Federal Appeals


John J. Hykel - getting results

Each year, thousands of immigration-related cases are decided in the Federal Courts.  Deportation cases decided by Immigration Judges can be appealed to the Board of Immigration Appeals.   John J. Hykel has litigated cases in the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals and U.S. District Courts and has been successful in having orders of the Executive Office of Immigration Review and Immigration and Customs Enforcement vacated and set aside. He has litigated:

  • Petitions for review – A petition for review is the first step in an appeal to the Supreme Court, and consists of a party’s request to the court to select his or her case for consideration;
  • Habeas corpus – Habeas corpus is a writ that is used to bring a party who has been criminally convicted in state court into federal court. Usually, writs of habeas corpus are used to review the legality of the party’s arrest, imprisonment, or detention;
  • Mandamus – a writ (more modernly called a “writ of mandate”) which orders a public agency or governmental body to perform an act required by law when it has neglected or refused to do so; and
  • Declaratory judgment actions – A declaratory judgment is a judgment of a court in a civil case that declares the rights, duties, or obligations of one or more parties in a dispute.

Mr. Hykel’s practice is national in scope. He represents clients in the surrounding cities and states, including Mount Laurel, New Jersey; Newark, New Jersey; New York, New York; Baltimore, Maryland; and other areas throughout the United States.