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Matthew J. Maiona

Managing Partner
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Phone: (617) 695-2220 Ext: 103
Fax: (617) 695-6377

31 Milk St, #401
Boston, Massachusetts 02109

Matthew J. Maiona is a partner at Maiona Ward and has exclusively practiced immigration law for over 18 years. Attorney Maiona represents clients nation-wide ranging from hospitals, environmental companies, information technology companies, the hotel/hospitality industry, construction, architectural firms, retail, engineering and insurance companies to individuals seeking visas to work and live in the United States. Attorney Maiona represents both employers and employees before the US Citizenship & Immigration Services, Department of Labor, and Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, U.S. Embassies, Consulates, state labor agencies, Executive Office for Immigration Review, Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals, Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer and federal courts. He has appeared on television and been the keynote speaker at seminars for the American Immigration Lawyers Association locally and nationally (AILA), the Employment Management Association of New England, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) and Sterling Education Services, as well as private recruiting firms on the topic of business immigration law and removal defense.

In addition, Attorney Maiona is an adjunct professor at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, MA where he teaches Business Immigration Law. Attorney Maiona has testified before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Education regarding immigration law and procedure and has been recognized by Family Courts in Massachusetts and Rhode Island as a qualified expert in Immigration Law. Attorney Maiona is a contributing author to MCLE’s two volume treatise: Immigration Practice Manual. Mr. Maiona is currently co-chair of the Federal Bar Association (Boston) Immigration Section; the Chair of AILA’s pro bono Military Assistance Program Task Force; committee member for AILA’s Media Advocacy Committee; and AILA New England liaison to the Immigration Court in Boston. He received his B.A. cum laude from Boston College and his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. Attorney Maiona has been peer review rated for legal ability and ethical standards by Martindale-Hubbell since 2007 and currently has an AV rating. He has been recognized as a Rising Star in the field of Immigration Law by the "Super Lawyer" publication of Boston Magazine on two occasions. Attorney Maiona is an active member of AILA and is a past Chapter Chair of the Executive Board for the New England Chapter of AILA and is a AILA mentor for other immigration attorneys.

Education

J.D., Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, 1995

B.A., Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, 1992
Cum Laude

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Massachusetts, 1996
U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts, 1996
U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit, 2010
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

American Immigration Lawyers Association
Member Since: 1999

Federal Bar Association – Immigration Section
Member Since: 2014

Year Joined Firm

1996

Published Works

"Immigration Practice Manual", Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), 2009

Various seminar articles for American Immigration Lawyer’s Association

References

We are happy to provide references from former and current clients regarding our immigration management services upon request.

Classes/Seminars
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association – Boston – Annual Immigration Law Conference, panelist on discussing federal agencies and immigration at premier annual national immigration law conference/seminar (June 18, 2014).

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association - New England Chapter Meeting – Boston, discussion leader on US Immigration Court panel featuring the Immigration Bench and Court Administrator (May 15, 2014).

  • AILA New England 8th Annual Immigration Law Conference – Federal Reserve Bank - Boston, discussion leader on Interagency Panel at AILA regional conference (March 7, 2014).

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, New England Chapter Meeting –Boston, panelist discussing adjustment of status for employment-based immigrants (September 19, 2013).

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association – San Francisco – Annual Immigration Law Conference, discussion leader on a panel at premier annual national immigration law conference/seminar (June 27, 2013).

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association - New England Chapter Meeting – Boston, discussion leader on US Immigration Court panel featuring the Immigration Bench and Court Administrator (May 16, 2013).

  • AILA New England 7th Annual Immigration Law Conference – Federal Reserve Bank - Boston, discussion leader at AILA regional conference (March 1, 2013).

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association – Nashville – Annual Immigration Law Conference, discussion leader on a panel at premier annual national immigration law conference/seminar (June 17, 2012).

  • AILA New England 6th Annual Immigration Law Conference – Federal Reserve Bank - Boston, discussion leader at AILA regional conference (March 2, 2012).

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association – San Diego – Annual Immigration Law Conference, discussion leader on a panel at premier annual national immigration law conference/seminar (June 17, 2011).

  • Suffolk University Law School, panelist at law school discussion regarding immigration law topics and careers (February 17, 2011).

  • US Citizenship & Immigration Services, US Customs & Border Protection, Immigration & Customs Enforcement Office of the Chief Counsel – Interagency Meeting , chair/discussion leader with above agency leaders at AILA New England meeting (February 14, 2011).

  • US Citizenship & Immigration Services – Region I , discussion leader with USCIS Supervisory Officers at AILA New England meeting (January 21, 2011).

  • US Citizenship & Immigration Services – Region I , discussion leader with USCIS Region I District Director, Field Office Directors and Supervisory Officers at AILA New England meeting (September 16, 2010).

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association – Washington, DC - Annual Immigration Law Conference, panelist at AILA National convention in Washington, DC (July 2, 2010).

  • Obtaining Non-Immigrant Visas & Consular Post Update, panelist at AILA New England meeting (May 20, 2010).

  • AILA New England 5th Annual Immigration Law Conference – Federal Reserve Bank - Boston, discussion leader at AILA regional conference (February 26, 2010).

  • Immigration & Employment Law Update, contributing author and presenter, Sterling Education Services, LLC, (December 13, 2006).

  • Recent Developments in Employment Law, contributing author and presenter, Sterling Education Services, LLC, (April 18, 2006).

  • Immigration Law: Updated Insights and Strategies for Hiring and Retaining Foreign Employees, contributing author and presenter, Sterling Education Services, LLC (December 14, 2004).

  • Immigration Law in the Workplace - An Update, contributing author and presenter, Sterling Education Services, LLC (May 18, 2004).

  • Immigration Law in the Workplace, contributing author and presenter, Sterling Education Services, LLC (March 13, 2003).

  • What a Difference a Year Makes, 8760 Little Hours - An Update on Immigration Issues in the Current Labor Market, author and presenter, Employment Management Association - New England Region (February 6, 2002).

  • Business Immigration Basics for the Human Resource Professional, author and presenter, Employment Management Association - New England Region (January 24, 2001).

Honors and Awards

Keynote speaker at US Citizenship & Immigration Services naturalization ceremony at John F. Kennedy Federal Building October 28, 2010.

Recognized by Boston Magazine in annual “Super Lawyer” issue as a Rising Star in Immigration Law 2009 and 2010 issues.

Martindale-Hubbell AV peer review rated attorney for legal ability and ethical standards.

Recognized as an expert in Immigration Law by Family Courts in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Testified before the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Joint Committee on Higher Education regarding US Immigration Law and Procedure (2011).

Past/Other Employment Positions

Suffolk University Law School, Adjunct Professor of Business Immigration Law, 2015 - current

Maiona & Maiona PC, Partner, 1996 - 2011

Pro Bono Activities

Pro Bono attorney volunteer to several local non-profit agencies
AILA Military Assistance Program Task Force, Chair
AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member
AILA NE Immigration Court Committee Chair

Languages

English