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Languages spoken: French, Russian

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    3 years

Attorney endorsements

3 total 

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  • Robert M Fortgang

    I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Hafkin worked collaborative with me and my associate on a recent employment dispute for one of Atty. Hafkin's clients. Michael was a pleasure to work with. He is respectful, extremely knowledgeable and a person of high integrity. Perhaps the most telling endorsement I can offer is to state that if ever there were to exist a matter in which my firm found itself in conflict, I would have absolutely no hesitancy in recommending Michael. Respectfully submitted, Rob Fortgang – 3/8/2012


    Robert Fortgang Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Jason Y Gans

    Outstanding research and writing skills, analytical thinker, an up and comer in his field


    Jason Gans Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

United States Department Of Homeland Security

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
Boston, MA


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
New England Rising Stars--Immigration LawSuper Lawyers2011
Connecticut Rising Stars--Immigration LawSuper Lawyers2011
New England Rising Stars--Immigration LawSuper Lawyers2010
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward/White, Inc.2010
Best Lawyers in AmericaWoodward/White, Inc.2009
Best Brief AwardWilliam H. Hastie Memorial Moot Court Competition, University of Connecticut School of Law2001
Connecticut Moot Court BoardUniversity of Connecticut School of Law2001
First Year Honors ProgramUniversity of Connecticut School of Law2000
Dean's ScholarshipUniversity of Connecticut School of Law2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Associate CounselUnited States Citizenship and Immigration Services2012 - Present
Senior AssociateClayman, Tapper & Baram, LLC2008 - 2012
AssociateClayman, Tapper & Baram, LLC2003 - 2007
Summer Legal InternOffice of the Connecticut Attorney General2002 - 2002
Legal InternConnecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities2001 - 2003
Summer AssociateZeldes, Needle & Cooper, P.C.2001 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember, USCIS Hartford Field Office Liasion Committee2011 - 2012
Connecticut Bar AssociationMember,Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Law Section2004 - 2012
Connecticut Bar AssociationMember, Labor & Employment Law Section2004 - 2012
American Association of Immigration LawyersMember2004 - 2012
American Association of Immigration LawyersMember, Young Lawyers Committee (Connecticut Chapter)2004 - 2012
Connecticut Bar AssociationMember2003 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Boy Scouts of America v. Wyman Prevailed
Urbanowicz v. Planning & Zoning CommissionPrevailed
Toler v. GrantPrevailed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Connecticut Law TribuneObligations of Immigrant Sponsors May Outlast Divorce2011
Litchfield County TimesYes, They Were G-Men In Salisbury Incident2011
The Journal (Bloomfield, Conn.)Prejudgment Remedies2011
Connecticut Law TribuneProdding Immigration Officials Into Action2009
The Journal (Bloomfield, Conn.)What to do if you are faced with foreclosure2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Connecticut School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
University of PennsylvaniaEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Padilla v. Kentucky (U.S.) – A Game Changer for Criminal Law Practitioners?Criminal and Immigration Law-U.S. Supreme Court2010