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David G. Katona

Immigration Attorney at New York, NY

4.8   32 reviews
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. Immigration
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    Specializing in all types of complex and simple business and family immigration matters. Attorney regularly lectures and writes articles on immigration related topics.

    24 years

David Katona practices exclusively in the area of immigration law.  He has extensive experience with all types of immigration matters, including business, family and removal/deportation matters as well as administrative and federal appeals.  Mr. Katona is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), chairing and serving on several committees, including the District Director Liaison, Customs and Border Protection, and Corporate Practice Committees .  He regularly speaks publicly and writes articles on various immigration topics. 

Awards

Client's Choice 2018,2015,2014
Client's Choice
2018 2015 2014

Location

Katona & Associates PLLC

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  32 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2018
Client's Choice
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Posted by Daniel | November 1, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, responsive, professional, effective
Mr. David G. Katona and his team assisted me with H1B and Green Card EB3 cases. I cannot thank Mr. Katona enough for all his work on my cases and for providing all the consultations, advice, and wisdom. The firm is super transparent about the pricing. They charge fixed fees, and the prices are very reasonable. The firm filed many of my documents and has never made any mistakes. All their staff is very detailed oriented and knowledgeable. I was always informed about the status of my case. They were always available to answer any questions and explain things via email or phone. Mr. Katona changed my life! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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Posted by Kyle | February 4, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Highly Competent, Prompt, Attentive & Personable Immigration Attorney
David is one of the best immigration attorneys out there. He answered all my questions about H1-B, EB-3 & EB-2 promptly and gave me useful recommendations on my situation. I can tell that he is very knowledgeable in the immigration field and he gives you confidence regardless of how difficult or complicated a case may be. That's reassuring and I believe that's what everyone wants in their attorney. An immigration attorney who is composed and well-versed in what he does.
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Posted by Becky | June 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A truly professional, knowledgeable, and dedicated lawyer you don't want to miss
I am so fortunate to have David as my lawyer, under such a special period for all the immigrants. David is truly amazing. He is extremely knowledgeable, experienced, attentive and patient. He cares about your case and has great compassion for the applicants. He replies e-mails and phones promptly, answers all the questions in replies and during meetings. He never charges for extra phone hours, only charge the bill according to the contract. The pricing is really reasonable. I could see the real integrity and heart of a respectable American lawyer.
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Posted by Izatharoun | May 10, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Perfect
I got his response right away and it was very helpful. I strongly recommend him to anybody
Posted by Alper | May 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very knowledgeable and professional
Before I decided to hire David as my immigration attorney, I made thorough research online and I can say that I don't regret a second that I made the right choice to choose him to represent me as my immigration attorney to apply for my green card. From day one, he was very helpful and patient. I asked him lots of questions during the application process and he provided me always great advice. I am definitely recommending David to every person who needs legal advice. He was very helpful.
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Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
If you want an immigration lawyer with a heart, hire David
From the moment we walked in the door and met with David for our consultation we knew he was different from the rest: he had a heart. Immigration matters affect lives and you need someone who truly cares and shows that in their approach to legal representation. Even though we had met with “qualified” lawyers prior to our meeting with David, we could tell that something was exceptional about him. He walked us through processes step by step, gave us advice, listened when we had questions and was very responsive to my (impatient) emails hoping to get updates. I can proudly say our application was successfully approved and we could not have done it without David’s guidance and the care he took to treat us like we really mattered. No lawyer was so thorough or patient with us - and that’s why we would recommend him to anyone and everyone seeking a competent lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
David and his staff are excellent. They guided us through L-Visa, and Green Card, and ensured my children could transfer from another visa onto my green card. They always knew the details of our case — even though I imagine they have hundreds of clients they made me feel like I was the only one. They respond promptly, listen carefully, lay out all options for you and support you with the utmost professionalism and care.
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Posted by Bilel | February 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended
Great team, David and Ashley. Very organized,professional, extremely patient .Helpful even for personal matters that they are not directly related to the case.
Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
After quite a few bad experiences we finally found a very professional lawyer, who assisted us with our case with clarity. He explained all the options we had and all the steps we needed to take from the first day, during the consultation. He also responded to our emails immediately and the immigration visa was approved thanks to his hard work.
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Posted by Luyao Yin | October 20, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Best Immigration Lawyer in NYC
Mr. Katona helped us well prepared our AOS interview, and gave us tons of recommendations. He's not only professional, but also very friendly and patient. He listened to our concerns, answered all our questions and eased our anxiety. He went to the interview with us and our case approved on the spot. He's definitely the best immigration lawyer in the city. If you need an immigration, Mr. Katona is the right person to talk with.
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Posted by D.O.L | September 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service - Green Card Approved!
David was an excellent lawyer to work with. He was very knowledgeable about immigration laws and put together a thorough package to submit to immigration. He was open, honest, and professional. He never over promised anything but had a confident and calm demeanor. I knew that my case was in good hands. Additionally, David was extremely responsive. I could shoot him a quick email and he would get right back to me. I give David my highest recommendation. Thank you for your help!
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Posted by H1B Aspirant | March 24, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
H1B Revoked Case
I am not writing this review as David has handled my case yet, but just to say everyone out there he is so humble that he replied to my long email which i had written to him on my case..its not that i consulted and got free advise but he has motivated me to go ahead and go ahead saying i still have hope. I am planning to go ahead with all the support which i got from David as he is nice , humble and a good gentleman. I would always recommend him to anyone..as we get few people like David in this world. Thanks once again David Sir and I will reach you for any further help!!!.
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Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
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Immigration advice session
He was very helpful and direct to the point.
Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2014
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Verified Review Avvo verified that the reviewer consulted or engaged this lawyer
Immigration advice session
Excellent! Prompt call back. Bright and experienced practitioner in the field. Very pleased with information provided and I would utilize your services again
Posted by Eljona | October 21, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best you can find in NYC
This review is long time due. After years of struggle from one lawyer to another i finally came across David profile on Avvo by searching on google. I remember my case was so messed up by my previous lawyer that all i needed was just another opinion ( i was desperate ). I called the office and David spoke with me briefly and advised me to go meet with him. After i explained the situation i decided to proceed with him. There are many attorneys out there but believe me i have gone perhaps in over 50 offices for consultations most of them don't even pay attention to your story case. I am sure they have million things going on but no offense to many attorneys out there good or bad , most times you are just a dollar bill to them. David listened very carefully to what said , took notes and explained my options. He explained the fees upfront exactly how things should be done. My green card application was through my husband whom i have a baby boy but believe it or not my whole process took almost 2 years. I cant even explain the back and forth interviews while i was pregnant, my info pass appointments ect. However I was able to communicate with David and his Associate Holly 90% of the time via email (due to my crazy work schedule) and they were as helpful as if i were to be at their office face to face. I highly recommend David to anyone out there who needs a case solved and not just thrown out there with the rest of the files. Thank you David and the team. I am so happy my Green Card got finally approved .
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Posted by Martina | August 17, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Email I sent to Katona says it All!
I am at a lost for words. My hands were literally shaking as I opened your email this morning. Over a decade of battling and my nightmare has finally come to an end. I am sure you can imagine how much this means to me. Truly life changing! The opportunities are endless. I'm so glad I listened to my instincts and went with the voice in my head that said what you are saying is valid. I just needed someone to be my voice and that was you, even when others were trying to steer me on another course away from the N-600. My Grandmother said "God doesn't make mistakes and your time is now". I interviewed several attorneys and the moment I heard your voice it represented confidence, intelligence, professionalism. Thank you for your support! Thank you for your hard work! But most importantly Thank you for helping me to get my freedom back!
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Posted by Stephanie | July 22, 2015
Responsible for 2 of our E2 visas
David Katona is a very knowledgeable lawyer who will listen and study your case carefully to ensure the best immigration route for you. Not only was he able to prepare and guide us on to obtaining two E-2 visas but he managed to favor our situation so much so that we got one 4 year visa and another 5 year visa in our first attempt. He was always there when we needed him although we were sometimes at a 3 - 12 hour time difference and made us feel very comfortable through the process. We highly recommend David and look forward to working with him again in the future.
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Posted by Marta | June 5, 2015
He is responsible for my Green Card!!!!
I am overjoy to come back here and give attorney Katona yet another outstanding review. He confidently guided me and i took what other attorneys considered too big of the risk and I am back with GC!!!
Posted by anonymous | March 8, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Immigration
I was very pleased David Latona I email him and he responded quickly and we set the appointment up right away. Let see how it goes. I will be back with more reviews.
Posted by Marta | February 13, 2015
The best attorney I ever dealt with!
Attorney Katona has been sent to me from heaven! Before I spoke to him I have consulted with close to 10 lawyers, including the most prestigious, representing celebrities and such & they were giving conflicting information, not giving straight answers and actually mislead me & I have almost lost my opportiunity for a GC. Luckily I just had a consultation with attorney Katona and he gave me the straight answer, print out the documents for free ( for which others charged me or wanted to charge $1,000! ).Not only super professional, knowledgeble & friendly but a man with a good heart & very ethical. Thank you attorney Katona so much, I will always recommend you to anybody who asks ( or not ;) ) Can't recommend highly enough.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Education

