Senior Associate


Tom Brannen, Esq. | Philadelphia Immigration Attorney

Attorney Thomas Brannen has been practicing immigration law for nearly 30 years litigating removal defense cases before the U.S. Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. His focus is asylum, withholding of removal, cancellation of removal, adjustment of status, and complex waivers. Mr. Brannen also represents clients before USCIS  and other DHS sub-agencies in a variety of matters such as, but not limited to: family-based immigrant petitions (marriage adjustments), naturalization, and waivers of inadmissibility.

Mr. Brannen was the staff attorney for the Central American Refugee Center in Houston, Texas from 1994-2002, and after moving to Philadelphia became an associate attorney with Morley, Surin, and Griffin, PC from 2006-2023.


University of Dallas, BA, 1989

University of Houston Law School, J.D., 1993


Pennsylvania Supreme Court 

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

The Supreme Court of Texas

My Immigration Story:

I am Irish, Italian, German and Hungarian. My maternal grandfather’s family immigrated from Sicily, my maternal grandmother immigrated from Hungary, my paternal grandparents are native to Philadelphia, but sometime long ago their ancestors immigrated from Ireland. My wife’s family immigrated from Italy. I grew up immersed in immigrants in Wildwood, NJ. We had the local ethnic staples of Irish, Italian, and German, but we also had a large Greek community and our seasonal workers came from Ireland, and later from Russia and Belarus. During my time working with the Central American Refugee Center in Houston we worked with clients from Central America, South America, and Mexico who were fleeing the violence and poverty in their home countries and trying to gain a safe place in the U.S. for their families. I have always been drawn to and inspired by the immigrant experience and the courage that my grandparents and my clients have shown trying to make a place in the U.S. for themselves and their families.

How to Contact Thomas

Thomas Brannen can be reached at 215-925-4435 or [email protected]


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