Matthew Blaisdell

Matthew Blaisdell is an attorney Brooklyn, New York, with full concentration in immigration law. He is the a former Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) National Consumer Protection and Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee and current Chair of AILA’s Consumer Protection Rapid Response Team. He frequently writes and presents on the topic of consumer protection and immigration fraud, and he has provided testimony to several cities considering legislation to protect immigrant consumers.

He also regularly provides trainings and lectures on topics related to attorney ethics, practice management, prosecutorial discretion and advocating before various government agencies, immigration legislation and policies, constitutional issues, immigration options for youth and unaccompanied minors, LGBTQ immigration issues, immigration consequences of criminal activity, humanitarian forms of relief, and non-immigrant visas.

He received his juris doctor, as well as an LL.M in environmental law, from Pace Law School, and is a graduate of the New York City Environmental Law Leadership Institute (NYCELLI).


Protecting Immigrant New Yorkers Task Force, Member,   2015 – present

National Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Consumer Protection and Rapid Response Team, Chair,  2017 – present

National Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Consumer Protection and Unauthorized Practice of Law Action Committee, Member and Chair, 2014 – present

New York State Bar Association Special Committee on Immigration Representation, Member, 2014 – 2016

New York Chapter, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Ethics and Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, Member, Chair, 2013 – 2016


Co-editor, Collaborating to Protect New Yorkers from Immigration Fraud, January 2016

Co-author, Ethical Considerations Related to Affirmatively Filing an Application for Asylum for the Purpose of Applying for Cancellation of Removal and Adjustment of Status for a Nonpermanent Resident, published by the American Immigration Lawyer Association and by Bender’s Immigration Bulletin, Vol. 22, No. 13, July 1, 2017

Courses presented:

Preparing for an Immigration Consultation

Immigration Concerns for LGBT Persons

Implementing Executive Action on Immigration: Executive Grants of Administrative Relief

Representing Unaccompanied Children in Immigration Court

Navigating the U.S. Immigration System for  Immigrant Youth

Immigration Ethics

AILA Monthly Meeting, Ethics Issues for New Attorneys, Asylum, and Disciplinary Issues

AILA Annual Conference, Improving the Client Intake Process

Alternatives to the H-1B Visa

Ethical Considerations in Applying for Humanitarian-Based Immigration Relief

Prosecutorial Discretion in Individual Immigration Cases

What Comes Next: Immigration Law and The New Administration

Constitutional Challenges to Recent Executive Orders in Immigration

Immigration Relief under the U.N. Convention against Torture

The Supreme Court Immigration Roundup (2017-2018 Term)

Enhanced Enforcement and Desperate Clients: Managing Ethical Risk in Immigration Law

Immigration Strategies for Investors and Entrepreneurs

Immigration Strategies for International Students