Verdie J. Atienza, Esq.

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.

Representative Clients

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


Awards Uglobal

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Eranjan Venura Parua
Eranjan Venura Parua
2 months ago

"After finding D&A through an internet search in 2020, my wife and I had several free consultations with David Cantor. Despite our initial attempt at filing for our E2 visa independently ending in failure, we decided to hire D&A for their expertise and support. Over the course of four long years, Verdie and Cristina were incredibly patient as we took our time to prepare for the E2 submission. Verdie became our E2 Attorney in 2021, and from the start, Verdie and Cristina's patience was evident. Despite our intermittent engagement over the years, they always treated us with the utmost attention. Working with Verdie and the D&A team was a pleasure; their professionalism and support were unwavering. Verdie's calm demeanor and succinct communication style made navigating the process much smoother, even during complex discussions. I wholeheartedly recommend Verdie and D&A - Davies & Associates, to anyone seeking an immigration law firm who can efficiently handle their case with precision and without unnecessary fanfare. Their ability to get things done speaks volumes about their dedication to their clients' success."

Jeremy Abernathy
Jeremy Abernathy
4 months ago

I had the pleasure of working with Verdie and Nessa to obtain my E2 Visa. Their in-depth knowledge and experience allowed me to be fully prepared in my application and they were able to answer all questions leading up to the Visa interview.

Saeed Muhammad
Saeed Muhammad
5 months ago

Verdie was an amazing attorney, providing exceptional client care throughout the process. He had a great depth of knowledge in all areas on business visas in the US.

Satyabrat Chowdhury
Satyabrat Chowdhury
8 months ago

I had a great experience with Davies & Associates. They are very thorough in the approach and their have experts in this field who know the domain very well.I would certainly be leaning onto them for any future needs as well.

Christine Envall
Christine Envall
a year ago

Getting my E2 Visa was a very in-depth process that took just over a year from when I committed to it, but 8 months from when I found a business I wanted to purchase. The only reason I'm giving 4 and not 5 stars is because the timeframe was a lot longer than expected from the initial information. Aside from the timing, Verdie and his team led me through the Visa process, providing all the guidance I needed to be successful, including advising me on the RIGHT type of Visa to suit my goals. Within the process I purchased a business and the greater Davies team included lawyer Rinat who helped me put the deal together. One of the biggest parts was my Business Plan which created from my info by Ana Ortiz, who did an incredible job. The process is certainly tedious and Verdie & Christina were always there to answer my questions, provide suggestions and advice and ensure I had all the documents I needed to support my application. I appreciated their patience with my questions and their advice and in the end, the application was so thorough the interview process was quick and easy. I highly recommend Davies & Associates and look forward to working with them again when it's time to renew my Visa.

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