Deborah J. Notkin is a partner in the firm of Barst Mukamal & Kleiner LLP and maintains a large international immigration and nationality practice. During her 25 years in practice, she has acquired a nationally recognized expertise in business immigration matters. Ms. Notkin is the lead attorney at Barst Mukamal & Kleiner LLP for the PERM Unit and maintains a corporate client base spanning all business immigration matters.
She is a past president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), 2005-2006 and serves on its Board of Governors. Within AILA, she has held numerous leadership positions including Chair of the National Labor Liaison Committee, Chair of the Vermont Service Center Committee, Chair of AILA’s Interagency Committee and New York Chapter Chair. She served also as the Co-chair of the New York Chapter Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law.
For the past three years, Human Resource Executive has named Ms. Notkin one of the 20 most powerful business immigration attorneys in the U.S. In June 2010, Ms. Notkin received the American Immigration Lawyers Media Award for her work in advocating for reasonable immigration laws. She is listed in Best Lawyers in America; the International Who is Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, and Chambers USA as recommended immigration counsel. New York Super Lawyers has listed her as one of the top immigration attorneys in New York and one of the overall top women attorneys in New York City.
Currently, Deborah serves as the Vice Chair of AILA’s Media Advocacy Committee and on AILA’s Labor Liaison Committees. As an advocate for positive immigration reform, Deborah Notkin has appeared on many television and radio programs and has addressed many religious and business organizations. She remains a resource and occasional commentator for MSNBC, CNBC and Fox News regarding immigration legislation and related issues.
A noted expert in business immigration she has been a lecturer for the past 13 years at the Practicing Law Institute’s (PLI) annual Immigration Law Institute, PLI’s Basics Seminar, the New York State Bar Association’s bi-annual immigration seminar and AILA’s Annual and regional conferences. She has also been a presenter at many different venues including the American Council of International Personnel (ACIP), the Pacific Chapter and New York Chapter of the US Mexico Chamber of Commerce and the Global Independence Organization.
Ms. Notkin was an Editor in Chief of the recent AILA publication, “The Essential Workers Handbook” and an Associate Editor of the latest edition of the “David Stanton Handbook on PERM”. Her numerous articles on many facets of business immigration have been cited frequently in treatises on immigration.
- State Bar of New York, 1987
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 1989
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1989