Y. Judd Azulay is an AV® Preeminent™ Rated lawyer based in Chicago, Illinois and Phoenix, Arizona. As the Founding Partner of Immigration Attorneys, LLP, Mr. Azulay focuses exclusively on immigration and nationality law, aggressively representing everyone from business employees to families. Over the course of his more than forty year career, he has been a pioneer in his field and instrumental in expanding the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for both men and women. Mr. Azulay’s accomplishments have earned him selection to the Illinois Super Lawyers® List for eight consecutive years.
Mr. Azulay immigrated from Israel to Canada as a baby right before the 1948 War of Independence. Growing up in Toronto, he was constantly listening to his father’s stories about being deported to Egypt decades earlier when the British were fighting the Turks. Years later his family moved to Miami, and their experiences became a heavy influence on his decision to become a lawyer. In his words:
I come from a family of immigrants. My family has told me what they went through to try to come to the United States so I understand how difficult can be. I became an attorney so I could help other people navigate the complexities of the U.S. immigration system.”
Mr. Azulay earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biology in 1967 and went on to study patent law at Cumberland Law School. After obtaining his Juris Doctor in 1973, he moved his family to Chicago where he had accepted a position with a prominent patent law firm. Five years later, he was reminded his original inspiration to become a lawyer when a friend asked for help on an immigration issue. Mr. Azulay found immigration law very fulfilling and has since successfully argued in courts throughout the country in various immigration matters.
Since founding Immigration Attorneys, LLP, in 2011, Mr. Azulay has dedicated his practice to providing excellent legal representation and aggressively helping his clients pursue citizenship, asylum, employment-based visas, and more. Today, he routinely handles cases throughout the U.S. in front of local USCIS District Offices, Immigration and Federal District Courts, and various courts of appeal. No matter the size or complexity of a case, he always goes above and beyond the call of duty, often traveling to multiple countries in a year to obtain immigrant and nonimmigrant visas on behalf of his clients. He said:
I’ve probably been to seventy-eight different countries, embassies, and consulates, many times just to see where my clients come from. Sometimes you have to put yourself in their shoes to understand the challenges they’re facing. I’ve even developed a unique stamp collection from the places that I’ve been, which has become a testament to my accomplishments.”
Though he has had a lifetime of successes in and out of court, Mr. Azulay notes that his proudest is the work he has done to expand Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) protection for men and women:
When the law was first implemented, it was strictly for physical violence, mostly against women. But over the years through litigation and actions we have taken, VAWA now includes psychological and emotional abuse against both men and women by their spouses.”
As a leader in his field, Mr. Azulay keeps a close watch on the latest government actions and policy trends when developing strategies for his clients. In particular, he is currently paying attention to the current presidential administration’s executive order on immigration and how its advancement may influence his practice. He noted:
It’s becoming extremely difficult to interpret because we have contrary announcements coming from Homeland Security and the White House. But what we do know is that any kind of immigration approval will now be substantially delayed. In the business area, for example, every application for permanent residence based upon work is going to be interviewed twice over.”
Mr. Azulay is an active constituent of his legal community and is most heavily involved with the National Association of Jewish Lawyers as the national secretary. Additionally, he is regularly invited to speak to various groups, most recently at a lunch for a law firm where he spoke about how immigration can affect domestic relations, divorce, and adoptions.
After more than four decades guiding individuals and families through complex immigration law, Mr. Azulay shows no signs of slowing down. Looking to the future, he hopes to continue offering the best advice to anyone who comes to him, no matter what country they are from or what their beliefs may be. He is confident that he can remain a source of hope for those looking to immigrate to the United States in any political environment.
University of Miami (B.S., Chemistry and Biology, 1968)
Illinois • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuit; Federal District • U.S. Supreme Court • U.S. Tax Court
Professional Memberships & Community Involvement
Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) • American Bar Association (ABA) • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) • Patent Bar Association <<is this the same as the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)?>> • Charities/Schools <<can you name them?>>
Awards & Honors
AV® Preeminent™ Rated – Martindale-Hubbell® • Illinois Super Lawyers® List (2006-2013) • Lawyers of Distinction