Filomena Lepore Taylor

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Filomena is the Co-Founding Partner of LTF and serves as Head of the Firm’s Private Client Practice. She counsels domestic and multi-national companies of all sizes, including Fortune 500 companies, in their attainment of long and short-term immigration status on behalf of specialized personnel, professional workers, managers and executives. She also advises corporate clients with respect to government enforcement actions and the development of customized immigration compliance programs. She is particularly experienced in the preparation of PERM labor certification applications before the U.S. Department of Labor. 

Over the course of her career, Filomena has also worked extensively with individuals. Her private client practice includes U.S. citizenship and naturalization matters, family-based immigration matters such as immigrating through a U.S. citizen spouse or fiancé(e), petitions by foreign nationals with extraordinary ability, and petitions by foreign entrepreneurs seeking to form a business in the United States.
Prior to founding LTF, Filomena was a Partner in the immigration practice group of a prominent
Manhattan law firm and the Founding Attorney of Lepore Taylor Law, LLC. In 2004, Filomena graduated magna cum laude from New York Law School where as a student she was a member of the Law Review and interned both with the U.S. District Court and the U.S. Department of State.
Filomena has studied and lived abroad in Italy and speaks fluent Italian. When not navigating the
complicated web of U.S. immigration for her clients, she enjoys traveling and spending quality time with her family. She holds an advanced certificate in Wine and has been known to hold impromptu wine tastings for her friends, family and yes, even clients.

 
 

Representative Industries

  • Financial Services and Banking
  • Engineering and Information Technology
  • Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical
  • Advertising and Public Relations
  • Architecture and Design
  • Food and Hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • Energy
  • Healthcare and Clinical Research
  • Higher Education and Non-Profit

Representative Matters

  • PERM Labor Certification Applications and PERM-based EB-2 and EB3 Petitions
  • PERM Audit Responses
  • H-1B Petitions including cap-subject; cap-exempt; portability; and consular notification
  • H-1B1 Petitions for Nationals of Chile and Singapore
  • E-3 Petitions and Consular Applications for Australian Nationals
  • TN Border Applications and Service Center Petitions for Mexican and Canadian Citizens
  • J-1 Intern and Trainee Applications
  • STEM OPT Applications
  • USCIS Request for Evidence Responses and Appeals
  • New Office L Petitions and Extensions
  • L-1A/ L-1B Intracompany Transferee
  • L-1 Blanket Petitions
  • E-1/ E-2 Treaty Trader and Investor Registrations and Renewals
  • EB-1 Multinational Manager Petitions
  • EB-1/ O-1 Extraordinary Ability Petitions
  • EB-1 Outstanding Researcher Petitions
  • EB-2 National Interest Waiver Petitions
  • B-1 Business Visitor Visa Applications and Travel Letters
  • Adjustment of Status Applications including applications for work and travel authorization
  • Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Applications worldwide
  • I-130 Petitions for Alien Relative
  • I-751 Applications to Remove Conditions on Permanent Residence
  • K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa Petitions and Consular Applications
  • Naturalization Applications and Applications for Certificate of U.S. Citizenship
  • Inadmissibility Waiver Applications

Publications

  • "Family Issues in Foreign Work Assignments" Mobility Magazine, 2012 (Co-Author)

Speaking Engagements

  • AILA New York Chapter CLE, Panel Speaker, H-1B Advanced Issues – 2016
  • AILA New York Chapter CLE, Panel Speaker, PERM 101 – 2015
  • Forum for Expatriate Management, Panel Speaker, Workforce Compliance – 2015
  • Italian Cultural Institute, Panel Moderator, Immigration Options for Scientists and Entrepreneurs, 2013, 2014
  • New York Law School, Panel Speaker, Careers in Immigration Law – 2007
  • New York Law School and Columbia Law School, Invited Guest Teacher, co-taught topics including U.S. permanent residence and employment-based immigration options – 2007
  • AILA Philadelphia Chapter CLE, Panel Speaker, Hardship Waivers – 2005
  • In addition to the above, Filomena has participated in numerous client webinars and on-site client trainings covering various immigration topics.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member, Italy America Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Forum for Expatriate Management
  • Member, Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce
  • Filomena has provided pro bono legal representation to indigent foreign nationals including a victim of human trafficking, an abandoned juvenile, an asylum applicant, a victim of domestic violence and several deportees who risked separation from U.S. citizen family members. She has volunteered her services to The Safe Passage Project in New York City and has served on the advisory boards of The Waterfront Project in Jersey City, NJ and Street Soccer USA, in New York City.

Education & Bar Admissions

  • J.D., magna cum laude, New York Law School, 2004
  • B.A., History, Colgate University, 2001
  • Admitted in New York, New Jersey and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
 

Languages

  • Italian, Fluent