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Matthew C. Thomas

Immigration Attorney at Phoenix, AZ

5.0   21 reviews

also known as Matthew Charles Ursel Thomas

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About Matthew

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Practice areas
  1. Immigration
    Practicing in the area of US immigration and naturalization, including deportation, asylum and family-based petitions. We specialize in I-601 and I-212 waivers. Additionally, we prepare VAWA and U visa petitions for victims of violent crime. I am fluent in Spanish.

    17 years, 2,500 cases

  2. Criminal defense

Licensed for 15 years
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 2007
Updated 12/21/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Thomas Law Firm, PLC
3830 N. 19th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ, 85015


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Ann | June 30, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Best choice ever!
I very highly recommend Thomas Law Firm! I spoke with about 11 other attorneys before finding Thomas Law and they were by far the most knowledgeable and professional. I had questions that no other attorney knew how to answer. Not only did Thomas Law answer my questions, but they handled my complicated case and my husband now has his U.S Visa with his green card on its way :). We are forever grateful for the great work that they did for us.
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Posted by Michael | June 9, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
The Ultimate Immigration Attorney
We originally saw another lawyer in 2008 before the I601A came into effect. He explained the I601 at the time and talked to us about having to prove extreme hardship but was not helpful. In 2014, when the I601A was an option, this time we researched on the internet and found Matthew Thomas. After reading many positive reviews, we thought we would give him a try. By the time we walked out of the initial consultation, I knew he was our guy. My wife and I felt like a weight had been lifted off of our shoulders after only speaking to him for 20 minutes. He was confident yet not arrogant. His team was extremely organized and kept us on task throughout the process of the I130 and the I601A. They did not stop after the I-30 and the I601A were approved.....they continued to work with us all the way through our visit to Ciudad Juarez (only one week and we were back legally in the U.S.) even up until the time my wife received her Green Card several weeks after Matt and his team respond to e-mails very quickly; a couple of times Matt himself even responded on a Sunday morning. They have changed our family's future in a way they will never fully know. I highly recommend Matthew Thomas as your immigration attorney. They even have an interest free payment plan with reasonable rates. What are you waiting for, change your future now!
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Posted by Francesco | October 10, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Best choice ever
I came to the United States from Italy as a spouse of an international student. Willing to stay in the United States, my wife and I decided to apply for residency. After a careful research and a number of meetings with several attorneys, we consulted with Matthew Thomas and we decided to hire him for our case. Since the very beginning, Matt seemed us smart, experienced, and trustable. We felt we were in good hands. Matt worked adamantly on our case, answering emails and phone calls as fast as the speed of light - and he never, ever missed any detail. He was even able to answer us about questions that were out of his area of expertise, showing a broad knowledge of the law and a great open-mindedness. When my wife and I were working on our case with Matt, we recommended him to many of our friends who were in similar cases as ours - and I can tell from their experience that Matt is doing great with them, too. I will keep recommending Matthew Thomas to all the people I care for, because he is a great professional as well as a great person. I am so happy we chose him and I wish him and his firm tons of success.
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Posted by Federica | October 5, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
The perfect lawyer
If you're looking to hire an immigration expert, Matt is the one. My story is quite rare, but I want to share it to hopefully benefit the ones with a background similar to mine. I moved to the US to do my PhD, and was on a student visa. When you are on a student visa, you are only allowed to stay in the US until your expected graduation date and, if you are married, your spouse cannot work. This wasn't too bad for us at first, as my husband worked as a journalist correspondent for a newspaper back home. However, after living in different countries, I thought I liked living in the US for the great work environment and work ethic you can get here, along with the great opportunities for professional development. For these reasons, my husband and I had been considering staying in the US with no restrictions and started interviewing lawyers to apply for residency. During our search for the perfect lawyer, we heard all kinds of things. With both of us being foreigners with no family members or employers to petition for us, we became discouraged and thought there were no options. Then, we met Matt Thomas, who wanted to learn more about our backgrounds and asked for my CV. A few days later, on a Sunday morning, we were about to give up when I got a phone call from Matt. He wanted to see us again and suggested that I self-petition in