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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 a member of the Corporate & Business Law and International & Immigration Law groups. 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 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.
  • Estate Planning and Administration for U.S. and foreign nationals.
  • 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
  • “Immigration Law Update,” Presenter, Sterling Education Services, March 29, 2017 – Morgantown, WV.
  • “How the Trump Administration is Changing US Immigration,” Meritas Capability Webinar, March 1, 2017.
  • “Essentials of Employment Law,” Presenter, Sterling Education Services, February 22, 2017 – Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Foreign Direct Investment, Co-author, Global City Media, 2016.
  • “Intra-Company Transferees – The “L” Visa,” Immigration Law Forum, PBI, September 23, 2016 – Philadelphia, PA.
  • “Break the Immigration Stalemate,” Author, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 27, 2016.
  • “The Visa Lifecycle for Religious Workers,” Co-author, Immigration & National Law Handbook (AILA 2016-17 Ed.).
  • “The Ins and Outs of Employing Foreign Nationals in the United States,” Presenter, What’s Hot in International Business Transactions, PBI, May 11, 2016 – Philadelphia, PA.
  • “Immigration and Employment Law,” Presenter, Sterling Education’s Essentials of Employment Law CLE Seminar, March 30, 2016 – Morgantown, WV.
  • “Be Prepared for Delays During M&A Deals with Chinese Businesses,” Co-author, The Legal Intelligencer, June 5, 2015.
  • “Immigration Reform is Long Overdue,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 14, 2014.
  • MUS Client Advisories
    • “H-1B Visa Applications Can Be Filed On April 3,” Co-Author, March 2, 2017.
    • “President Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration,” Author, February 14, 2017.
    • “Client Reminder: New I-9 Forms Must Be Used Starting 1/22/2017,” Author, December 2, 2016.
    • “H-1B Visas: Be Prepared to Submit Applications,” Co-author, February 17, 2016.
    • “Take Advantage of ‘E’ Category Trader and Investor Visas Co-author,” January 28, 2016.
    • “Proposed Rule for F-1 Nonimmigrant Students with STEM Degrees,” Co-author, December 1, 2015.
    • “L-1B Visas – New Policy Memo Issued on Intracompany Transfers,” Co-author, August 19, 2015.
    • “‘E’ Category Trader or Investor Visas,” Co-author, June 26, 2015.
    • “Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses May Seek Employment Authorization – Effective May 26, 2015,” Co-author, March 5, 2015.
    • “H-1B Visas: Be Prepared to Submit Applications on April 1st,” Co-author, February 10, 2015.
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® for Immigration Law
  • Named the Best Lawyers® 2016 Immigration law “Lawyer of the Year” in Pennsylvania