October 25, 2023
Michael is a founding partner of the law office of Lehach Filippa. Michael has spent over a decade committed to reuniting families and helping clients to pursue opportunities to live and work in the United States. Since 2004, he has been advocating and litigating for clients on almost every type of immigration issue including complex asylum and waiver cases, artist visas, green cards, family petitions, criminal-immigration cases, as well as appeals and Federal petitions for review. Michael is at ease in the courtroom and has presented oral arguments on precedent-setting cases before the Board of Immigration Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In 2011, Michael merged his immigration practice with that of his partner Alejandro Filippa to form an immigration law firm focused on facilitating artist visas and residence applications for creative professionals. Today, Lehach Filippa is one of the most recognized and fastest growing law practices for immigration and nationality law in New York.
Michael earned his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Florida, and his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. Michael is proficient in Mandarin and completed further studies at Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, Taiwan and also at Shaanxi Normal University in Xi’an, China. Outside the office you can likely find Michael spending time with his family and friends or playing the guitar, bass or the drums.