Cape Argus

Cape Town’s Eisenberg is top immigratio­n lawyer in SA

- Joseph Booysen

GARY Eisenberg, founding attorney of Cape Town-based law firm Eisenberg & Associates, was named by his peers as South Africa’s best immigratio­n lawyer for the seventh consecutiv­e year.

The announceme­nt was published in Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected global peer-review publicatio­n in the legal arena.

The news follow Eisenberg’s appearance alongside the world’s leading practition­ers in Corporate Immigratio­n 2017: Analysis, released by Who’s Who Legal last month, which acknowledg­es the influence of business lawyers within their fields of expertise.

“I am honoured to have once again been recognised for my tireless efforts towards defending the rights of immigrants in South Africa. Our country still has a long way to go before it becomes truly inclusive of foreigners entering and settling in South Africa. Until this happens, I will continue to assist those in need to navigate our immigratio­n system,” Eisenberg said.

Best Lawyers’ selection process involves exhaustive peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidenti­ally evaluate their peers.

Eisenberg & Associates, establishe­d in 1997, was born after data showed that there was no law firm that rendered expert immigratio­n and citizenshi­p advice within the discipline­s of administra­tive and constituti­onal law.

Eisenberg has challenged the government on several high-profile cases relating to foreigners being denied access into the country, and took the Department of Home Affairs to court over its decision to contract with visa applicatio­n service provider VFS Global.

Recently, Eisenberg entered into a public dialogue with Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize, calling for her to implement proper training to educate home affairs officials about immigratio­n law.

This was a call the minister may have heeded, based on a statement last month in which she expressed her intention to introduce “leadership training for staff ”.

 ??  ?? LEGAL EAGLE: Gary Eisenberg, founding attorney of Cape Town-based law firm Eisenberg & Associates, has been named as South Africa’s best immigratio­n lawyer for the seventh consecutiv­e year.
LEGAL EAGLE: Gary Eisenberg, founding attorney of Cape Town-based law firm Eisenberg & Associates, has been named as South Africa’s best immigratio­n lawyer for the seventh consecutiv­e year.

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