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Over more than three decades of legal practice I have represented clients from all over the world - the former Soviet Union, Germany, France, UK, Belgium, Argentina, Mexico, India, China, Czech Republic, Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary, and, I guess, a few more.

Among my clients are outstanding actors and artists, writers and scientists, businessmen, and athletes including Olympic, World, and European champions.

I have represented famous dissidents in their requests for asylum in the United States.  But I represent not only celebrities.  The majority of my clients are, of course, ordinary people who wish to immigrate to the United States either through their relations or through offer of employment.  

I think the Oath of Hippocrates should be applied to attorneys as well.   

We have two offices - in Manhattan and in Brooklyn.

I don't pretend I know everything.  I don't claim I am always right.  Can I make a mistake?  Yes. But an honest mistake.  Many of my clients have become my friends, some - close friends.  I dont like to cut corners and my clients appreciate it. 

Beleive it or not, I have never been late for a single appointment or court hearing.  If a client is scheduled to meet with me in my office at 4 PM  s/he will be seen by me at 4 PM., not a second later.  We are not a department store, we are a boutique. There is no hurry, you always have enough time to discuss your situation with me or with my partners.   

All my clients have access to me literally around the clock.  And none of them has abused this privilege. No, one did.  He is no longer my client. 

Now about 20% of all consultations given by me are by Skype.

Every Monday at 12:45 PM New York Time either my partner Alex Shapiro or I appear on 620 AM Radio Davidzon to talk about various legal subjects.  It's a call-in show. I have been on the Russian radio since 1984, and for the last several years Alex and I host our own show.    I also regularly appear as a legal expert on RTN - Russian Television Network and occasionally on NTV and RTVi.  I have participated as a guest or legal expert in various programs at BBC, Liberty, and Voice of America. 


Languages spoken: Russian, Ukrainian, French

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 80%
    32 years
  2. International Law: 20%
    28 years



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Darren Doron Bleier

    An excellent and well respected attorney.


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  • Mark V. Clay

    Mr. Palant is a top expert in US Immigration Laws. If I was a client, I would contact him first for all of my immigration needs because you do not see many lawyers with that level of skill and experience!


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Contact info

Palant & Shapiro, P.C.

225 Broadway
Suite 630
New York, NY, 10007-1994


NYCurrently registered 198403/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerThomson Reuters2015
Super LawyerThomson Reuters2014
Super LawyerThomson Reuters2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerPalant & Shapiro, PC2009 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationN/A1995 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In Matter of EB and In Matter of both cases the US courts domesticated the decisions of the Russian courts and the abducted children were returned to Russia.
In Matter of D.Monaco Court denied US extradition request.
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Russian ReklamaImmigration weekly Q & A column2014
AST, Moscow, Russiabook Дура Lex2010
The ReporterImmigration weekly columnN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
State University of New York at Buffalo School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
State University of New York at Buffalo School of LawPsycho- and NeurolinguisticsMA - Masters1978
Kharkov UniversityEnglish/FrenchBA or MA equivalent1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Shadows of the Soviet PastCriminal prosecution as a form of persecution2015
weekly radio show on 620AMImmigration Monitor2014
Conference for delegation of Russian attorneysInternational child abduction2013
monthly TV programUS Constitution and Immigration LawN/A