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Brad Banias, Business and Immigration Attorney

Bradley Banias

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Bradley B. Banias is equal parts civil litigator and immigration attorney. Mr. Banias sharpened his litigation skills as a trial attorney for the Civil Division of the Department of Justice. As a trial attorney, he traveled throughout the United States litigating individual and class action cases from their beginnings in federal district court to their ends in federal circuit courts and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Banias is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in South Carolina and numerous additional federal courts throughout the United States. He focuses his practice in the areas of civil litigation, appellate practice, administrative law, general and business immigration law, and federal court immigration litigation.  Banias was selected for the South Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Stars list in 2015 and as a Charleston immigration attorney, in 2016 was listed as a Top Rated Immigration Attorney.

While litigating on behalf of the United States, Mr. Banias’ practice focused exclusively on immigration law. He litigated cases arising in federal district court related to: naturalization and citizenship denials; denaturalization; business, family, and investor visas (EB-5); delayed adjudication; condition and length of detention; consular adjudication; and national security policies. This unique experience taught Banias how to use federal courts to help acquire immigration benefits from the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State, and the Department of Labor.

Bradley Banias is a cum laude graduate with a bachelor of arts in philosophy from the College of Charleston’s Honors College, and graduated summa cum laude from the first graduating class of the Charleston School of Law. While in law school, he was the associate editor in chief of the Charleston Law Review and problem editor for the Moot Court Board. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable G. Ross Anderson, United States District Court Judge for the District of South Carolina, and the Honorable Dennis W. Shedd, United States Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Mr. Banias also earned his masters of law from Columbia Law School, where his studies emphasized immigration law and constitutional history, and graduated with highest honors as a Stone Scholar.

Mr. Banias now serves as an adjunct professor at his law school alma mater, teaching immigration and administrative law at the Charleston School of Law. Although he practices as a Charleston immigration attorney, Mr. Banias represents clients throughout the United States in Federal Court.  In addition, he has started a blog on the subject:

Outside of work, Brad enjoys running, playing guitar, and reading and serves his community as a member of the advisory board for the Honors College at the College of Charleston.


Savannah Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys CLE presenter/faculty: Practice Pointers When Criminal Law Intersects Immigration Law, 2017

When the American Dream is Denied to Some: Challenging Naturalization and Green Card Delays CLE presented by Project South and the Charleston School of Law titled Representing Arab and Muslim-Americans impacted by Federal and Local Policies, 2017 

Presented habeas corpus, including federal court immigration litigation basics at 2017 American Immigration Lawyers Association Fundamentals of Immigration Lawnational conference, 2017

“Strategies to Challenge Detention via Habeas: What statute governs detention? INA 235, 236(a) or (c), or 241?; Law around prolonged/mandatory detention in the 11th Circuit; and Practice tips and strategies in the Georgia District Courts” at the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild CLE titled “Fighting Enforcement & Keeping Families Together in the Trump Era”, 2017 

“When the American Dream is Denied to Some (Challenging naturalization and Green Card delays)” at the North Carolina Advocates for Justice CLE titled “Representing Arab and Muslim-Americans in the Trump Era”, 2017

“Federal Court Litigation: Writs of Mandamus and Habeas Petitions” presented at the American Immigration Lawyers Association 2016 national conference, 2016

Business Immigration for non-immigration attorneys” CLE presented to the Hilton Head Island Bar Association, 2015


Practice areas

Administrative law
Appellate practice
Business immigration
Business immigration litigation
Civil litigation
Restaurant and hospitality law

Professional memberships

American Immigration Lawyers Association
Chair, Federal Litigation Section,
Carolinas Chapter
James L. Petigru, American Inn of Court
South Carolina Bar Association
Trial and Appellate Advocacy Council (2015-2017)
Charleston County Bar Association


Bachelor of Arts
cum laude
College of Charleston Honors College
Juris Doctorate
summa cum laude
Charleston School of Law
Masters of Law
Stone Scholar
Columbia Law School

Court admissions

South Carolina State Courts
United States District Court for the
District of South Carolina
United States Court of Appeals for
the Fourth Circuit
Numerous additional Federal District and Circuit Courts throughout
the United States

“Pre-Suit Letters: An Alternative Option?” The Voice, member magazine of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, page 6.


Visit Bradley Banias’s United States immigration litigation blog:

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