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
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Thomson Reuters||2015|
|Super Lawyer||Thomson Reuters||2014|
|Super Lawyer||Thomson Reuters||2011|
|Partner||Palant & Shapiro, PC||2009 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||N/A||1995 - Present|
|In Matter of EB and In Matter of VS.||in 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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|The Russian Reklama||Immigration weekly Q & A column||2014|
|AST, Moscow, Russia||book Дура Lex||2010|
|The Reporter||Immigration weekly column||N/A|
|State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1983|
|State University of New York at Buffalo||Psycho- and Neurolinguistics||MA - Masters||1978|
|Kharkov University||English/French||BA or MA equivalent||1974|
|Shadows of the Soviet Past||Criminal prosecution as a form of persecution||2015|
|weekly radio show on 620AM||Immigration Monitor||2014|
|Conference for delegation of Russian attorneys||International child abduction||2013|
|monthly TV program||US Constitution and Immigration Law||N/A|