Raymond Lahoud is a leading immigration law and deportation defense attorney for one of the nation's premier immigration law and deportation defense firms: Baurkot & Baurkot. Attorney Lahoud also handles criminal appeals and federal appeals at the Federal District Court and Federal Circuit Court levels, including Petitions for Review.
Attorney Lahoud, a native of Pennsylvania, graduated summa cum laude (highest honors) from Lehigh University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. He earned highest departmental honors and, while at Lehigh, Attorney Lahoud studied at the London School of Economics (International Law & Trade) and the Umbra Institute (Italian Language & Literature). While at Lehigh, Attorney Lahoud served as the Editor of The Lehigh Review, earned Deans List each semester, was named a President’s Scholar, was inducted into Phi Beta Delta and received, among other awards, the Williams Award, Cohen Scholarship, Treen Scholarship and Littner Scholarship.
Prior to attending Lehigh University, Attorney Lahoud served as a United States Congressional Page, under then-Congressman Ray LaHood (R-IL), who is now President Obama’s Secretary of Transportation. He also served as a legislative aide to State Senator Lisa Boscola (D-PA) and was the founder and director of Youth for America PAC, a nationwide Political Action Committee that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for various political candidates and registered thousands to vote across America. Following his time with both Boscola and LaHood, Lahoud traveled to twenty-six different congressional districts in thirteen states, to assist several vulnerable incumbents manage last minute grassroots efforts.
When returning to the Lehigh Valley, Attorney Lahoud assisted in the development of Macquarie (PA), a private equity firm that raised foreign capital for commercial development projects across the United States. Attorney Lahoud also actively lobbied for several global corporations looking to conduct business with the United States Government. While doing this, Lahoud traveled to twenty-nine countries–meeting with high level executives and political leaders.
Attorney Lahoud attended Georgetown University Law Center, earning a position on the Georgetown Immigration Law Review-a leading international academic resource focusing solely on immigration issues. While at Georgetown, Attorney Lahoud clerked for the Honorable Joanne Seybert, Federal District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York as well as for Sullivan & Cromwell, a New York Law Firm. Further, Attorney Lahoud was involved in many Georgetown Law organizations including he Appellate Litigation Program, Barristers’ Counsel, Moot Court, Moot Trial, ABA Law Student Division, ACLU at GULC, Catholic Student Association, Hoya Realty Group, Innocence Project, International Law Society, National Lawyers Guild, PHI ALPHA DELTA, United Nations at Georgetown and the Student Bar Association.
Attorney Lahoud's His immigration work includes: Citizenship, U.S. Non-Immigration Visas, E Visas, E-3 Visas, H-1B Visas, H-2B Visas, L Visas, O Visas, P Visas, Q Visas, R Visas, TN Visas, U.S. Immigration Visas, EB5 Investor Visas, Exceptional Ability Immigrant Visas, Extraordinary Ability Immigrant Visas, K-1 Visas, K-3 Visas, Multinational Manager/Executive Immigrant Visas, Outstanding Professor/Researcher Immigrant Visas, PERM Labor Certification, Family Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Marriage Petitions, Asylum and VAWA applications.
Attorney Lahoud's primary focus, however, is in deportation defense, immigration waivers, habeas petitions, Board of Immigration Appeals Matters, Federal District Court proceedings and appeals and appeals to the Circuit Courts, whether the appeals are Petitions for Review or other administrative (immigration) or criminal appeals.
Attorney Lahoud has gained national prominence in his appearance before the Board of Immigration Appeals -- at a young age -- providing oral arguments before the Board -- the first oral argument before the Board in years. He has also argued before the Second and Third Circuit Courts of Appeals.
Attorney Lahoud practices at Baurkot & Baurkot's New York City Office.
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, Arabic, Albanian, American Sign Language, Russian, Croatian, French, German, Vietnamese, Italian, Japanese
Licensed since 2010
Hourly ($300-350/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (60 minutes), Pro Bono (15%)
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Rising Star in International Law||Australian Barrister's Association||2011|
|Immigration Law & Deportation Defense Attorney||Baurkot & Baurkot||2009 - Present|
|Summer Associate||Sullivan & Cromwell||2008 - 2008|
|Legal Assistant for the Hon. Joanne Seybert||District Court for the Eastern District of New York||2007 - 2007|
|Capital Development Partner||Macquarie (PA)||2002 - 2006|
|Congressional Page||US House of Representatives (Hon. Ray LaHood)||1999 - 2000|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce||Member||2010 - Present|
|American Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|New York City Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|New York State Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Appellate Lawyers Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Pomfret Club||Member||2009 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Member||2008 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|American Civil Liberties Union||Member||2007 - Present|
|Gonzalez v. Department of Homeland Security||In Favor of Client - client released from immigration custody after spending months in prison.|
|Matter of Robert A. Bautista||Pending|
|Bautista v. Department of Homeland Security, Mary Sabol, et. al||Pending in the Middle District of Pennsylvania|
|JD Supra||Delaware's Terroristic Threats Crime is Not an Aggravated Felony under Immigration Law||2011|
|JD Supra||How To Avoid Being Deported: Relief in Removal Proceedings||2011|
|Georgetown University Law Center||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|Lehigh University||English||BA - Bachelor of Arts||N/A|
|London School of Economics||N/A||Studies in Int'l Economics/Trade||N/A|
|Umbra Institute, Italy||Study in Italian Language and Global Economics||Summer Study/Research||N/A|
|University of California, Los Angeles||English Literature||Research Program||N/A|
|Board of Immigration Appeals Oral Argument||Whether New York's Attempted Arson in the Third Degree is an Aggravated Felony||2011|
|Global Immigration Forum||US Immigration Law: Can I Secure a Green Card?||2010|