Robert H. Findaro joined the Palacios Law Group in May 2017 as an associate attorney. Robert graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in international affairs from the George Washington University, an MBA degree in international business from Long Island University/C.W. Post, and a JD degree from New York Law School.
During law school, Robert had the opportunity to intern with the New York District Counsel Office of the Department of Homeland Security where he was able to successfully argue cases in immigration court and the Wackenhut Detention Center in Queens.
Robert brings to the Palacios Law Group over ten years’ experience in practicing immigration and family law and has represented hundreds of immigrants before the immigration courts, ICE, and DHS. He has served the immigrant community in virtually all areas of immigration law. His expertise includes, but is not limited to, removal defense, family and employment-based permanent residence, humanitarian visas (VAWA and U-Visa), asylum, TPS (Temporary Protected Status), citizenship and naturalization, non-immigrant visas, and detainee cases.
Perhaps Robert’s most noted accomplishment is successfully arguing an asylum case on appeal in the Dallas immigration court, in which the immigration judge vacated the findings of the asylum officer that his detained client was not credible in his asylum claim.
Prior to joining the Palacios Law Group, Robert worked for over two years as a staff attorney and Justice AmeriCorps fellow for CARECEN (Central American Refugee Center) on Long Island where he represented unaccompanied migrant children from Central America in family court and immigration court proceedings. In this capacity, Robert successfully terminated proceedings against immigrant children and helped them to adjust status.
In previous attorney positions with Legal Aid and the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence (“the Safe Center LI”), Robert successfully represented low-income clients in immigration, family, and matrimonial court proceedings. While working in these positions, Robert acquired extensive experience working with immigrant victims of domestic violence and crime.
While working for Brandes and Associates, Robert also worked on employment-based petitions and helped secure visas for foreign nationals of “extraordinary ability” in the arts.
Robert cares deeply for all immigrants who flee their native countries and come to the United States seeking refuge from gang violence, poverty, and injustice. For this reason, he has done a considerable amount of pro bono work over the years for organizations such as Safe Passage Project, where he has worked with unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings. He has also volunteered for CUNY Citizenship Day, which provides free citizenship legal services to low-income immigrants.
Robert is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the only national organization for immigration attorneys. He has been a recipient of the Berger Scholarship from AILA to attend national conferences in Vancouver and San Diego because of his work with the refugees and low-income immigrants in his community.
In his free time, Robert enjoys travel, sporting events, the beach, swimming, the theatre, and museums.