Thomas Elliot, Partner
Thomas Elliot is a vigorous defender of his clients in removal proceedings and a strong advocate of their rights in federal court. He successfully handles cases with complicated issues in removal proceedings involving criminal aliens. Mr. Elliot advises major law firms on difficult immigration issues and has regularly taught deportation defense strategies to immigration lawyers for many years.
Mr. Elliot is frequently called upon by clients and attorneys for advice and analyses of the immigration consequences of convictions of aliens, including how to obtain relief under the immigration laws to permit legal entry in view of past violations. As a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the largest professional group of immigration lawyers nationwide, he has lectured and presented papers on immigration issues for AILA's regional and national conferences since 1983. Mr. Elliot has also served as an expert witness on immigration matters in federal and local courts, including testimony in defense of legal malpractice claims. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Case Western Reserve University, J.D., 1974
- Tufts University, B.A., 1971
- District of Columbia
- Virgin Islands of the United States
- Supreme Court of the United States
- Various federal district courts and federal appeals courts
Prior Professional Experience
- Practice of immigration law, 1974 to present
- Various private law firms, 1980 to present
- U.S. Department of Justice, Board of Immigration Appeals, Attorney Advisor, 1979-1980
- Legal Services of the Virgin Islands, staff attorney and managing attorney, 1974-1979
- Jointly taught annual six-week immigration course for the District of Columbia Bar/George Washington University Continuing Legal Education Program focusing on procedures and defenses in removal proceedings and waivers of removability, 1991-2000
- Various lectures annually before local, state and federal bar associations, regarding immigration consequences of criminal convictions, as well as deportation defenses and waivers of removability.
Notable Reported Cases
- Etape v.Chertoff, 497 F.3d 379 (4th Cir. 2007)
- Soliman v. Gonzalez, 419 F.3d 276 (4th Cir. 2005)
- Blackie’s House of Beef, Inc. v. INS, 659 F.2d 1211 (D.C. Cir. 1981)
- Sang Seup Shin v. INS, 750 F.2d 122 (D.C. Cir. 1984)
- Pei-Chi Tien v. INS, 638 F.2d (5th Cir. 1981).
- Rogers v. Larson, 563 F.2d 617 (3d Cir. 1977), appeal dismissed and cert denied. 439 U.S. 803 (1978)
- Thomas A. Elliot, Strategy and Tactics in Deportation Proceedings, No. 90-5 Immigration Briefings (Federal Publications, now Thompson Reuters) (1990).
- Thomas A. Elliot, Relief from Deportation: Part I, No. 88-8 Immigration Briefings (Federal Publications, now Thompson Reuters) (1988).
- Thomas A. Elliot, Relief from Deportation: Part II, No. 88-9 Immigration Briefings (Federal Publications, now Thompson Reuters) (1988).