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Boris Alexander Palant

Immigration Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   21 reviews
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1984
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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About Boris

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Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    Visas and green cards for aliens of extraordinary ability. Relative's and fiance petitions. Work Visas (L-1, H-1,P-1). Asylum. Removal proceedings. Waiver petitions and Motions to reopen. Hundreds, if not thousands, of cases handled since 1984.

    40 years

  2. International law
    International commercial law, contracts, trusts. Extradition. Successfully fought extradition of a Russian citizen to US in the Monaco court in 2009. Human Rights cases. International parental kidnapping of children. Our firm returned two minor children kidnapped by their mothers to their fathers in Russia: an 11-year old girl from Florida in 2007 and a 3-year old boy from California in 2012.

    36 years

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 three offices - in Manhatta, in Brooklyn, and in Westport, Connecticut. .

I don't pretend to 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 over half of all consultations with me are done via Skype.

I have authored two books - Dura Lex (2010) and The Bill of Rights (2018). 


Palant & Shapiro, P.C.
225 Broadway
Suite 630
New York, NY, 10007-1994

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Posted by Volodymyr | February 14, 2018
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One more successful immigration story
I have chosen Boris Palant ("Palant & Shapiro, P.C.") after consulting with several law firms and attorneys on my immigration case. There were several reasons for that: well-known name and reputation, more than 30 years in business, “Super Lawyer” title during last several years, to name a few. What I did not know and learned at our first meeting – Boris was a pilot! At that time I worked in aviation industry, and finding attorney who was good in both subjects – Law and Aviation – was like a “Bingo”! After reading his book ("Dura Lex”), full of stories taken from real cases, I made a decision, signed retainer and did not regret about that ever since. I hardly can imagine a situation where such a highly professional and aviation-specific case could have been successfully resolved by any other attorney. Starting with Boris advice on the proper petition formulation and preparation of recommendation letters, followed by the selection of the highly qualified experts, precise guidance on the best possible course of action at every stage of the process, and ending with carefully prepared papers – all these steps led to the successful resolution of my case. In less than 2 years we with my wife have become happy permanent residents of this blessed country – USA! We would like to thank Boris Palant and his Team for their outstanding effort, and congratulate them with one more success story. (Maybe we will read it in his next book too!)
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Posted by Valeria | November 1, 2017
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Mr. Palant is a great lawyer!
Mr. Palant is a great lawyer. He spent hours with me going over my case and getting details that I never would have mentioned. He took the time to really understand my case, which I really appreciated. When I came to him, I was very worried, but he put me at ease with his knowledge and experience. Over 2 1/2 years he kept me updated about my case and responded promptly to any questions or problems I had. As a bonus, he also taught me a lot about life in the United States, which has been very helpful now that I have political asylum. Thank you, Boris!
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Posted by Tamar | May 9, 2016
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Excellent Immigration Attorney
Very professional! Helped me every way possible. Made this process much easier for me. He knows what he is does! He is experiences professional and knowledgeable! I HIGHLY recommend him. Thank you Mr. Palant for your Support!!!
Posted by Kevin | May 2, 2016
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The Best Immigration Attorney!!!!
Boris and he's team of professionals, where very curtious and honest from the beginning to the end of our immigration needs. My wife to be came to USA in 8 months after We starded working with the ferm, even do My family And I expected the process to take longer. Would recommend Palant and Shapiro Professionals to anyone who is in a need of immigration needs!!!! Thank you from Stern Family.
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Posted by Alla | March 19, 2016
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Excellent attorney !
Mr. Palant competently handled my very complicated asylum case. He spent an enormous amount of time preparing the case and me for the trial. I am very grateful to him for the work, talent, and soul he put into my case, I highly recommend him for any person who seriously considers filing for asylum in the United States as he is worth every penny of his fee and more.
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Posted by Daniil | October 1, 2015
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Exceptional attorney
I was born and raised in lawyers family and saw many different attorneys. I know a lot of the top lawyers and can definitely say that Boris Palant is one of that kind (one of very few). He is very professional, non-standart thinking and does everything for the result. Even if sometimes he is tough - is because he is pushing very hard. I am very happy with his work (Green Card granted) and will recommend Boris to my friends.
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Posted by Tanya | September 19, 2015
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I sincerely thank you Boris.
I am incredibly happy that I chose Boris Palant as my immigration lawyer. Boris is skilled, honest, absolutely outstanding, extremely knowledgeable and competent immigration lawyer. He provided me with professional help in serious immigration process, and my petition was approved in a very short time. He also professionally responded to each of my calls and emails. And very importantly: He is attentive to details. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs the professional help of an intelligent and experienced lawyer . Boris Palant is really Super Lawyer.
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Posted by Ildar | June 19, 2014
Really good lawyer
I don’t have words enough to show our appreciation to Boris Palant. He just got us a green card. Our case was complicated: we came to Boris after our first petition was denied and our former lawyer screwed up the appeal forgetting to file the papers on time. Boris saved the situation, made a new case providing new supporting evidence with the new ideas. He made us work hard collecting all possible evidence support, so sometimes we thought we are ready to quit, but he worked hard as well, and after all everything was paid off when we got our application approved. Five years after we had filed our first application, we got the green card thanks to Palant’s talent, dedication and professionalism. We are so much grateful to him, and can recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Mithat | March 16, 2014
Recommendation for Legal Representation
