Marco Balducci

Marco Balducci understands what immigration status means for people and their families…

Immigration status opens doors.

It allows you to get that job you deserve…the education you need…and it allows you to thrive within (rather than be exploited by) economic situations here within the United States.

It can mean the difference between a life of challenge and a life of success.

And sometimes, it can even mean the difference between life and death.

Marco
Balducci

Marco Balducci

Marco Balducci understands what immigration status means for people and their families…

Immigration status opens doors.

It allows you to get that job you deserve…the education you need…and it allows you to thrive within (rather than be exploited by) economic situations here within the United States.

It can mean the difference between a life of challenge and a life of success.

And sometimes, it can even mean the difference between life and death.

A child of immigrants himself, Marco has spent the past 15 years helping clients from all over the world successfully get the status they need to keep them safe and to build a life for themselves and their families.

His parents immigrated to the United States from Italy before Marco was born, and he grew up in the South fascinated by different ways of living and of viewing the world.

While obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, he spent a transformative year in Senegal that gave him a taste of the struggles and vulnerabilities associated with being an outsider (albeit a privileged one), as well as the amount of trust necessary to put in others when navigating unfamiliar traditions, customs, and expectations.

His experience in Senegal, aligned with his interest in social justice, led two different spiritual advisers – both of whom were leaders in both their faith communities and in the legal field – to recommend Marco go into immigration law.

“Marco Balducci is an exemplary lawyer....He was absolutely devoted to our family's future and safety. Every time we met, it was like we were meeting a friend rather than an attorney-client business meeting.”

- Damir G.

During his time at the University of San Francisco School of Law, he spent time as an intern with the public defender’s office in Kotzebue, AK, an Inupiaq village north of the Arctic Circle.

After obtaining his J.D. and passing the bar exam in 2007, Marco began working with Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, serving the Greater New Orleans immigrant community post-Katrina.

Between 2009 and 2010, Marco (and his colleague Ken Mayeaux) spearheaded the launch of a DOJ-funded Legal Orientation Program at Louisiana’s largest immigration detention center. The program provides immigration detainees clear information of their rights and connects detainees to pro bono referrals.

Marco then went into private practice, which allowed him to work closely with his clients and their cases.

He’s worked with people from all over the world, including asylum cases, cases where clients were fleeing political persecution, and even a case in which a client narrowly avoided deportation and was given permanent residency after 20 years of waiting.

Read more about Marco's cases here

Education

  • B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, 1999
  • University of San Francisco School of Law, 2006

Accolades and Organizations

  • Faith in the Marketplace Award
  • Member,NAFSA: Association of International Educators
  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Former AILA liaison to the New Orleans Asylum Office
  • Former AILA liaison to the New Orleans Field Office of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
  • Former AILA liaison to the New Orleans Field Office of the United States Customs and Border Protection

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • California State Bar Association (Inactive)

Having started his legal career in post-Katrina New Orleans, Marco saw the contribution of immigrants to the U.S. in a dramatic way as they rebuilt the city.

Marco sees so many of his clients as heroes. He knows the sacrifices they have made and is humbled by their strength and resilience. That’s why he does everything in his power to make sure his clients get the status they need to live their lives fully, freely, in the United States.

Having started his legal career in post-Katrina New Orleans, Marco saw the contribution of immigrants to the U.S. in a dramatic way as they rebuilt the city.

Marco sees so many of his clients as heroes. He knows the sacrifices they have made and is humbled by their strength and resilience. That’s why he does everything in his power to make sure his clients get the status they need to live their lives fully, freely, in the United States.

“I'm more than satisfied with my experience with Pelton & Balducci! I was very stressed about my steps for my H1B visa, but thanks to their efficiency and seriousness, I was reassured. They answered all my questions quickly and even responded to my telephone calls from France. I would recommend them to all my compatriots and colleagues without hesitation!”

- Loic B.

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