Lauren DeBellis Aviv

Managing Partner

Lauren represents foreign nationals seeking employment and family-based visas. She focuses on obtaining visas for individuals of extraordinary ability, and for entertainment/music companies, the film/TV industry, theatres, dance companies, advertising/digital agencies, and start-ups. Before practicing immigration law, Lauren practiced criminal defense trial law at The Legal Aid Society in Manhattan, which provided her with the unique skills and background to advise foreign nationals and criminal defense attorneys regarding the intersection between criminal and immigration law. Lauren frequently lectures on immigration law issues before AILA and other prestigious organizations and universities, including New York University, Yale University, Brooklyn Law School, and the International Center for Photography, among others. She is rated a Super Lawyer* in the New York Metro Area and is featured in the Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Immigration guide. Lauren is committed to pro bono work and has served as the Co-Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association's ("AILA") NY Chapter's Pro Bono Committee and as a liaison on AILA's National Pro Bono Committee. She previously headed the NYC Immigration Action Group, which was part of the Action Group Network founded by Beau Willimon (Creator of “House of Cards”) in response to the 2016 US Presidential Election. She received her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and her B.S. from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. She is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey.

*Only 2 ½ percent of attorneys in the New York area are accorded this honor each year by New York Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters publication. See Super Lawyers website for additional detail on their attorney selection criteria.


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