S. Michael Musa-Obregon
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Our firm is headed by S. Michael Musa-Obregon, a
former New York City prosecutor who is highly experienced in criminal defense, including white collar crimes, sex crimes, violent
crimes, domestic violence, and a variety of other serious offenses. Attorney
Musa-Obregon is a veteran criminal trial lawyer with a history of success
helping clients throughout New York City and Queens. Additionally he is
well-versed in handling
deportation, criminal deportations,
citizenship, and business immigration law. He is fluent in Spanish, has a working
knowledge of French, and an understanding of Polish and Arabic.
Representing Both Criminal and Immigration Clients
Many of his jury trials involved violent felony charges including:
Attorney Musa-Obregon has also successfully handled a variety of
white collar and economic crimes, including:
In addition, our firm has helped numerous individuals facing
immigration crimes such as:
- Human trafficking
- Alien smuggling
- Forgery of documents
- Illegal re-entry
- Marriage and immigration fraud cases
History of Successful Case Results in New York
Using the breadth and depth of this vast experience acquired during almost
twenty five years,
Mr. Musa-Obregon has prevented his clients from collectively serving thousands
of years of jail time; incarceration that they would have otherwise had to serve had they been
represented by less experienced criminal lawyers.
Mr. Musa-Obregon has successfully tried many dozens of immigration cases
to verdict. Using effective legal strategy and rock-solid legal preparation
combined with a keen understanding of the immigrant communities he represents,
Mr. Musa-Obregon has repeatedly obtained extraordinary results for his clients.
Early Life and Education
A native New Yorker raised in the Bronx, and the son of immigrant parents
from international backgrounds, Mr. Musa-Obregon is a graduate of the
Bronx High School of Science, a school that will always hold a special place in his heart. He obtained his
Bachelors of Arts in History from
Georgetown University in 1988 and his
Juris Doctor from the
University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1991. As a student, Mr. Musa-Obregon also worked as a judicial law
clerk for a federal judge in Philadelphia, the late U.S. District Judge
Clifford Scott Greene.
After graduating from Penn Law School, Mr. Musa-Obregon served for several
years as an
Assistant District Attorney, a criminal prosecutor for New York City under the Honorable Richard
Brown. Wanting to realize his life-long dream of defending people, he
launched his private practice in 1993.
Thoroughly Studied Immigration Issues
Mr. Musa-Obregon has attained a high level of expertise in the field of
immigration law and deportation. As a researcher at
Georgetown University's Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, D.C. he studied the immigration problems and issues confronting
Mexican migrant workers in Lubbock, West Texas.
Under the auspices of
U.S. Catholic Charities Migration Project, he began his legal career working at the grass roots level, defending
Mexican migrant workers in Lubbock, Texas. In Texas, Mr. Musa-Obregon
handled thousands of immigration applications of migrant workers applying for
legalization and other benefits in 1987. His work culminated in the production of a
documentary film on the immigration issues facing Mexican migrant workers
in West Texas.
Working With Clients From Around the World
While in private practice in the most densely immigrant-populated area
of the United States- Jackson Heights, Queens - Mr. Musa-Obregon personally
defended hundreds of immigration matters ranging from tough criminal deportations,
to political asylum, complex family petitions,
appeals and motions to reopen.
As a New York immigration defense lawyer, he has worked with immigrants
from all over the world, including:
- Eastern Europe, (Poles, Russians, Ukrainians, Uzbekistanis, Azerbaijanis,
Georgians, Czechs, Georgians, Moldavians, Bulgarians, Albanians, Serbs,
- Latin America (Colombians, Ecuadorians, Dominicans, Mexicans, El Salvadorians,
Hondurans, Guatemalans, etc)
- The Middle East (Palestinians, Jordanians, Lebanese, Egyptians, Syrians,
Algerians, Moroccans, Kuwaitis, Bahrainis, Saudi Arabians, Yemenis, etc)
- The Caribbean, (Guayanese, Jamaicans, Haitians, Barbadians, Trinidadians,
- The Indian Subcontinent (Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Sri Lankans)
- Asia (Mandarin & Cantonese-speaking)
- Those from Southeast Asia (Filipino, Vietnamese, Indonesians, Myanmarians,
Cambodians, Thais and Laotians)
- Africa (Nigerians, Somalis, Ethiopians, Gambians, Tunisians, Togolese,
Beninese, Moroccans, and Algerians)
Defending immigrants from incredibly diverse backgrounds in the bustling
melting pot that is New York City, has sensitized Mr. Musa-Obregon to
the specific needs and the cultures of clients from all these regions.
- American Immigration Lawyers Association
- The Immigrant Defense Project of the National Lawyers Guild
- The Immigrant Defense Project of the New York State Defenders Association
Regular speaker at the
Center for New Americans of the New York Public Library
- Regular invited guest at various New York City colleges and universities,
high schools, churches, mosques and temples where he lectures on issues
involving immigration law, the rights of immigrants and police-youth interaction
in the inner city
TV and Radio Features
Featured commentator on Spanish Television and Radio and Television on
Telemundo, Univision, MundoHispanoTV, Cosmovision, and Radio-WADO on issues impacting immigrant communities.
Regularly hosted several educational immigration radio programs entitled
"Su Mejor Defensa Legal "
Produces a weekly television show "
Su Derechos Legales con el Abogado Michael Musa-Obregon "
Hosted similar shows on Haitian Radio on
Radio Tropicale in Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Television reporter with
MundoHispanoTV and regularly interviews luminaries in the legal, political and the world
Other International Interests
Mr. Musa-Obregon's international interests extend to music: he is an
avid fan of world music including Arabic, Greek, and Turkish orchestral
and dance music as well as Salsa and Afro-Cuban Jazz.
Mr. Musa-Obregon is studying percussion including the doumbek, congas,
timbales and other percussion instruments, sometimes joining musicians
during concerts, clubs and jam sessions in the NY-NJ metropolitan area.
He also raises beautiful Cocker Spaniel puppies, which he counts among
his "best friends."