Sam Garrett is the principal attorney of the law practice. His grandmother immigrated to the United States via NYC before World War II. Mr. Garrett enjoys helping others join our nation of immigrants.
Foreign and domestic businesses from Rodeo Drive to Europe have sought Mr. Garrett's immigration advice, as well as individual immigrants and their families from all over the world including Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Asia, Central, South, and North America.
Mr. Garrett also has advised a variety of attorneys on immigration law and procedure including Federal Public Defenders, general counsel, and private practitioners. As primary immigration co-counsel to a gang expert criminal attorney, Mr. Garrett led the successful defense of an ex-gang member in immigration removal proceedings.
Mr. Garrett ran the immigration arm of a respected California non-profit where he provided immigration legal assistance and trained/supervised volunteer attorneys and law students from UCLA, USC, Loyola, Southwestern among others, who under his direction provided immigration consultations to Los Angeles area immigrants and their families. He also taught immigration law at Los Angeles Valley College's paralegal academy before moving to the New York City area, where he founded the Law Office of Sam Garrett.
His pro bono work includes volunteering for the Los Angeles County Bar Associations's Immigration Legal Assistance Program, AILA's 2011 National Conference Pro Bono Day, NALEO Citizenship Day events in Boyle Heights and Compton, California, and LACBA's Pro Bono Flag Day event. Since moving to the New York City area, Mr. Garrett has given free public lectures on employment and family based immigration law and the dangers of notarios/immigration fraud in Westchester County and New York City.
Mr. Garrett earned his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School and earned his Bachelor of Arts from Florida State University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors in History. He was inducted into the honor society Phi Beta Kappa.
Mr. Garrett is admitted to practice in the state bars of New York, New Jersey, and California. He is authorized to practice immigration law nationwide.
Hazel Betco Dagoy is a New York licensed attorney and is of counsel to the law office.
Previously an attorney in the Philippines, she qualified to sit for the July 2013 New York State bar examination as a foreign law graduate. She passed the exam on her first attempt and was admitted to the New York State Bar in January 2014.
During her first year as a licensed New York State attorney, the New York Courts Access to Justice Program awarded her the Pro Bono Service Award in recognition of her dedicated service and outstanding contribution to the program. She is currently a member of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA).
Ms. Dagoy's immigration journey to the United States has offered her a rich and firsthand experience on the essentials of U.S. immigration law. Before migrating to the US, she served as Clerk of Court V to one of the Regional Trial Courts of the Philippine Supreme Court. Ms. Dagoy provided immigration counsel as part of her private practice in the Philippines.
Ms. Dagoy graduated Magna Cum Laude with the Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of San Carlos in the Philippines, where she also earned a Bachelor of Laws Degree.
Ms. Dagoy is fluent in English, Tagalog, and Cebuano.