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Christopher Michael Casazza

Immigration Attorney at Philadelphia, PA

5.0   97 reviews

also known as Chris Casazza

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  • Licensed for 13 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2010
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AVVO CLIENT'S CHOICE 4 YEARS IN A ROW - 100% DEDICATED TO IMMIGRATION LAW AT THE #1 IMMIGRATION LAW FIRM.

Attorney Christopher M. Casazza is a co-founder of Palladino, Isbell & Casazza LLC.

Prior to co-founding Palladino, Isbell & Casazza LLC, he was a partner at a prominent Center City Philadelphia Immigration Law Firm from 2019-2020, and he was employed as a senior attorney at a boutique immigration firm in suburban Philadelphia, PA where he worked from 2009-2019.

A persuasive and successful immigration lawyer, Christopher (“Chris”) is well respected by colleagues, clients, and courts alike. Chris has dedicated his legal career to all aspects of immigration law including removal (deportation) defense, appeals, Writs of Mandamus (WOMs), federal litigation, the immigration consequences of criminal convictions, asylum/refugee law, U-Visas, family-based petitions/waivers, and employment-based immigration.

Chris’s success as an immigration attorney is due to the fact that he enjoys his work and believes in what he fights for. He is energized by difficult cases and strives to find favorable solutions to complex matters. As a litigator, Chris has been extremely successful defending individuals and families from removal (deportation), on appeal before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), and in Federal District and Circuit Court, including Oral Argument before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Chris’s passion and dedication to immigration law has been recognized by both the media and his clients. In 2017, Chris was honored as one of the “16 young minds shaping Philly’s legal landscape” by Billy Penn news. Chris has been featured as an immigration expert by multiple news outlets, including

  • The New York Times,
  • NPR,
  • Telemundo,
  • VICE News (Showtime),
  • The Immigration Nerds Podcast,
  • BuzzFeed News,
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer,
  • WHYY,
  • The Philadelphia Tribune,
  • Catholic Philly, and
  • The Philadelphia Business Journal.

As a client testimonial puts it, “Chris is a great guy full of passion and absolute dedication to his job.”

Chris is also dedicated to helping other attorneys and professionals effectively represent their immigrant clients; he has been a featured speaker and lecturer on numerous immigration law topics, including Representing Individuals with Final Orders of Removal (AILA Philadelphia Chapter 2018 CLE), Immigration Law Issues (2018 SWAN Statewide Winter Conference), Immigration Law Under the New Administration” (2017 Chester County Bar Association), Administrative and Judicial Review - Board and Circuit Case Law (2016 Pennsylvania Bar Association, Immigration Law Forum), Emerging Issues with Humanitarian Relief (AILA Philadelphia Chapter 2016 CLE), and Success with U-Visa Applications (AILA Philadelphia Chapter 2012 CLE).

Chris is a proud member of the Philadelphia AILA Chapter, previously serving as the chapter’s Office of the Chief Counsel liaison co-chair (2015-2016), the chapter’s EOIR/Immigration Court liaison co-chair (2016-2018), and the chapter’s EOIR/Immigration Court liaison emeritus. Chris is on the Board of Directors of Justice for Our Neighbors, Delaware Valley (JFON-DV), a non-profit organization that offers free and low-cost immigration legal services to immigrants and their families, and serves as the Chair of JFON-DV’s Legal Operations Committee. Chris was previously an Adjunction Professor at Villanova University, Charles Widger School of Law in the Clinic for Asylum, Refugee & Emigrant Services (CARES).

Chris is licensed to practice law in:

  • The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit,
  • The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania,
  • The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania,
  • The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Washington DC),
  • The U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota,
  • The U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska,
  • The U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland,
  • The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 
  • The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, 
  • The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas,
  • The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas, 
  • The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, 
  • The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas,
  • The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, and
  • The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. 

He received his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and daughter.

