Pierre Georges Bonnefil


  • Pierre Georges Bonnefil
  • Phone: +1 212 692 1057
    Fax: +1 212 409 8602

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  • Duane Morris LLP
    1540 Broadway
    New York, NY 10036-4086

Pierre Georges Bonnefil has extensive experience representing companies in a wide range of immigration matters. He represents private and publicly held organizations in a variety of areas, with significant involvement in the online commerce, manufacturing, technology, finance, retail and fashion industries. Mr. Bonnefil represents clients before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, various offices of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Justice and before local departments of labor. He currently acts as Immigration Counsel for the French Consulate General in New York and has served as an Attorney General Honors Attorney with the USCIS.

Mr. Bonnefil has lectured at St. John’s University School of Law and has served as an immigration counselor at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York. In 2015, Mr. Bonnefil was appointed a knight in the French Legion of Honor by the Consul General of France in New York. One of France’s highest honors bestowed upon French nationals, it was presented to him in recognition of his outstanding public service. Mr. Bonnefil is also a recipient of the French Order of Merit and a member of the board of the American Society of the French Order of Merit.

Mr. Bonnefil is a 1988 graduate of St. John’s University School of Law and a graduate of Fairfield University. He speaks French, Italian, Spanish and Creole.


Areas of Practice

  • Immigration Law

  • Immigrant Discrimination and Form I-9 Verification

  • Foreign Multinational Counseling and Litigation


  • New York
  • Supreme Court of the United States


  • St. John's University School of Law, J.D., 1988
  • Fairfield University, B.S., 1980


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 2018-present

  • Epstein Becker & Green PC
    - Member, 2006-2018

  • Gibney Anthony & Flaherty LLP
    - Member, 1994-2006

  • Daniel C. Gallagher PC
    - Associate, 1989-1994

  • U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service
    - Trial Attorney, 1988-1989

Professional Activities

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association

  • French American Chamber of Commerce, New York Chapter
    - Board of Directors, 2015-2017

  • American Society of French National Order of Merit

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "Heart Advisory Council," American Heart Association, New York City, February 4, 2020
  • Speaker, "Laugh Your Way to A Healthier You," The Heart Speaks Foundation, New York City, January 10, 2020
  • Panelist, "#MBBA Learns: Hot Topics at the Intersection of Immigration and Employment Law," Metropolitan Black Bar Association, Webinar, November 18, 2019
  • Panelist, FHW Conference on Race, Ethnicity and the Impact on Immigration, St. John's University School of Law, June 13, 2019

  • Panelist, Immigration Law Webinar, Metropolitan Black Bar Association, May 20, 2019

  • Speaker, "New I-9 and Immigration Compliance Update," Webinar, Duane Morris Institute, April 17, 2019

  • Speaker, "H-1B Cap: Everything Employers Need to Know for April 1, 2019," Webinar, Duane Morris Institute, February 5, 2019

  • Speaker, "J-1 Visas & Immigration In the Current Political Landscape," French American Chamber of Commerce, New York City, November 29, 2018

  • Speaker, "Expat Couple and How to Best Plan Your Partner's Expat Journey," Consulat général de France, New York City, October 18, 2018

  • Speaker, Conférence droit de l'immigration, Consulat général de France, New York City, September 6, 2018

  • Interviewed for Stroke Survivor Story, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, April 26, 2013

Selected Publications

  • Quoted, "Les entrepreneurs français dans le collimateur de l’immigration US?" Le Petit Journal, August 20, 2019

  • Featured, "Health Risks for Working Long Hours," Fox 5 New York, July 23, 2019

  • Featured, "This Duane Morris Partner Survived a Stroke. He Wants to Help Others Do the Same." Law.com, May 29, 2019

  • Quoted, "Immigration Reform: Should Flooring Dealers Worry?" Floor Covering News, January 21, 2019

  • Quoted, "New Hurdle For Those Seeking U.S. Green Cards And Visas," NPR, September 16, 2018

  • Cover Feature, Interviewed, "The Life and Legacy of a Global Citizen," Color Magazine, November 2017