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Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP
- Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy
Alston & Bird LLP
Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
Fisher & Phillips
- McDermott Will & Emery LLP
David Berry -
Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP
- Daryl Buffenstein - Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy
David Grunblatt -
Proskauer Rose LLP
- Cynthia Lange - Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy
Angelo Paparelli -
Eleanor Pelta -
- Laura Reiff - Greenberg Traurig LLP
Denyse Sabagh -
Duane Morris LLP
- David Berry -
Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP continues to delight its clients. It is ‘an outstanding firm’. ‘It responds within a day, has pragmatic solutions to complex issues and remains calm in high-stress situations’. ‘I believe its pricing structure is more than fair and we certainly receive far more value than that for which we are paying’. Indeed ‘switching to the firm has continually proven to be one of the best moves we ever made in terms of providing our employees with excellent service and legal representation’. In 2011, in Dallas and Houston, the firm consolidated its expertise in the energy, engineering, information technology, semiconductor, telecommunications and sports industries; new clients were added to the roster of Fortune 500 clients in these industries. In San Francisco, Frieda Garcia is leading a new PERM program for one of Silicon Valley’s largest software publishers that will entail processing over 800 applications, and Warren Leiden headed up the team that represents one of the largest software companies in the world; the team has filed over 3,000 labor certification applications for this one client alone. In Washington DC, the firm represented clients before Congress and the executive branch agencies to address problems that can only be resolved at policy level. The firm provided high-level strategic advice for clients with sophisticated mobility programs, consulted over complex business immigration issues and provided expert compliance guidance from former government insiders. The firm also has an office in McLean, as well as regional migration managers in London and Sydney and network partners in nearly every country in the world. David Berry ‘is an excellent, knowledgeable attorney and also a great practice leader. He sets an outstanding customer service example for everyone at the firm. He once went out of his way to personally deliver a passport to one of our executives to ensure that they could make an emergency flight’. Steven Ladik has ‘excellent legal acumen, customer service and government relations’, and Jeremy Fudge has ‘amazing communication skills where he is able to take the complicated world of immigration and explain it in laymen’s terms’.
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy also deserves the highest praise. It has more than 1,000 immigration professional working out of 38 strategically located offices in 15 countries. In the US alone, the firm fields 16 offices. It prides itself on its knowledge of international legal, regulatory and policy issues, and provides comprehensive immigration services for short and long-term international assignments, permanent transfers and the local hire of foreign workers. The firm partners with each client to establish immigration program policies and formulate procedures, and employs strategies to facilitate employee mobility, while addressing all aspects of immigration compliance. As such, in addition to immigration services, the firm has specific practice groups that deal with compliance, export controls and investment visa services. Austin Fragomen recently appeared before the House Ways and Means Committee’s Social Security Subcommittee to discuss how to enforce immigration laws at the worksite effectively. He also has testified before the Immigration Subcommittees of the House and Senate to share his expertise on a variety of business immigration related topics, including the H-1B and L visa programs and corporate immigration compliance. Cynthia Lange leads the firm’s high-tech practice, and is the managing partner in charge of the firm’s I-9 Service Center, which offers state of the art electronic I-9 tools and advisory services for proper I-9 and E-Verify completion. Michael Patrick specializes in risk management for global immigration programs, including US Department of Labor and I-9 compliance, immigration due diligence for corporate restructuring, and immigration policy development. Andrew Greenfield has impressive experience in this field. His team successfully represented a major US university charged with H-1B Labor Condition Application violations before the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and Office of Administrative Law Judges. Jonathan Adams specializes in global workforce mobility including mergers and acquisitions and due diligence consideration, risk management assessments for global immigration programs, US Department of Labor regulations, policies and practices, and US and Foreign Consular Affairs. Michael Turansick is also recommended.
