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Melanie Shapiro

Immigration Attorney at Norwood, MA

5.0   52 reviews

Licensed for 10 years

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Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    85%
    Removal defense, asylum, business immigration, appeals, post conviction relief, family petitions, detainee representation. I speak Spanish.

    10 years, 3,000 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    15%

Melanie Shapiro is an experienced immigration lawyer based on Norwood, MA. She works with clients from all over the U.S. and internationally to help keep their families together, keep them safe, and change their lives. It has been an honor for her to develop relationships with her clients, earn their trust, and be a part of their journeys. Her ultimate goal is to see her clients succeed in their lives.  Her firm's slogan is "holistic, compassionate lawyering" and she looks to help her client's with not just their immigration cases, but any other issues that might come up. Melanie is a second generation immigrant herself, so she is very dedicated to pave the way for new immigrantsMelanie's practice focuses on removal defense, asylum, family petitiions, naturalization, special immigration juvenile status, VAWA, U & T visas, appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the First Circuit Court of appeals, and federal district court work. 

 

Melanie Shapiro has always been passionate about human rights and helping other people. While an undergraduate student at the University of Rhode Island, she co-founded an organization, Citizen Against Trafficking, to combat human trafficking. She received the Robert A. Rainville Leadership Award, the President's Award for Academic Excellence, and completed a distinguished thesis as part of the honors program, entitled "Sex Trafficking and Decriminalized Prostitution in Rhode Island."  In law school, she was a Public Interest Scholar at Roger Williams University School of Law, where she won the highest marks in the Immigration Clinic. 

 

Attorney Shapiro is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and serves on the AILA New England Diversity and Inclusion Committee. AILA previously named Melanie a ProBono Star. Super Lawyers has named Melanie a Rising Star for the last several years.  She volunteers her time providing community education to different organizations, including the LGBT Asylum Task Force.  

 

Melanie is also an accomplished artist. She is on the board of the Dedham Art Association and paints portraits inspired by her clients. They can be found all over the office.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her partner, daughter, dog, painting, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors. 

 

 

 

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Licensed for 10 years
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 2012
Updated 09/19/2022

