Verdie J. Atienza, Esq.
Senior Immigration Attorney
Head of E-2 and L-1 Visas Practice Team
Verdie J. Atienza is a Senior Attorney in charge of the firm's L-1 and E-2 visa practice. He is a dual qualified lawyer in New York and in the Philippines and is qualified to practice immigration law in any state in the United States.
Prior to moving to the US, he was a public defender in the Philippines and staunchly protected the constitutional rights of indigents. He effected the speedy release of long-term detainees by filing releases on recognizance motions and directed verdicts. Verdie obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree (Major in Political Science) from Ateneo de Manila University and his law degree from the University of the City of Manila (Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila). Verdie is fluent in English and Filipino (Tagalog) and has limited proficiency in Spanish.
As Head of the L-1 and E-2 Visa Practice, Verdie evaluates the credentials of prospective applicants and beneficiaries to determine whether the L-1 or the E-2 visa is the best option available. He closely works with company executives, managers and entrepreneurs to determine the best strategy to attain the goals. In his years of practice, he has dealt with numerous U.S. Embasssies and Consulates around the world and has gained significant knowledge of the guidelines and procedures that are unique for each embassy/consulate.
Verdie has strong interest on various immigration issues as an immigrant himself. He first gained experience when he personally handled his own adjustment of status application. Upon his admission to New York State Bar in 2014, he started giving pro-bono legal advice on immigration to members of the Filipino community in the US and handled immigration cases of family members.
As head of the L-1 and E-2 Visa Practice, Verdie has worked with company executives, senior managers and start up entrepreneurs from various parts of the world. He has obtained visa approvals for nationals of the United Kingdom, Australia, Sweden, Turkey, Mongolia, India, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, Jordan, and Egypt.
Aside from handling business related cases, he also has substantial experience in family immigration casework.
BA, Ateneo de Manila University
Law, University of the City of Manila
Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association
Member, Asian American Bar Association of New York
Member, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Member, Integrated Bar of the Philippines
Member, New York State Bar Association