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Michael Maggio, a well-known immigration attorney, died Feb. 10 after a 10-month battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He was 60. Maggio was chairman and co-founder of Maggio & Kattar, a D.C.-based immigration law firm that began in a one-room office in 1978. The firm expanded and moved to Dupont Circle, where it now employs 12 lawyers and more than 30 staff members. “There is a tremendous void left with his passing,” says Maggio & Kattar scheduling coordinator Nicole Thompkins. “But we are committed to carrying on his legacy.” Maggio was involved in many prominent immigration-related cases during his career. Most notably, he was on the legal team that advised the father of Eli�n Gonz�lez in 2001 and argued the landmark human rights case Filartiga v. Pena-Irala in 1980, which set the precedent for U.S. courts to punish non-U.S. citizens for tortuous acts committed outside the country. During his career, Maggio received awards from the National Coalition to Protect Political Freedom and the Tahirih Justice Center, as well as other honors. “He was a passionate and knowledgeable advocate, but he was also great fun to work with,” says Greg Craig, partner with Williams & Connolly, who worked with Maggio on the Gonz�lez case. “We have lost a wonderful member of the bar.”
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