Mr. Palant is a real professional who is invested in his clients. He took my mother-in-law’s case on a short notice and made her feel secure and confident. He asked her to prepare for their meetings, so she knew what information was relevant to her case, made her comfortable and allowed her enjoy her every day activities while awaiting her case’s outcome. He enabled her to establish her innocence and live her life with dignity and pride. I would highly recommend Attorney Palant to anyone needing legal representation.
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Posted by Yuri | February 25, 2014
A true professional, a rare man.
Boris Palant is what they call a 'Mensch" in New York - all his numerous qualifications, years of experience, cases won, weekly radio programs that educate his listeners, his truly outstanding in its honesty book "Dura Lex" about dozens of cases he has handled in the course of his career - all this has his "Mensch-ness" as a keystone. We interacted with Mr. Palant in many professional instances for several years, and I saw him in action, always ready to go extra mile for his clients. If you're looking for someone who would confirm your illusions and get paid for doing so – look elsewhere. Boris Palant listens, asks questions, educates you on the matters of law, generally puts things in prospective. He values yours and his time, yours and his life. And then he soldiers on for you.
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Posted by Boris | September 15, 2013
Excellent, highly knowledgeable attorney that cares
I have had a privilege of knowing and working with Boris Palant for the last two years. The keyword is “privilege” because Boris is an outstanding individual and attorney, who earned high reputation among his peers and clients. He has received multiple “Best Lawyer/Attorney” awards, which does not surprise me. It has been a pleasure to work with Boris – he is very intelligent, knowledgeable, honest, and straight-forward. My case was quite difficult, required close attention to detail, several phases of preparation, so on and so forth. However, thanks to Boris’ efforts the process was successful. I am very thankful for all his invaluable help, guidance, and exemplary work. Boris Palant is the professional who cares for his clients; if you are looking for an attorney you can trust and who will be dedicated to your case, look no further.
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Posted by Valery | August 21, 2013
Super Lawyer!
Boris Palant has been my attorney for the past 10 years. All the immigration aspects of my family are handled by this experienced and very competent lawyer. Communicating with him is always easy and his advice is always invaluable. I highly recommend him. The people to whom I have recommended Boris are very pleased with his professional services. Overall, he deserves the status Super Lawyer which he was awarded a couple of years ago.
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Posted by Kseniya | August 19, 2013
US Citizenship
Boris Palant assisted me recently with my US Citizenship application which was successful. He is very professional, responds to any questions promptly and is extremely diligent. I would highly recommend his services!
Posted by Raisa | August 19, 2013
Raisa, a client
Boris has been successfully helping my family for more than 15 years, on issues ranging from various stages and aspects of immigration for my parents, prominent musicians from Russia, to wills and property-related issues. Boris combines tremendous level of expertise with extreme promptness, accuracy, and exceptionally pleasant style of communication, which always gives me an impression that my case is the single most important one for him. When we have any legal question, our first thought is to ask Boris, even if the particular issue lies outside his expertise. We know that he will recommend the right course of action and the right attorney, even for those outlying cases. I have recommended him to a number of friends and always receive great feedback from them. I could not imagine a better attorney.
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Posted by Madlena | August 16, 2013
Grateful client
Boris Palant is very reliable and friendly. He took his time to discuss all my options and returned all my calls promptly. His kept me updated and handled all the issues in a direct and reassuring manner. He assisted me in several immigration related issues, and I keep his business card handy for my friends. Several of them became Mr. Palant's clients and were grateful for the referral. He helped me to reunite with my husband and bring in my stepdaughter.
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Posted by Roman Vasyanov | June 19, 2013
Boris Palant is simply THE BEST. He helped me and my family with O-1 visas, it took only two weeks and I had 4 passports with new O-1s from Moscow US embassy, where usually it takes about a month just for visit visa !!!! After we moved in USA, he started Green card process and in two month all family had permanent resident cards and in 3 month we had Green cards !!!!!! Everything works like a swiss watch with him!!! Highly recommend for anyone who need results and don't want to wait )!!! Read his amazing book "Duralex", it's breathtaking stories from his attorney practice over the years in New York , he was born to be a Lawyer )))
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Posted by Alexey | June 10, 2013
a great professional and person
Boris took care of my L-1 case in 2007 after I failed with my previous lawyer and handled it till I get GC EB-1C this February. He is a devoted professional, reliable attorney, creative and communicative and a great human being. I can say I've been extremely fortunate to meet him and I have never ever regretted it.
Posted by Alexander | June 9, 2013
visa and immigration story of success
Mr. Polant helped me and my family to obtain O-1 visa within very short period of time and with excellent efficiency. My case was quite complex, involved several geographies and jurisdictions. Despite endless bureaucracy of various authorities, Mr. Palant got desired results for me and my family.
Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2013
"Asylum Granted " and Outstanding Performance
From the very beginning Boris' approach was professional and to the point. Boris Palant gave me detailed consultation on Asylum. His deep knowledge and great experience helped me get Asylum Status and eventually Green Card. But Most important is that Boris Palant has incredible communication skills and he is A Problem Solver. Since our first meeting I have been recommending him to everybody who needed a lawyer.
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Posted by Anna | June 5, 2013
My family great expirience with Boris Palant
Boris Palant is a lawyer with a capital letter!!! I would like to recommend this very professional lawyer to any client to resolve any difficult situation that there can be. If you want to ask any question in the immigration field or other just make an appointment to his office to get a deep analysis of your situation and you get right away the solution to your problem. My family took a long time consulting with other lawyers and didn't get satisfactory result for our case. At first, we didn't know this lawyer, Boris Palant. But after 10 years we get to finally breathe without concern in our life when Boris kept our case in his hands. And now we live free in this wonderful country. Thank you Boris very much !!!
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AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Palant & Shapiro, PC
  • 2009 - Present