the EB-1 track. I had done my homework and gone through all the possible scenarios, so I knew what Matt was talking about. However, some lawyers had advised me against that route as being too long and complicated, and they had even said I did not qualify for it. So, when Matt and I discussed such option, I tortured him with tons of questions to make sure his advice was sound enough. Of course, I knew I had a great CV but I had been long discouraged by other lawyers and didn't want to waste my time. Matt illustrated all the details of an EB-1 track to me, and we went through the timeframe, the chances for success, etc. I decided I wanted to hire Matt when I thought: "OK, this guy knows more than me about this, and his advice sounds impartial." After that point, I gave Matt my time, my money, my hopes and, even most, my trust. I couldn't make a better decision. Matt and his team built a strong case for me, advertised my achievements and expertise in a clear an engaging way, and managed to get me an approval without even passing through the Request For Evidence step. Now both my husband and I received a Welcome notice and our residency cards are on their ways. Up to this point, the whole process took less than a year, and it was smooth. What I really liked about Matt Thomas is that he believed in me when other lawyers didn't know what to do with my case. Additionally, Matt is very knowledgeable, experienced, personable, and reliable to the point the he even replied my lots of emails on weekends. So, yes, EB-1 is a real thing and it is doable if your CV is rich with achievements. Don't believe who says that you have to be a Noble Prize laureate to fit in the EB-1 track. And, most importantly, with Matt Thomas you're in good hands.
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Posted by Dinora Del Rio | September 25, 2015
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I hired him for my husbands case last year, he needed the provisional waiver to get approved and it did. At all times I felt comfortable, worry free, and most importantly happy with the service that we were receiving. His entire staff is very nice and helpful, always answering my questions and doubts. My husband will be a year with his residency next month. Thank you Mathew Thomas, I would never hesitate to recommend his services to anyone!
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Posted by Madi Rodrigues | September 10, 2015
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He is the best
If you are looking for an excellent lawyer to solve the problems that do not let you sleep in peace, don't think twice, hire the services of Matthew C. Thomas. I did that twice - 2009 and 2011 - and sincerely I was completely satisfied and happy with the result his work. Simply say he is competent is little. He is very, very competent. More than that, during the entire process he makes you feel that he really cares about your problem and he takes all legal measures to solve the problem and make you smile again. For all these reasons and in my opinion, he is the best, in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Posted by Sergio | July 24, 2015
Most Honest Attorney
My wife and I worked with two other attorneys before Matthew, but our case never seemed to go anywhere. The other guys took our money and left us empty handed. We are so thankful that a neighbor recommended him to us. He is very knowledgable, kind and aboveall honest. His staff is also very organized and very attentive. My wife needed a waiver. Other offices said we didn't have a chance. But he got the waiver approved and now my wife is a resident. He changed our lives. If you want the best, he is it!
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Posted by Jose Luis Alvarez Bahena | April 18, 2015
el mejor abogado de immigracion!
Fue recomendado hacia mi por mi sobrina y ahora que al fin regrese de Cuidad Juarez Mexico con mi visa aprovada lo recomiendo con mucha confianza y me hospede con una familia de mucha confianza y responsables, ellos me hospedaron , me llevaron a las citas, me asesoraron, me advirtieron sobre los peligros que existen en Cuidad Juarez Mexico y los alrededores de los edificios donde tiene uno que ir que son tres diferentes lugares, me llevaron a levantar mi paquete y despues me llevaron de regreso a la frontera , esa familia sabe lo que hace yo los recomiendo, un amigo que estuvo hospedado en la misma casa de huespedes que regreso a USA antes que yo me recomendo un taxixsta en el Paso Texas tambien muy buena persona, yo recomiendo a Matthew Thomas !
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Posted by anelgrado | November 18, 2014
The Best!!!
He represent my husband 2009 everything Mr.Thomas said it was going to be it wad done no hidden fees or surprises I send my blessings to him and family. I went to four or more layers and they gave me no hope until i was sitting at Mathew Thomas office.
Posted by Carlos | August 19, 2014
Professional Service That is Honest with a WIN/WIN Philosophy!
Thomas Law Firm has eased my living here in the United States. They have assisted several family members and myself with different immigration matters. I have experienced great service and at no time did I feel like I was wasting my money but most important my time. I can say with confidence that I will continue going with them. They are prompt and straightforward. Thank you for the excellent work!
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Posted by Esme | July 25, 2014
Matthew Thomas and his team are very knowledgeable.
