Debbi Klopman, Immigration Attorney

Debbi Klopman has successfully handled employment-based cases at all levels from unskilled to extraordinary ability and has also successfully managed workplace enforcement issues for both small and larger corporations. She handles both immigrant and nonimmigrant visas and has created programs for corporations to address ongoing labor shortages. Debbi also handles consular processing, family-based cases, U visas, 601a and travel ban waivers.

Debbi devotes a substantial portion of her practice to serve as immigration counsel on film, television and new media productions. With a strong background in the film and television industry, Debbi has handled visas for Academy Award winning films, Emmy/ Golden Globe nominated films, and foreign film and television productions. Debbi functions as immigration counsel to the Telluride Film Festival. Click here to see Debbi’s IMDB page

Debbi has consulted with the British Consulate General in New York and is listed on their web page as well as the web pages of the Canadian, Australian and New Zealand Consulate Generals.

Debbi received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Brandeis University, and was graduated with a J.D. from Washington University School of Law where she was a Dean’s Honor Scholar. Debbi has been a CLE lecturer, has been named to the New York Super Lawyers list for the last 5 years, has a 10.0 rating on, the premium lawyers’ directory and has won an Avvo: “clients choice” award for the last 7 years. Debbi is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), is an active member of the Advocacy Committee of AILA’s New York Chapter and is an immigration liaison to a New York congressional office. Ms. Klopman regularly mentors lawyers in the immigration field particularly in the area of obtaining visas in the arts and in cases involving the crossover between immigration law and accounting.


“The Federal dredge and fill permit program and its application to Hawaii”
(Technical supplement – Hawaii Coastal Zone Management Program)

“Executive Style”—Taking it To The Streets, Executive Report Magazine, at 721

Researched and Wrote Chapter 12, “Restructuring the Private Housing Market” in D. Mandelker and R. Montgomery, Housing in America: Problems and Perspectives (2nd Edition)

“What I Never Learned in Kindergarten”, A Cup of Comfort for TeachersAdams Press2003

Acknowledged Contributions in

Mandelker, City Planning in the Soviet Union: Problems of Coordination and Control,
11 Urban Law and Policy 68

Liberman,Normalized Taxes in Utility Rate Making: Giving Credits When None are Due,
30 South Carolina Law Review, 703

Principal Bibliographer, American Bar Association Special Committee on Housing and Urban Development Law, Housing Justice Study and Field Assistance Program


“Visas in the Arts”, NYU Production Lab, Feb 2019

“Artist Visas”, Guest Lecturer NY Film Academy Jan 2010

“A New Approach to Immigration Law”: I-9 Compliance and Corporate Workforce Planning”, Originally presented at Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, Uniondale, NY, February, 2005

AILA Involvement

General Member: 1992-Present
Member Advocacy Committee: New York Chapter-2007-Present