Robert F. Ley

Robert is an associate attorney at the Law Offices of Johanna Herrero. He is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law in Boston. As a child of Cambodian refugees, immigration law has always played a welcome influence in Robert's legal career. 

While attending Northeastern Law, Robert served as legal intern for the U.S. Attorney's Office and as a judicial intern to Judge Selya of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.  He also represented asylees and detained individuals at the Boston University Civil Litigation Program on Asylum and Human Rights, and served as a law clerk for a global business immigration law firm.

Robert practices exclusively in the area of immigration law, with a particular emphasis on the firm's provisional unlawful presence waivers, waivers of inadmissibility, adjustments of status, naturalization, TPS, and practice before USCIS. Robert's practice before the EOIR includes motions to reopen, filings for asylum, withholding of removal, CAT protection, LPR and non-LPR cancellation of removal, and NACARA. Robert regularly handles complex requests for evidence and appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals as well as Petitions for Review to the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

He actively publishes in the area of immigration law and policy. 


B.A., Political Science and Philosophy, Fairfield University, 2010, Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude.

J.D., Northeastern University School of Law, 2013, Senior Staff, Northeastern University Law Journal

Publications and Research

"Reviving Rights of the Undocumented Through Disparate Impact and the Fourteenth Amendment: The Problem With the FHA, Sect. 1981, and Preemption," 23 Berkeley La Raza Law Journal 35 (2013).

"Critiquing Birthright Citizenship Through the Citizen-Benefits Question and Citizenship Reductionism," 33 Buffalo Public Interest Law Journal 23 (2015).

"Understanding Your Removal Proceedings," Avvo Legal Guides (2015).

"Getting the Most Out of Your Initial Consultation," Avvo Legal Guides (2015).

"Immigration Ruled by Law," Letter to the Editor, Boston Herald (September 20, 2016). 

Admissions and Memberships

Robert is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Selected to Massachusetts Super Lawyers List, as a Rising Star, 2016. Only 2.5% of lawyers in the state were selected for this honor.

Recipient of the 10 Best Award for Client Satisfaction 2016-2017 by the American Institute of Legal Counsel.

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) 

American Bar Association

Massachusetts Bar Association

Boston Bar Association

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