Benach Collopy is a national leader in immigration litigation in the federal courts. Benach Collopy attorneys have litigated complex matters in the U.S. Courts of Appeals and U.S. District Courts throughout the United States. When you decide to bring your case to federal court, you want a lawyer with the depth of knowledge and years of experience needed to achieve a successful outcome.
Benach Collopy attorneys frequently litigate in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia, Maryland, and the Eastern District of Virginia. They have also handled cases in nearly every circuit court of appeals and in district courts in New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Vermont, Florida, Illinois, Texas, and California. Thomas Ragland is Chair of the Federal Court Litigation Section of the American Immigration Lawyers Associtation (AILA) and has argued dozens of cases in the circuit courts. Benach is a seasoned federal court litigator and a member of AILA’s national Amicus Committee. Jennifer Cook has handled difficult matters at both the trial and appellate levels. All three are frequent writers and speakers on immigration practice in the federal courts.
The following types of cases are routinely litigated by Benach Collopy attorneys in the federal courts:
- Petitions for Review in the U.S. Courts of Appeals
to challenge a final agency decision such as an order of removal from the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA)
- Writs of Mandamus
to compel adjudication of an unreasonably delayed application for immigration benefits
- Challenging agency action under the Administration Procedures Act (APA)
to challenge an agency decision that is arbitrary, capricious, contrary to law, or not supported by substantial evidence
- Writs of Habeas Corpus
to obtain a client’s release from immigration custody
- “Section 1447(b)” Petitions to compel action on a delayed naturalization application
to compel adjudication of an N-400 Application for Naturalization pending for more than 120 days after naturalization review
- “Section 1421(c)” Petitions
to obtain judicial review of a naturalization denial to obtain de novo review of an agency denial of N-400 Application for Naturalization
- Complaints challenging consular denial of visa applications
to obtain review, where possible, of visa denials by U.S. consulates
- Complaints under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
to compel federal agencies to release documents improperly withheld under the FOIA
- Complaints to obtain Attorney Fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA)
to obtain attorney fees after obtaining a favorable ruling from a federal court
The attorneys at Benach Collopy are frequently in federal court because, in many cases, it may not be possible to obtain justice or achieve a favorable outcome in the administrative realm – before DHS, the immigration courts, or the BIA. When you need to take your case to the next level and head to federal court, having an experienced advocate in your corner can make all the difference.