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Posted by Youssef | March 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Melanie won my Asylum case
Melanie was instrumental in getting me asylum in the US. From the initial consultation to follow-ups and updates on my case, Melanie and her team have been knowledgeable, professional, and compassionate. I always felt that my case was in good hands and my questions and concerns were always welcome and answered in a very timely manner. Melanie is very well informed on latest developments in immigration and knows how best to position your case. As an example she successfully petitioned for me to join the asylum interview shortlist (I was eventually called for an interview off this shortlist). I look forward to continue working with her office as I continue to navigate the US immigration system. I strongly recommend reaching out to Melanie Shapiro's office for immigration matters!
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Posted by carlos wilson | December 31, 2021
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Posted by Adegboyega | December 31, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Simply the best
After dealing with 3 previous lawyers and consulted with tons of lawyers, i was referred to her by an an attorney friend of hers who told me “ Melanie handles cases like yours “ and he was right. I was able to travel for the first time in 7 years. I actually traveled on the 7th year exactly. She’s very knowledgeable and tactical.
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Posted by Gerry | November 30, 2021
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Awesome and stress free
We first contacted Melanie for a brief immigration consultation but then decided to hire her because she just made us feel so comfortable. Our case was so unusual that we were so stressed out and thought we were going to be denied. But Melanie made it so simple and held our hand every step of the way. Even when there were delays from USCIS and we were freaking out, we could always call Melanie and she would make some calls and then call us back to reassure us that everything was OK. She is so easy to talk to, very empathetic and very understanding. I would recommend Melanie to anyone who is looking to immigrate, no matter what their unusual circumstances. Five stars all the way. Thanks Melanie. You’re awesome.
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Posted by JEAN CLAUDE | October 27, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great place for your immigration matters
My name is Jean, I have been dealing with the Shapiro's office for months and I am very happy to have some nice people and they are very professional .I got my citizenship in less than 3 months and now I have another case with them. I enjoy working with them specifically Attorney Shapiro Mélanie....nice and good people. Great place for your immigration matters . Love you guys.
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Posted by Violet | July 14, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent
She was there to walk with me through all challenges of acquiring my asylum status
Posted by Ann | July 1, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
My I 485
I was a little stress between my studies and the application for further details. I was pleased when i contacted the office. The teams was outstanding and truly impeccable. Attorney Shapiro, she is an amazing counsel. She listened attentively and gave me confidence that everything will alright. She is fair with her fees and useful.
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Posted by Jeremiah | April 14, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Immigration lawyer
She knows the law, and she knows the grounds when it comes to adult derivative Us citizenship claim, looking forward to hire her in the near future.
Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
No nonsense approach, pretty smooth immigration process
Followed Melanie's directions and had peace of mind throughout the immigration process.
Posted by anonymous | December 9, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very responsive
I contacted Melanie for a legal opinion. She responded in a very timely and professional manner. Highly recommended.
Posted by Manu | October 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic immigration attorney
My wife and I I hired Melanie for the process of obtaining a green card for my wife. Today we were notified that my wife's green card was approved! Melanie did a fantastic job throughout the whole process making sure all the paperwork was done correctly and on time and then guiding us through the whole process of how to prepare for the interview. I highly recommend Melanie to anyone looking for an immigration attorney. Very knowledgeable, and she really cares about her clients.
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Posted by Yahya | October 1, 2020
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Asylum seeker
Melanie is a beacon of hope, Not only was she able to defend to fight and defend my lgbtq rights and freedom from a life of persecution, her calm and empathetic demeanor offered emotional succor to myself and those I care about most. My partner and I are eternally grateful for her services.
Posted by Mohamed | October 1, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Client
She was very professional and Extremely On point when it came to my Case. I appreciate the Service she provided as well as the Results. She has a great Team who is also there to help . Great Work
Posted by Sarah | February 1, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My Asylum Approval
I have much pleasure to proud in my Attorney Melanie who has been a great help to me through the waiting period which is not easy.Her welcoming gesture every time you enter her office, her professionalism,she saw my tears and understood me so well that she expedited my case and within a very short time I was shortlisted for my interview.She stood with me as I was facing the interviewer, offered moral support with a massage on my back in such tense moment that’s what I needed and in a period of only two weeks my Approval letter arrived to my address.Thank you Melanie
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Posted by Jude | January 29, 2020
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Asylum seeker
Melanie is the best human I have ever met in this world. She took in my case as a pro-banal, And the way she treated me was like as if I paid her not until I won my case . I am so lucky to have her in my life. Long live Melanie. God bless.
Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend!
Melanie is kind, sympathetic, very knowledgeable and goes above and beyond for her clients- she patiently answered my very many questions throughout my application process, and came to represent and support me at my asylum interview even while sick from the flu. My case seemed like a long shot but with Melanie's help I was able to get approved!
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Posted by Shunyi | October 25, 2019
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Highly Recommended!
During my citizenship application process, Melanie was very professional and detailed oriented. She was also very understanding and helpful every step of the way. she made the interview and the entire process less stressful. I enjoyed working with her. She is highly recommended!
Posted by Terry | September 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing lawyer
We had the best experience with Melanie, she's very responsive, kind, and understanding. Usually our case may take 1-2years and we got our case approved within 6 months! I would highly recommend her.
Posted by Saurab | May 31, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Good experience
Very responsive and organized. She works hard to solve immigration related issues promptly and effectively. My case was pending for 2+yrs and during this time she would follow up routinely. Kind of expensive (for me) like every other lawyers but I don't have regret working with her.
Posted by anonymous | May 3, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
She is good at her work
She is good at consulting for immigrant visa you can ask anything related it I am happy with her so I giving this review hope she can help with your work to
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Melanie Shapiro, Esq.
  • 2014 - Present
  • Partner
  • Shapiro & Kravitz, LLC
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Independent Contractor
  • TJCESQ
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Student Attorney
  • Roger Williams Immigration Clinic
  • 2010 - 2012
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Education

  • Roger Williams University, Ralph R. Papitto School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • University of Rhode Island
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2009

