Matthew T. Phillips

Bar/Court Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • J.D., magna cum laude, Syracuse University College of Law, 1995
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Ohio Wesleyan University, 1992

Matt has been practicing immigration law for over twenty years, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for the last eleven consecutive years, and was recognized by his peers as the 2018 Pittsburgh Immigration Law “Lawyer of the Year,” one of only two lawyers so recognized in Pennsylvania. His practice focuses on employment-based immigration, including employer compliance and workforce enforcement issues, global/outbound immigration, family-based immigration, naturalization, and exclusion/deportation defense. Matt is a Director of the Firm and a member of the Immigration and International Business Practice Groups. Matt currently serves as the Chair of the Allegheny County Bar Association Immigration Law Committee, where he has been active with pro bono asylum efforts.

As Chair of the Global/Outbound Immigration Group, Matt assists employers with the process of obtaining visas for business visits, as well as short and long term work assignments abroad.

Matt’s primary areas of concentration include U.S. employment-based immigration, including temporary and permanent visas; non-immigrant business visas, particularly E, H and L visas; labor certification (PERM); and permanent resident status, not including labor certification. He also has experience in civil litigation.

Matt currently serves as Chair of the Allegheny County Bar Association Immigration Law Committee. He is also a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association, as well as the Greater Pittsburgh Relocation Council. In addition, Matt has served as past Chair of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the AILA.

Matt has appeared on CNBC to discuss visas for skilled workers, and has been interviewed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on the same topic. He has published articles on global immigration in Mobility Magazine, and most recently has been published in Best Lawyers “Legal Insights” with regard to Employment-based U.S. Immigration.

He is often a presenter at events sponsored by the Firm and other organizations when immigration-related compliance and enforcement topics are discussed.

Most recently, Matt served as moderator to an Allegheny County Bar Association CLE/CJE program, “Asylum Law for Non-Immigration Lawyers,” in February 2019.