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Elizabeth C. Surin and Thomas M. Griffin Selected to 2021 Super Lawyers List

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2021 Super Lawyers

Elizabeth C. Surin and Thomas M. Griffin of Surin & Griffin, P.C. have been selected to this year’s Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List. Super Lawyers is a patented rating service that uses a multi-level process to chose attorneys in over 70 different practice areas. A certified blue ribbon panel thoroughly evaluates credible professional achievements to choose attorneys. Peer reviews, independent research, successful verdicts, experience, and special licenses warrant an attorney to be nominated to Super Lawyers. Additionally, honorees are featured in Super Lawyers Magazine, which is published in the region of each attorney and throughout the United States.

Elizabeth C. Surin is an acclaimed immigration attorney at the firm. Being an immigrant herself, she has an unique perspective in her career and can better assist her clients. Additionally, she is well-versed in Malay and Indonesian languages, which allows her to reach a more diverse client base in Philadelphia. At the firm, she tends to all immigration matters, but primarily focuses on employment-based visas, including but not limited to H1B, O1, L1, EB-1, EB-3, EB-3 visa work. Prior to Surin & Griffin, P.C., she was a labor and employment litigator and worked with various businesses and individuals on immigration issues. Elizabeth even helped developed a firm’s employment immigration practice, which allowed her to successfully establish Surin & Griffin, P.C. Elizabeth tries in immigration courts in removal and appeal matters, as well as federal appeals.

Elizabeth received her Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She has been published in academic journals and has spoken at various conferences concerning immigration law. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Chapter of the AILA. Elizabeth voluntarily assists indigents struggling with immigration and employment issues at the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians. She has been selected to Super Lawyers each year since 2020, and is an active advocate for families undergoing immigration issues.

Thomas M. Griffin is a dedicated immigration attorney who continuously finds ways to better assist his diverse clientele. He is fluent in Spanish and Haitian Creole, which helps him serve his clients. Thomas dedicates his time to fight on the behalf of immigrant families who are in difficult circumstances, including those seeking asylum or who are fighting deportation. Additionally, he works diligently to connect immigrants to potential employers. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians and actively provides pro bono services at the Irish Immigration Center in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.

Thomas received his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School in Boston. While attending school, he was an associate executive editor of the Law Review, and even participated in a legal writing compensation. Before his path to law, he previously worked as a probation and parole officer in federal courts and was a schoolteacher. Thomas has been selected to Super Lawyers each year since 2020. He is also a proud member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), co-founded the Lamp for Haiti Foundation in Cite Soleil, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and served as an election observer in El Salvador. Thomas litigates in appeals before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Board of Immigration Appeals, as well as federal courts.

For those battling immigration courts or have concerns pertaining to citizenship or obtaining a visa, contact the Philadelphia immigration lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C. today. Complete an online form or call 215-925-4435 for an initial consultation. Located in Philadelphia, the firm serves clients throughout Pennsylvania and nationwide.