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University of Virginia (B.A. 2007)

George Washington University (J.D., with Honors, 2010)

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (2011-present)

Member, American Bar Association (2011-present)

Member, Virginia Bar Association (2010-present)



U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania


Phone: 215-825-8612

Industries Served:

  • Healthcare
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Scientific Community (Researchers, Scientists)
  • Universities

Matthew T. Galati (Matt) is an Associate in the Firm’s Philadelphia office and practices in business, investor, and family-based immigration.

Matt’s activities at the Firm run the gamut of immigration practice.  A member of the firm’s EB-5 investor team of attorneys, Matt focuses much of his practice on the preparation of Form I-526 and Form I-829 petitions in unusual or complicated situations.  He has also worked closely with businesses to obtain all varieties of employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visas, including E-2, H-1B, L-1, and O-1 classifications, among many others.  Matt also counsels individuals seeking Green Cards for immediate family members and regularly appears at complex adjustment of status interviews, as well as appearing in immigration court on behalf of individuals facing deportation.  He is passionate about marriage equality and associated LGBT issues.

Matt is currently admitted to practice law in the Commonwealths of Pennsylvania and Virginia and is admitted to practice before the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  Matt received his law degree from The George Washington University Law School (J.D., with Honors, 2010) and his Bachelor of Arts in Politics and History from The University of Virginia (2007). During his 1L summer, Matt studied abroad as part of the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law’s Capitals of Europe Summer Program (2008) where he focused on a curriculum of comparative European Union law.

During law school, Matt was an Associate of The George Washington University International Law Review.  Prior to joining the Firm, he practiced in a civil litigation firm in the Washington, DC area. Matt is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and currently serves as the Philadelphia AILA Chapter’s Advocacy Committee Co-Chair.

Recent Representative Matters:

  • Obtained termination of deportation proceedings and removal of conditional residency for an individual whose Form I-829 was denied due to alleged lack of job creation;
  • Prevailed in a USCIS Motion to Reopen following another firm’s filing that led to a denied Form I-526 due to insufficient source and path of funds documentation;
  • Successfully obtained immigrant visa for LGBT marriage-based client;
  • Led group of immigration attorneys in meetings with elected federal representatives to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform;
  • Regularly counsels clients seeking to transfer employees from abroad and seeking to hire foreign nationals in specialty occupation.


  • I-526: Documenting Lawful Source and Path Of Funds, The EB-5 Summit For Attorneys and Developers, San Francisco, CA, Jun. 2013
  • Visa Options for Professionals, Students, and Scholars, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, Feb. 2013
  • Visa Options for Professionals and Entrepreneurs in the Arts, Manhattan School of Music, New York, NY, Jan. 2013
  • Employment of Foreign Nationals and Worksite Enforcement Issues, Guest Lecture, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, Apr. 2013
  • The I-829 Petition -- Removing Conditions on Permanent Resident Status, The EB-5 Summit For Attorneys and Developers, Dec. 2012

Publications and Presentations:

  • “USCIS Implements New Policy Involving Transgendered Persons,” The Legal Intelligencer, May 2012
  • “Don't Lose the Holy Grail: Avoiding Abandonment of Permanent Resident Status,” The Legal Intelligencer, Oct. 2011
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