Deborah J. Notkin

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Deborah J. Notkin

Deborah J. Notkin

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Deborah J. Notkin is a partner in the firm of Barst Attorneys at Law and maintains a large international immigration and nationality practice. During her 30 years in practice, she has acquired a nationally recognized expertise in business immigration matters. Ms. Notkin is the lead attorney at Barst Attorneys at Law for the PERM Unit and maintains a corporate client base spanning all business immigration matters.

She is a past president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), 2005-2006 and serves on its Board of Governors. Within AILA, she has held numerous leadership positions including Chair of the National Labor Liaison Committee, Chair of the Vermont Service Center Committee, Chair of AILA’s Interagency Committee and New York Chapter Chair. She served also as the Co-chair of the New York Chapter Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law, and Chair of AILA’s Media Committee.

For the past nine years, Human Resource Executive has named Ms. Notkin one of the 20 most powerful business immigration attorneys in the U.S. In June 2010, Ms. Notkin received the American Immigration Lawyers Media Award for her work in advocating for reasonable immigration laws. She is listed in Best Lawyers in America; the International Who is Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, and Chambers USA as recommended immigration counsel. New York Super Lawyers has listed her as one of the top immigration attorneys in New York and one of the overall top women attorneys in New York City.

Currently, Deborah serves on AILA’s Business Immigration Rapid Response Team and on AILA’s Labor Liaison Committee. As an advocate for positive immigration reform, Deborah Notkin has appeared on many television and radio programs and has addressed many religious and business organizations. She remains a resource and occasional commentator for MSNBC, CNBC and Fox News regarding immigration legislation and related issues.

A noted expert in business immigration she has been a lecturer for the past 13 years at the Practicing Law Institute’s Seminars on Immigration Law, the New York State Bar Association’s bi-annual immigration seminar and AILA’s Annual and regional conferences. She has also been a presenter at many different venues including the American Council of International Personnel (ACIP), the Pacific Chapter and New York Chapter of the US Mexico Chamber of Commerce and the Global Independence Organization.


Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, B.A., 1979
New York Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1987
State University of New York at Buffalo, J.D., 1972


State Bar of New York, 1987
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 1989
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1989

Honors & Distinctions

  • AV Preeminent rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers
  • New York Super Lawyers
  • Chambers and Partners USA Guide