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I've been practicing exclusively in the field of U.S. immigration law for over 25 years and have overseen the successful filing of close to 10,000 applications for employment based permanent residency and an equal number of employment based nonimmigrant petitions. Although my practice has primarily focussed on the representation of foreign professionals and their employers in employment based cases, I and my office handle all forms of immigration matters including  LCA audit defenses, actions in federal court for mandamus (to make the government decide a case that has been sitting for too long) and judicial review under the Administrative Procedure Act (to reverse erroneous denials of visa petitions or other applications for immigration benefits such as adjustment of status). Filing a lawsuit in federal court can be a surprising effective way of resolving government errors, and in well over 50% of the cases we file the government reverses itself within 2-4 months of the case being filed, negating the need to seek a decision from the judge at all.


I urge you to contact me if you have been told by other attorneys that your case is hopeless. While there are many situations that cannot be resolved by legal counsel, we have brought many seemingly hopeless cases "back from the dead" by pursuing a more aggressive and/or unusual course than most immigration attorneys normally consider. 


Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%


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  • Philip R. Goutman

    I am happy to endorse Michael Piston. I have known him for almost 30 years. He is an excellent lawyer with an encyclopedic knowledge of the immigration laws and procedures. I would happily recommend any client to Michael with total confidence. He is brilliant and tenacious. He has the ability and experience to handle any immigration issue presented to him.


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  • Michael Moosavi Shabani

    I endorse Michael Piston. I have known Michael for many years and he has been a member of American Immigration Lawyers (AILA). Michael is highly knowledgeable in US immigration law and has been a mentor to me. Michael is a top notch lawyer. Do not hesitate to hire him.


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Contact info

Piston & Carpenter P.C.

314 Town Center Drive
Troy, MI, 48084

Michael E. Piston, Attorney at Law

111 Broadway
Suite 1304
New York, NY, 10006



MIActive And In Good Standing198201/08/2016
WAVoluntarily Resigned200401/10/2016
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