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Charles M. Honeyman

Immigration Attorney at Philadelphia, PA

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also known as Hon. Charles M. Honeyman (Retired)

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  • State Years
    Maryland - MD 42 years
    New Jersey - NJ 31 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 36 years
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1981
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1992
    Resigned Without Prejudice No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1987
    Retired No misconduct found

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Hon. Charles M. Honeyman (Retired) joined Palladino, Isbell & Casazza, LLC as of counsel in October 2020, after serving in a similar capacity for the firm’s predecessor and following more than 24 years of service as an Immigration Judge. Judge Honeyman provides strategic litigation counsel and invaluable guidance in support of the firm’s clients, especially those applying for asylum and/or facing removal proceedings.

Judge Honeyman was appointed as an Immigration Judge by the U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, in September 1995. During his tenure, Judge Honeyman served in a number of capacities and was frequently called upon for special assignments by both the government and the private bar, including: pro bono liaison judge; EOIR-AILA liaison; EOIR Training Conference speaker; Allenwood Federal Correctional Institution docket; Pittsburgh televideo docket; details: New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Baltimore, Pearsall, TX, Port Isabel, TX, Jena, LA, Oakdale, LA, and Otero, NM; special case assignments-Nazi War Criminal cases (2); frequent CLE speaker; law school guest lecturer; National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ)-member, local representative, precedent committee. Additionally, a number of Judge Honeyman’s cases resulted in widely cited decisions in the Third, First, and Second Circuit Courts of Appeal, helping to shape the landscape of immigration law both regionally and nationally. Included among the many notable cases are: Alimbaev v. Attorney General; Kaplun v. Attorney General; Luciana v. Attorney General; Fadiga v. Attorney General; Szehinskyj v. Attorney General; Paiz-Cabrera v. Attorney General; and Sukwanputra v. Attorney General.

Highly respected and learned, Judge Honeyman’s retirement from the bench and return to private practice (as political interference with judicial independence increased) was covered by major news outlets, including NPR Morning Edition, The Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Independent, BuzzFeed, and Voice of America Latin America Division.

Judge Honeyman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971 from Roanoke College, a Master of Arts degree (Political Science) in 1975 from Penn State University, a Master of Public Policy degree in 1977 from the University of Michigan, and a Juris Doctor degree in 1981 from the University of Baltimore. From 1981 until 1995, Judge Honeyman practiced immigration law at firms in Baltimore and thereafter in Philadelphia. He also served as an Adjunct Professor at Villanova University Law School in the fall of 1988 and 1989 and guest lectured frequently at Philadelphia area law schools. Additionally, while in private practice, Judge Honeyman held prominent positions, both locally and nationally, in the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), including service for two years as national co-chair of AILA’s liaison committee with EOIR. He also spoke frequently at local, regional, and national conferences.

Following his retirement as an Immigration Judge, in addition to his of counsel work, Judge Honeyman has been called upon regularly to teach and speak in a variety of settings. He has guest lectured at area law schools and presented at AILA’s pro bono training, annual Immigration Court conferences, and CLE training conferences. Notably, Judge Honeyman was a leading speaker at AILA’s Public Action in support of independent Immigration Courts (along with U.S. Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon, House Judiciary Vice-Chair) held at the National Constitution Center on September 17, 2020. Moreover, he has also advised academic scholars conducting research on immigration-related topics. Additionally, Judge Honeyman presented a webinar for a leading software company that has produced a case management system for immigration law firms.

Judge Honeyman is a retired member of the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ), a member of the prestigious Roundtable of Former Immigration Judges, and is an active member of AILA’s Philadelphia Chapter, offering its EOIR liaison committee advice and support along with presenting at CLE authorized chapter events.

Judge Honeyman is a member of the Maryland (active) and Pennsylvania bars, and was formerly a member of the New Jersey bar.


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Philadelphia, PA, 19102
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Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Villanova University School Of Law
  • 2022 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Palladino, Isbell & Casazza, LLC
  • 2020 - Present
  • Immigration Judge
  • Executive Office For Immigration Review
  • 1995 - 2019
  • Partner
  • Cohen & Honeyman
  • 1992 - 1995
  • Senior Associate
  • Dechert Price & Rhoads
  • 1988 - 1992
  • Associate
  • Abrahams & Loewenstein
  • 1986 - 1988
  • Partner
  • Gershburg, Honeyman & Pearl
  • 1985 - 1986
  • Associate
  • Gordon & Heneson, Pa
  • 1981 - 1985
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  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • University of Michigan
  • Master of Public Policy-MPP
  • 1977
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • MA - Masters-Political Science
  • 1975
  • Roanoke College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts-Political Science
  • 1971
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  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Roundtable of Former Immigration Judges
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ)
  • Member (Retired)
  • 2020 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Chapter Chair - Philadelphia
  • 1993 - 1994
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Treasurer - DC Chapter
  • 1984 - 1985
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Civic Impact Honoree
  • Esperanza Immigration Legal Services
  • 2022

Speaking Engagements

  • Drexel Kline School of Law
  • Immigration Court Practice
  • 2022
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Former Immigration Judges Round Table
  • 2022
  • Pro Bono Asylum Training
  • Pro Bono Asylum Training
  • 2021
  • Chestnut Hill College
  • Immigration Law and Policy
  • 2021
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Philadel
  • Practice and Procedure in Immigration Court
  • 2021
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Attorney endorsements

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Endorse Charles
Immigration Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Charles served as an Immigration Judge for over 24 years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. He is a brilliant legal mind and anyone would be incredibly lucky to have him as an advocate."
Immigration Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Co-worker
"I am confident that there is no person in existence with more knowledge of immigration law than Charles Honeyman. He is a master of immigration law and is now using his talents to help the immigrant community after decades on the bench as an Immigration Judge in Philadelphia and New York City. In addition to being an immigration law expert, he is a good man with strong family values who would be a tremendous asset to anyone in need of his services."
Immigration Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have had the privilege of working with Retired Judge Honeyman while he was on the bench and now at Palladino, Isbell, & Casazza, where he is of coursel. You will not find a more knowledgeable, thoughtful, or thorough immigration attorney than Charles Honeyman."
Immigration Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Judge Honeyman (retired) is among the most brilliant minds in Immigration Law, especially in the context of Removal (deportation) Defense. Palladino, Isbell & Casazza is deeply honored to have Charles as Of Counsel after over 24 years on the bench as an Immigration Judge. His knowledge of removal defense matters is unparalleled."
Immigration Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Hon. Charles M. Honeyman (Ret.) is a truly exceptional attorney. He has joined our practice after several decades as a United States Immigration Judge in the New York and Philadelphia Immigration Courts. Among my peers he is viewed as a role model and as an incomparable source of information as a result of his decades of experience and truly remarkable ability to match difficult fact patterns to legal precedent. He is a sought after public speaker on matters of immigration law and policy, and brings thoughtfulness, humanity and compassion into a field that can some times seem procedural, cold, and mechanical."
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Philadelphia Immigration Lawyer Charles M. Honeyman
Charles M. Honeyman
Immigration Attorney
Philadelphia, PA
Licensed for 42 years
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