Immigration (100%)


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Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2019

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About Valentine Brown

Admitted: 1996, Pennsylvania

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Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Pennsylvania Immigration & Citizenship Coalition, 2002-2004
  • Mexican American Association of Southern New Jersey, 2005-2008
  • Brazilian Organization for Social Services, 2007-2010
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association- Philadelphia Chapter, Executive Committee, 1999-2003
  • Mentor, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), 2002-present
  • Co-Chair, Philadelphia Chapter Pro Bono Committee, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), 2009-Present
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • West Deptford Soccer Club, West Deptford, New Jersey - Coach, 2004-2006
  • Woodbury Soccer Club, Woodbury, New Jersey- Coach & Team Manager, 1999-2004
  • Woodbury Soccer Club, Woodbury, New Jersey - Treasurer, 1999-2001
  • West End Memorial School, Woodbury, New Jersey, PTA- Treasurer, 2001-2004
  • Board of Immigration Appeals Pro Bono Project, Volunteer Attorney, 2001-present
  • Philadelphia Futures, Inc., Sponsor a Scholar Program - Student Mentor, 2009-present
  • Duane Morris Violence Against Women Pro Bono Practice Group - Founder and Supervising Attorney, 2010

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Panelist, AILA Basics Conference, Boston, 2000
  • Panelist, AILA Midyear Conference, Cancun, Mexico, 2003
  • Panelist, Gloucester County Bar Association, 2005, 2007
  • Panelist, AILA Philadelphia Chapter Conferences, 2000-2006
  • Panelist, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Immigration Update, 2002-2006
  • Panelist, AILA Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2005
  • Speaker, AILA Philadelphia Chapter, "Falling out of Love: Representing Conditional Residents When Life Doesn't Go as Planned, and Other I-751 Oddities," March 12, 2010
  • Presenter, "Life After Graduation Workshop," Burlington County College, Mount Laurel, N.J., April 1, 2010
  • Speaker, "New I-9 and E-Verify Initiatives and Changes to the H-1B program," Duane Morris' Developments in Workplace Law and Practice 2010, Philadelphia, April 29, 2010
  • Speaker, "The Knock at Your Door: How Are Your I-9s?" Duane Morris' Developments in Workplace Law and Practice 2010, Chicago, May 4, 2010
  • Presenter, Seminar on I-9 and E-Verify Compliance, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, June 26, 2010
  • Speaker, "Capitalizing on Allied Treatment: Special Treatment for Certain Countries," American Immigration Lawyers Association annual conference, National Harbor, Maryland, June 30-July 3, 2010
  • Presenter, "L and E Visas – Entrepreneurs, Executives, Managers, Specialized Knowledge, Essential and Specialty Occupation Workers," 2010 Immigration Law Forum, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA, September 21, 2010
  • Speaker, "Immigration Compliance Update for New Jersey Employers," Duane Morris' New Jersey Employment Law Update, Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, October 14, 2010
  • Panelist, "Immigration Audits in the Dragnet: Will Other Agencies Take Notice?" Duane Morris, San Francisco, November 10, 2010
  • Speaker, "Immigration Compliance Update: I-9 Self Audits," Duane Morris Institute Webinar, February 15, 2012
  • Speaker, "Developments in Workplace Law and Practice," Duane Morris' Developments in Workplace Law and Practice 2014, Philadelphia, May 8, 2014
  • Speaker, "The Challenges and Opportunities of Global Mobility," The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Philadelphia, June 11, 2014
  • "No Match Is Back: Employers Remain Adrift Without Safe Harbor," The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, December 2008
  • "Stalling Safe Harbor Social Security No Match Suits," Employment Law 360, January 16, 2009
  • Co-author, "Premium Processing of Certain I-140 Petitions to Resume on June 29, 2009," Duane Morris Alert, June 25, 2009
  • "E-Verify and No-Match Update: The Obama Administration Speaks," Duane Morris Alert, July 13, 2009
  • "Availability of EB-3 Visas and Other Developments in Immigration Law," Duane Morris Alert, October 20, 2009
  • Co-author, "USCIS's Fee Increases and Other Immigration Law Updates," Duane Morris Alert, September 13, 2010
  • Co-author, "Immigration Fees Increase; November Cut-Off Dates See Little Movement," Duane Morris Alert, November 2, 2010
  • "I-9 Audits: What Smart Companies Are Doing to Ensure They Stay on the Right Side of Labor Laws," Food Manufacturing, April 2011
  • "Is E-Verify Requirement Coming to Pennsylvania Employers?" The Legal Intelligencer, June 15, 2011
  • Co-author, "EB-2 Visas for China and India Move Five Months and Other Immigration Law Updates," Duane Morris Alert, June 21, 2011
  • "February Visa Bulletin, EB-2 for China and India Moves 12 Months and Other Immigration Law Updates," Duane Morris Alert, January 18, 2012
  • "Pre I-9 Audit Planning: Prepare for the Worst and Hope for the Best," The I-9 and E-Verify Blog (sponsored by LawLogix), Part 1 February 21, 2012; Part II February 23, 2012
  • "DOJ Ramps up Investigations of Discrimination During the I-9 Process," Advisen Management Liability Journal, April 2012
  • "Fiscal Year 2013 H-1B Cap Reached; EB-2 Retrogresses for All Countries," Duane Morris Alert, June 14, 2012
  • "New E-Verify Requirement for Pa. Public Works Contractors, Beginning January 1, 2013," Duane Morris Alert, July 9, 2012
  • "Public Works Contractors Now Required to Use E-Verify System in Pennsylvania," The Legal Intelligencer, April 9, 2013
  • "Electronic I-94s Are Here: Key Information for Travelers and Employers," Duane Morris Alert, May 17, 2013
  • "Immigration Impact: Recognizing and Reducing Liability in Corporate I-9 Procedures," Corporate Counselor, August 2013
  • Co-author, "Federal Government Shutdown Impacts Certain Immigration Processes," Duane Morris Alert, October 2, 2013
  • Author, "The Infosys Setllement: Lessons for Corporations and Their Counsel," Bender's Immigration Bulletin, December 1, 2013
  • Co-author, "DHS Proposes Rule for H-4 Employment Authorization," Duane Morris Alert, May 20, 2014
  • Author, "Possible Paths President Obama Can Take on Immigration," Law360, August 4, 2014
  • Co-author, " Long-Awaited Work Authorization Rule for H-4 Spouses Published February 24, 2015: First Day to File Applications Is May 26, 2015," Duane Morris Alert, February 25, 2015

Educational Background:

  • University of Delaware, B.A., Languages, 1989
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Office Location for Valentine A. Brown

30 South 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Phone: 215-979-1840

Fax: 215-405-3855

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Last Updated: 2/25/2019

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