Awards

Client's Choice 2023,2022,2021,2020,2019
Client's Choice
2023 2022 2021 + 2 ...
Top Contributor 2013
Top Contributor
2013

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Location

Palladino, Isbell & Casazza, LLC
1528 Walnut St
Suite 1701
Philadelphia, PA, 19102
Palladino, Isbell & Casazza, LLC
1 West 3rd St., 2nd Floor
Media, PA, 19063
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Client's Choice 2023
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Posted by Sarbali | March 21, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
An expert immigration attorney!
I found attorney Christopher Casazza recommended by my best friend and I am so glad that I have found him as he won my case, and due to his excellent knowledge of immigration law I became a permanent resident of the U.S. My case was really complicated, I needed I-601 waiver and had to go through many immigration steps. During my entire immigration process, Chris was highly professional, very meticulous and caring. My family and I are extremely grateful to him as he took me out of immigration darkness to light and gave us so much happiness. Christ is truly the Best Immigration Attorney and a wonderful person. I recommend his services to all people who need immigration assistance.
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Posted by Angel | March 10, 2022
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One of the best lawyers in United States
great Lawyer, very honest responsible And very professional and affordable I really recommend him. Thankyou very!!! For all your hard work He helped me all the way to get my usa permanent residence.
Posted by Abraham | November 8, 2021
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Mr. Casazza is godsend
Mr. Casazza is highly competent and was passionate about seeing my family’s case through. In about a year or less, during the pandemic, Mr. Casazza was able to bring closure to my mother and my family on a battle that affected us since the start of the century. Thank you Mr. Casazza and to your team for a job well done. We really don’t know how to thank you.
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Posted by Nuriya | June 1, 2021
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Highly recommended
Chris was an excellent choice for our immigration process! We are extremely grateful for his help over the past 3 years. He’s personable and trustworthy, and has always answered our questions in a timely manner. Chris went above and beyond to make sure we got past any roadblocks that arose, and we highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2021
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Vishal patel
His services are tremendous and always reply you...very efficient and helping nature lawyer...
Posted by Kripaben Patel | September 12, 2020
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The Best Immigration Lawyer!!
He was an extremely helpful lawyer, and he gave prompt reply’s to my text messages and phone calls whenever I had any problems or questions about my case. I could not have chosen a better immigration lawyer!!
Posted by A Hua | March 25, 2021
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Professional dan phenomenal immigration lawyer
My case for sponsorship got denied from immigration and i found a immigration lawyer from google, his name Mr Christopher Casazza. I hire him for continue my case and he did very good job. He is very professional and he know about my case situation . Now, i won and got my green card. I'm very recommend Mr Christopher Casazza for anyone, who need help for immigration case.
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Posted by Christine | April 15, 2021
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Outstanding immigration lawyer
My husbands case to get his green card was a difficult one. Mainly because he had a DUI and was in removal. The case dragged out for 9 years due to the incompetence of immigration. Chris was with us every step of the way and was always well prepared and ready to fight for us. In the end, my husband received his long awaited for green card. We are thankful we found such a great lawyer who stood by us every difficult step of the way.
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Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2021
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Best immigration lawyer ever
This layer gives us a hope and promise that my mom will her paper,and yes she did. This layer is very very respectful and carrying for people, professional . I recommend him to anybody for sure.
Posted by anonymous | December 30, 2021
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Ideal, extraordinary lawyer
The space is not enough here. Before I talk to Mr. Cassazza, I talked and paid for many consultations with many attorneys and all of them gave me the same solution which is inappropriate for me. However, Mr. Casazza gave me a different method. He is very confident about my case from the beginning, and we have got the result that we want at the end. Plus, he is very very generous, active, responsive. Five stars are not enough.
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Posted by Melissa | February 9, 2024
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Asylum
The whole process was very easy on my part. The attorneys gave me confidence that my case would be handled appropriately. I was very pleased with the outcome.I won my case thank to Mr casazza
Posted by Dariush | February 5, 2024
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From Despair to Gratitude: A Journey of Hope and Renewal with Chris's Guidance
Chris, I'm at a loss for words to adequately express my gratitude towards you. This review hardly scratches the surface of the immense hope and support you've provided me. I found you so late. After nine long years of waiting to process my case, enduring overwhelming pressures and challenges that nearly extinguished my hopes for resolution, I was at my wit's end. Then, I was informed about you. As soon as I reached you, you provided me with a clear path forward, outlining a timeframe with precision. And you delivered! Without your expertise, your unwavering commitment to helping others, and your attentiveness to my specific needs, achieving a resolution in just two months would have seemed impossible. Who could have fathomed that a case lingering in the system for nine years could be resolved so swiftly and in two months? Thank you, Sir! Thank you sincerely. You've turned my bleak situation into one filled with light, illuminating my journey towards achieving the American dream. I feel as though I've been granted a new lease on life, with a newfound clarity about where I once stood and where I now stand. Thank you.
