Practice Area

Practice Focus

  • Immigration, Deportation and Refugee Law
  • Confidential Counsel to individuals and organizations faced with a broad range of Immigration Law issues.


  • J.D., St. John’s University, Queens County, NY
  • B.A., Villanova University, Villanova, PA

BAR ADMISSIONS and Memberships

  • New York State, 1975
  • Southern and Eastern Federal Distrct Courts of NY, 1975
  • Second Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, 1975

Honors & Recognition

  • Public Interest Law Leadership Award from The Legal Aid Society of New York, 2011, career achievement recognition
  • International Diploma in Humanitarian Administration (Honoris Causa), Fordham University, NY; University of Geneva and Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin  2004
  • Asian Law Journal, Hong Kong 1994
  • ABA Presidential Report: America’s Children at Risk  1993
  • American Society of International Law  2000


  • Maintaining a low volume/high service immigration practice, Mr. Stillwaggon has represented three generations of several families in their quests to establish a permanent legal presence in the US, to launch businesses, to purchase homes; and, when members of those familes have exhibited poor judgement, to protect them from deportation.
  • Represents banks, corporations, institutions and high net worth individuals in connection with a broad range of of immigration and citizenship issues, including investment and employment visas, immigration compliance, complex contested Removal Proceedings and Waivers of Inadmissibility.
  • Serve as outside immigration counsel to banks, accounting firms, aircraft manufacturers and maritime service companies.
  • Representation of Treaty Traders and Investors and Immigrant Investors.
  • Representation of corporate executives faced with Removal for weapons possession, DWI and white collar crime offenses.
  • Class action litigation on behalf of Cuban Detainees at Guantanamo.
  • Management of the Juvenile Deportation Docket at the NY Immigration Court.
  • Serves as a Lecturer on Refugee and Asylum Law at Fordham University’s Institute of International Humanitarian Affars.

Affiliations and Community Activities

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Point Lookout Chamber of Commerce

From May 2014, Jim Stillwaggon has been Counsel at Alvarez & Diaz-Silveira LLP. For 28 years immediately prior to that, Jim was Counsel at the New York City office of White & Case LLP where he developed and directed the firm’s corporate immigration law practice and managed and directed the firm’s pro bono practice domestically and internationally. He was also previously a partner at the firms of Kelleher & Stillwaggon in New York City and Barry, Barry & Stillwaggon in Long Island City, New York.