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Alex Gregory Isbell

Immigration Attorney at Philadelphia, PA

4.8   77 reviews
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  • State Years
    New York - NY < 1 year
    Pennsylvania - PA 18 years
  • Licensed for less than one year
    State NY
    Acquired 2023
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2005
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Alex

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DEDICATED EXCLUSIVELY TO THE PRACTICE OF IMMIGRATION & NATIONALITY LAW.

Attorney Alex Isbell is one of the founding partners of Palladino, Isbell, and Casazza, LLC with offices in Philadelphia and Media, PA.  Prior to that he was a founding member of Solow , Isbell & Palladino LLC, one of the leading immigration only firms in the Delaware Valley. Prior to co-founding Solow, Isbell & Palladino LLC he was a senior attorney at a boutique immigration law firm in suburban Philadelphia, PA where he worked as a law clerk from 2004-2005 and as an attorney from 2005 until 2008. Attorney Isbell is experienced in representing individuals in immigration court and before USCIS in a variety of matters. Types of cases that Mr. Isbell has handled in immigration court in the past include asylum, withholding of removal, protection under the Convention Against Torture, adjustment of status, and cancellation of removal. Mr. Isbell also has significant experience with appellate immigration matters such as appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals, the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  He is admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  He is also a member of the bar of the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Northern District of Illinois, and the District of Columbia. 

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In addition handling family-based immigration matters and immigration litigation/appellate matters of all types, Mr. Isbell represents individuals and corporations related to non-immigrant employment-based immigration benefits such as H-1B visas; P-1 visas for athletes and their support staff; O-1 visas for athletes, business people, and artists; TN visas for professionals and academics; and students with complex F-1 student visa issues, such as reinstatement of status. He has also successfully helped individuals obtain U.S. permanent residency through the EB-1, EB-2 processes, and EB-2 special recruitment processes.

 

Mr. Isbell received his J.D. from Villanova University in 2005 and was a member of Villanova’s competitive Environmental Law Journal from 2003-2005. He was also a member of Villanova’s CARES clinic where he successfully represented several clients in removal proceedings, and performed independent research related to trafficking in men and boys around the world in at the request of Catholic Relief Services. In 2005 Mr. Isbell received the Villanova Alumni Association’s Award for Pro Bono Service in recognition of the 185 hours of pro bono legal assistance he provided while in law school, and he was selected by Villanova University School of Law’s Legal Writing Faculty to act as a Legal Writing Teaching Assistant in 2004-2005.  Prior to attending Villanova University School of Law, Mr. Isbell received a B.A. in Political Science from Boston College in 1999 and was a Fulbright Grantee at the University of Helsinki in 1999-2000.

 

 

Awards

Client's Choice 2023,2022,2021,2017,2016,2015,2014,2013
Client's Choice
2023 2022 2021 + 5 ...
Top Contributor 2014
Top Contributor
2014

Photos and videos

Speaking as a panelist on Emmy Award winning talk show Fresh Outlook on February 21, 2015 concerning the temporary injunction barring implementation of expanded DACA and DAPA benefits in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Location

