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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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James Vazquez-Azpiri

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Work Department

Latin America Team; Immigration


James counsels corporate clients on hiring and retaining foreign employees in his business immigration law practice. He advises businesses on labor certifications, specialty occupation petitions, and intracompany transfers. Clients rely on James for guidance through immigration law compliance during mergers, acquisitions, and corporate restructurings. He helps clients think and work proactively by providing them with traditional compliance policy reviews and audits, case management and litigation technology, and international executive travel and foreign resident worker visa processing.  A co-head of the firm’s global immigration practice, James is part of Morgan Lewis’s cross-practice Global Workforce team. The group provides integrated cross-border advice, counseling, and strategic planning across the spectrum of labor, employment, benefits, and immigration issues.  Legal and human rights groups have acclaimed James’s pro bono work. He has received both the C. Anthony Friedrich Memorial Award from the International Human Rights Law Group and the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services from the State Bar of California.


Before joining Morgan Lewis, James was a partner at a San Francisco-based firm. He also served as an adjunct attorney for the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform.


Fluent in Spanish.


American Immigration Lawyers' Association member; Hispanic National Bar Association member


University of St. Andrews, BA; Scotland; Princeton University, MA; New York University School of Law, JD; Harvard Law School, LL.M.

United States: Labor and employment


Within: Immigration

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s ‘excellent team’ is singled out for its ‘strong sector knowledge and fast response times’. Washington DC-based Eleanor Pelta is ‘a safe pair of hands for complex matters’ and co-chairs the firm’s global immigration practice alongside James Vázquez-Azpiri in San Francisco. The firm’s extensive international network and full-service offering enables it to provide a comprehensive inbound and outbound practice, advising on the full scope of global mobility issues. It blends its comprehensive coverage of US-related matters with experience in non-US visas and work permits, foreign employment laws, and taxation issues. Clients are drawn from a diverse spread of sectors, including technology, energy, financial services, life sciences and retail; Deutsche Post DHL, Samsung Research America and Fujitsu America are representative names.

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