Baker & McKenzie provides compliance-driven immigration solutions. ‘The overall level of service is outstanding. The engagement team is very responsive, highly qualified and has done a great job for us’. ‘All attorneys have a deep understanding of immigration law and its practice in various locations around the world. They excel at identifying the key issues and devising appropriate solutions. They follow through and achieve closure’. ‘We chose the firm because it provided us with the best value’. The firm addresses immigration issues holistically, helping its clients to spot peripheral employment, tax and benefit issues and developed its Premier Immigration Service Model to provide transparent and compliance-driven immigration solutions, addressing the current trend of heightened regulatory scrutiny. It also has access to key decision-makers across the globe and substantial experience with the legislative and regulatory process for immigration policy. Recent work highlights include the continued representation of American Express across businesses, including in developing US and global visa solutions for executive and technical professionals, work authorization for transferring visa holders in M&A deals, compliance policy and best practice development for direct employees and supplier personnel, and the management of US permanent residency and post-residency transactions. The firm also continues to advise Caterpillar with regard to US and global immigration and related employment issues. Former executive associate commissioner and general counsel of the INS Paul Virtue recently testified before the US House of Representatives Committee on a US immigration and customs enforcement judiciary hearing. He and Carl Hampe are both held in high regard by clients and competitors alike. Elizabeth Stern, who is head of the firm’s global immigration and mobility practice group, and Betsy Morgan, who ‘makes herself very available to respond to any inquiry’, are also highly recommended. Investing in the practice group, the firm recently welcomed former sole practitioner and now of counsel Becki Young and Shannon Donnelly from Dickstein Shapiro.
Greenberg Traurig LLP’s business immigration and compliance group focuses on strategic immigration planning for US and international companies for the international relocation of personnel both from and into the United States. Additionally, its I-9 compliance group assists companies with drafting employment verification compliance policies, training sessions, internal audits, as well as representation in government audits. It also defends businesses involved in large-scale government raids. The firm’s lawyers have been requested by Congressional offices, the White House and other agencies to share their technical knowledge. Indeed immigration advocacy is a firm forte. Continuing to fight for comprehensive immigration and essential worker legislation, opposing enforcement only legislation, working on the Eb-5 investor extension legislation and private bills has kept its attorneys busy. Co-chair of the firm’s business immigration and compliance group and leading technical lobbyist Laura Reiff and Dawn Lurie have both worked closely with Senate and House staffers to draft and review legislative language in an effort to further comprehensive immigration reform. Recent work highlights include assisting in an H-2B vendor malfeasance matter and the resulting Department of Homeland Security investigation; interacting with both House and Senate judiciary staff, the firm advised on the federal e-verify legislation and its impact on major business clients; and representing international oil services and shipping companies to obtain permission for their foreign national employees to perform services on the outer continental shelf. Co-chair of the firm’s business immigration and compliance group Martha Schoonover is also highly recommended. Patricia Gannon has left the firm to join Wormser, Kiely, Galef & Jacobs.
Clients ‘tend to use Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP when we anticipate problems with the process’. Known for its ability to handle complex immigration issues, the firm is praised for its ‘excellent service’. Indeed ‘the level of service we get from it is outstanding – prompt and authoritative’. ‘The team has always provided us with accurate, straight to the point and common sense grounded advice. It is efficient and provides extreme value for money’. The firm serves companies, financial institutions and other organizations in all aspects of business immigration. The firm is known for bringing leading artists into the country for both short and long-term engagements, and most recently assisted the cast of and technical staff for the theatrical productions of War Horse, Other Desert Cities and Billy Elliott. It also represented a top 10 global financial institution in its immigration matters when it acquired a regional bank with approximately 10,000 employees, and a major international media company in the immigration ramifications for its foreign national workforce when it reorganized a major division as an independent, stand-alone company. Other recent work highlights include representing a global insurance company in its compliance with immigration requirements when it acquired the life insurance unit of a leading competitor, and assisting a top Asian investment bank in US immigration matters on all immigration aspects following its reorganization. Representative clients include The McGraw-Hill Companies, Time Warner, Time, Louis Vuitton, Museum of Modern Art, MetLife Group, HBO and Timex Group USA. Theodore Ruthizer ‘is an excellent colleague and excellent lawyer. He is clear in his approach and explanation of legal issues’. Mark Koestler ‘is fantastic – responsive, attentive, quick and thorough’. Special counsel Naomi Schorr is ‘thorough, intelligent and creative, also very good at helping her clients understand the process’. Matthew Dunn is also highly recommended.
