Highlights of 2014

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By any measure, 2014 was a phenomenal year for the Law Offices of David M. Sperling.

We opened a new office in Riverhead – our fourth on Long Island, expanded our Hempstead office, hired four new paralegals, and welcomed a new lawyer, Adam Tavares, who was admitted to the New York Bar in October.

Millions of undocumented immigrants finally saw the light of day when President Obama announced his long-awaited Executive Action on Nov. 20, 2014. Although Republican opponents vowed to fight it “tooth and nail,” it is all but certain that all the various programs will go into effect by May.

Obama’s sweeping Executive Action, featuring an expansion of the Deferred Action program for Dreamers and a new Deferred Action program for parents of U.S. Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents, could benefit more than 5 million undocumented immigrants nationwide. Beneficiaries will receive a 3-year work permit, which will in turn enable them to obtain Social Security numbers and driver’s licenses.

According to an analysis by the Washington-based Migration Policy Institute, potential beneficiaries on Long Island include an estimated 32,000 of 76,000 immigrants – or 42 percent – who entered the country illegally or overstayed their visas.

Obama’s Executive Action also will provide a speedier route to LPR status for undocumented spouses of LPRs and undocumented adult children of U.S. Citizens and LPRs. By obtaining an I-601A “provisional waiver” in the United States, these beneficiaries of family petitions will be able to swiftly obtain their Green Cards after a short trip to the U.S. Embassy in their home countries.

In anticipation of long-awaited immigration reform – which will require the approval of Congress and the president , we opened our Riverhead office as a convenience to our East End clients and to expand our outreach to the North and South Forks.

Our office is located at 80 West Main Street, on the second floor, just above Roxana’s Multiservices. The grand opening opened with a benediction by Bishop Abelardo Batista, our long-time friend and the father of Pastor Marlin Batista, my top assistant for 10 years before she dedicated herself to more spiritual pursuits. A wide range of community leaders, including Pastor Carlos Figueroa and Roxana of Roxana’s Multiservices, honored us with their presence.

I am happy to report that the office manager of our Riverhead office is Jorge Gomez, a Colombian-American who I represented in his asylum case nearly 15 years ago. Jorge’s daughter, Maria Gomez, also works for our office as a paralegal after obtaining her Bachelor’s degree from SUNY-Buffalo.

The tremendous success of our law firm over the past few years is due primarily to the dedication and personal service of our hard-working staff. Virtualy all of our clients are referred by word-of-mouth, from satisfied clients who trust us with one of the most important decisions in their lives.

And nothing would be possible without the dedicated efforts of the other attorneys in the office, Lia Suntoso and Adam Tavares. Two other attorneys who deserve special mention are Robin Gershowitz, a former associate, and Chartrisse Adlam, a former trial attorney with the Department of Homeland Security. These two attorneys work closely with our office in the preparation of Special Immigrant Juvenile cases before Family Court in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

On a personal note, 2014 was also a milestone for my two young children. Zachary, 2, started talking (and doesn’t ever stop) and Matthew started to walk just after his first birthday in November. Both are “grinacos” – half gringo, half guanaco – and the joy of my life.


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