“Mr. Borten was recommended to me after I felt that my lawyer wasn't much interested in my predicament. Larry is very friendly and personable. He asked me a series of questions to catch up with the case and made sure I was on the same page every step of the way. My whole life was in shambles and I needed some reassurance, but most importantly I needed somebody that would deal with my case in a professional manner. Larry is an adroit and transparent attorney. The most important thing for me throughout this process was to trust in the competency of a person that would make the intricacy of the immigration service simple and understandable. Larry did that for me. You can trust him.”  - T.B.

“Larry is a man of integrity, compassion and above all a very caring individual.  I had the privilege to have his legal experience and expertise represent me and since then my life has changed for good. He 'turned every stone' to ensure that all the facts and proofs are presented in the case.  Choosing Larry to represent you is the best decisions you can make for your future!"  - Naim

"I feel very grateful for meeting Laurence and having the benefit of his expertise to help us through this time consuming and difficult process. He turned the scary and daunting unknown into a manageable formality and made it enjoyable with his personable and confident manner."
- Marina

"Laurence is the most reliable, compassionate, dignified and intelligent attorney" - Shan


Before founding my firm, I was a senior attorney at Children's Rights, where I prosecuted class-action civil rights lawsuits on behalf of abused and neglected children in state foster care.

Before joining Children's Rights, I was an Assistant Attorney General at the New York Attorney General's Office, investigating and prosecuting fraud in the financial industry.  I helped obtain hundreds of millions of dollars in restitution to victims of fraud in the marketing of auction-rate securities, and prosecuted a lawsuit on behalf of indirect investors in the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme.  In 2008, I received the Louis J. Lefkowitz Memorial Award for Outstanding Performance on behalf of the People of New York.

Earlier, I was a litigation associate at Covington & Burling and at Friedman, Kaplan, Seiler & Adelman in New York City.  I represented individuals and businesses in complex commercial litigation and assisted in internal corporate investigations.  At the latter firm, I was the pro bono coordinator and, among other things, successfully represented several asylum applicants.

After receiving a Bachelor's degree in physics from Yale University, and a Master's Degree in physics from Columbia University, I was a public school science teacher.  I graduated from Columbia Law School in 2002, where I was a Kent Scholar and an Articles Editor for the Columbia Law Review.  I clerked for Judge Gerard E. Lynch of the Southern District of New York (now on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals). 

​I am admitted to practice law in New York, in the Federal courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

I am also the founder of ChildCare Vietnam, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide aid to abandoned and disabled children in Vietnam.

"Larry worked with us for over two years on an immigration matter. We were successful, largely due to his attention to detail, preparation, and management of the complex requirements of our multiple visa applications. Along the way, Laurence was consistently the most communicative attorney I've ever worked with. He took care and time to explain to us what to expect ahead of each step. He's both a consummate professional and a caring person." - M., CTO of not-for-profit

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Consultations are available between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm Monday through Friday. I am conveniently located one block west of the 1/2/3 express stop at West 72nd Street.

"A thoughtful lawyer who was very helpful in identifying the issues, the facts, thedetails that it takes to win a case.  Others seem to have overlooked or never mentioned them. . . . Worth talking to early, even when you're just trying to figure out what is possible."  - Dani

“Larry's guidance and support, while patiently working on my case, made things go much easier than I had anticipated. His insight, options and possible outcomes were extremely valuable. He did an excellent job representing me, and I am so grateful I found such a hardworking, honest and reliable lawyer. I would highly recommend Larry to anyone who is looking for a professional, competent and caring lawyer”
- Sevil, Asylum Applicant

"As an experienced one-man-army, Larry is prompt, professional, efficient, & with due deligence. Due to his exceptional service and reasonable price, Larry has been a part of my NY attorney list that I share with friends who ask for attorney recommendation." - N.D.

"Laurence was incredible. We had a tight deadline to work with and he was able to move us quickly and effectively through the H-1B process. He was VERY responsive to our questions and made sure that we met the deadlines and requirements."
- George Weiner, Whole Whale LLC



269 West 72nd St., New York, NY 10023   (646) 504-4004 

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