Palladino, Isbell, and Casazza, LLC
1601 Walnut St.
Suite 1514
Philadelphia, PA, 19102
Alex Gregory Isbell
1 West 3rd St.
2nd Floor
Media, PA, 19063
Palladino, Isbell, and Casazza
313 West Liberty Street
Suites 126-127
Lancaster, PA, 17603
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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  77 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by Gia | February 1, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Great job
Skills!!! Experience!!! Communication !!! This is the right person. We highly recommend him .
Posted by Arash | January 3, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Legal Support to resolve a pending Visa
I found Alex through reviews in some forums and decided to work with him on a pending Work Visa which was getting complicated. He was very straightforward from the beginning and set out the plan very clearly with the expected scenarios and outcomes. We decided to go through a WoM process which worked very effectively at the end and the Visa was granted. The best part of working with Alex was the feeling that you actually have a lawyer vs some other firms which file a WoM and you never hear from them. I probably sent him 50+ emails and consulted with him on multiple occasions during the visa process to finally on the logistics of crossing the border and starting the job. His responses were always quick, accurate and to the point. I went through this process with Alex even though I had easy access to free legal support through my employer (which has a contract with a big firm). I still decided to pay out of my own pocket and I never regretted doing that. I highly recommend Alex for immigration matters.
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Posted by Hatem | October 5, 2023
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Exceptional lawyer
I'd like to express my sincere appreciation for Alex's exceptional support and guidance in obtaining my employment-based green card and navigating the complexities of the I-140 form. He has consistently demonstrated impressive responsiveness, unwavering dedication, and a profound depth of knowledge in immigration matters. Without hesitation, I confidently recommend his legal services to anyone in need of expert counsel. My experience working with him has been outstanding, and I am profoundly grateful for his invaluable assistance.
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Posted by Dmitrii | September 15, 2023
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Positive resolution of 221g DV visa case
I would like to recommend Alex for his excellent work. I contacted Alex at the end of June. I had a complex case related to a 221g refusal and administrative processing in Washington DC. I have Russian citizenship and a technical education, my career included working for state-owned companies. This is, believe me, a complex case in terms of security checks. I would like to add that this was a diversity lottery case that was strictly limited in time until September 6, 2023. I contacted Alex by email, he answered all questions and filed a mandamus in D.C. civil court in July. But on my circumstances the mandamus was not enough because the response period for it was 60 days, so I ask Alex to do something to speed up the matter. It was spontaneous and fast from my side, but Alex listened me and suggested a non - trivial and excellent option - Motion for summary judgment - MSJ (usually other lawyers offer Temporary restraining order - TRO, it is not a fact that it would have worked in my case.) Alex filed the MSJ in early August and then on September 24, the US Embassy said that my background checks in Washington was completed! On August 31, my wife and I had our immigrant visas printed. And, as it turned out later, on September 6, the State Department issued an official announcement that the 55,000 visa limit had been used up for DV-2023. My wife and I jumped into the last carriage! We ran across a collapsing bridge. But we succeeded! I talked to other people who were undergoing checks, almost all did not receive their visas because the check was not completed or was completed too late. I can 100% say that my wife and I would not have received our visas without hiring Alex. The mandamus and Motion for Summary Justice were drawn up very competently, with experience and knowledge of the matter, our humanitarian circumstances for me and my wife were also added, it was v perfectly written. Alex always listened to my requests, answered emails, everything was done right on time and produced results. I believe I was a nervous and spontaneous client, write many emails, throwing my questions to him one after another. This is very high quality work, a wonderful lawyer. My very best recommendations.
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Posted by Rajesh | April 28, 2023
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Amazing legal service
I had the pleasure of working with Alex Isbell and his staff. They did an excellent job of guiding me and my family with regards to the immigration requirements as well as filing paperwork on time. They were extremely patient with my enquirers and treated me with respect. I am truly inspired by the professional job he has done. I would highly recommend him for any immigration needs.
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Posted by Olivier | April 25, 2023
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AOS Process
Alex guided us every step of the way during the AOS process. He was always very quick to answer all the questions and concerns we had over those 9 months. The immigration route is always stressful but it was extremely helpful to have Alex and his firm by our side.
Posted by W and E | April 5, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing Job. Well prepared and knowledgeable
We want to say to big thank you and job well done to Alex. Our case was I little complicated, but from the first consultation, he was extremely knowledgeable and put our time at ease. He helped us file a very strong case and our preparation for the interview was top notch. During our interview he was brilliant in helping out at the right time. We got the next day. Thanks once again and looking forward to filing my I-765 and Naturalization with you.
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Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2023
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Thankful
Alex helped by explaining clearly what our options are and he was very honest and upfront about it when I needed a solid advice with my i485 process. Their team helped me in filing all the neccesary requests properly and timely. He and his team were there every step of the way and answered all questions that greatly alleviated the stress that comes with processing and waiting for your immigration results. Very thankful that I got to talk to him and hired him as my lawyer.
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Posted by Bryce | September 28, 2022
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Fought for us
Alex took over our case when our lead attorney was away temporarily. Alex really came through for us when it came to communicating with the Government defence attorneys about our Temporary Restraining Order/Writ of Mandamus lawsuit. He communicated with us clearly and promptly, and took care of us with full understanding of our case. The government attorney wanted us to withdraw our lawsuit after our visa status had updated online to "issued". Alex wisely said that a status update is not enough to dismiss the lawsuit. This was an excellent assessment, because shortly after, our case changed again to refused. Alex continued to stand up for us until our visa was mailed to us, shortly after. Alex is a huge part of the reason we were issued our visa so quickly and right before the Diversity Visa deadline. Thank you Alex, for all of your work on our case. It was a pleasure having you as our attorney.
