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Falcone Named Toastmaster Of Greater Pittston Friendly Sons Banquet

March 7, 2019
Falcone Named Toastmaster Of Greater Pittston Friendly Sons Banquet

Attorney Michael Falcone will serve as toastmaster for the Greater Pittston Friendly Sons of St. Patrick’s annual banquet on Sunday, March 17, at the Woodlands Inn, Route 315, Plains Twp. Tickets are available from any Friendly Sons member and at the K of C in Pittston on any Thursday night until the banquet. Falcone began his legal career in 2002, following 9/11, in New York City, as an Assistant District Counsel in the legal division of the former Immigration and Naturalization Service, now the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). During his tenure in the New York Field Office, he served as a senior attorney and a designated national security and human rights attorney. In 2009, he was promoted to Deputy Chief Counsel of the Washington, D.C. Field Office in Arlington, VA. He oversaw Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); he also led the office’s National Security Law, Human Rights Law, and Detained Docket teams. In 2013, he received a promotion to a position at ICE Headquarters as the Chief of the Homeland Security Investigations Law Division, where he directed ICE’s Criminal Law, Human Rights Law, and National Security Law sections. As the lead adviser to HSI, he was responsible for ensuring his team successfully investigated and prosecuted those who threatened national security or violated customs and immigration laws, while working to combat human smuggling and trafficking and deny safe haven in the United States to perpetrators of human rights abuses abroad. In April 2018, he returned to the Washington, D.C. Field Office, this time as its Chief Counsel—overseeing all advice and counsel to ICE in Washington, D.C. and Virginia. As Chief Counsel, he supervises a staff of more than 45 employees, his attorneys represent ICE before 17 immigration judges. In 2018, he was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. He is an expert in his field and has been asked to speak on various immigration law topics at American Immigration Lawyers Association functions, forums on national security and human rights law at George Washington University Law School and Misericordia University, as well as several engagements with the Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Section. He was the recipient of the Presidential Scholarship from Misericordia University, where he graduated in 1999, and a 2002 honors graduate of Widener University School of Law. Born and raised in Pittston, he is the son of Jean and Anthony Falcone.