  • Wake Forest University
  • N/A
  • American University's School of International Service
  • MA - Masters
  • N/A
  • American University, Washington College of Law
  • N/A

Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (NY Chapter)
  • Chair
  • 2011 - 2012
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Chair, Customs & Border Protection Committee
  • 2011 - 2014
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (NY Chapter)
  • Vice Chair
  • 2010 - 2011
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2009 - 2010
  • American Immigration Council
  • NY Ambassador
  • 2008 - 2010
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Co-Chair, Corporate Practice Committee
  • 2008 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • Hungarian
  • Portuguese

Honors and Awards

  • Top Immigration Attorney in New York, NY
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Top Immigration Attorney in New York, NY
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Top Immigration Attorney in New York, NY
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Top Immigration Attorney in New York, NY
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Top Immigration Attorney in New York, NY
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer - Business Immigration
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • US (New York) - Immigration Law Firm of the Year
  • ACQ Global Awards 2014
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • AILA Winter Conference
  • Local Government Rountable
  • 2011
  • AILA Annual Conference
  • How To Launch Your Own Immigration Practice
  • 2010
  • Family-Based Immigration for New Practitioners
  • Immigration
  • 2010
  • Immigration Basics
  • Bridge the Gap - Immigration Basics (May 15, 2010)
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (3)
Endorse David
Immigration Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He's thorough, knowledgeable, responsive, professional, practical and helpful; a true professional."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse this lawyer. We have worked together many times. David is the consummate professional -- always articulate, well prepared and current in his information. Jules Halpern, Esq."