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Like most North Americans, I am the descendant of immigrants. My father’s family came to the United States from the British Isles many generations ago; my mother’s family fled poverty and persecution in Eastern Europe in the early twentieth century. I believe deeply that this country has always been enriched by the constant influx of new immigrants from around the world—whether they come to escape violence and persecution, to seek better job opportunities, to be closer to their families, or to live in the greatest city on Earth, New York.

I have always had a love for meeting people from other countries and learning about other cultures. I have lived in the Unites States, Canada, and Thailand, and have traveled to more then 40 countries in the Americas, Africa, Europe, and Asia for work and pleasure.

Practicing immigration law gives me the opportunity to combine my interest in different cultures with my passion for the law. I see my role as helping you not only to get a visa or a work permit, but also to understand the complex process and feel comfortable as we navigate the immigration system together.

As a gay man, my expertise and passion includes the particular challenges faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) immigrants, including helping people seeking asylum based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status. Having worked for many years as a manager in international nonprofit organizations, I am also particularly well suited to represent people seeking visas or green cards based on employment with nonprofits. And I have garnered substantial experience successfully representing people seeking visas based on “extraordinary ability” in the arts, science, and business.

Before becoming an immigration lawyer, I worked as a corporate lawyer in Bangkok, Thailand, and as a fundraiser for international organizations, including Human Rights Watch and Action Against Hunger. I have an undergraduate degree (A.B.) in public policy from Brown University, a law degree (J.D.) from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and a master’s degree in international affairs (M.I.A.) from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

I am an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), for which I serve on the Pro Bono Committee and the EOIR Liaison Committee, and of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. I am also on the advisory committee for the LGBT Rights Program at Human Rights Watch. I am a competitive swimmer, and am on the board of directors of the Team New York Aquatics, New York’s LGBT swim team. 



Languages spoken: French, English, Spanish

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  1. Immigration: 100%



Fixed (sometimes), Pro bono (20%)

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    I have known Randall for several years, and have always found him to be a knowledgeable, reliable and outstanding immigration lawyer. He is deeply committed to helping each of his clients while also advocating for a better, more humane and respectful immigration system in the US. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for an immigration lawyer.


    Michael Mandel Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

  • Mark Ivan Davies

    I have know Randall for several years and we have exchanged views on immigration cases a few times. Randall is an exceptionally talented immigration lawyer who cares passionately for his clients and is dedicated to excellence in the practice of law. I completely recommend him without reservation.


    Mark Davies Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Office of Randall Chamberlain, PLLC

150 Broadway, Suite 1001
New York, NY, 10038


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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
President, Board of DirectorsTeam New York Aquatics2007
AdmittedU.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit1993
Editorial BoardHastings Constitutional Law Quarterly1992
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Immigration AttorneyLaw Office of Randall Chamberlain2012 - Present
Immigration AssociateMasliah & Soloway, PC2010 - 2012
Volunteer AttorneyMasliah & Soloway, PC2008 - 2010
Director, Institutional GivingEngenderHealth2006 - 2010
Director of Development and CommunicationsAction Against Hunger - USA2005 - 2005
Associate Director, Foundation RelationsHuman Rights Watch2001 - 2004
Special Assistant to the DirectorJapan Foundation Center for Global Partnership2000 - 2001
ConsultantUN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific1999 - 2000
Associate, International PracticeUkrit Mongkolnavin Law Office, Bangkok, Thailand1994 - 1995
AttorneyBerman, Berkley & Lasky1994 - 1994
ConsultantChulalongkorn University Faculty of Law1994 - 1995
Judicial ExternChambers of Judge Fern M. Smith1993 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of the Bar of the City of New YorkInternational Human Rights Committee2015 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (New York City Area chapter)Co-Chair, EOIR/OPLA/Asylum Committee2014 - Present
Asia CatalystBoard of Dirctors2013 - Present
Association of the Bar of the City of New YorkMember2011 - Present
Immigration EqualityVolunteer2008 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - Present
Human Rights WatchLGBT Rights Advisory Committee2007 - Present
Team New York AquaticsMember2004 - Present
Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, City University of New YorkBoard of Directors2012 - 2014
Association of the Bar of the City of New YorkLGBT Rights Committee2012 - 2015
American Immigration Lawyers Association (New York City Area chapter)Media and Advocacy Committee2010 - 2011
American Immigration Lawyers Association (New York City Area chapter)Pro Bono Committee2010 - 2013
Team New York AquaticsBoard of Directors2010 - 2012
Team New York AquaticsPresident2007 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Extraordinary Ability Visas and Green CardsApproved
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Publication nameTitleDate
UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the PacificHRD for Youth Empowerment: Eight innovative approaches submitted for the 1999 ESCAP HRD Award2000
Philippine Council for NGO CertificationRegulating Civil Society: The Philippine Council for NGO Certification1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Columbia UniversityEconomic and Political DevelopmentOther - Masters1999
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Brown UniversityPublic PolicyOther - Bachelors1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
10 Things Every Solo and Small Firm Practitioner Should Know About...Immigration Law Panel2014
Encuentros: Sexy, Healthy and ProudInmigrante - Camino a la ciudadanía2013
Columbia University School of International and Public AffairsLife after OPT: Understanding the US Immigration System2012
Columbia University School of International and Public AffairsU.S. Immigration Law Overview2011