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Raymond Lahoud, an Easton, Pennsylvania native and son of immigrants, graduated summa cum laude from Lehigh University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in English (highest department honors), earning several accolades and scholarships.
Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of the Firm and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice, primarily focuses his practice on immigration law and deportation defense for individuals and corporations in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania (Easton, Bethlehem, Allentown, and the surrounding region). His immigration work includes Citizenship, U.S. Non-Immigration Visas, E Visas, E-3 Visas, H-1B Visas, H2B Visas, L Visas, O Visas, P Visas, Q Visas, R Visas, TN Visas, U.S. Immigration Visas, EB5 Investor Visas, Exceptional Ability Immigrant Visas, Extraordinary Ability Immigrant Visas, K-1 Visas, K-3 Visas, Multinational Manager/Executive Immigrant Visas, Outstanding Professor/Researcher Immigrant Visas, PERM Labor Certification, Family Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Marriage Petitions, Asylum, and VAWA applications. Ray also has a long history of political and business management expertise.
Ray also works in the field of Immigration Waivers, such as the Visa Waiver Program, National Interest Waivers, Hardship Waivers, and J Waivers. His practice focuses greatly on Deportation Defense, at the Immigration Court, Board of Immigration Appeals, and Circuit Court levels. He has defended individuals against deportation across the United States. Often, his Deportation practice takes him into state and federal appellate courts, where he seeks post-conviction relief for the underlying crime that led to the commencement of the deportation. On the other hand, Ray has represented individuals who overstayed their visas or entered the United States without inspection.
Ray has received numerous accolades for his pro bono efforts, as well as his achievements in the area of immigration law. He has been awarded the Empire State Pro Bono Counsel Award since 2012, has been selected as Lead Counsel, and has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star, ranked as a Top Rated Immigration Attorney in the New York Metro Area.
At Lehigh, Ray served as the Editor of The Lehigh Review, earned Deans List, was named a President’s Scholar, was inducted into Phi Beta Delta, and received, among other awards, the Williams Award, Treen Scholarship, and Littner Scholarship. Prior to that, he served as a United States Congressional Page, under then-Congressman Ray LaHood (R-IL). He also served as a legislative aide to State Senator Lisa Boscola (D-PA).
In 2017, Attorney Lahoud was was featured in a NBC News special: Daily Life with an Immigration Attorney. To watch the special, please click here.
In law school, Ray earned Deans List, several CALI awards in many different legal courses, and a position on the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal. He was actively involved in several programs and other organizations such as the Barristers’ Counsel, ABA Law Student Division, ACLU at GULC, Catholic Student Association, and the Innocence Project, as well as worked for the Honorable Joanne Seybert, Federal District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York.
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- B.A., Lehigh University
- J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
- New York
- United States Tax Court
- U.S. District Court
- – Southern District of New York
- – Northern District of New York
- U.S. Tax Court
- Executive Office for Immigration Review
- U.S. Court of Appeals
- – Second Circuit
- – Third Circuit
- – Ninth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Services
- U.S. Court of International Trade
- U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation
- American Immigration Lawyers Association
- American Bar Association
- New York State Bar Association
- New York County Lawyers Association
- New York City Bar Association
- National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild