Lawyer Terry K. Friedman
2018 Member of American Immigration Lawyer Association

Terry K. Friedman


Terry K. Friedman was admitted to the Bar of the State of New York on September 7, 1977. Since January, 1978, her law practice has focused exclusively in the area of Immigration & Nationality Law, with the firm of Weisberg, Sieven and Mammana from 1978 until 1986, and with Weisberg & Friedman, and its present, successor firm, Weisberg, Friedman & Klapisch, since 1986. George Weisberg, our founding partner, was one of the first attorneys to practice before the legacy Immigration & Naturalization Service, helping to establish the right of aliens to be represented by counsel before the legacy Immigration & Naturalization Service, and was a founding member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Terry received her B.A. degree from Oberlin College, where she majored in History, with a concentration in Russian and English history, and her law degree from New York University in February, 1977. She joined AILA in 1978, and has served on the District Director Liaison committee. She was an officer of the New York Chapter of AILA between 1988 and 1992, culminating in a year as the chapter chairperson.

A memorable point in Terry’s career was her argument before the Second Circuit of the Federal Court of Appeals in 1979 on the issue of a “single scheme” of criminal activity. Although both she and her partner, Steven Klapisch, practice in all of the areas of Immigration & Nationality Law, Terry’s practice leans more towards the area of temporary working visas and alien employment certification, involving practice before the U.S. Department of Labor as well as U.S. Citizenship & immigration Services. She also works extensively on family and consular processing. Terry also appears before the Immigration Court and the Board of Immigration Appeals in cases of removal, and before the Asylum Office on applications for asylum.

Areas of Practice

  • Immigration & Nationality Law
  • Asylum
  • Deportation & Removal
  • Naturalization & Citizenship
  • Temporary Working Visas and permanent residence based upon employment or family

Litigation Percentage

  • 20% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1977
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, 1979


  • New York University School of Law, New York, New York
  • J.D. - 1977
  • Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio
  • B.A. -1973
  • Honors Program in History 1971 - 1972
  • Major: History

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, 1978 – Present
  • New York County Lawyers 1978 -2015
  • New York State Bar Association 1978 - Present


  • French, working knowledge of Spanish

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