My husband and I are very happy with lawyer, Matthew Thomas. We had actually done this whole process in the past, only to be denied, because the previous person that helped us didn't file our case correctly. After a few years of being scared to even look into our options, Matthew was recommended to us by a friend and now we are glad we decided to work with him. My permanent residency has been approved thanks to the fact that Matthew and his team know what they're doing.
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Posted by santos | July 24, 2014
back with my family
My case was bad, I went to alcock & assosiates but they just collected their cut and didn't do anything but tell me to sign a paper and they lost my case file, given to the wrong client, after them came pope, nothing happened and he was super rude to my wife, soon after that, my wife found this awesome lawyer named Matthew Thomas which was really helpful and never gave up on my case, I am now a permanent resident thanks to the hard work of Matt and his team. I highly recommend Mr. Thomas, you wont go wrong.
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Posted by Abbie | February 5, 2014
consummate professional, stellar legal representation
Attorney Thomas and his staff were insrumental in establishing permanent residency for my husband. The level of detail and thought he put into every letter/ argument was not only impressive but conveyed a personal commitment to providing us with his best efforts. We are so happy we found Attorney Thomas. He is OUR miracle worker !
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Posted by Nancy | September 23, 2013
Trust worthy, friendly and kind.
I had giving up on finding someone to help me with my immigration issue, until I found Thomas Immigration Law. He was positive about my case, helped me with every form, answered any questions that I had, and made me feel hopeful. Him and his staff were incredible and I would recommend them to anyone. I am so happy I found him.
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Posted by Karla | April 10, 2013
So happy I chose Matthew
We hired Matthew a couple years ago to handle my case and I couldn't have chosen a better person for the job. My case was a bit tricky as I had been in the US since I was five (now 28) and was deported in absentia when I was six but never left the country. I didn't even know I had been deported until our case was started. At first I was excited about adjusting in the US thanks to being eligible to adjust in the US but after finding out about the deportation I was terrified about many things including being deported or having to leave the country on my own while I tried to adjust. There were so many unknowns. Matthew, however, was amazing. He did his research and found older cases and laws that came to benefit my case greatly. He was always upfront about everything with me and was so patient with me and my many questions. I can't tell you how much I appreciate him making me feel comfortable enough to bombard him with questions and concerns. He always responded promptly and in a kind professional manner. The process was long (Almost 2 years exact) and frustrating at times but in the end it all worked out. On Octotober 17, 2012 I became a legal US resident. Matthew accompanied me on my last interview and emailed me as soon as my status was adjusted on the USCIS website to congratulate me. Another thing worth mentioning is his staff....wonderful. Always so polite and helpful, if I called with a question and Matthew was busy with another client they would do their best to help. Good people. Matthew also had a very reasonable payment plan. My husband and I saved up knowing what we were getting into, we thought we'd be asked to pay in full so we were prepared when we went to my initial appointment with Matthew. Fortunately, we weren't forced to hand over the lump sum. We made a deposit to get things going and had low monthly payments for the remaining balance. In our contract we were obliged to pay in full by my last appointment with USCIS, seeing as this process is a lengthy one, we finished paying Matthew months before my case was complete. His payment plan allowed us peace of mind financially which was so good considering we had many other things to worry about at the time. I was very impressed with him and his firm that I even suggested my sisters look into hiring him for their cases. One of them took my advice and I couldn't be happier. I know she is in good hands. Thank you Matthew. :D
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Posted by Sarah | February 19, 2013
Compassionate and quality service, very professional!
Matthew Thomas and his law firm are extremely professional and very knowledgeable about immigration law. We met with many other attorneys prior to meeting Matthew, but he made us feel much more comfortable. Some attorneys say they speak Spanish, but end up not knowing much at all. This was not the case with Matthew who is completely bilingual!!! We were so worried about the language barrier with some attorneys and were thankful that Matthew could speak directly with my husband without a translator. I'm so glad we chose him for my husband's immigration case. My husband was approved in a matter of months with no issues. Two years later we hired him again to remove the conditions on my husband's green card and once again were glad to have returned to Matthew. He is an excellent attorney. His staff are the best too! I definitely would recommend Matthew for your immigration case.
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Posted by Zayra | October 21, 2012
Most trustworthy, knowledgeable, & professional law firm I've every interacted with! Best for immigration!!
