Rising Stars

Firms To Watch: Immigration

Atlanta-based Teri A. Simmons heads up the immigration practice at Arnall Golden Gregory LLP representing Fortune 500 companies, mid-size employers, small businesses and trade associations in immigration, global mobility and employment-based immigration matters. The group is specialized work for German businesses, particularly assisting clients in the automotive and construction sectors.

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With an extensive coast to coast presence, BAL remains a market leader in global corporate immigration providing a full-service offering to leading Fortune 100 and Global 500 companies across the technology, IT, pharmaceutical and retail sectors. With extensive experience in all business immigration law matters at the intersection of global policy issues, managing partner Jeremy Fudge oversees the group’s practice out of Texas. With a focus on corporate immigration policies for energy, engineering and technology sector clients, Roberto Caballero heads the Houston office. Out of San Francisco, Frieda Garcia  oversees the management of large immigration programs for companies in technology, finance and travel services. Texas-based Kortney Gibson is recommended for her expertise in creating innovative and customized solutions for clients’ specific labor issues. Having previously served as Chief Counsel of USCIS, Lynden Melmed in Washington DC has a specific government-focused practice which makes him a key contact for corporate immigration policy strategy and high-profile matters including anti-fraud investigations. According to clients, Nassim Mahzoon, chair of the firm’s Santa Clara office who represents some of the leading tech companies in Silicon Valley ‘is a delight to work with’.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Fudge

Other key lawyers:

Roberto Caballero; Kortney Gibson; Frieda Garcia; Lynden Melmed; Nassim Mahzoon


‘Adam Moses always replies quickly with detailed/requested information. My manager and I always appreciate his strong partnership. He always input all the necessary information so that I don’t have to follow up with him to seek more information/clarification etc. He also always customer focus. He listens to our business objectives and issues and suggest how to suport and overcome etc.’

‘What makes Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) unique in the legal market is their collaborative approach and their firmwide pursuit of the exceptional. They are always open to exploring new ways to partner together, maintain compliance, improve our program, and improve the immigration experience for our foreign national employees.’

‘BAL has a wide network of attorneys that can be leveraged in complex legal scenarios. This makes solutions easy to come by, and in turn, makes my job as a program manager easier. Their internal technology platform is easy to use. Reporting is easy. Billing is tailored to our company and seamless.’

Work highlights

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP’s New York-based full-service business immigration practice boasts sector strength in the entertainment, advertising and the financial services industries. Jointly managed by immigration experts Mark Koestler and Matthew Dunn, the group advises clients from the business and arts industries in all aspects of immigration into the US and is routinely called upon to handle complex National Interest Exceptions (NIE) and extraordinary ability visa petitions, audits and investigations. A core strength of the group is the representation of companies in federal enforcement actions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. With its landmark victory on behalf of Meta Platforms, Inc. in one of the most significant recent immigration disputes, the practice has garnered a market reputation. Associate Melissa B. Drennan handles employment-based business immigration matters and defends companies in Department of Justice investigations. Next to a comprehensive business immigration practice at the intersection of employment matters, associate Scott A. Gorski assists high-net-worth investors seeking permanent residence under the EB-5 program.

Practice head(s):

Mark Koestler; Matthew Dunn

Other key lawyers:

Melissa B. Drennan; Scott A. Gorski


‘They are a well-oiled machine. They work very well together and everything functions smoothly.’

‘Mark Koestler is awesome. His other team members are really exceptional as well. They are always ready and willing to jump on the phone to talk through any questions or concerns. If you listen to Mark and do what he recommends, it always ends well.’

‘The immigration team that I deal with (led by Partner Mark Koestler) are simply the best at what they do. Very senior interactions, high level of responsiveness, 100% success rate, simple billing and admin.’

