Matthew T. Galati is the Principal of The Galati Law Firm. Representing immigrants to the U.S. is personal to Matt as he is the grandchild of and spouse of immigrants.
With his significant experience in immigration law, Matt has handled matters relating to nearly every visa type. Over the past few years, Matt has focused the majority of his practice on EB-5 and E-2 related matters, resulting in the preparation of hundreds of investor petitions, as well as regularly advising U.S. companies utilizing the EB-5 program. In addition, Matt has creatively utilized other visa types to obtain immigration benefits for his entrepreneurial clientele. His client base of the “best and brightest” consist of scientists, musicians, athletes, medical professionals, businessmen and women, and many more.
Prospective clients regularly call upon Matt when immigration processes do not go as expected. His experience as a litigator predate his law school graduation. Matt’s previous representations have included representing clients before federal district court, in adversarial agency practice, appellate proceedings and EOIR. Most notably, Matt served as counsel pro hac vice in the seminal EB-4 Religious Minister case Shalom Pentecostal Church v. Beers, No. 11-4491 (D.N.J. Sept. 16, 2013) which resulted in the elimination of two USCIS regulations that the court held to be illegally published. Matt has also filed several mandamus / unreasonable delay actions which have successfully “broken the backlog” for aggrieved visa applicants particularly arising from EB-5 delays.
Matt also regularly advises companies in the corporate context, with a focus on immigration compliance. This includes Form I-9 practice, E-Verify onboarding and practice, and adversarial matters against the Department of Homeland Security.
Matt has been a panelist and moderator on immigration law topics for numerous organizations at venues across the U.S. and around the world. These include the American Immigration Lawyers Association, UGlobal, EB-5 Diligence, NES Capital, The Investment Migration Summit, and in various investor roadshows and migration agent trainings. Matt is a frequent author with dozens of publications in the industry, including in EB-5 Investors Magazine, The Legal Intelligencer, and The National Law Review, amongst others.
He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and serves on its EB-5 National Committee and High Impact Litigation Committees. In 2020-21, he served as the Philadelphia chapter’s Chair.
Notably, Matt has been listed as one of SuperLawyers Rising Stars from 2016-Present in the field of business immigration. He was named a Top 25 EB-5 Attorney by EB-5 Investors Magazine and won its “Rising Star” award in 2018. In 2019, The Legal Intelligencer named him one of its prestigious “Lawyers on the Fast Track.”
Matt is a 2007 graduate of The University of Virginia (B.A., Politics and History) and a 2010 graduate of the George Washington University Law School (J.D., with honors). Following nearly two decades working in law firms in various capacities, and in realization of his own entrepreneurial goals, Matt founded The Galati Law Firm in 2020.
Jennifer Haines joined The Galati Law Firm as an Associate Attorney in 2021. Jennifer comes to the Firm with extensive experience in immigration law, running the gamut from employment-based matters (such as the E-3, H-1B, L-1, R-1, TN, EB-1-3 categories) to humanitarian and family-based matters. Jennifer has also successfully assisted clients with litigating unfavorable decisions in federal court, especially in the context of unlawful H-1B denials.
Jennifer first became interested in immigration law several years before her graduation from Rutgers Law School and her admission to the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bars. While studying abroad in Malaga, Spain during her junior year with Dickinson College, Jennifer taught Spanish & English to individuals arriving in Europe from Northern Africa. From that time on, Jennifer has continued to work with immigrant communities from around the globe. In college, Jennifer served as the co-coordinator for the college’s ESL program, geared at teaching English to migrant workers in Adams County, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Dickinson (B.A., International Studies & Spanish), Jennifer worked as a paralegal in immigration law. While enrolled at Rutgers Law School, Jennifer participated in the immigration law clinic.
Jennifer is also an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”). Currently, she chairs the Philadelphia AILA Chapter’s National Day of Action Committee. Jennifer is proficient in Spanish.