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Education

  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • B.T.S. (Bachelor of Talmudic Studies), Beth Medrash Govoha
  • M.R.T.S. (Master of Rabbinic & Talmudic Studies), Beth Medrash Govoha

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Tax Court

Joel Pfeffer is an immigration lawyer and member of the Corporate & Business Law and International & Immigration Law groups; he previously served as a member of the firm’s Management Committee.  Mr. Pfeffer works primarily in the areas of immigration, nationality, and corporate law.

Professional/Community Involvement

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member
    •   Past Speaker at its National Conference
  • AILA Pittsburgh Chapter, Past Chairman
  • Allegheny County Bar Association Immigration Practitioners Committee, Past Chairman
  • Allegheny County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, Member
  • Board of the Community College of Allegheny County Educational Foundation, Former Member
  • Board Member of the Hebrew Free Loan Association of Pittsburgh, Former Member
  • Jewish Family and Children’s Services, Former Assistant Treasurer
    • Former Member of Finance Committee
  • Extensive experience in handling immigration and naturalization matters on behalf of both foreign and U.S. based companies, as well as individuals.
  • Obtained Labor Certification, Temporary Visas, and Permanent Resident Status for numerous foreign applicants.
  • Mr. Pfeffer has also worked with his foreign immigration contacts to facilitate the needs of U. S. citizens and permanent residents seeking work authorization outside the United States.
  • J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1985
    • University of Pittsburgh Law Review, Staff Member
  • M.R.T.S. (Master of Rabbinic & Talmudic Studies), Beth Medrash Govoha, 1980
  • B.T.S. (Bachelor of Talmudic Studies), Beth Medrash Govoha, 1976
  • Co-author, Foreign Direct Investment (Global City Media, 2016)
  • “The Visa Lifecycle for Religious Workers,” Co-author, Immigration & National Law Handbook (AILA 2016-17 Ed.).
  • “Immigration and Employment Law,” Presenter, Sterling Education’s Essentials of Employment Law CLE Seminar, Morgantown, West Virginia, March 30, 2016.
  • H-1B Visas: Be Prepared to Submit Applications,” Co-author, MUS Client Advisory, February 17, 2016.
  • “Take Advantage of ‘E’ Category Trader and Investor Visas,” Co-author, MUS Client Advisory, January 28, 2016.
  • “Proposed Rule for F-1 Nonimmigrant Students with STEM Degrees,” Co-author, MUS Client Advisory, December 1, 2015.
  • “L-1B Visas – New Policy Memo Issued on Intracompany Transfers,” Co-author, MUS Client Advisory, August 19, 2015.
  • “‘E’ Category Trader or Investor Visas,” Co-author, MUS Client Advisory, June 26, 2015.
  • “Be Prepared for Delays During M&A Deals with Chinese Businesses,” Co-author, The Legal Intelligencer, June 5, 2015.
  • “Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses May Seek Employment Authorization – Effective May 26, 2015,” Co-author, MUS Client Advisory, March 5, 2015.
  • “H-1B Visas: Be Prepared to Submit Applications on April 1st,” Co-author, MUS Client Advisory, February 10, 2015.
  • “Immigration Reform is Long Overdue,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 14, 2014.
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® for Immigration Law
  • Named the Best Lawyers® 2016 Immigration law “Lawyer of the Year” in Pennsylvania