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My practice areas are immigration and business litigation. 

My immigration experience includes family and employment visas, including representing clients obtain H1-B, L, and TN professional visas.  I am familiar with the labor certification process in connection with H1-B visas and employment based immigrant visas. 

With the LGBT advances to immigration law, I also represent same-sex binational couples on marriage petitions and fiancé (K) visas.  Additionally, I have successfully represented LGBT applicants in obtaining special immigration status by asylum allowing the applicant to remain in the United States with work authorization and a path to citizenship.  My LGBT clients include individuals from Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, China, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, Moldova, Peru, Russia, Serbia, St. Lucia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, and Uganda. 

I also represent businesses in a broad range of litigation matters in state and federal courts in New Jersey and New York and am skilled in all phases of litigation.





Languages spoken: English, Portuguese

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    12 years, 250 cases
  2. Immigration: 50%
    12 years, 200 cases


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Contact info

Baldassare & Mara, LLC

100 Church Street 8th floor
New York, NY, 1007

Baldassare & Mara, LLC

570 Broad Street
Suite 900
Newark, NJ, 07302



NYCurrently registered 200603/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top ContributorAvvo2015
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2014
Clients' Choice AwardAvvo2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011
Safe Haven AwardImmigration Equality2006
Articles Editor (Title)The Rutgers Law Review2004
Samuel Rubin Merit ScholarshipSamuel Rubin2004
Honorable DistinctionM. Greenberg Writing Competition2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselBaldassare & Mara, LLC2013 - Present
AssociateSaul Ewing2008 - 2012
AssociateSaiber LLC2004 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationApproved Member2015 - Present
No More FearBoard Member2013 - Present
American Portuguese Speaking AttorneysMember2013 - Present
Firm is Certified WBENC MemberN/A2013 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
National LGBT Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Lesbian and Gay Law Association of Greater New YorkMember2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re LGBT Brazilian National Asylum ApplicationGRANTED
In re LGBT Fiance K Visa ApplicationGRANTED
In re LGBT Chinese National Asylum ApplicationGRANTED
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Publication nameTitleDate
OdysseyLGBT Immigration News2015
OdysseyLGBT Immigration News2013 MagazineLGBT people throughout the world seek asylum in the United States2012
NJSBA Banking Law SectionE-Discovery: If It is Recoverable, It Is Discoverable2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Rutgers, State University of New Jersey School of Law - NewarkLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
Rutgers UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Panel Member -- Seton Hall Law School CLE PresentationCross-border Issues Affecting Immigrant Families: Concentration on Immigration and Family Law2015
Panel MemberLGBT Asylum2012
Gusest SpeakerLGBT Asylum2012