Experience, Compassion & Dedication in ALL Immigration Matters

Former Chief, National Security & Affirmative Litigation Section, Office of Immigration Litigation, U.S. Department of Justice & U.S. Army JAG Corps Officer/Lawyer



Nationwide Multi-Jurisdictional Practice
Representation in ALL Immigration Matters
Federal Agencies - Immigration Court - U.S. District Court - U.S. Courts of Appeal

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Naturalized U.S. Citizenship

Experienced Counsel

Dempsey Law, PLLC will assist you in becoming a naturalized U.S.citizen.  Whether you need assistance filing your naturalization application, representation at your naturalization interview, overcoming an administrative denial by U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, or seeking review in federal court, Dempsey Law, PLLC stands ready to help you find a solution.  The firm will zealously advocate for your interests in the naturalization process with the benefit of knowledge gained from personally litigating scores of naturalization denials on behalf of the U.S. Government for over a decade.

Denaturalization / Revocation of Citizenship

Representing With Respect

If the U.S. Government is seeking to strip your naturalized U.S. citizenship, Dempsey Law, PLLC will represent you in U.S. District Court and beyond.  With the creation of the Denaturalization Section at the U.S. Department of Justice in February 2020, denaturalization actions are on the rise.  Dempsey Law, PLLC is armed with knowledge gained from personally creating the Unit responsible for prosecuting civil denaturalization cases.  Protecting your rights in this process and holding the Government to its strict degree of proof is our business.

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Practice Areas

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Dempsey Law, PLLC will help you or a loved one obtain a visa -- whether nonimmigrant (temporary), immigrant (leading to lawful permanent residence),  family-based, business/employment-related, tourism, student, or other type of visa -- as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Lawful Permanent Residence
(Green Cards)

A green card allows someone who is not a U.S. citizen to have legal permanent residency in the United States. With a green card, you can live and work anywhere in the U.S. and continue on a pathway to citizenship. Whether family or marriage based, employment-related, or humanitarian, Dempsey Law, PLLC will assist you in obtaining permanent residence in the U.S.

Removal Proceedings (Deportation)

Dempsey Law, PLLC will aggressively defend against your removal in Immigration Court, before the Board of Immigration Appeals, or on Petition for Review to a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, by raising a myriad of defenses:  waivers; cancellation of removal; suspension; adjustment of status; asylum; withholding; legalization; registry; or voluntary departure.


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If you are a person with a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion and/or membership in a particular social group, who has been forced to flee your country because of persecution, war or violence, Dempsey Law, PLLC will assist you in affirmatively applying for protection inside the U.S. or raising asylum as a defense to removal proceedings in Immigration Court, before the Board of Immigration Appeals, or on appeal to U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal.

Immigration Detention

In instances of pre- or post-removal order immigration detention, even upon conditions of release under orders of supervision, Dempsey Law, PLLC will bring a challenge in federal court seeking release or remedy of conditions of unauthorized, prolonged, or illegal detention in violation of due process rights via a writ of habeas corpus.

Of Counsel

If you are an immigration attorney or other professional that would benefit from legal review and/or co-counsel in a matter you are handling, Dempsey Law, PLLC will help you achieve success on behalf of your client in any immigration matter.


Get To Know
Christopher W. Dempsey

Mr. Dempsey served with the Office of Immigration Litigation at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. for over a decade.  He retired in March 2018 as the Chief of the National Security and Affirmative Litigation Unit within his Section, where he supervised a team of attorneys conducting national security and immigration-related, affirmative and defensive litigation in district courts and courts of appeal across the nation.  Mr. Dempsey supervised all national security litigation of an office with over 75 attorneys, regularly trained Department attorneys in Washington, D.C. and the National Advocacy Center, and instructed agency attorneys and law enforcement officers at venues throughout the U.S.  Prior to his work at the Justice Department, Mr. Dempsey served on active duty with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps then remained active trying criminal cases in the Army Reserves.

Mr. Dempsey has significant litigation experience.  He has tried seventeen jury cases, over fifty bench trials, and handled dozens of appeals.  Mr. Dempsey has worked a broad range of cases, from felony and capital criminal matters to civil suits under the Immigration and Nationality Act -- including naturalization, adjustment of status, visa and passport matters, immigration detention, programmatic challenges, and denaturalization cases -- as well as actions under the Administrative Procedure Act, Federal Tort Claims Act, and Bivens cases.  Mr. Dempsey has also handled dozens of habeas petitions and nation-wide class actions.

Mr. Dempsey volunteers assisting disabled and homeless Veterans in need through several local, national, and international non-profit organizations.


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Dempsey Law, PLLC believes, as the Court opined in Acheson v. Maenza, 202 F.2d 453, 456 (D.C. Cir. 1953), "American citizenship is perhaps the most precious right known to man today; it is not easily granted nor should it be lightly taken away." 



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