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Sharon Cook

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Labor and Employment Department; Business Immigration Practice Group.


Sharon Cook (formerly Poorak) is a Partner in Seyfarth Shaw LLP's national Business Immigration Practice Group. She focuses her business immigration law practice primarily on H, L, PERM, I140 and related I485 issues. Sharon represents corporate clients in a wide variety of industries, developing comprehensive immigration plans to ensure consistency among filed applications and compliance with all applicable regulations.


Sharon has practiced immigration law for over 30 years and is based in Atlanta, GA. Sharon has worked with the Alston & Bird law firm in the Atlanta, GA office. Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, she served the majority of her career as a partner in an immigration boutique firm. She has also served as Director of Education with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) in Washington, DC for two years and Director of the Detention Project for Catholic Social Services. She co-founded the Atlanta AILA chapter’s pro bono committee, is a recipient of the AILA National Pro Bono Award, was elected as the first female Chapter Chair of the Atlanta AILA Chapter and has served on the Board of Governor’s for AILA National. Sharon was a guest lecturer on business immigration law at Georgia State University School of Law. She has appeared with previous law partners before the US Supreme Court. Sharon is a frequent speaker, writer, and lecturer on immigration law topics. In addition, she has served on numerous local and national AILA liaison committees throughout her years of practice. Sharon is also ranked in "Band 1" by Chambers USA in immigration law.


Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (1987-present).


JD, Georgia State University College of Law (1986); BS, Georgia State University (1982)

United States: Labor and employment


Within: Immigration

The ‘responsive’ and ‘creative’ team at Seyfarth Shaw LLP has an excellent reputation in the business immigration space. The group is dedicated to devising corporate immigration policies and programs. In a representative example, Angelo Paparelli and Washington DC-based Leon Rodriguez led a five-part webinar series and a compliance-focused client event to brief clients on best practices in relation to pre-, post- and re-hire issues, termination and M&A situations as well as I-9 forms and E-Verify matters. Los Angeles-based Paparelli also represents developers and fundraisers relating to EB-5 immigrant investor programs, and defends employers in worksite enforcements and government audits. In light of the Trump administration’s continued clampdown on immigration, Rodridguez advised the Montgomery County Government on sanctuary cities, the travel ban, temporary protected status and funding for deportation defense. The team is also well versed in handling the immigration aspects of substantial M&A transactions. Boston-based Russell Swapp and Atlanta-based James King, who is noted for his clever use of technology to help clients in an efficient and time-saving manner, jointly lead the practice. Also based in Atlanta, Gabriel Mozes focuses on temporary non-immigrant and permanent visa solutions, including family-based immigrant visa green card applications and citizenship matters. Atlanta-based senior counsel Sharon Cook Poorak is handling the immigration portfolio of more than 5,000 foreign nationals for a global consulting services provider. Senior counsel Dawn Lurie in Washington DC and Dyann DelVecchio Hilbern in Boston are also names to note.

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