Patrick taurel

Patrick Taurel


Washington D.C.

1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Suite 1300 South
Washington, DC 20004
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J.D., cum laude, Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, 2010, Nathan Dechter Memorial Scholarship (public service through excellence in clinical law); Dean's List; Academic Achievement Scholarship
B.A., Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 2004, Philosophy
State Bar Licenses
New York
Court Admissions
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

Patrick Taurel


Patrick Taurel is an Associate with the Immigration Practice Group in Clark Hill’s Washington, D.C. office. Patrick’s practice focuses on federal court litigation and removal defense, as well as affirmative benefits before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and U.S. Consulates abroad. In 2017, he was named by Washingtonian Magazine as one of “Washington’s Top Lawyers” in the field of immigration law. 

Prior to joining Clark Hill, Patrick was as an associate attorney with the boutique Washington, D.C. immigration firm of Benach Ragland (now Benach Collopy) where he fought zealously to help his clients achieve goals ranging from asylum, relief under the Violence Against Women Act, U visas, cancellation of removal, to approval of long-pending applications, and naturalization. For two years Patrick was a legal fellow with the American Immigration Council where he became an expert in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). At the Council, Patrick authored several practice advisories on DACA and related topics. He participated on numerous webinars, panels and podcasts, and was often a go-to resource for journalists covering DACA and other immigration prosecutorial discretion programs. Following law school, Patrick spent two years as an associate attorney with the leading Idaho immigration law firm, Andrade Legal.

As a law student, Patrick interned with the ACLU’s Immigrant Rights Project, the Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre, and the Immigrant Defense Project. He graduated cum laude from Brooklyn Law School in 2010 and he received his B.A. in Philosophy from Brown University in 2004.

Patrick was born in Brazil and speaks Portuguese and Spanish, and is proficient in French and Italian. Patrick is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. This year, Patrick is serving as a member of AILA’s National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Liaison Committee. He is a frequent writer and speaker on immigration issues.

Selected Publications

  • Co-Author, Sample Mandamus Complaint included in “Mandamus Actions: Avoiding Dismissal and Proving the Case,” Practice Advisory, American Immigration Council
  • Co-Author, “Humanitarian Options Under Executive Action,” Practice Pointer, 2016 AILA Annual Conference
  • Author, “Screening Potential DACA Requestors for Other Forms of Relief,” Practice Advisory, American Immigration Council
  • Co-Author, “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,” Practice Advisory, American Immigration Council
  • Co-Author, “Advance Parole for DACA Recipients,” Practice Advisory, American Immigration Council and Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.
  • Co-Author, “The Long and Winding Road of Prosecutorial Discretion,” Practice Advisory for 2015 AILA Annual Conference
  • Co-Author, “Prosecutorial Discretion Requests Under the Johnson Enforcement Priorities Memorandum,” Practice Advisory, American Immigration Council
  • Author, “The DAPA Dilemma: ‘Should I Apply?,’” March 2015 issue of AILA Voice
  • Author, “Five Things to Know About DAPA,” January 2015 issue of AILA Voice

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Discussion Leader, “Humanitarian Options Under Executive Action,” 2016 AILA Annual Conference
  • Panelist, “2015 Update on Prosecutorial Discretion,” AILA Audio Seminar, Released May 7, 2015.
  • Guest, C-Span, Washington Journal, “President Obama’s Immigration Executive Action,” February 8, 2015.
  • Panelist, “Late-Breaking Podcast on the 2014 Executive Actions,” AILA Podcast, Released November 26, 2014.
  • Panelist, “Getting Ready for Administrative Relief: What We Know So Far,” Webinar for Committee for Immigration Reform Implementation, November 24, 2014.
  • Guest, Wall Street Journal Video, “What’s Next After Obama’s Immigration Plan,” November 21, 2014.
  • Panelist, “The Long and Winding Road of Prosecutorial Discretion,” AILA Annual Conference, National Harbor, MD, June 17-20, 2014.
  • Panelist, “What You Need to Know About DACA Renewals and Other Developments,” AILA Podcast, Released June 12, 2014.
  • Panelist, “Minors in Proceedings,” AILA New England Immigration Law Conference, Boston, MA, March 7, 2014.
  • Panelist, “DACA Updates – Evolving and Advanced Issues,” AILA Audio Seminar, Released July 25, 2013.


  • 2018 Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award: ‘Business Immigration Law Firm of the Year in Washington D.C.’

  • In 2017, Washingtonian Magazine named Patrick Taurel as one of “Washington’s Top Lawyers” in the field of immigration law.