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Posted by Ahmed | August 24, 2022
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Ahmed Badawi
Alex was great. It was very easy to schedule the consult and he explained everything in the simplest terms. He was proactive and efficient from the start to the end of my case. I highly recommend him for anyone who needs legal immigration advice/ assistance.
Posted by Carmena | August 20, 2022
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Immigration case
This lawyer file a case against the government on my behave and yield fruitful result.
Posted by Tauseef | July 1, 2022
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Mr.Alex is an Amazing immigration Lawyer
In a very complex and stressful situation of my Immigration case, I decided to meet with Mr. Alex because of his experience with complex immigration cases per reviews I read. First of all, what comforted me the most was that Mr. Alex was very approachable during the case to answer any of my questions via email. I discussed all my doubts with him and Half of my tension was gone after the first consultation; consequently, I decided give him my case. He’s very knowledgeable and had been very patient and kind to me throughout the case by being being very confident and optimistic about the case. He knew exactly what needs to be done. Finally, I got my Citizenship. Thank you so much Mr Alex. I would recommend him 100% to anyone for complex immigration case.
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Posted by Nia | July 1, 2022
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Amazing experience
Alex came as a recommendation from a close friend and it was definitely a worth while investment in my immigration journey. As a lesbian couple we were definitely facing some potential discrimination. I’m super grateful for the experience.
Posted by Syeda | June 24, 2022
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Excellent Attorney
Excellent service by Alex and Beatriz they really worked hard on my case.Thank you would 100% recommend them.
Posted by Michelle | May 31, 2022
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Highly Recommend
Alex is an expert in his field. I would absolutely recommend Alex, Beatriz and all of the staff at Palladino, Isbell & Casazza, LLC!! The process was smooth from start to finish. They were always available to answer questions promptly throughout the entire Green Card Application process. We mostly worked with Alex and Beatriz who are both kind, compassionate, honest and highly effective!! My husband and I were both nervous about this process and finding the right person to represent us was important. Alex is highly ethical, honest and very professional.
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Posted by Aida Oualate | March 16, 2022
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Citizenship application
Alex went above and beyond professionally & courtesy to assist me. I would like to take time towards this final step of my immigration journey. I can’t tell you enough how grateful I am for his help.
Posted by Heather | January 10, 2022
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Job done amazingly
I have to say Alex did his job amazingly! It’s never an easy process and there is a lot of information that was needed! Alex gathered all information and made it really easy on me and my wife to file this case! Whenever I emailed about questions he was extremely quick to respond and immediately solved or explained any problems or issues! The case that we filed had so much information in it that Amex made sure we submitted making the interview itself run smoothly as there was so much detail to our case that Alex made sure he covered! I would highly recommend Alex and his team it was a nerve racking process but he made it so much easier with his professionalism and knowledge on the process.
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Posted by E & E | November 24, 2021
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We know we made the best choice with Alex Isbell!
You can not find a more dedicated and professional lawyer than Alex Isbell. We hired Alex to manage our adjustment of status case, and he walked us through every step of the way. He was always responsive and helpful in answering our many questions, and let us know exactly what we had to do, which made the process just a little less stressful. He was flexible and open to arranging payment plans, which was especially a relief through the pandemic. We felt very comfortable in how Alex handled our case, and had full trust in him and his office. Even though we had an unexpected move to another state, he continued to work with us and make our case a priority. In addition to his amazing help, his core team is beyond wonderful. They were always on top of correspondence to us, and available for help answering questions, and handling logistics. When it came time for our interview, he left no question unanswered, and made sure we were as prepared as possible going into that last step. It goes with out saying that through his help and preparation, we are happily approved today. We are so thankful for him and this team, and highly recommend to all! We look forward to continue working with them on any of our immigration legal needs in the future.
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Posted by Chris | November 10, 2021
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Alex helped pull us from the abyss known as Administrative Processing
Look no further, just go with Alex! Our case was hit every delay possible. Covid combined with bad political relations with Russia caused our K1 case to be transferred to The Warsaw Embassy. After 18 months, we finally saw the light at the end of the tunnel only to be put into administrative processing. This is when I sought the help of a lawyer. I contacted 5 lawyers and 4 of them told me they couldn’t do anything and wouldn’t take our case. Alex was patient enough to listen to our entire story and explained what he thought could be a good game plan for a path forward. Long story short, my fiancée got her visa yesterday and we give credit to Alex for getting the ball rolling! His insight and knowledge on immigration policies and procedures is second to none. Once again, he was a pleasure to work with because he took the time to fully explain everything without a hurried disposition. Just go with Alex, you won’t be sorry!
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Posted by anonymous | November 2, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Prompt, precise and really helpful
Alex promptly responded to my message even though it was at night, and he precisely resolved my inquiries.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • Palladino Isbell and Casazza, LLC
  • 2020 - Present
  • Founding Partner
  • Solow, Isbell, & Palladino, LLC
  • 2012 - 2020
  • Senior Associate
  • The Law Offices of David Piver
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Founding Partner
  • Solow & Isbell, LLC
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Associate
  • The Law Offices of David Piver
  • 2005 - 2008
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Education