Key clients

Meta Platforms, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented META in an unprecedented lawsuit brought by the U.S. Department of Justice alleging that it had engaged in discrimination against US workers by failing to consider and hire them for positions that it recruited for as part of the green card process.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Predominantly based out of Washington DC, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP boasts a wide geographic reach, with Eleanor Pelta and Shannon Donnelly jointly managing the team out of DC, providing a full-service global employment and immigration offering including handling matters pertaining to employment discrimination, corporate change, including M&As and downsizings, and corporate policy development. The group continues to count leading names in the technology, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and financial services sectors among its clients. Both chairs counsel clients in legal and strategic issues arising from the international movement of key personnel and offer expertise in federal litigation for clients challenging immigration decisions. With a specialty in Department of Justice investigations and litigation related to immigration, Eric Bord leads the immigration compliance practice and advises clients on I-9 and E-Verify issues. Miami-based counsel Laura Garvin focuses her practice on employment-based immigration law, advising employers on broad immigration compliance and agency facilitation issues before US federal agencies. Next to her business immigration practice, counsel Christina Gonzaga in San Francisco provides pro bono legal representation in immigration cases involving asylum, deportation, and family-based matters.

Practice head(s):

Eleanor Pelta; Shannon Donnelly

Other key lawyers:

Eric Bord; Laura Garvin; Christina Gonzaga


This is one of the best reputed immigration teams in Washington DC, and the country. They have an incredible bench strength and the ability to work on both high volume cases (at an appropriate price point) and cases requiring white glove service.

Shannon Donnelly is a smart lawyer with excellent client and people management skills. She is beloved by clients for her solid and practical advice.

Extraordinary support, constantly updated and precise execution.

Shannon and her team are absolutely outstanding.

Key clients

Ameriprise Financial

Choice Hotels






RWE Renewables

T. Rowe Price

Work highlights

  • Providing comprehensive immigration services to Ameriprise Financial.
  • Advising DHL on its immigration program, encompassing all aspects of immigration law both nationally and internationally.
  • Representing a client in federal litigation of adverse USCIS decisions where clients are in danger of losing key foreign talent, including representation in connection with DOJ investigations pertaining to alleged immigration-related discrimination.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Shaw LLP fields a fully integrated immigration team handling all business immigration matters at the intersection of employment law. Senior partners Russell Swapp and James King jointly manage the team out of Boston and Atlanta, respectively and are key contacts for high-volume, complex immigration legal issues for some of the largest companies in the US. As former director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division, Washington DC-based Leon Rodriguez is well-positioned to advise clients in immigration regulatory and policy development, and is a sought-after counsel to clients on strategic business decisions concerning immigration and global mobility. Gabriel Mozes is an experienced business immigration advisor with specialized expertise in PERM program counselling, H-1B third-party placement and right to control issues, as well as high-volume TN cross-border work. For foreign nationals’ immigration matters Sharon Cook is the key contact in Atlanta. With Dawn Lurie, also in DC, recommended for her extensive expertise in immigration compliance and EB-5 investment strategy, Michelle Gergerian assists in global mobility matters out of the Boston office. Jacob Cherry joined the New York office from Ogletree Deakins in April 2022. Angelo Paparelli left the firm in September 2023.

Practice head(s):

Russell Swapp; James King

Other key lawyers:

Leon Rodriguez; Gabriel Mozes; Sharon Cook; Michelle Gergerian; Dawn Lurie; Jacob Cherry; Jason Burritt


‘Team is always thinking holistically about the immigration program and willing to revisit/amend any immigration processes to make things easier for both our firm and our employees. They also have an immigration platform they are consistently upgrading.’

‘Gabriel Mozes is the Partner on our account and is very involved in day-to-day matters. He is just as involved in mundane tasks like prepping H-1Bs or assisting with PERM certifications in addition to any complex immigration issues. Our foreign national employees trust and enjoy working with him which makes for a much smoother experience when dealing with deeply personal matters like immigration.’

