Our Lawyers

Matthew K. Borowski, Esq.

Matthew Borowski is a first-generation American, the child of immigrants to this country. His experience as a first-generation American, with family members throughout the world, has taught him that diversity is what makes this country great. Mr. Borowski is a diligent and thoughtful attorney, and an unwavering champion of civil rights and freedoms. He became a lawyer in order to give a voice to those who might otherwise have their rights trampled upon.

During law school, Matthew Borowski studied appellate practice and procedure and has successfully practiced before federal and state courts in complex immigration and criminal appeals. Mr. Borowski has successfully represented individuals in removal (deportation) proceedings both in the Immigration Courts and before the Board of Immigration Appeals. At Philadelphia’s Nationalities Service Center, a non-profit immigrant aid organization, he worked on numerous complex immigration matters involving asylum, waivers, visas and deportation defense. He also has experience working on contract, landlord/tenant, consumer law and other civil matters at South Jersey Legal Services in Vineland, New Jersey.

Mr. Borowski primarily handles cases in the fields of immigration, criminal defense, and appellate practice. He has won several high-profile immigration cases that have received significant media coverage. He has practiced in courts throughout New York State, and has appeared in Immigration Courts throughout the nation. Mr. Borowski holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law, where he graduated cum laude (with honor) in 2012.

Bar Admissions:

New York
Ontario
United States District Court, Western District of New York
United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Professional Associations:

Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC)
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
Bar Association of Erie County


Ryan L. Witmer, Esq.

Ryan Witmer joined the Law Office of Matthew Borowski in August 2014 as a partner.  Ryan practices exclusively in United States Immigration and Nationality Law.  Ryan chose to practice immigration law because he is dedicated to protecting the rights of families and individuals living and working in the United States.  Every day families are separated and hard workers lose their jobs as a result of Immigration Enforcement and denied petitions and applications.  Many of these terrible results can be avoided by properly utilizing the tools that the Immigration Laws provide.

Ryan earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware with dual majors in Philosophy and Sociology and an interdisciplinary minor in Religious Studies.  At the University of Delaware, Ryan was a founding member and later vice president of the Philosophy Club student group and participated in organizing an interfaith dialogue which took the form of a series of public meetings between the campus’s diverse religious groups with the goal of furthering mutual understanding.   Ryan’s experiences in undergraduate college imparted an understanding of the vast cultural diversity throughout our society.

Ryan graduated from Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law.  During law school Ryan participated in a yearlong internship with the Defender Association of Philadelphia where he gained valuable litigation experience representing criminal defendants in Court as a certified legal intern.  Ryan focused his law school studies on the areas of criminal law, civil rights, and immigration.

After graduating law school, Ryan traveled to Florida and became in house counsel for a multi-million dollar real estate development company that owned numerous retail buildings throughout the country.  Through this opportunity, Ryan gained exposure to a diverse array of civil litigation maters from slip-and-fall injuries to complex commercial disputes in Federal Court.  Later, Ryan became a shareholder in a Florida law firm.  There he continued his civil litigation practice but also began representing journalists and political activists whose civil rights had been violated.  Ryan’s civil rights practice largely involved cases dealing with the US First Amendment (free speech) and open government laws in State, Federal, and Appellate courts.

Ryan now practices exclusively in United States Immigration and Nationality Law handling both visa/naturalization applications and removal (deportation) defense.  Ryan also practices before the Board of Immigration Appeals.  Ryan has achieved excellent results for clients facing removal from the US by winning asylum cases and drafting successful appeals.

Bar Admissions:

Florida

Professional Associations:

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

 

 


Vilena Ramini, Esq.

Vilena Ramini is an Associate Attorney with Borowski Immigration Law. Vilena is dedicated exclusively to practicing U.S. immigration law. She holds a J.D. from Rutgers School of Law and a B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton. As an immigrant herself, Vilena understands first-hand the importance of navigating the U.S. immigration process properly.

As a teenager, Ms. Ramini won a prestigious scholarship to study in the United States and to promote cultural awareness.  As a result of her growing passion for International Development and Human Rights, she has studied and lived in many countries around the world, including Russia, France, U.K., Turkey, Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the U.S.

While in law school she served as a Student Attorney for the Immigrant Justice Law Clinic of Rutgers School of Law.  There, she provided legal assistance to low-income immigrants in matters involving asylum, waivers, special immigrant juvenile status and deportation defense. At the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, she assisted pro se (unrepresented) complainants as an investigator and as an adjudicator. Ms. Ramini is also a court-trained mediator and she uses her alternative dispute resolution experience from the Special Civil Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey to gain prosecutorial discretion for her immigrant clients. Before joining Borowski Immigration Law, she worked as a law clerk at Sachs Law Group, LLC, a Philadelphia immigration law firm, where she focused on the intersection between criminal and immigration laws.

Rest assured that, as a parent who knows the pain separation causes to children, Ms. Ramini will lead you step by step through the immigration process with compassion, understanding and perseverance.

Bar Admissions:

New York
United States District Court, Western District of New York

Professional Associations:

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)