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Harlan Gregg York

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The 1st Ever "Lawyer of the Year" in Immigration Law in New Jersey by Best Lawyers, the most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession

Author, Three Degrees of Law 

Former Immigration Chair, NJ State Bar Association          Fluent in Spanish

Former Co-Chair, NY State Bar Association CFLS Immigration Committee

American Immigration Lawyers National Practice Committee  

Most memorable cases:

  • Visa petitions for winners of Emmys, Grammys & Olympic Medals

  • Winning deportation cases for Immigrants with special needs children

  • Assisting Victims of Violence who suffered at the hands of both foreign and domestic aggressors

  • Arguing that Lawful Permanent Residents with crimes should be allowed to stay in US upon proving rehabilitation and hardship to their American spouses and children

  • Preparing applications for companies sponsoring immigrants in industries ranging from Restaurants to Construction to Agriculture, to Colleges and Research Labs

  • Representation of pro and amateur athletes in Hockey, Football, Mixed Martial Arts, Soccer, Wrestling, Archery, and Swimming, with their green card applications



Languages spoken: Portuguese, Arabic, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Cari Brett Rincker

    I worked with Harlan on a Lawline presentation titled "Building a Law Practice Brick by Brick." Harlan is a great public speaker and a wealth of information for the legal community. Can't wait to read his book as well! I have no doubt that he does great work for his clients. He is very communicative via email and compassionate to immigration issues.


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  • Joseph Gerard Cella

    Mr. York is a highly-respected and well-known advocate in the field of immigration law and removal defense litigation. His knowledge of immigration law is a impressive as his integrity. I endorse this lawyer without reservation.


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
ListedBest Lawyers in America2015
ListedBest Lawyers in America2014
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
ListedSuper Lawyers2013
ListedBest Lawyers in America2013
Nationwide Top Immigration AttorneysNewsweek2013
Lawyer of the Year, Immigration, NJBest Lawyers in America2012
Furthered 40Lawline2012
ListedBest Lawyers in America2012
ListedSuper Lawyers2012
Lawline.Com Faculty AwardsFinalist, Driven to Find a Better Way Award2011
Inside JerseyNew Jersey's Top Attorneys2011
ListedBest Lawyers in America2011
ListedSuper Lawyers2011
ListedBest Lawyers in America2010
ListedSuper Lawyers2010
Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2009
ListedBest Lawyers in America2009
Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2008
ListedBest Lawyers in America2008
Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2007
ListedBest Lawyers in America2007
Rising StarsSuper Lawyers2006
ListedBest Lawyers in America2006
Regents ScholarState University of New York, AlbanyN/A
President's Leadership AwardState University of New York, AlbanyN/A
Best LawyersNew York MagazineN/A
Top Lawyers - Immigration LawNew Jersey MonthlyN/A
Ten LeadersImmigration LawN/A
Harris ScholarChoate Rosemary HallN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Authorhttp://www.3DegreesofLaw.com2015 - 2015
Association namePosition nameDuration
Women's Self Defense InstituteCertified Women's Self Defense Instructor2011 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember1995 - Present
United States District Court for the District of New JerseyAdmitted to Practice1995 - Present
New Jersey Immigration Policy NetworkN/AN/A
Phi Kappa Sigma Alumni AssociationN/AN/A
United States Supreme Court BarAdmitted to PracticeN/A
Choate Rosemary Hall Alumni AssociationN/AN/A
New Jersey State Bar Association, Solo and Small Firm SectionMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Federal Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Tulane Law School Alumni AssociationN/AN/A
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationNational Practice Management Committee2014 - 2015
New York State Bar Commercial & Federal Litigation Section Committee on Immigration LitigationCo-chair2012 - 2013
American Mock Trial TournamentJudge, Yale University2011 - 2011
New Jersey State Bar Association, Immigration, Naturalization and Americanism SectionChair2007 - 2007
TMYSB Sports ProgramsSoccer Coach2006 - 2015
New Jersey State Bar Association, Immigration, Naturalization and Americanism SectionVice-Chair2006 - 2007
New Jersey State Bar Association, Immigration, Naturalization and Americanism SectionSecond Vice Chair2005 - 2006
American Immigration Lawyers Association (New Jersey chapter)Chair, Young Lawyers Division1997 - 1998
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In the Matter of: GREENBELT LANDSCAPES, INCseasonal worker distinguished from permanent worker
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Publication nameTitleDate Hurry Up And Wait For Immigration Reform2015
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)Women in Immigration Law: Balancing Opportunity and Equality2015
New Developments in Immigration Enforcement and Compliance: Leading Lawyers on Navigating Trends in Immigration LawImmigration Law Enforcement: Collaboration and Authority2014
Immigration LitigationI am obsessed with our clients’ being able to access us2011
Immigration LitigationLuckier than Most Lawyers2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Tulane University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
State University of New York, AlbanySpanishBA - Bachelor of Arts1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The CBS National NewsInvestment Based Immigration2012
New York Law SchoolDetention and Expedited Removal2012
Lawline.comProsecutorial Discretion2012
Lawline CLEPolitical Asylum and Gang Activity2012
Hudson County Superior CourtImmigration and Criminal Law2012
Columbia Law SchoolAsylum Law2012
Rutgers Law Record SymposiumRedefining Borders: Comprehensive Immigration Reform in the United States2011
Primer Impacto, Univision (National TV)U Visas2011
New Jersey State Bar FoundationCurrent Immigration Policy2011
New Jersey State Bar AssociationImmigration Law and Crime2011
New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal EducationProtecting the Victims of Violence2011
LawlineCLEBenefits for Battered Immigrant Women and Other Crime Victims2011
Lawline.comImmigration Detention: From Pickup to Release2011
Telemundo/NBC Live and Interactive ChatsImmigration Law2009
Telemundo/NBC Live and Interactive ChatsImmigration Law2008
NJNImmigration Law and Police Stops2008
NBC/Telemundo NewsExpedited Removal2007
ILW.comFamily Based Immigration2003
News 12 New JerseyImmigration Fees Increase2002
New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal EducationRemoval Proceedings2002
News 12 New JerseySection 245i of the Immigration Act2001
Federal Bar Association (New Jersey chapter)Immigration Consequences of Plea Bargains2000
WRKLPolitical Asylum and Related Topics1997