‘The team works well together and are able to provide the holistic advice we need in a timely fashion, which helps lead to positive outcomes. They bring insight into how the US government handles these matters, which has proven invaluable. They proactively provide webinars and blog posts on the latest immigration law news that are helpful.’

‘Leon Rodriguez, Dawn Lurie, and Jason Burritt. Leon has provided help on compliance matters and litigation, Dawn has provided help on I-9s, Jason has provided general business immigration advice. They present potential solutions that take our business needs into account and proactively reach out when new immigration news may impact us.’

Akerman LLP

Predominantly led out of Miami, Akerman LLP provides immigration, compliance, EB-5 and consular services to companies and individuals across the Americas with a focus on the healthcare and hospitality sectors. Maria Casablanca has extensive experience in immigration and nationality law with expertise in EB-5 matters. She serves as Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Mexico City District and jointly heads the practice with Denise Gavica Perez who handles family-based immigration matters and represents clients before federal agencies including the Department of Labor and Department of State, advising entrepreneurs and high net-worth individuals regarding investment-based US immigration and manages employment-based immigration cases for non-immigrant and immigrant visas.

Practice head(s):

Maria Casablanca; Denise Gavica Perez

Key clients

Sofidel America Corp.


Baylor, Scott & White Medical Center

Bay Head Yacht Club Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented a Bay Head Yacht Club Inc. in obtaining an O visa for a tennis coach who is renowned in Argentina.
  • Assisted AdventHealth IT with obtaining immigrant visas (green cards) by interfiling Adjustment of Status Applications for numerous Indian nationals.
  • Representing Sofidal America Corp. in filing several requests for consideration by the U.S. consulates/embassies in Italy to consider and grant national interest exceptions for the issuance of L-1A visas to several high-level executives and managers of Sofidel America.

Duane Morris LLP

Duane Morris LLP provides a full-service immigration and naturalization offering catering to a diverse group of clients including multinational and Fortune 500 corporations, medium-sized companies, and smaller sized start-ups as well as non-profit entities. Lisa Spiegel leads the team out of the San Francisco office and is the key contact for issues pertaining to employment of foreign nationals. Based in Washington DC, Denyse Sabagh handles immigrant and non-immigrant visas for large corporate including EB-1, EB-5 investor and PERMs and represents clients in I-9 audits, consular processing and handles immigration matters in relation to criminal charges. In New York, Pierre Bonnefil who is the current immigration counsel for the French Consulate General in New York, represents private and public organizations before the US Department of Homeland Security and the US Citizenship and Immigration Services among others.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Spiegel

Other key lawyers:

Denyse Sabagh; Pierre Georges Bonnefil; Laura Shinn; Renate Elster


Lisa Spiegel and her team deliver excellent client service. They are prompt, accurate, and thoughtful in how they respond to our requests and tend to our employee immigration matters. Lisa exudes care and attention to every employee and their immigration matters.

I work most closely with Lisa Spiegel, Laura Shinn, and Renate Elster. Each have a wonderful working style – while at times fast-paced and urgent, we work in a collaborative and enjoyable way.

Key clients


World Resources Institute



Migration Policy Institute

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Memores Domini

Paula Badosa

Chae Levi Crouch

Work highlights

Foster LLP

Texas-based immigration boutique Foster LLP provides a comprehensive offering across the whole spectrum including national and business immigration, advising both national and international companies and individuals with a focus on the energy, medical, and real estate industries. The group has managed immigration matters related to corporate reorganization for multinational tech and logistics organizations, including securing visas and work authorizations for employees around the globe. Founder and practice head Charles Foster in Houston also manages the firm’s dedicated EB-5 and investor immigration practice. Robert Loughran manages the Austin office with a focus on the group’s high net worth clients, including large corporate accounts, mid-size companies, and start-ups in finance, energy, IT, and the educational services industries. In Houston, Helene Dang focuses her practice on corporate immigration matters including M&A, corporate compliance, and policies, while Avalyn Langemeier  advises both universities as well as large medical institutions on various types of non-immigrant work visas and permanent residency. Dallas-based Elizabeth LaRocca joined from Steptoe & Johnson LLP in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Charles Foster; Robert Loughran

