Franklin S. Abrams was born in New York and graduated cum laude in History from Harvard College and Yale Law School. After graduation from law school, he taught Admiralty Law, Business Law, and International Law at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy for three years. He joined the firm of his father Joseph Abrams in 1969, became a partner in Abrams & Abrams P.C., and after Joseph Abrams' death in 1982 became the principal attorney in the firm, known until 2008 as the Law Offices of Franklin S. Abrams, now Abrams & Abrams LLP.
In his long career, spent entirely in the immigration field, he has had first-hand experience with every type of application and problem in the immigration field, including work-based and family-based immigrant petitions, nonimmigrant petitions and visa applications, adjustment of status and immigrant visa problems, labor certifications, political asylum cases, and deportation defense. At present he concentrates on labor certifications, work-based nonimmigrant (H-1B, L-1, and others) and immigrant petitions, family petitions, and permanent residence through visa processing or adjustment of status. He anticipates some changes in the immigration laws which will remove the bars preventing many long-term residents from achieving legal status; the office will gear up to handle the many who will want honest and accurate advice when this occurs.
Mr. Abrams is a member of the New York State Bar Association and of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is authorized to practice immigration law in all areas of the United States. He is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and French, and speaks and reads some German and Italian. He has written and lectured on immigration law and history.