Michael Carlin, Attorney

Michael Carlin has over a decade of experience working with immigrants to help them to become lawful permanent residents and citizens of the United States. Mike represents clients in Immigration Court and at USCIS immigration offices. Mike has also presented arguments before several U.S. Courts of Appeals, including the federal appeals courts in Washington DC, Chicago, and Cincinnati.  Mike handled the case of Juan Esquivel Quintana at the Board of Immigration Appeals, and at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. At the U.S. Supreme Court, Mike was co-counsel to Attorney Jeffrey Fisher. On February 27, 2017, Juan’s case was presented at oral argument at the Supreme Court. On May 30, 2017, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Juan’s favor, and as a result of our win, Juan returned to the United States as a lawful permanent resident.

Mike graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in 2001, where he received a full academic scholarship and was a staff member of the North Carolina Law Review.

Prior to opening his own practice, Mike was a staff attorney at the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, where he represented many clients, both in Immigration Court and at the USCIS offices in Detroit and Chicago.  Mike has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, where he ran the Asylum Law Clinic. Through the Clinic, he supervised law students in the preparation of asylum applications with clients, and in the representation of those clients at the USCIS Asylum Office in Chicago and the Detroit Immigration Court.

A fluent Spanish speaker, Mike has worked for a decade with people of Latin American heritage. His varied experiences prior to becoming a lawyer include working with Mexican farmworkers, asylum-seekers from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, and students and their families from the Dominican Republic. As an immigration lawyer, Mike has worked with immigrants from all over the world.

In his spare time, Mike tries to play the piano and regularly tests the patience of his teacher.  Mike also enjoys cooking and occasionally hunts for deer with bow and arrow.