It's difficult to know who to trust, especially now with all the changes to immigration law and after a few sketchy law offices (one of which we were supposed clients of already and they did nothing to help with our immigration case) we were referred to Thomas Law Firm. We had called around and tried so many law offices with questions regarding the immigrant visa application for a spouse that Thomas Law Firm, PLC was our last recourse. Both my husband and I were skeptical and wary of giving out even MORE personal information only to have our calls ignored or be told to pay for some document and then never hear back from the firm. We were desperate and frustrated and Thomas Law Firm was a 'light at the end of the tunnel.' They were professional, knowledgeable, honest, and overall patient regardless of how many questions I had or how often I contacted them I always received a prompt reply and it was always cordial--even during my many frantic and confusing calls. There was always someone who could answer my questions, even if they needed to call me back to make sure the information was correct. That proves just how honest and dependable Mr. Thomas and his staff are, rather than just give vague answers they were willing to go into as much deal as was needed to make sure that I understood and was comfortable with what they were doing. We are so eternally grateful to Mr. Thomas and his staff for all of the assistance and support they provided. We are thankful for having found a firm that not only knows what they are doing but is not trying to rip you off. They were even able to work with us on payment arrangements and even after our case was won--THANK YOU THOMAS LAW!!!!!!--they still maintained contact to make sure that I had everything I needed and knew how to proceed. We will always recommend Thomas Law Firm, PLC first when asked for a 'good' immigration attorney because we trust Mr. Thomas and his staff and know that in a time with so much uncertainty having someone dependable on your side makes a huge difference. Thank you so much Thomas Law, we don't have enough words to describe what your office has done for my husband and I.
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Posted by Madi | October 19, 2012
There are a lot of immigration attorneys in Arizona, but honestly, in my opinion, Matthew C. Thomas is the best in Phoenix
If you want to adjust your status with U.S. immigration, without fear of making mistakes when making your request along to the appropriate agency, hire a lawyer. This is the best thing you can do for yourself. Do not hire to help you people who have no qualifications and who is promising miracles. Hire an immigration attoney competent, honest, trustworthy, who will truly listen to your story and work hard in your case in the best way possible and that will especially make it worth every cent of U.S. dollars that you pay for their services. And in that sense, I recommend Thomas Law Firm, PLC. On two different occasions (2009 and 2011), I needed of his services and both times we came out victorious. Matthew Thomas and his team are excellent professionals in all aspects. There are many immigration attorneys in Arizona, but honestly, in my opinion, Matthew Thomas is the best in phoenix, for all the reasons I mentioned above. Therefore, if you are looking for a lawyer with all important qualifications I am telling, don’t think twice, go there. This will be the best way to prove everything I'm saying here. Making an appointment with Matt Thomas to explain him your case and to say what you want. You will not regret it. Furthermore, I'm sure that just as happened to me twice, you will leave his office feeling much more confident and sure of having him on your side to defend you and your interests is the best thing for you will be doing for yourself. Good luck.
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Posted by Sandra | May 6, 2010
Very Thankful
My husband and I worked with Thomas and Jeffries about 2 years ago on a petition to legalize my husband's status in this country. I had spoken to two lawyers previously who told me that there was nothing that could be done for my husband, to wait for the famous "reform." At my wits end I called Thomas and Jeffries and they not only gave me hope, they were very pleasant and professional. They were very knowledgable and helpful from the time that we filed the I130 until the very week of my husbands waiver interview in Ciudad Juarez. They kept me inform of every single thing that they heard from USCIS and made sure that I was always informed of what was happening. They were very thorough and built a huge waiver packet for us. My husband was out of the country for about 2 months, but it was worth it, as at the end of those two months he walked into this country as a legal resident. Thomas and Jeffries was even helpful after he came back into the country, letting him know what his rights were while he was searching for a job. Now we are patiently awaiting the time for him to become a citizen, in about 1 and a half years. I recommend Thomas and Jeffries to everyone I know that needs an immigration lawyer. I will always be grateful to them for helping my family get past our "illegal" status.
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Posted by Reyna | February 18, 2010
100% Satisfied with the outcome of our case. Would recommend to anyone!
My husband and I started his immigration Process with Matthew Thomas In October and by the end of July my husband was a Permanent Resident Alien. Matt kept us very well informed on how the case was going from the beguinning til the end. He has alot of experience and also has a great team of specialists that work close together. I have been and will keep recommending them to anyone who is in need of Immigration help.
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Work Experience