Morgan Lewis ‘exceeds our expectations, both in the professionalism of its service and in its results’. ‘It is readily available to answer any questions and always provides accurate and appropriate advice. The team that handles our cases is very knowledgeable with respect to immigration labor law. We rely heavily on it for its expertise and guidance’. ‘The overall level of service is simply outstanding. In fact the level of service we receive consistently exceeds the level of service we receive from other firms in other practice areas’. The firm takes an interdisciplinary approach to corporate immigration, drawing on the resources of other practices within the firm, such as employee benefits, international employment, and business and finance. It has strong relationships with senior government officials in Washington DC in all agencies that deal with immigration including the Department of Labor, the State Department, and the Department of Homeland Security. Of note, the firm has a growing US visa practice and has developed creative alternatives for employers seeking visas for foreign talent and shortage occupations. In addition, its immigration compliance practice is at the forefront of I-9 and E-Verify worksite counseling and support, involving the design, development, and implementation of effective and proactive corporate immigration compliance programs, including top-to-bottom training on compliance and avoiding immigration-related discrimination claims. Representative clients include Apple, Toyota Motors of North America, Integra Life Sciences, Exelon, B Braun Medical, Broadcom Corporation and Sony Computer Entertainment America. Eleanor Pelta ‘is extremely professional and always provides appropriate guidance. She is very pleasant to deal with’. Eric Bord ‘has repeatedly demonstrated that he is an expert in the immigration field. He is responsive, practical and uses exceptional judgment in providing prompt and useful advice to our company. He is also a very caring and thoughtful person and therefore wonderful to work with’. Lance Nagel and James Vazquez-Azpiri are also highly recommended. In 2011 Lisa Burton, the former head of the immigration practice at WilmerHale, joined the firm.
Proskauer Rose LLP continues to field a small but highly effective and efficient immigration and nationality group that has some serious intellectual firepower. ‘No matter how big or small the matter has been, it has given us its undivided attention. Its professional manner is impressive and reassuring’. ‘The flexible approach makes working with the team very easy and comfortable. Value for money is very high in terms of the service received’. ‘The level of service is excellent. It has a great turn-around time in response to any and all matters that arise, as well as an in depth knowledge of its practices’. The firm represents the executives and non-resident professional employees of HSBC Bank and other related entities throughout the US in the areas of US immigration and nationality law, and is the sole US immigration counsel for Polo Ralph Lauren and Coach. On behalf of Discovery Communications, it has worked on an assortment of visa and green card matters over the past year, including the transfer of visas for key employees of the new Oprah Winfrey Network. New client wins this year include Burberry and Guess. Practice head David Grunblatt is ‘an extremely well respected name in the industry and we always have a high level of confidence in his recommendations for more challenging cases’. ‘We are extremely impressed with the professional, yet personal, manner in which he handles our account. David is always available to hear us out and to strategize as to the preferred way to address our needs’. ‘We feel very fortunate to have him as our advisor in the complex legal matters that constantly arise’. Special immigration counsel, Avram Morell, who is ‘creative and energetic’, ‘is a brilliant speaker – engaging, attentive, particularly knowledgeable and can make the most complex or detailed material easy to understand, digest and remember. He’s been an incredible teacher’.
Seyfarth Shaw is immensely popular with its clients. ‘All individuals, from the attorneys to the paralegals, are fantastic’. ‘Until I started working with the firm, I always thought immigration work had to be complicated, paper intensive and time consuming. It changed that perception completely. It effectively uses technology and other techniques that minimize the amount of time needed by me as in house counsel’. ‘We receive timely responses, great advice with great results, a staff that gives attention to detail and follow up, and competitive rates. Our employees appreciate the transparency associated with its immigration filings as well as its ability to access the ImmStar database for up to date tracking of cases’. The firm has indeed embraced technology and is widely praised for its use of Lean Six Sigma and other business processes as tools to plan, organize, and manage resources to deliver results to its clients. Called SeyfarthLean, its approach is the application of structured team-based collaboration – internally and client facing – to deliver value. Representative clients include BNP Paribas, FTI Consulting, Henkel Corporation, Dad’s Garage Theatre, Genzyme Corporation, Metso Corporation USA, NorthgateArinso, Republic Services, The MathWorks and WellPoint. James King is ‘very responsive and knowledgeable in all areas of immigration law. He and his entire team are a pleasure to work with’. He has ‘extensive experience and excellent judgment’. Russell Swapp is praised for his ‘ability to find an answer outside the normal scope of issues’, and Angelo Paparelli ‘is deeply knowledgeable and efficiently provided us with the input we needed’. Dyann DelVecchio is ‘extremely knowledgeable about immigration law, very personable and warm, and available at all times to assist me and my team. She is also practical, and helps us find solutions to sometimes challenging situations. She is truly a pleasure to work with – my highest endorsement’.
