ecopland Eric K. Copland, Esq.

After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1969, Eric began his legal career at the firm of Thacher, Proffitt, and Wood in New York City. As an associate in its Litigation Department, Eric was assigned to work on a wide variety of federal and state cases. One such assignment involved an autistic child whose immigrant visa application had been denied by the U.S. Consulate in London based upon its finding that the child was insane. After extensively researching autism and its causes, Eric submitted a waiver application on the child’s behalf which documented that autism is not a form of insanity and  this child’s autism was accompanied by mental retardation. As a result of this new evidence, the Consulate issued an immigrant visa to the child who was then happily reunited with his parents in the USA. Following this initial exposure to the complexities of U.S. immigration law, Eric began to assist Thacher Proffitt’s multinational clients obtain work permits and visas for their employees. As his immigration practice grew, Eric learned of a bar association devoted exclusively to immigration law and whose members had litigated many of the leading immigration law cases. In 1978, Eric became a proud member of the Association of Immigration and Nationality Lawyers which subsequently changed its name to the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”). In 1980, Eric opened his law office in Albany, New York and limited his practice to matters involving U.S. immigration and nationality laws. Even though his office was in upstate New York, Eric retained his membership in AILA’s New York City Chapter. As one born in Brooklyn, NY to immigrant parents, Eric believes that AILA’s New York City Chapter remains a beacon of hope to the countless millions caught up in the national debate on immigration matters. In 1994, Eric and Barbara Brenner formed a partnership whose practice is limited 100% to matters involving U.S. immigration and nationality laws. Eric is a member of the American, New York State, and Albany County Bar Associations. Eric is admitted to practice in the federal courts for the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of New York and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Eric has received the highest rating (AV) from the Martindale-Hubbell Directory of Lawyers. As Adjunct Professor, Eric taught Immigration Law at Albany Law School from 1991 to 1994. When invited, Eric speaks at public and professional gatherings on immigration matters.

bbrenner Barbara C. Brenner, Esq.

Barbara C. Brenner’s law practice has been limited to U.S. immigration and nationality matters since she began practicing law in January 1990.  Barbara has represented clients located across the U.S.A. and around the world in a broad range of immigration matters, including family-based immigrant visa petitions and applications; fiancé/e visa matters; removal of conditions on lawful permanent resident status; immigrant and nonimmigrant employment-based petitions and applications; immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applications at U.S. consular posts overseas; naturalization and citizenship matters; waivers of inadmissibility and removability; motions to reopen and reconsider; appeals; employer sanctions and employment verification matters regarding Form I-9; cases involving immigration consequences of criminal activity; matters falling under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA); and asylum claims.     Bar Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts – December 1989
  • State of New York – January 1990

Education

  • University at Buffalo Law School, State University of New York, 1989 (cum laude)
  • College at Geneseo, State University of New York, 1983 (summa cum laude)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Albany County (New York) Bar Association
  • Capital District (New York) Women’s Bar Association