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Posted by Mohit | January 9, 2024
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Informative, Courteous & Efficient
Christopher and his firm have been amazing to work with. We have gone to him many times with our questions, concerns and he has always guided us in the right direction. He understands how important and life impacting this stressful time is for everyone involved. He always replies in a prompt manner and provides sound legal advice! It has been a pleasure working with him and highly recommend him to all who are going through this process!
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Posted by Ashvin | December 21, 2023
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U visa
I give him a 10/10 because he did such a great job on my case. We did the lawsuit for my case and he did faster paperwork. I got the approval less than 45 days. I would definitely tell my other friends and family about him.
Posted by Olga | December 2, 2023
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Real MVP
Chris was recommended to me by another immigration lawyer and I couldn't be happier. My mom's adjustment of status process became complicated when after the interview an immigration officer decided to administratively close the case. The reasons of this decision listed in the letter were wrong. That's when Chris not only found and presented multiple confirmations of their mistake, but he was also very respectful and persistent with getting results. He was willing to protect our rights in court if our wrongfully closed case is not reopened. I-485 case was reopened and we're expecting a green card soon. I've met quite a few immigration lawyers, but I've never got so much support in such a short period of time. It truly feels like he knows what it's like to be in our shoes. There are not enough words to express my gratitude to Chris. He is confident, professional and an excellent communicator. Don't be afraid to trust him. I only wish I knew Chris earlier.
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Posted by Muhammad | September 15, 2023
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The best immigration lawyer
I want to thank Chris Casazza and his firm for making my immigration process very smooth and speedy. He is very efficient, knowledgeable, and experienced. He is always accessible and responds promptly to text and calls. If you are reading my review please hire him and you will not regret it. I will always be recommending him to my friends and family.
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Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2023
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Excellent immigration services
Great lawyer for immigration services. Consultations with Chris are easy to follow and he’s fast to respond to any follow-up questions. Overall process was smooth and faster than expected.
Posted by Sean | August 8, 2023
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Mandamus Suit Filed Against Montreal Consulate
We had two IR1 immigrant visas (for my daughter and myself) stuck in the never ending administrative processing limbo at the US consulate in Montreal. Internet research showed that we could be waiting another 2-3 years unless we force them to complete our visas via a Mandamus lawsuit. A little more research lead me to the Visa Journey forum website where I discovered Chris. He was highly recommended on that site. I arranged a call with him right away. He was very knowledgeable, personable, and a straight shooter which I really appreciated. He answered all of my questions and confirmed that he could get our visas completed in the next 60 days. He did just that. If you are reading this and you have a visa stuck in administrative processing for an unreasonable amount of time, don't hesitate to get in touch with Chris and file a Mandamus suit, I highly recommend him. Otherwise you could be waiting years unnecessarily.
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Posted by Pushpinder | June 28, 2023
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Best attorney
Christopher Casazza represented me in my most difficult case that has been denied so many times. I had been waiting for my approval for 32 years. As me and my husband consulted him couple years back , he very honestly told us that nothing could be done right then so do not waste our money. Many attorneys had taken our money but gave us no results. We had wasted thousands of dollars on our case. Mr. Casazza is extremely knowledgeable and very honest. No games. He will tell you the truth. After 32 years, he got me the green card that no other top lawyer of New York and New Jersey state could. Highly highly recommended him. He was recommended by a friend with a difficult case also. We are extremely happy to hire him and will recommend to everyone we know!! Thank you Mr. Casazza!!
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Posted by Mohamad | June 1, 2023
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Best Immigration Lawyer Out There!
I was stuck in Administrative Processing (AP) for over 6 months. I did my research on solutions, and learned about filing a mandamus lawsuit. I consulted several lawyers, but Chris, hands down, is the best out there! I couldn’t find any other lawyer that was professional, punctual, smart, humane, empathetic, and super responsive… Chris treats you as a human being and not just a client.
 He’s everything you’d want in a Lawyer! In 60 days, AP was complete and it took a few more weeks for my visa to be stamped. Can’t believe I’m actually pursuing my dreams because of Chris. He’s definitely the person I’m reaching out to whenever I face any immigration-related issues! If you’re searching for a lawyer and happen to stumble upon this page, PLEASE hire Chris! You won’t regret it!!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Palladino, Isbell & Casazza, LLC
  • 2020 - Present
  • Immigration Clinic Adjunct Professor
  • Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
  • 2021 - 2022
  • Partner
  • Solow, Isbell & Palladino LLC
  • 2019 - 2020
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Offices of David E. Piver
  • 2009 - 2019
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Education