Akerman Senterfitt leverages its national reputation from its dominant position in the Florida market and is renowned for its work in the hospitality and healthcare industries. ‘The overall level of service is outstanding with knowledgeable, experienced staff providing good commercially focused advice’. The firm is praised for its ‘fast response times with good immigration and industry knowledge combined with good legal advice’. The firm has a specialist multi-practice EB-5 team, representing high-net-worth foreign national entrepreneurs and investors in the planning, managing, and filing of specialized petitions in the EB-5 immigrant investor category, and counsels companies in developing and streamlining internal processes for the transfer of employees. It also coordinates I-9 audits to recommend improvements to hiring and work-authorized compliance procedures and provides counsel in response to government investigations of compliance procedures. The firm recently advised a major European airline with respect to non-immigrant petitions (H-1B), and labor certification/immigrant visa petitions for a senior executive based in the United States, and represented the Miami Dolphins national football league team with respect to non-immigrant petitions (P-1, H-1) for team members and support staff. ‘Knowledgeable and effective’ Michael Benchetrit ‘exceeded our expectations’. ‘His conscientiousness and perseverance for follow-up does not leave any room for mistakes or omissions’. Thomas Raleigh ‘has excellent communication skills and a broad understanding of immigration requirements and international business needs’. He ‘exhibits a firm grasp of our issues and presents our options clearly and concisely’ and is ‘dependable, through, pleasant to work with and patient’.
Duane Morris LLP has a superb market reputation. It offers advisory services to help navigate work authorization and immigrant and non-immigrant visa services. It also develops foreign national workforce policies, training programs, and corporate compliance strategies, such as I-9 Compliance programs to respond to workplace needs. Further, it conducts on-site preventive training programs designed to meet clients’ specific needs. The firm has invested in a state-of-the-art case management database system, known as LawLogix, that has key features to effectively manage its clients’ cases, including integrated, always current forms; online intake questionnaires in several different languages; e-filing; management of deadlines and reminders; visa priority tracking; and comprehensive reporting tools. Highlights included representing a large, California-based medical devices company in obtaining complicated L visas used to temporarily transfer executive-level managers and employees with specialized knowledge to the United States; assisting one of the largest automobile insurance companies in obtaining TN visas for Canadian professionals; and acting for a US senator’s office in obtaining an H-1B visa for a professional temporarily employed. The highly reputed head of the firm’s immigration group Denyse Sabagh is a former national president and general counsel of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and serves on its board of governors. She is also a former member of the coordinating committee on Immigration Law of the American Bar Association and is on the board of directors of the American Civil Liberties Union National Capital Area Chapter. Hector Chichoni is also highly recommended.
In 2011, Ford & Harrison LLP opened new offices in San Francisco, Short Hills and Nashville and added three of counsel affiliate offices in Boston, Akron and Houston. This national labor and employment law firm now has 205 lawyers based in 24 offices across the United States. The firm’s immigration lawyers provide a full range of services to clients, including: start-up immigration and employment law advice for new companies; volume immigration management; temporary employment visas; permanent residence; citizenship and naturalization; consular processing; international visa services, visa revalidation and reentry permits; consulting with tax and employee benefits specialists on expatriate issues; I-9 compliance training and audits; and administrative appeals and litigation. Recent work highlights include advising on the renewed registration of a major British-owned, publicly traded multinational engineering and construction trading company at the American Embassy in London for issuance of E-2 Treaty Investor visas; conducting comprehensive internal I-9 audits for clients and developing strategies to facilitate corporate compliance with all aspects of I-9 law; and analyzing the immigration implications of a complex corporate acquisition and developing the strategy for transitioning H-1B workers post-acquisition by a leading provider of heavy civil engineering and construction services for transportation and water infrastructure projects. Active clients include Imerys Pigments, Balfour Beatty, Mitsubishi Power Systems, Votorantim Cimentos North America, Heery International, World Minerals, Oldcastle and CCP North America (d/b/a Whitewolf Games). Counsel Joycelyn Fleming, Charles Roach and counsel Geetha Adinata are all recommended for their immigration law experience.
