Michael W. Held

Associate Buffalo

From helping businesses recruit foreign talent, to reuniting families, to formulating strategies to secure an individual’s future admissibility into the U.S. Michael is dedicated to obtaining the most favorable outcomes for his clients.

His concentration on immigration law provides indispensable support to clients on a broad range of matters including employment-based visas, inadmissibility issues, and family-based processes.

Committed to staying up-to-date with the latest developments in immigration law, Michael combines his legal expertise with compassion and understanding, ensuring that his clients receive the highest level of representation and support throughout their immigration journey. He provides valuable guidance to companies and executives seeking proper work authorization in the U.S. and has experience in preparing visa applications for individuals with specialty occupations, treaty traders and treaty investors, intracompany transferees, and individuals with extraordinary ability or achievement.

Prior to joining Phillips Lytle, Michael served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Felony Trials Bureau, Justice Courts Bureau, and Buffalo City Court Bureau for the Erie County District Attorney’s Office. During his tenure as a prosecutor, Michael was actively engaged with defense counsel on several matters that entailed severe immigration consequences. His experience handling criminal-based inadmissibility waivers as an immigration attorney and criminal cases as a former prosecutor has provided Michael with the foundation and expertise required to analyze a variety of inadmissibility matters.


Education & Admissions

  • University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2020
  • Canisius College, B.A., 2016
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • Ontario, Canada – Foreign Legal Consultant

Speaking Engagements

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  • Immigration Resource, Pathways to Tech, TechBuffalo and Be in Buffalo, September 2023

Activities & Professional Associations

Past Activities

  • Erie County District Attorney Office, Intern, 2019

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Division
  • American Immigration lawyers Association (AILA)
    • Upstate New York AILA Chapter Member
    • USCIS Buffalo Liaison Committee Member
  • Bar Association of Erie County
    • Young Lawyers Committee Member
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Corporate Counsel Section
    • Young Lawyers Section