Steven H. Garfinkel

Steven H. Garfinkel

Managing Partner
Location:
Charlotte, North Carolina,
Phone:
704-626-6396
800-564-1703
Fax:
704-442-8080
E-mail:

Steven H. Garfinkel is a nationally recognized immigration law specialist practicing business immigration since 1984. He is one of a limited number of attorneys certified as a Specialist in Immigration Law by the North Carolina State Bar and is a Past Chair of the Immigration Specialization Committee. He worked in one of North Carolina’s largest law firms from 1989 to 1997 and served as partner in charge of the immigration and visa practice of that firm’s Charlotte office from 1992 until August 1, 1997. On September 1, 1997 he established the Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm. The Firm has grown to become one of the largest law firms in the Southeastern U.S. dedicated exclusively to the practice of U.S. immigration law. Mr. Garfinkel has been rated by his peers with an AV® Peer Review Rating and is listed in the International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers.

Classes/Seminars

  • Speaker, "Immigration Law Overview," University of North Carolina Charlotte, April, 2017
  • Speaker, "Immigration Law Overview", University of North Carolina - Charlotte, 2016
  • Speaker, "Immigration Law Primer", York County of Economic Development, 2015
  • Speaker, "U.S. Immigration Law Update", Lincoln Economic Development Association, 2015
  • Speaker, "The Current (Sad) Status of U.S. Immigration Policy and Law", Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm Quarterly Webinar, 2015
  • Speaker, "Immigration Special", 5th HR International - Challenges and Best Practice Conference, April 2015
  • Speaker, "Beyond OPT", University of North Carolina - Charlotte, 2015
  • Speaker, "Anticipating Disruption: Preparing for 2014", Great Charlotte Biz, 2013
  • Speaker, "Immigration Reform- What, If, When?", AdvantageWest Economic Developers Advisor, 2013
  • Speaker, "Immigration Reform- What, If, When?", Lake Norman Regional Economic Development, 2013
  • Speaker, "Immigration Law 101", Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm Quarterly Webinar, 2013
  • Speaker, "Business Immigration Law Briefing – Current State of the Law & Likely Changes", Charlotte World Trade Association, 2013
  • Speaker, "Immigration Law Overview", University of North Carolina – Charlotte, 2013
  • Speaker, "Immigration Update: Post-election Review", The Employer’s Association, 2009
  • Speaker, "Immigration Compliance Issues", Sterling Education Services, 2009
  • Speaker, "Immigration Update – New I-9 Form, Social Security Mismatch Letters & ICE Worksite Enforcement Actions.", The Employers, Association, 2008
  • Speaker, "Immigration Law Overview & Update", FSU Center for Human Resource Management, 2008
  • Speaker, "Immigration Law Overview", The North Carolina College & University Professional Association for Human Resources, 2008
  • Speaker, "Employment Law Update in North Carolina", Sterling Education Services, Inc., 2007
  • Speaker, "Immigration & Employment Law; Hiring & Retaining Foreign & Domestic Workers", Sterling Education Services, Inc., 2006
  • Speaker, "Immigration and Visa Law Summary", NC Association of Health Care Recruiters, 2006
  • Speaker, "Immigration Compliance Today and in the Future", The Employer’s Association, 2006
  • Speaker, "Practical Immigration Law 2004", Wake Forest University, 2004

Honors and Awards

  • 2017 James E. Cross Jr. Leadership Award, North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization
  • Super Lawyers, 2008 - 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2008 - 2017
  • Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, 2008 - 2017
  • Top 25: Charlotte Super Lawyers, 2013 - 2014
  • Top 100: North Carolina Super Lawyers, 2013 - 2016
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating

Published Works

  • Achieving the Extraordinary: The O-1 Visa, Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm White Paper, September, 2016
  • The Current (Sad) Status of U.S. Immigration Policy and Law, Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm White Paper, June, 2015
  • Corporate Immigration Policies: A Survey, Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm White Paper, April, 2014
  • State Licensure Requirements—An Obstacle to H-1B Classification, AILA Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook, 2004-05 Ed., 2004
  • B-1 Business Visitors and TN Nonimmigrants, AILA Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook , 2003-04 Ed., 2003

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Immigration Law, North Carolina State Bar, 1997

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1984

Education

  • Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston Salem, North Carolina
    • J.D. - 1984
  • Wake Forest University
    • Bachelor's Degree, cum laude - 1981

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers President
  • Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • CASHRM
  • Charlotte Chamber of Commerce
  • Charlotte Regional Partnership
  • German American Chamber of Commerce
  • Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce
  • Lancaster Co. Economic Development Corp.
  • National Immigration Project
  • Swiss American Chamber of Commerce
  • The Employers Association
  • Mayoral Immigration Integration Task Force

Areas of Practice

  • Immigration & Visa Law