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Peter J. Thompson

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Personal Attention for Important Legal Matters
  • Immigration Law, Criminal Law, International Law
  • E.D.P.A. and M.D.P.A., Pennsylvania
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Tireless. Focused. Trusted and zealous advocate. Peter aggressively and creatively handles pressing legal matters, as he has for over 24 years. A trial attorney whose sole dedication is representing individuals, he is a recognized specialist is three distinct yet related areas: immigration, criminal law and trial advocacy. A dedicated representative of the people, he also trains other attorneys and judges and future lawyers in these matters. Honors graduate of Temple Law Trial Advocacy program, Professor of Law, Author, NITA faculty member. Even simple criminal and immigration matters are serious; work with someone with time-tested answers.

Practice Areas
    Immigration Law
    Asylum, Citizenship, Deportation Defense, Family Visas, Green Cards, Immigration Appeals, Investment Visas, Marriage & Fiancé(e) Visas, Student Visas, Visitor Visas, Work Visas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    International Law
    Human Rights
Additional Practice Areas
  • Expert services for Lawyers, Immigration Consequences ("Padilla Advice")
  • Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction
Video Conferencing
  • FaceTime
  • Zoom
  • Microsoft Teams
  • WebEx
  • WhatsApp
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Payment plans are available upon request.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
E.D.P.A. and M.D.P.A.
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Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
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3rd Circuit
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5th Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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  • English
Professional Experience
Attorney, Founder
Thompson Law Advocates, P.C.
Since 2014; Private Law Firm Dedicated to the Legal Representation of Individuals in Immigration Court, Hearings before USCIS, and Federal Criminal Court Proceedings, and Select Representation in State Court Proceedings, Federal Investigations and Hague Convention Hearings, and providing Immigration Consequences (Padilla) Advice.
National Academy of Continuing Legal Education
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Teach Lawyers Nationally about: Crimmigration Essentials: What Attorneys Need to Know, Creative Client Representation in Times of Change: How Changing Administrations Change Your Immigration Practice, and Nuts and Bolts of Immigration Law for Criminal Defense Attorneys.(https://www.nacle.com)
Panel Member
Criminal Justice Act Panel (CJA) EDPA
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Court Appointed Representation of Indigent Federal Defendants in District (Trial) Court and Circuit (Appellate) Court.
Associate Professor of Law, Immigration Law Clinic Founder
Charlotte School of Law
Director, Defender Immigration Project
Defenders Association of Philadelphia
Unit Devoted to Supporting Non-citizens in State Criminal Court Proceedings.
Adjunct Professor, Political Science Dept.
Villanova University
Teaching Immigration Law, International Law, International Relations
Trial and Appellate Attorney
Defenders Association of Philadelphia
Temple University Beasley School of Law
Honors: First Honors in Trial Advocacy
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Villanova University School of Law
Honors: Wyn Llewellyn Award (Excellence in Client Counseling), University Senator (Law School Elected Representative), Externship – U.S. Attorneys Office, Philadelphia.
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Widener University
Honors: Professional Teaching Certification, Graduate Scholarship
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Villanova University
Activities: Honors classes; Peace and Justice Center; University Board of Trustees, Academic Committee
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Lawyer of Distinction
Lawyers of Distinction
Best Immigration Lawyers in Pennsylvania
10 Best Law Firm - Client Satisfaction
American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
Professional Associations
Philadelphia Bar Association
Activities: Immigration Law Committee
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Federal Bar Association
Activities: Criminal Law Committee, Philadelphia Chapter
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Philadelphia Criminal Law Inn of Court
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Activities: Professional Association of Esteemed Criminal Law Practitioners
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Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (PACDL)
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Activities: Regular presenter of Immigration Consequences seminars.
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American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
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Activities: Philadelphia Chapter
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State Bar of Pennsylvania
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Articles & Publications
LexisNexis Practice Guide: New Jersey Collateral Consequences, 2015, 16, 17, 18 Ed
Matthew Bender
Collateral Consequences for Pennsylvania Adult Defendants by Criminal Statute
Defender Association of Philadelphia
Guide to Representing Non-Citizen Criminal Defendants in Pennsylvania
Defender Association of Philadelphia
Speaking Engagements
Creative Partnerships: Immigration Law, Business, STEM & the Foreign National, Philly Tech Week
Instructor of Trial Skills for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy
Instructor of Immigration 101 for Lawyers at Rutgers Law Institute of Legal Education
Course Instructor on Immigration and Immigration Consequences for the Association of Defense Lawyers
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Legal Answers
2 Questions Answered
Q. Hello, Question about visa, green card and crime
A: The answer to your question is complicated - I recommend seeking the in-person advice of a skilled and experienced immigration lawyer as your concern is justified. The lawyer should be able to evaluate your husband's "tourist visa" (VWP entry or B2 visa?), evaluate the seriousness of the foreign offenses as they may prove to be hurdles to adjustment (also, were they disclosed in prior applications?), and work with you to complete your husband's adjustment application, if advisable. Our active law practice focuses on clients with the combination of immigration and criminal law issues, and we know how complicated it can be. The fact that you spotted some potential problems with your husband's case now is a good sign - time to get some professional help who can help guide you.
Q. Should I mail the I-751 supporting documents with the I-751? or is it a different address? Its not clear on the website
A: Great question -- you will want to mail all of your supporting documents with your Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence (USCIS Form I-751, current edition, ink signed and dated, with correct filing fee, and correctly filed before the all important deadline), but be sure to send copies of your supporting documents (not the originals) as USCIS will keep what you send to them. Save your originals in a file that you will bring with you to your important interview - this is so the interviewing officer will have the opportunity to inspect the original documents if they want to. If you have additional evidence that you want to provide, bring it to your interview and offer it (again, copies) to the interviewer. The I-751 interview is very important - prepare carefully!
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1500 Walnut Street
7th Fl. West
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Telephone: (215) 525-9155
Monday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 6 PM (Today)
Wednesday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Available after hours by appointment.
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