  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • State University of New York at Buffalo
  • MA - Masters
  • 1978
  • Kharkov University
  • BA or MA equivalent
  • 1974

Sample of Legal Cases

  • 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.


  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Russian
  • Ukrainian
  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2011
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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

Speaking Engagements

  • International Networking Congress for Lawyers from USA, Russia, and European Union.
  • Basics of US Immigration Laws
  • 2017
  • 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
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (18)
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International law Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent and well respected attorney."
Immigration Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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!"
Unknown Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Well respected, hard working advocate."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer as one who is a specialist in their field and highly recommend."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Boris is a fantastic immigration lawyer. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Other
"This attorney has an excellent reputation for providing the highest quality representation to clients. Experience and proven results!"
Immigration Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer with no reservation. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community. Very hardworking and diligent. Consistently achieves superior results. Advice is always practical and on point. I recommend to anyone looking for an attorney who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of clients and achieving the most favorable result possible.I endorse this lawyer.I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An outstanding and well respected attorney in the legal community. I would recommend him wholeheartedly to annyone needing legal representation."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Palant with the highest respect. If you have an immigration-related matter I am confident that this attorney will provide you with nothing but the best advice and representation."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Un excellent avocat qui est une véritable profession. Ses commentaires sur AVVO montre sa compréhension du droit international et en droit de l'immigration. Je souscris avocat Palant."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Routinely provides insightful and accurate information on Avvo. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"With pleasure I endorse Attorney Boris Palant who combines his acquired international experience with his developed immigration practice requirements to assess, analyze and propose adequately necessary legal measures to facilitate clients' needs. I recommend him without reservations."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Palant is a knowledgeable and experienced attorney. He is dedicated to his clients and his work. I highly recommend his services."
Immigration Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Boris Palant is a very strong and conscientious advocate for his clients; he is a wealth of knowledge always willing to share it with his fellow lawyers."
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