J. Michael Greenberg, "Joel" has over 48 years of experience practicing law. Joel started his career as an associate, then partner of Spar & Greenberg where he handled deportation, green card, and other immigration law matters. Joel's interest in adoption law began with the adoption of his son - and now law partner - James who was adopted by Joel and his wife Barbara - also Joel's law partner. Joel and Barbara adopted James from Bogota, Colombia in 1973 when James was only two weeks old.
After navigating the Immigration law maze of adoption as well as the New York State legal requirements, Joel began representing other couples wishing to adopt from Colombia. He has represented single people and couples in the adoption of thousands of orphans in the United States and worldwide including Colombia, Guatemala, Peru, Paraguay, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Iran, Haiti, Belize, Russia, China, and a multitude of other countries too numerous to list.
Joel is an author and a prominent speaker at many national adoption parent groups, entities, agencies, and legal conferences. He has structured and drafted New York State legal procedures related to International Adoption. Joel co-authored the chapter on International Adoption in Adoption Law in New York, published by the New York State Bar Association.