Legal Cases

  • In re: M-L-Q-
  • Won
  • In re KA
  • Won
  • In re KA
  • Appeal won, case remanded
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Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
  • 2020 - Present
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Women's Bar Association
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Citizens Against Trafficking
  • Co-founder
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Law Student Liasion 2015-2016
  • 2015 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • Pro Bono Star
  • AILA
  • 2015
  • CALI Award for Immigration Clinic
  • CALI
  • 2011
  • CALI Award for Genocide & Atrocity Crimes
  • CALI
  • 2011
  • Robert A Rainville Leadership Award
  • University of Rhode Island
  • 2009
  • President's Award for Academic Excellence
  • University of Rhode Island
  • 2009
  • Mother Jone's Award
  • Iolta Iolta Iolta
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Asylum Workshop
  • LGBT Asylum
  • 2017
  • Gender and Women's Studies Dept.
  • Feminism and the Law
  • 2016
  • Careers in Immigration Panel
  • Immigration
  • 2016
  • Asylum Workshop for LGBT Asylum Seekers
  • LGBT Asylum
  • 2016
  • 8th Grade Seminar
  • Sex Trafficking
  • 2015
  • Rhode Island Poverty Conference
  • Poverty is a Pimp
  • 2014
  • Feminism in Action
  • Sex Trafficking in Rhode Island
  • 2010
  • American Association of University Women
  • Prostitution and Sex Trafficking in Rhode Island
  • 2010
  • Human Trafficking Training Conference
  • Legal and Local issues
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (21)
Given (18)
Immigration Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is tough and hard-working but also compassionate and generous."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Melanie possesses a rare combination of skills as an attorney. I am in an unique position to evaluate her. I have been an immigration attorney for over 45 years. I taught the immigration law course for over 25 years at Northeastern School of Law. Through my private practice and teachings I have mentored over one thousand students/lawyers. I have received numerous national awards. I was co-counsel in the New Bedford raid where over 360 undocumented workers were arrested by Immigration(ICE). I worked with Melanie on a federal lawsuit involving an Ugandan refugee(asylee). Melanie exhibits a rare combination of legal skills,commitment ,and compassion. Of all the attorneys I have worked, Melanie ranks within the top five(5) percent. This is high praise for a young attorney.i highly recommend Melanie as a person and a lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melanie is an intelligent and compassionate attorney, who cares about getting the best possible outcomes for her clients."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melanie has an excellent reputation among immigration lawyers and her clients. In fact, I have met several of her former clients who are extremely grateful to her for her work. Melanie has a wealth of experience before the Asylum Office and is always available to fellow attorneys to answer questions and be helpful. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this Attorney. Melanie is an outstanding Immigration Attorney. She is very knowledgeable, creative and professional. She is a tireless advocate for her Clients and always keeps her Client's best interests in mind."
Immigration Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Melanie is extremely knowledgeable and she works hard for her clients."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Shapiro is dedicated and fierce advocate for her clients. She is always well prepared and knowledgable."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Melanie and I have had various opportunities to collaborate in our practices. Recently, when I needed something from her to aid in one of my cases, she sent it to me without hesitation and much faster than other attorneys have in the past. Additionally, she went above and beyond for a mutual client and reached out to several stakeholders even though technically she did not need to be involved with the most recent case as it is not in her field. In short, Melanie is a fierce advocate who goes above and beyond for her clients. She's compassionate and truly knowledgeable in her field. It doesn't hurt that she's also willing to help and mentor young attorneys."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melanie is among the best attorneys in her field of practice. There is no stronger and competent advocate for clients that I can think of. I highly recommend her without hesitation."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melanie has been working in immigration law for many years and is known as a caring and compassionate lawyer in our community. I went to the same law school as her and have heard of her name mentioned many times as someone who is willing to help with any problem. Though I did not have a chance to know her back then, it bring me great pleasure to know her as a friend now. Melanie is patient, kind, open, and honest about who she is and how she works with her clients. She is a valuable inclusion in the immigration legal community and I would always keep her in mind when I have cases to refer."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Melanie is a trusted colleague and outstanding immigration lawyer, whom I have known for several years through her involvement in the WBA. I have referred many deportation cases to her and she has always exhibited the utmost professionalism. I recommend her without reservation."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Friend
"If I have an immigration law question, I go to Attorney Shapiro. Not only is she extremely knowledgeable, but she is passionate and dedicated to her clients. It is hard to find an attorney with the empathy and dedication to her clients that she has. I would highly recommend her for any immigration law issues."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Shapiro is incredibly passionate about her clients. She has a never-give-up attitude and will provide zealous and professional representation. I have watched her go all the way for one of her clients, even though the odds were stacked against the client. And her hard work paid off: she won on appeal."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Shapiro is an extremely knowledgeable, tireless and zealous advocate for her clients. I have the pleasure of working with her on immigration matters and I am impressed with her excellence in providing top-quality immigration representation. She is extremely nice human being and fabulous mentor willing to help anytime."
Asylum Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I believe Attorney Shapiro lives up to her mantra of compassionate, holistic representation and she often goes above and beyond to serve people in front of the Immigration Judge."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Shapiro based on her commitment to advocate for the rights of her clients. I respect greatly attorney who dedicate their practice to providing a holistic compassionate and humanistic bent to law. A true professional."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Shapiro is someone who I have a significant amount of respect for. She is compassionate about helping people through all kinds of immigration matters. She understands the process and will work hard to help her clients receive the best outcome."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had a chance to work with Ms. Shapiro during our mutual time on the AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) lists. She is knowledgeable, well spoken, and extremely helpful to her fellow practitioners. I have been particularly impressed with her attention to detail in matters relating to family petitions and waivers. Keep up the good work, and I look forward to many more years on the AILA boards!"
Immigration Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Melanie is my go to reference for all immigration matters. Her area of knowledge of all things immigration is all-encompassing. As an attorney who often runs into immigration consequences my first point of reference is Ms. Shapiro."
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