Other key lawyers:

Helene Dang; Avalyn Langemeier; Elizabeth LaRocca

Work highlights

  • Representing a leading international IT company and assisting it to manage a robust immigration program that includes non-immigrant work visas, permanent residency, and consular processing cases for employees and their family members.
  • Represented a large multinational contract logistics company in performing immigration due diligence in a multi-million-dollar acquisition, having advised on implications the merger would have for the then to-be-acquired companies’ foreign national employees, including providing non-immigrant visa, permanent residency and consular processing services for the newly acquired companies’ employees and their family members.
  • Assisted an EB-5 Immigrant Investor and their family by filing a complaint against the Director of USCIS at the U.S. Southern District of Texas on grounds of unreasonable delay in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act and filing respective citizenship applications.

Mayer Brown

Based out of Washington DC, the team at Mayer Brown represents major corporations in immigration and mobility staffing, strategy and compliance including investigations, at the intersection of employment-related matters. Recently, the group successfully defended a global financial services firm and a global consulting company in separate charges of discrimination and retaliation filed at the US Department of Justice’s Immigrant and Employee Rights Section The group has also been active in facilitating the movement of Ukrainian personnel to the US. Elizabeth Espín Stern assists companies to expand globally and is renowned for her track record in establishing global mobility programs. She jointly manages the team with Grace Shie , who focuses her practice on advising leading global banks and financial institutions on employee mobility and workforce management. Having previously served as the Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs, Carl Risch is particularly adept in handling all matters relating to immigration, nationality, and visa law. With experience in employment-based litigation and compliance, Maximilian Del Rey advises domestic and multinational clients on the use of relevant employment-based work permit and visa categories.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Espín Stern; Grace Shie

Other key lawyers:

Carl Risch; Maximilian Del Rey


‘Very responsive and knowledgeable. Carl Risch and Elizabeth Stern are substantive, direct and effective.’

‘Carl Risch and Elizabeth Stern are able to explain complex issues simply and work through them effectively.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable about the subject matter, has a strong practice in this area. They also put their client’s interest first, think from the client’s perspective and try to achieve the best results for the client.’

‘Carl Risch truly stands out to be an excellent lawyer and an excellent problem solver. His unique capabilities enable him to be able to deal with special challenges with ease. Especially when visa related issues are concerned, I do not think you can find a better lawyer than Carl.’

‘Mayer Brown for sure is different from others as they set up a team of different levels at your service but always all of them are connected and aligned, and regardless of how senior they are all of them delivered.’

‘All of them were respectful and professional, clearly knowing all the details about the task and making you see things easily even when some legal aspects that they handle are complicated.’

Key clients


American Credit Acceptance

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)

CoStar Group

Fresh Mark

Leidos, Inc.

International Air Transport Association

Northern Trust



Work highlights

  • Representing Fresh Mark before the US Department of Homeland Security in response to a government “raid” of allegedly undocumented workers.
  • Advised a provider of cyber-physical solutions for mission critical facilities, secure environments, complex infrastructure and global enterprises on “Uniting for Ukraine” program to facilitate movement of Ukranian personnel, contractors/sub-contractors, and employment candidates from Europe to the United States.
  • Advised a global IT and consulting company on an executive desk offering, devise and deliver exceptional travel solutions for the company’s senior executives from across global regions, including members of the global management committee and C-suite executives.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

With thorough expertise in US to German immigration, McDermott Will & Emery LLP assists clients on immigration matters pertaining to M&A and also advises high net worth private individuals and families on cross-border immigration and expatriation. Practice head Joan-Elisse Carpentier works from New York and represents individuals, corporations, entrepreneurs, and non-profits with immigration and nationality law. Paul Hughes is located in Washington DC, and has challenged a breadth of administrative agency actions, enjoying a successful track record in defending investors, trade groups and universities in maintaining their flexible immigration system.