Foster Quan, LLP is an immigration law boutique that has offices in Houston, Austin, Mexico City, San Antonio, Rio Grande Valley and Washington DC. It offers a full spectrum of US and global immigration legal services to assist corporations with the strategic and compliance issues involved in the employment and movement of key personnel across international boundaries. The firm’s comprehensive suite of services includes a patented I-9 auditing and compliance process. With regard to US immigration, the firm offers a broad range of services that include advising on temporary work visas, US permanent residency, litigation, naturalization and citizenship and EB-5 Investor Visas. The firm’s global immigration practice covers work authorization, international business traveller services, and global immigration compliance management. The firm also advises on employer compliance, in particular on Form I-9 audits and employer sanctions, corporate strategies for verification to limit employer sanctions and strategy development for employers who receive SS No Match letters. The firm recently enjoyed a US Supreme Court victory in the deportation case of Umer v Holder. Members of the firm’s litigation team successfully argued that Khalid Umer, a legal US resident originally from Pakistan, should be allowed to present his request for relief from removal to the immigration judge under former Section 212(c), a law that allows certain permanent residents in removal proceedings to retain their permanent resident status. Co-founders of the firm Charles Foster and Gordon Quan have considerable experience in this field. Rebecca Burdette, Kelly Cobb and Robert Loughran are all recommended.
Hogan Lovells US LLP’s team is ‘extremely knowledgeable of immigration law, an excellent communicator on both legal and non-legal matters and often goes above and beyond to be accessible to us’. The firm ‘has consistently provided excellent help throughout the years’. ‘We have consistently received legal assistance of the highest caliber from all of its attorneys. The advice is always useful and user-friendly (for non-legal folks), with excellent response time and thoroughness’. The firm serves as immigration counsel to US and multinational clients, including large corporations, high-tech and internet startups, universities, nonprofit organizations, sports teams, hospitals, governments, and individuals. The firm benefits from its excellent relationships with representatives from the US Departments of Homeland Security, State, and Labor, as well as US embassies and consulates. The firm recently advised the largest aerospace and defense company in Europe and largest manufacturer of commercial aircraft in the world regarding immigration strategy related to the transfer of key personnel necessary for the expansion of its US operations; assisted professional sports teams Colorado Avalanche (NHL), Denver Nuggets (NBA), Colorado Rapids (MLS), Colorado Mammoth (NLL), and Colorado Crush (AFL) regarding immigration matters, including obtaining expedited P-1 status for key players and support personnel; and represented the largest non-profit scientific and education institution in the world in addressing US and non-US immigration issues related to internationally recognized journalists and other key personnel. Other representative clients include Janus, ReadyTalk and the US Olympic Committee. Both Beth Peters and Aleksander Dukic, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable about immigration matters’, are highly recommended.
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. provides legal services and expertise on all aspects of immigration and nationality law to major corporations and individuals. Understanding that immigration issues frequently touch upon other areas of law, including tax, estate planning, business, employment law, and potential issues around Homeland Security, the firm alerts its clients to such areas of overlap and provides them with advice in a holistic manner. The firm can obtain temporary work visas and permanent resident status for foreign nationals, help clients become naturalized US citizens, file for political asylum, and solve problems with the USCIS or State Department that may have developed. Indeed the firm has a successful track record working with and lobbying government entities involved in immigration and naturalization matters, including the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, the State Department (including consular offices abroad), and the Department of Labor. It is also able to manage its clients’ immigration needs using a web-based immigration case management system. In addition, the firm has a well-deserved reputation for taking on political asylum cases, often on a pro bono basis. Founder and chairperson of the firm’s immigration section Susan Cohen has an enviable reputation amongst her competitors and peers, and serves as co-chair of the immigration subcommittee of the ABA’s section of international law and practice. Of counsel Lawrence Bastone and of counsel Bethany Mandell are also highly recommended.
Alston & Bird LLP provides immigration-related counsel for multinational corporations, medical, financial and academic institutions, information technology providers and users, foreign investors, performers, professional athletes, manufacturers and individuals from many countries. The firm utilizes its broad base of practical and legal knowledge to help corporate clients develop immigration and human resources policies. The firm has handled more than ten workplace raids by the Department of Homeland Security; managed over 35 Department of Homeland Security related subpoenas, audits and investigations; has undertaken internal investigations on behalf of clients in an effort to assess compliance with immigration laws; and regularly establishes corporate policies and procedures in ongoing restructuring and transactional situations, to both comply with the law and prepare for sensitive internal and external investigations related to hiring procedures, I-9 compliance and the employment of foreign nationals. Of note, counsel Eileen Scofield liaises on a national and local level with the US Department of Homeland Security, including the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcements and the Bureau of Citizen Immigration Services. Representative clients include K Mart, UPS, Itron, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and Duke Energy.