  • Villanova University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Boston College
  • BA
  • 1999

Sample of Legal Cases

  • O-1A Petition for Non-Profit Graphic and Web Designer
  • O-1A approved
  • EB-1 adjustment of status approved for scientist
  • EB-1 I-140 and I-485 approved
  • Removal proceedings involving "reason to beleive" ground of inadmissibility
  • Client is now a permanent resident and on track to naturalize
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Associations

  • American Immigration Council
  • Philadelphia Ambassador
  • 2019 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Philadelphia chapter)
  • Member - Advocacy Committee
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Bangkok District chapter)
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Rome and Middle East Chapter)
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Philadelphia Chapter)
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • AILA Philadelphia Chapter
  • Co-Chair Advocacy Committee
  • 2017 - 2019
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Philadelphia chapter)
  • 2013-14 Essay Contest Coordinator
  • 2013 - 2014
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (New England Chapter)
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Polish
  • Indonesian
  • French
  • Finnish
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Honors and Awards

  • Best Immigration Lawyers in Philadelphia
  • Expertise
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Alumni Award for Pro Bono Service
  • Villanova University School of Law
  • 2005
  • Fulbright Scholarship
  • Fulbright Association
  • 1999
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Speaking Engagements

  • AILA Philadelphia Chapter Annual Conference
  • Hot Topics Panel (Business Immigration)
  • 2023
  • Introduction to Crimmigration
  • Intersection of Criminal and Immigration Law
  • 2022
  • 2018 AILA Philadelphia Annual Conference
  • Panel Discussion Leader - Removal Proceedings
  • 2018
  • PI Philadelphia Monthly Apertivo March 2016
  • Immigration Options for Highly Skilled Professionals
  • 2016
  • 2015 AVID Summer Institute, Philadelphia PA
  • Immigration Options for Undocumented Students and Their Families
  • 2015
  • AILA Philadelphia Monthly CLE Presentation
  • R-1 Religious Workers
  • 2014
  • 2014 AVID Summer Institute, Philadelphia PA
  • Immigration Options for Undocumented Students
  • 2014
  • NMD Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • Hardship Waivers & Forms I-601/601A
  • 2013
  • Lawyers' Forum WWDB AM 860
  • Immigration Law Section
  • 2013
  • AILA Philadelphia Chapter Annual Conference
  • Advanced Topics in Family Immigration Law
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (9)
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Immigration Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Isbell is a highly skilled immigration attorney. His guidance on the avvo website is insightful, practical and accurate. He generously volunteers time from his busy schedule to advise others, including newer immigration attorneys in the community. I endorse Mr. Isbell with the highest recommendation."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"I fully endorse this lawyer. A brilliant business immigration, deportation defense, and appellate lawyer. For those reasons, and for the fact that he is a trustworthy and hardworking person, I decided to partner with him."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is knowledgeable in his field, deeply committed to his clients cases, and a excellent advocate."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Alex is a fantastic attorney, extremely hard working and dedicated to his clients. I endorse Alex whole-heartedly."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse Alex Isbell. He is thorough, knowledgeable, and passionate about Immigration Law. I remember one case we worked on together, for a Chechen asylum seeker. Alex's knowledge of Russian and attention to detail allowed him to find and highlight a crucial piece of evidence, evidence that he used to successfully obtain asylum for the client and her son. He's an immigration lawyer's lawyer, and Boston is lucky to have him."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"There are few attorneys in the field of Immigration Law that have the experience, knowledge, and zeal that Mr. Isbell has. He is extremely well respected among his peers and is a dedicated advocate to his clients. I have referred several clients to Mr. Isbell and will continue to do so in the future."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Alex Isbell is an excellent immigration attorney, and I'm happy to endorse him. I have seen him in action, and I found his thoroughness and professionalism impressive. He's very knowledgeable in his field of law, and I'd recommend him to anyone."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Alex is the lawyer's lawyer for immigration issues - many attorneys, including myself, would tap into his vast knowledge of this area of practice. He is thorough, methodical, and his clients are lucky to have him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Isbell is extremely knowledgable about the law. Coupled with his work ethic, he is truly a leader in the legal community"
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Philadelphia Immigration Lawyer Alex Gregory Isbell
Alex Gregory Isbell
Immigration Attorney
Philadelphia, PA
Licensed for 18 years
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