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Liberty. Justice. All. These are not just words but a credo for Jay Marks, who has been defending the rights of immigrants in Immigration Courts nationwide since 1998. In state and federal courts, he works to vacate convictions, reduce sentences, and vindicate his Clients' rights by forcing the Government to follow the law. 


In December of 2013, Jay was appointed as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland School of Law, where he teaches a Clinic Seminar on Crimes and Immigration Law.


Every Saturday morning, Jay hosts El Cafe del Inmigrante, a call-in, Spanish language radio show on CBS' El Zol, 107.9 FM, in Washington, DC.


Jay is on the Board of Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, and has served on the boards of several community organizations, including Marcelino Pan y Vino, Inc., Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation, and American University Hillel. 


Languages spoken: Spanish, Portuguese

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    25 years, 1 thousand cases



Fixed (always), Pro bono (5%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Christina A Wilkes

    Jay Marks is extremely knowledgeable and experienced, and he keeps abreast of developments in immigration law and practice. Jay Marks is committed to providing his clients with top-notch representation and dedicated to serving his community.


    Christina Wilkes Immigration Attorney
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  • Ricky Malik

    Jay is the embodiment of the tireless immigration advocate battling for his clients. I have looked up to him as a defender of immigrants from the beginning of my career. Jay is incredibly knowledgeable and always up to date on immigration law; a go to source for me and many attorneys when trying to solve complex immigration problems creatively. I am a better lawyer because of Jay. I endorse this lawyer.


    Ricky Malik Immigration Attorney
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Contact info

Law Offices of Jay S. Marks, LLC

836 Bonifant Street
Silver Spring, MD, 20910


DCActive 200407/05/2016
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199205/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best LawyerWashingtonian Magazine2015
Best LawyersWashingtonian Magazine2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderLaw Offices of Jay S. Marks, LLC2011 - Present
PartnerMarks Calderon Derwin & Racine, PLC2009 - 2011
FounderLaw Offices of Jay S. Marks2008 - 2009
PartnerMarks & Katz, LLC1998 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Lawyers Guild, National Immigration ProjectMember2011 - Present
CAIR CoalitionMember2000 - Present
Civil Justice NetworkMember2000 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember1998 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Roxana BenavidesPetition for Coram Nobus Granted
Amos v. LynchPetition for Review Granted; Removal Order Vacated.
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Publication nameTitleDate
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth CircuitAmos v. Lynch2015
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
American University, Washington College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
University of Chicago Law SchoolInternational Relations/Latin American StudiesMA - Masters1988
American University, Washington College of LawEconomics/Latin American StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Spring Seminar on Immigration Consequences of Criminal ConvictionsAdjunct Faculty, Law School Course: Crimmigration2014
AILA DC Fall 2014 ConferenceAdjustment of EWI's2014
Immigration Law and Maryland CourtsImmigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions2013
Virginia Public Defenders Annual ConferenceImmigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions2010