  • Villanova University School of Law
  • JD
  • 2010
  • Grand Valley State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2006

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Sorto Bonilla v. Atty Gen
  • Precedential
  • Jamai v. Attorney General
  • CAT Granted

Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Chair, EOIR Liaison Committee
  • 2017 - 2020
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Philadelphia chapter)
  • OCC Liaison, EOIR liaison, & EOIR liaison emeritus.
  • 2010 - 2019

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 16 young minds shaping Philly’s legal landscape
  • Billy Penn Magazine
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • SWAN Statewide Winter Conference
  • Immigration Law Issues
  • 2018
  • Philadelphia AILA Chapter Conference
  • Representing Individuals with Final Orders of Removal
  • 2018
  • Philadelphia AILA Chapter Conference
  • Emerging Issues with Humanitarian Relief
  • 2016
  • Immigration Law Forum
  • Administrative and Judicial Review - Board and Circuit Case Law
  • 2016
  • Philadelphia AILA Chapter Conference
  • Success with U-Visa Applications
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (11)
Endorse Christopher
Immigration Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"Chris is an exceptional attorney. His clients are very lucky to have him."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"Chris is an extremely talented litigator and an even more compassionate advocate. He is without a doubt one of the very top immigration attorneys in our region. I strongly endorse him."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is extremely knowledgeable about immigration law and is very gracious in sharing his knowledge with his peers. I highly recommend this attorney."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is a colleague and mentor. One of the most hard-working, compassionate and organized attorneys in this field. Zealous representation and a client-first approach ensures your best interests will always be served."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is an excellent and dedicated immigration attorney. I have gone to him for advice and suggestions in my own cases, and I would highly recommend his services to anyone in need of immigration assistance."
Immigration Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris did a phenomenal job co-organizing the AILA Philadelphia Chapter's CLE earlier this year, a volunteer position that entailed many hours of preparation. His dedication to the practice of immigration law and his organizational skills are top notch."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris is a hard worker, well-organized."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I fully endorse Chris Casazza as an attorney in the field of immigration law. Chris handles a high volume of cases which allows him to deal with the most complex areas of immigration law. Chris is a tremendous litigator who gets positive results for his clients. In addition to being a good lawyer, Chris is a good guy who does things the right way."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Casazza is a dedicated, energetic lawyer and a rising star in the Philadelphia immigration bar. He fights hard for his clients and is a creative and successful advocate."
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Philadelphia Immigration Lawyer Christopher Michael Casazza
Christopher Michael Casazza
Immigration Attorney
Philadelphia, PA
Licensed for 13 years
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