  • Senior Attorney
  • Thomas Law Firm, PLC
  • 2012 - Present
  • Law Partner
  • Thomas & Jefferies, PLLC
  • 2007 - 2012


  • Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2006
  • Arizona State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Legal Cases

  • I-601a Waiver
  • Residency Granted
  • Reason to Believe
  • Residency Granted


  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Arizona chapter)
  • Pro Bono Liaison
  • 2018 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona, Immigration Law Section
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Arizona chapter)
  • 2007 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Arizona chapter)
  • Media Committee Chair
  • 2015 - 2015
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Arizona chapter)
  • Arizona AILA Chapter Nominations Committee
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Phoenix Pride Board of Directors
  • Director and Community Grants Chair
  • 2011 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English


  • Best Immigration Lawyer (El Mejor Abogado de Inmigracion)
  • Tv y Mas Magazine
  • 2013
  • Best Immigration Lawyer (El Mejor Abogado de Inmigracion)
  • TV y Mas magazine
  • 2012
  • Best Immigration Law Office (El Mejor Abogado de Inmigracion)
  • TV y Mas magazine
  • 2011


Speaking Engagements

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Arizona chapter) Conference
  • Advanced issues in AOS and Consular processing
  • 2017
  • CLE
  • Emerging Issues and Updates on Waivers
  • 2016
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Attorney endorsements

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Unknown Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"When it comes to Immigration in Phoenix, AZ area, Mr. Thomas is as good as it gets. Highly knowledgeable, compassionate, and well respected attorney. Recommend for any immigration matter, including family based petitions and consular processing."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Matthew provides a valuable service on Avvo. He gives excellent answers to user questions on this site. I am happy to endorse him."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 29
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is an excellent and brilliant attorney. His experience and knowledge in immigration is reflected in his dedicated work ethic and admirable track record. I highly endorse this attorney."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Matt is an outstanding attorney in the legal community. He is extremely knowledgeable in immigration law, which is reflected in his cases. He handles each case with a high level of professionalism and competency. Matt is truly a zealous advocate for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Matt's level of knowledge and expertise in immigration law is reflected in every case. When other attorneys have given up, Matt has been able to find a solution. He ensures that every client receives top notch representation. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Matt knows the ins and outs of immigration law. He will look for solutions and help his clients solve complex cases."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer wholeheartedly due to the impeccable reputation he has among other lawyers and the first hand accounts of his clients."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I proudly endorse this lawyer. Matthew is a very good immigration attorney. I have heard nothing but positive things from his clients and former clients about him. Truly an asset to the legal community in AZ."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Matt is very knowledgeable in immigration law. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I Had an opportunity to observe Thomas in the immigration court settings and I was really impressed by his professionalism."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Since law school I have known Matt to be committed to immigrant families. More important, Matt is a well respected immigration attorney because he is transparent and hard working on each of his cases. I trust Matt because he safeguards his clients future in the U.S. by working hard and diligently on their cases."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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