Arnall Golden Gregory LLP maintains a national immigration practice that focuses on the representation of foreign-owned corporations in the United States, both immigrant and non-immigrant visa processing for businesses and families (temporary work visas and green cards), EB-5 Investor Visa Processing, the immigration consequences of mergers and acquisitions and Immigration Reform and Control Act compliance. Representative clients include Porsche Cars North America and Heidelberg USA. Teri Simmons leads the firm’s immigration practice. Of particular note, she has represented companies as large as the Atlanta committee for the Olympic Games, for which she managed visa processing for thousands. She works frequently on legislative initiatives and served as the chair of the Atlanta chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and on its national customs and border protection committee. Also recommended, of counsel Stephen Pocalyko focuses on employment-based immigration and immigration compliance. Montserrat Miller is also highly experienced in this field. She represents clients on Capitol Hill and before government agencies, and she also assists clients with corporate employment verification compliance matters, including form I-9 compliance and the minimization of exposure and liabilities before government, administrative and regulatory agencies.
Fisher & Phillips utilizes cutting-edge software for case initiation, data-intake, case-tracking, and calendaring of expiration dates. This software allows the firm to track immigration processes for any country in the world. Its case management system is readily accessible online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by all authorized users and ensures that the firm is able to manage data in the most cost-effective, reliable, and efficient manner. The firm assists employers in obtaining non-immigrant visas for professionals, intra-company transferees, research scholars, traders and investors, trainees, and agricultural workers. It regularly assists employers seeking to sponsor employees for permanent residence, and has extensive experience with Priority Worker permanent residence petitions and National Interest Waiver cases. The firm is also experienced in advising clients on possible options to avoid the cost, time, and risks associated with labor certification. In addition, the firm also provides assistance to clients with respect to their global immigration needs. It reviews clients’ practices for verifying the work authorization of employees. This includes precautionary I-9 audits, representing clients in audits by the Department of Labor, and defending claims of immigration-related discrimination. Chair of the firm’s global immigration practice Kim Kiel Thompson is recommended. Sarah Hawk left the firm to join Ogletree Deakins.
McDermott Will & Emery LLP is a full service firm with an integrated immigration practice. ‘This firm is outstanding in comparison with other immigration law providers and, since it is global, legal advice on immigration questions in other countries is always promptly available’. ‘The overall level of service is the very best – knowledgeable, fast, reasonably priced and always thorough’. Its services include helping clients hire foreign nationals to work in the US, dealing with immigration issues related to the acquisition of companies and start-up operations by foreign companies in the US, and assisting artists and entertainers with visas to come to the US for performances. The firm recently assisted Index Ventures Management to obtain O-1 outstanding ability visa status for an expert in the area of investment who was being transferred to the US to run a newly established US office of a foreign company. As well as routine cases, in the last year it has handled a number of immigration cases on a pro bono basis, including those for individuals in the arts world, and some challenging asylum and abused spouse cases. Joan-Elisse Carpentier heads up the business immigration practice. She ‘is very knowledgeable, explains complicated matters clearly, and is very responsive and fast at supplying a finished product’.
Troutman Sanders assists with the transfer of international business personnel for US and foreign companies, the defense of corporations charged with employer sanction violations, training of HR personnel, the acquisition of work visas, labor certification, permanent resident status, and citizenship in the United States, as well as the representation of corporate clients and individuals before various administrative agencies and in the federal courts. It has been involved in I-9 training for one of the country’s leading personnel companies; has planned the international personnel transfer strategy for one of America’s leading financial institutions, coordinated the use of Blanket L-1 program, J-1 exchanges and centralized regional service center adjudications; handled the successful processing of investor petitions for permanent residency; successfully challenged the Immigration Service on retroactivity and due process grounds; advised multinational corporations concerning the use of engineers for temporary assignment in the US; and handled the transfer of key executives for a new factory construction and operation. Representative clients include Bank of America, Degussa, Makita, CNN, SKC, Helix, WorldSpan, UPS, McCormick International, Matrix, Randstad, Georgia Pacific, Mizuno, Gerdau and AmSouth Bank. Mark Newman is the head of the immigration practice group that includes recommended practitioners Susie Kim and of counsel Aimee Todd.