  • Clark Hill receives 2017 Tier 1 Ranking for Immigration Law in Washington, DC by US News and World Report.

  • Clark Hill won Immigration -  Law Firm of the Year – USA by Finance Monthly Law Awards, 2017.

  • Clark Hill won Legal Team of the Year - Corporate Immigration for 2017 by Lawyerissue.


American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), District of Columbia and National Sections
AILA National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Liaison Committee (2017-2018)
National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild

In re C.B., Creation of Record Proceedings (USCIS Washington Field Office 2017) – Persuaded USCIS to approve green card application of C.B., the U.S.-born son of a diplomat who had been absent from the United States for a period of six years when he was a child.

Matter of L-B- (BIA 2016) – reopened L.B.’s removal proceedings before the Board of Immigration Appeals on the basis of ineffective assistance by prior counsel. L.B.’s prior counsel was ineffective because he failed to present evidence to USCIS and the Immigration Court that L.B.’s most recent entry into the United States was a “wave-through” entry that rendered him eligible for adjustment of status. In reopened proceedings, L.B. will be able to apply for a green card before the Immigration Judge.

In re A.L., N-336 Proceedings (USCIS Newark Field Office 2017) – Overturned denial of N-400, Application for Naturalization, by persuading USCIS that A.L. had lawfully acquired her permanent resident status without engaging in fraud, and that she was, in fact, the innocent victim of a corrupt former USCIS officer. 

Matter of C-A- (Arlington, VA Imm. Ct. 2017) – asylum granted to Anglophone Cameroonian who played a leadership role in the Southern Cameroons National Council based on his well-founded fear of persecution on account of his political opinion and nationality.

Usilo, et al. v. United States, et al., No. 17-7517 (S.D.N.Y. filed Oct. 2, 2017; dismissed Nov. 7, 2017) – APA complaint and Motion for Preliminary Injunction challenging baseless finding of fraud made by Customs and Border Protection (CBP). 15 days after initiation of the lawsuit, CBP withdrew its inadmissibility finding, clearing the way for our client to obtain his visa. 

In re A.S., Asylum Termination Proceedings (USCIS Arlington Asylum Office 2017) – Satisfied USCIS that termination of A.S.’s asylee status was unwarranted. 

In re M.M., N-400 Proceedings (USCIS Washington Field Office 2017) – Obtained approval of Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, for M.M., notwithstanding that she voted in a prior election.

Following a denial of a request for an H-2A farm labor visa application, and denial of an administrative appeal, Maria Dwyer, Thomas Ragland and Patrick Taurel initiated a federal lawsuit seeking to enjoin the Department of Labor (DOL) from refusing to acknowledge the different farming operations of two large farming client companies. The two companies have nearly 100 acres of greenhouse crops which faced devastation without the benefit of the foreign farm labor program. The DOL took the position that because the two companies shared one parent, they were not separate companies (even though the companies submitted evidence supporting their distinct operations) and their combined hot house growing operations disqualified them from the program because they were not “seasonal.” After several months of litigation, the DOL agreed to a settlement which includes separate H-2A certifications for each company, time to align the growing seasons, allows for a 10 month growing season for each entity, and more workers than originally requested.  Most importantly, the DOL will hand-hold the clients’ filings through 2018 to ensure compliance with the agreement.   

Last October, Thomas Ragland and Patrick Taurel filed a mandamus complaint in US District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of a client, asking the court to compel U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to adjudicate the client’s Form I-526 EB-5 immigrant investor petition without further delay. The petition had been pending for over 25 months at that point, without explanation. In response to the lawsuit, the client received a surprise site visit by officers from the USCIS Beijing office, who requested that he produce extensive financial and other documentation within 3 days’ time. Thomas and Patrick worked out an agreement with the Assistant U.S. Attorney who was assigned to the case for additional time to respond to the Request for Evidence (RFE) in exchange for consent to an extension of the government’s response deadline. The client timely filed an extensive response to the RFE. In response, USCIS issued a Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID) and gave the client 33 days to respond. The client filed a timely NOID response, and the AUSA then requested another 60 days for the agency to make a decision. Thomas and Patrick objected, and the court agreed and granted only a 30-day extension. Finally, two days before the government’s deadline to respond to the mandamus complaint, the AUSA contacted Thomas and Patrick with the happy news that USCIS has approved the client’s I-526 petition. A successful outcome to the litigation and a very happy client.

Practice Areas
Immigration Law