Paris Lee, Esq.
Mr. Lee is a Partner of the firm with over 25 years legal experience. He is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and Washington, D.C. He is an alumnus of The Lawrenceville School as well as a graduate of Yale University and Rutgers School of Law–Newark. Besides handling the whole spectrum of immigration issues, he is also an experienced criminal defense attorney, so he is uniquely qualified to advise clients on the intersection between the immigration and criminal laws.
Prior to starting Lee & Garasia, LLC, Mr. Lee clerked for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office in Freehold, New Jersey, prosecuting municipal appeals and preparing briefs on a wide array of criminal issues involving search and seizure as well as the constitutionality of the death penalty. After his stint there, Mr. Lee practiced criminal defense in addition to and alongside immigration, handling cases on both the New Jersey Municipal Court and Superior Court levels. He has appeared in nearly every county of New Jersey representing clients charged with traffic and quasi-criminal offenses from speeding to shoplifting to assault.
Now practicing immigration law exclusively, Mr. Lee focuses his practice on adjustment of status petitions; consular processing; naturalization; hardship waivers; sports visas; and criminal-immigration matters.
Mr. Lee is a member of AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association), the New Jersey State Bar Association (Former Chair, Immigration and Naturalization Section), Middlesex County Bar Association (Former Co-Chair, Immigration Law and Practice Committee), Federal Bar Association, and the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey. He is nationally recognized for his expertise in immigration law and was featured in Newsweek’s 2013 Nationwide Top Attorneys Showcase and TIME Magazine as a Leader in Immigration Law. He is also named a Top Contributor by Avvo and named to the 2020 Super Lawyers list by Super Lawyers Magazine. A description of the selection methodology for Super Lawyers can be found here.
In the media, he has been consulted for his opinions and perspective on immigration by national outlets such as CNN and The Washington Post, as well as local New Jersey newspapers including The Star Ledger, Asbury Park Press, and The Home News Tribune.
He is a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Renzo and Rolles Gracie, and besides training with some of the world’s best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athletes, also represents many of them.