Steven Martin Klapisch


Steven Klapisch was admitted to the bar in 1974. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Stony Brook University, and his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin. While at the University of Wisconsin he served as Associate Justice of the University Student Court.

Mr. Klapisch worked as a Trial Attorney for the legacy Immigration and Naturalization Service for over ten years. Upon leaving government service he joined the firm of Weisberg and Friedman and became a partner in 1990 when the firm was renamed Weisberg, Friedman & Klapisch.

Mr. Klapisch is active in the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA.) He has served on many AILA committees since becoming a member, including the Liaison Committee with the Immigration Court, Executive Office for Immigration Review, and the Office of the Chief Counsel, Department of Homeland Security, which he has chaired and co-chaired. He presently serves on the AILA District Director Liason Committee, and the AILA Liason Committee with the Executive Office for Immigration Review (Immigration Court), the Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (DHS) and the Asylum Office. He has also served on the ICE Liaison Committee, and the CBP Liaison Committee.

He served on the AILA National Liaison Committee with the Executive Office for Immigration Review and the Board of Immigration Appeals. He also served on the AILA National Family Immigration Committee.

Mr. Klapisch was appointed Chair of the National "FIX 96" committee, and served on the AILA National Amicus committee. He has been on the program committees for the AILA 1999 Spring Conference, the 1999 AILA New York Chapter Immigration Law Seminar, and the 2000 AILA New York Chapter Immigration Law Seminar. He has also been an Associate Editor of the AILA’s National Conference Handbook. He served for three years as the Editor of the New York Chapter conference handbook, and previously served on the Editorial Advisory Board of AILA's Immigration Law Today.

Mr. Klapisch was also a member of the Federal Second Circuit Court of Appeals committee on gender discrimination, which prepared a report on gender discrimination.

Mr. Klapisch has been a member of the Immigration Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York for two three-year terms. This committee is very active in commenting on pending immigration legislation. Through this committee, Mr. Klapisch served as a mentor for attorneys representing aliens on a pro bono basis who needed the help of an experienced practitioner.

Mr. Klapisch was qualified as an expert witness in the field of Immigration & Nationality Law in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York during a criminal trial for a person charged with Illegal Re-entry after Deportation.

Mr. Klapisch specializes in all areas of Immigration and Nationality law. He also participated, for several years, in the Refugee Assistance Pro Bono Training program which is offered to attorneys seeking to learn how to prepare applications for political asylum.

Mr. Klapisch has lectured in Spanish for the Appearance Assistance Program of the Vera Institute of Justice. He is fluent in Spanish and French.

Mr. Klapisch has been very active in gay civil rights immigration work. He was the first attorney to get waivers for people with HIV during the legalization program. Mr. Klapisch has been an active member of Immigration Equality. He was the Vice-President of the organization and was on the Board of Directors.

In 2008 Mr. Klapisch became a member of the UJA-Federation of New York Task Force on Immigration Policy. In 2009, Mr. Klapisch began working as a Mentor with NYC Know Your Rights Project which interviewed detainees at the Varick Detention Center. Mr. Klapisch advised the pro bono attorneys who were interviewing the detainees.

Areas of Practice

  • Immigration & Nationality Law
  • Asylum
  • Deportation
  • Naturalization & Citizenship
  • Visas

Litigation Percentage

  • 40% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, 1974
  • New York, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1974
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1974
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1975


  • University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin
    • J.D. - 1974
    • Honors: Associate Justice of the Student Court
  • Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 1971
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Political Science


  • NTA Mania Presentation, AILA, 2008 - 2010

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers, 2007 - 2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, 1987 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Immigration and Naturalization Service, Trial Attorney, 1976 - 1987

Pro Bono Activities

  • NYC Know Your Rights Project, 2009 - Present
  • Refugee Assistance Program of the New York City Bar Association, 2003 - 2008


  • Spanish
  • French

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