Cyrus D. Mehta and Associates, PLLC (CDMA) is an established law firm practicing primarily in the area of US Immigration and Nationality Law.
CDMA's founder and principal attorney, Cyrus D. Mehta, is nationally recognized in the field of immigration law. CDMA has successfully represented a variety of Fortune 500 corporations, smaller businesses, technology firms and individual clients in the areas of business immigration, labor certifications, removal defense, waivers, citizenship, federal court litigation, and asylum.
Unlike many other firms that tend to specialize in one aspect of immigration law, CDMA is unique insofar that it has developed equal expertise in representing large corporations regarding their immigration needs as well as representing individuals in business and family immigration, citizenship, removal or asylum matters. As a result of this broad expertise, CDMA is able to provide comprehensive representation to a client in virtually every immigration law matter.
According to Chambers USA 2007, "This immigration boutique enjoys a strong and healthy representation for its legal offerings to business and individuals alike. There was resounding client feedback that the firm's service was ‘second to none.'” CDMA, through Mr. Mehta, is also part of the Academy of Business Immigration Lawyers (ABIL), which is a think tank of premier immigration lawyers who have demonstrated a history of effective solutions and client services.
Through our website, we also raise public awareness of immigration matters and assist people in their grassroots advocacy efforts. In this regard, we have informed the public about the immigration implications of the tragic events of September 11, as well as advocated about the positive impact of immigrants in the United States.
CDMA has also established a relationship with a US-trained attorney based in Bombay, India, who can assist overseas clients in immigration and consular matters. CDMA also has the ability to provide ancillary services in corporate and business law to foreign clients.
CDMA's attorneys regularly speak at legal seminars and conduct workshops for bar associations, non-profit organizations and universities. We also write articles for newspapers and appear on television. The media regularly seeks our views on immigration and related issues. CDMA's present and past attorneys hold and have held high-level positions in bar associations, including the American Immigration Lawyers Association, American Immigration Law Foundation, New York City Bar, and the New York City Bar Justice Center.
CDMA is deeply committed to representing clients on cutting edge immigration issues, often times on a pro bono basis. We were among the first to win gender-based asylum claims on behalf of women who were unable to seek protection from their abusive spouses from their home countries. CDMA has conducted monthly pro bono clinics for a community-based organization in Brooklyn, NY, and has also supported the constituents of other non-profits in the area of immigration issues arising from domestic violence and HIV/AIDS. Finally, CDMA has also successfully litigated claims on behalf of non-citizens in federal district courts and courts of appeal.
Cyrus D. Mehta is the founder and managing attorney of Cyrus D. Mehta & Associates, PLLC (CDMA). He represents corporations and individuals from around the world in business and employment immigration, family immigration, consular matters, naturalization, federal court litigation and asylum. He also advises lawyers on ethical issues. Based on 18 years of experience in immigration law, he is able to comprehend all kinds of problems and provide effective, ethical and strategic solutions to his clients. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School where he teaches a course, Immigration and Work.
Mr. Mehta is Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) National Pro Bono Committee and Co-Chair of the AILA-NY Chapter Pro Bono Committee. Mr. Mehta is a frequent speaker at AILA conferences and has also served on other national committees. In 1997-1998, he was the Chair of AILA's Young Lawyers Division and also won the 1997 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyers Award for outstanding contributions in the immigration field. In 2010, Mr. Mehta was appointed Special Counsel on immigration matters to the Departmental Disciplinary Committee, Appellate Division, First Department, New York. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Volunteers of Legal Services, Inc.
Mr. Mehta is a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Immigration Council (2004-2006), and Chair of the Committee on Immigration and Nationality Law (2000-2003) of the New York City Bar Association and Secretary of the same Association (2003-2007). Mr. Mehta continues to be included in Chambers USA, International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, Best Lawyers, New York Super Lawyers and receive an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell. He is also a member of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (ABIL), http://www.abil.com/, whose members have been recognized internationally in the field of business immigration, and are committed to the highest standards of professionalism.
Newspapers and television constantly seek Mr. Mehta out for his expert opinions on immigration law and policy. He is regularly quoted in mainstream, ethnic and foreign newspapers. Furthermore, Mr. Mehta speaks, debates and conducts training workshops on various immigration topics, including ethics, under the aegis of non-profits and universities. He is also a featured speaker at immigration seminars of the Practising Law Institute (PLI), and has been the Program Chair of PLI’s annual Basic Immigration program in recent years. Mr. Mehta is also the author of several influential articles that have appeared in professional publications such as Bender's Immigration Bulletin, Interpreter Releases, Immigration Briefings, and AILA's Immigration and Nationality Handbook, as well as frequent articles that appear on the firm’s website, http://www.cyrusmehta.com/ and The Insightful Immigration Blog, http://www.cyrusmehta.blogspot.com/. You can also follow Mr. Mehta’s insightful immigration posts on www.twitter.com/cyrusmehta.
Mr. Mehta graduated with a BA degree from St. Xavier's College, Bombay University, and subsequently obtained law degrees from Cambridge University, England (MA in Law), and Columbia Law School, New York (LL.M). In his spare time, Mr. Mehta plays the violin.