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Sharon Cook Poorak

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Labor and Employment Department; Business Immigration Practice Group.


Sharon Cook Poorak is Senior Counsel 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 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 as Senior Counsel, 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

Full service firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s practice provides ‘comprehensive immigration support’ to clients, particularly in corporate immigration matters, and has notable strength in M&A-related work. The group also handles compliance issues, visa applications, program development and strategic planning. The ‘extremely knowledgeable’ team houses ‘experienced industry experts’ that provide ‘timely and accurate’ advice; Los Angeles-based ‘immigration law expert’ Angelo Paparelli continues to represent clients in the hospitality industry in high-stakes cases. Boston managing partner Russell Swapp chairs the national practice alongside Atlanta-based James King, who is noted for having a ‘great body of immigration knowledge’; the duo continue to shape the firm’s immigration management programs. King recently overturned a Department of Labor denial of a labor certification on behalf of a technology firm; the application was initially denied on the basis of the employer’s unquantified minimum requirements. Atlanta-based Gabriel Mozes is also recommended; he has expertise in H1-B third party placement matters and PERM program issues. On the pro bono side, in January 2017, Washington DC-based senior counsel Dawn Lurie and Atlanta-based senior counsel Sharon Poorak assisted travelers detained at the Washington DC and Atlanta airports following the issuance of Executive Order 13769, which placed a restriction on the number of individuals re-entering the US. In 2017, the firm strengthened its team via the acquisition of Leon Rodriguez to its Washington DC office; Rodriguez brings a wealth of knowledge from his previous role as the former director of USCIS.

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