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Brian Murray is the original founding attorney of Murray Osorio PLLC. Brian is a tireless advocate for individuals in immigration and criminal proceedings.

Brian has represented a range of individuals with various backgrounds, complications, and needs. He has represented former heads of state, prominent diplomats from a range of countries, multinational executives, and others with seemingly intractable immigration problems including denial of immigrant and non-immigrant visas, waivers, problems at the port of entry, customs issues including seizures, and removal defense.

Brian maintains a special personal focus on “crimmigration” – the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. He is looked to as an authority by criminal defense counsel and their clients in the DC area and across the country, to provide immigration counsel and immigration-safe dispositional options before criminal proceedings.

Representative Matters

  • Persuaded the Department of Homeland Security in Phoenix, Arizona to join Motion to Reopen Removal Proceedings in which an Immigration Judge had wrongly ordered a permanent resident from Portugal removed on two aggravated felony grounds.
  • Won Protection under the Convention Against Torture in removal proceedings in York, Pennsylvania for a Honduran woman who had assisted a federal drug trafficking prosecution. Successfully defended the Immigration Judge’s grant of protection against DHS appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals.
  • Won Withholding of Removal for Honduran man with prominent facial scars in Arlington Immigration Court.
  • Assisted Ghanaian man obtain naturalization in Dallas, Texas USCIS Field Office despite having more than 50 international trips and multiple felony criminal charges.
  • Obtained new grant of Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) for Salvadoran client by Immigration Judge in El Paso, after TPS had been withdrawn by USCIS.
  • Advised Criminal Defense Counsel on the crafting of a plea deal for man from Trinidad and Tobago for a criminal matter which involved multiple felony charges to ensure continued eligibility for relief in removal proceedings, despite original charges constituting bars to relief. Once removal proceedings were commenced- obtained Lawful Permanent Resident Cancellation of Removal in Arlington Immigration Court for that man, despite a criminal record that included four convictions for obtaining money by false pretenses, a conviction for marijuana possession, and a conviction for receiving stolen property.
  • Convinced Immigration Judge to grant bond for Salvadoran client whose criminal convictions rendered him ineligible for TPS but had nonetheless not yet had his TPS withdrawn.
  • Convinced ICE to grant bond and prosecutorial discretion for Honduran evangelical Christian man afraid of persecution by gangs. Removal proceedings were administratively closed.
  • Obtained Non-Lawful Permanent Resident Cancellation of Removal (permanent residence) in Arlington Immigration Court for Salvadoran man with two U.S. Citizen children and criminal convictions for several misdemeanors including two DWI convictions and three convictions for driving without a license.
  • Won an appeal and remand from the Board of Immigration Appeals after denial of Convention Against Torture claim of former MS-13 member who had renounced the gang and feared assassination by the gang.
  • Negotiated approval of immigrant visa for Jordanian mother and wife of US citizen with outstanding felony warrant in the United Stated. Also defended client in criminal case in the United States, resulting in dismissal of the criminal charge.
  • Convinced DHS to administratively close removal proceedings against a Salvadoran man with dozens of arrests but only a handful of convictions for minor traffic matters.
  • Obtained adjustment of status with waiver of criminal grounds of inadmissibility in Arlington Immigration Court for Honduran man with numerous old convictions for theft and destruction of property who had shown rehabilitation and had a US Citizen wife and children who would suffer if waiver was not granted.
  • Obtained Convention Against Torture deferral of removal for young Honduran man that feared his tattoos would wrongly associate him with gang membership. Client had marijuana possession, petit larceny, and DWI convictions.
  • Obtained reversal on naturalization denial for Somali woman in USCIS Washington Field Office. Complex case involving multiple issues including mistaken criminal record and dispute about whether she had originally been “lawfully admitted for permanent residence.”
  • Convinced DHS to join Motion to Reopen 20 year old removal order after re-entry so that he may seek provisional waiver process and avoid permanent bar.
  • Won complex Motion to Reopen application for Adjustment of Status denied for Colombian man at USCIS Washington Field Office. Application had been filed by prior counsel and denied on fraud grounds.

Latest Posts:

  1. Welcome Partner Hudaidah Bhimdi Ahmed

    Murray Osorio is pleased to welcome a new partner to the firm. Hudaidah Bhimdi Ahmed is an experienced advocate and distinguished member of the D.C. area immigration bar. Hudaidah’s diverse practice includes removal defense as well as employment-based and family-based immigration. Hudaidah has successfully represented thousands of businesses and individual clients in various circumstances, including business […]

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  2. SCOTUS: Drug Paraphernalia Not A Deportable Offense

    The Supreme Court announced its opinion in Mellouli v. Lynch this morning. The Court reversed the Eighth Circuit, which had upheld Mellouli’s removal/deportation on the basis of a drug paraphernalia conviction.  The case involved a Tunisian permanent resident who was ordered removed on the basis of a Kansas conviction for possession of drug paraphernalia for possessing a sock to […]

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  3. Representing a Baby in Removal Proceedings

    Meet my client. This morning I had the responsibility to represent a baby in removal proceedings. My client, still 10 days from her 1st birthday and cute as a button, was hailed into immigration court to answer for charges of breaking our immigration laws. My little 11 month old client came to the United States […]

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  4. Lawful Permanent Resident Wins Cancellation of Removal

    I was proud to succesfully represent a lawful permanent resident today in immigration removal proceedings in the Arlington Immigration Court in northern Virginia. My client has been in the country for 32 years and has had a green card for more than 20, but due to convictions from 8 years ago he was in danger […]

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  5. We Learn More About the Outlines of Executive Action

    Fairfax Immigration Attorneys Comment on Obama’s Executive Action “We were strangers once, too.”  President Obama spoke tonight, after much anticipation, of his new executive action on immigration. More details should be forthcoming tomorrow and in the days ahead but the outline is taking shape. According to guidance released during his speech, he will expand the […]

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  6. Immigration Activists Push to Stop Deportations

    A Quick Rundown by Fairfax Immigration Attorneys Immigration activists have been united with one voice actively demanding that Congress pass a bill that would save the roughly 11 million individuals who are in this country illegally by ultimately making each of them full-fledged citizens. This focus, however, has shifted to that of removing the threat […]

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  7. Obama Calls for Review of Deportations

    After months of indicating that his administration was powerless to effectuate change concerning current deportation policies, President Barack Obama has recently called for review of current deportation policies and how they are enforced.

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