Practice head(s):

Joan-Elisse Carpentier

Other key lawyers:

Paul Hughes

Key clients


Enrique Iglesias



GMS Solutions


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Viacom/CBS Corporation

Volunteer Lawyers for The Arts

Wildlife Conservation Society

Work highlights

  • Asssisted on two succesful H-1B1 applications for Chilean businessmen in the construction industry.
  • Represented several pro-business groups succesfully in an immigration-related dispute pertaining to whether international students with science and technology degrees should be allowed to remain in the US after graduating.
  • Asssisted Wildlife Conservation Society in gaining visas for their experts and staff from around the world to the US.

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.’s Boston-based group handles all business immigration-related matters, with experience in creating strategies to address unprecedent issues. Seasoned practitioners Susan Cohen and John Quill jointly manage a team of experienced immigration experts, who routinely handle visa work, particularly H-1B and EB-5 visas for foreign investors, as well as having a track record of resolving issues with governmental agencies and US consular posts. Special counsel Angel Feng works with employers in designing and defining corporate immigration programs and policies, and in structuring short and long-term visa strategies for management, professional and specialized skill foreign employees. Nationality law matters are dealt with by William Coffman, and Douglas Hauer is the authority on the EB-5 investor program. The team maintains an active pro-bono practice and has been involved in securing visas in the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

Practice head(s):

John Quill; Susan Cohen

Other key lawyers:

Douglas Hauer; Angel Feng; William Coffman

Key clients

Various Pro-Bono Afghanistan Parolee Clients

IAC Inc. (formerly InterActiveCorp )

Thomson Reuters

Acquia, Inc.

LumiraDx, Inc.

Algorand, Inc.

Tracelink, Inc.

Individual, Global Insurance and Financial Services Company


Work highlights

  • Working with a number of entities in response to the immigration crisis caused by the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, filed more than 130 Humanitarian Parole applications for clients currently in Afghanistan who face imminent danger from the Taliban, many of whom assisted the U.S. military or U.S.-based global nonprofits in Afghanistan, as well as assisting with Special Immigrant Visa and P2 proceedings.
  • Representing IAC and its subsidiaries, Care.com, Ask Media Group, Vivian, The Daily Beast, Bluecrew, on all immigration matters, including securing employment authorization and visas for their foreign national workforce and international transferees throughout various company reorganizations, mergers, and acquisitions.
  • Advising Thomson Reuters in all immigration related matters including securing visas and employment authorization for foreign national candidates and employees.

Pryor Cashman LLP

Pryor Cashman LLP’s New York-based practice acts for a diverse client base including national and multinational corporations and individuals across a broad spectrum of industries ranging from financial services, technology, pharmaceutical, and fashion to the entertainment industry. With a highly specialized sports immigration practice, team lead Colleen Caden has carved out a niche practice advising national and foreign athletes and sports organizations on immigration and visa issues. Avram Morel represents clients from the financial services sector, including U.S. and multinational banks, insurance companies, securities brokers/dealers, and private equity funds, and also represents businesses and individuals in matters before U.S. government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State, and the Department of Labor. Multilingual Maria Fernanda Gandarez has built a practice around global mobility, assisting clients in their U.S. and foreign immigration needs including securing temporary employment visas and permanent residence, and advising on immigration-related discrimination practices.

Practice head(s):

Colleen Caden

Other key lawyers:

Avram Morell; Maria Fernanda Gandarez; Elisabeth A. Meddin

Key clients

Various National Basketball Association sports teams and leagues

Work highlights

  • Acting as legal counsel for various immigration matters for the NBA as well as its sports teams and affiliated leagues, including National Basketball Association Development League (NBA G-League), Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), NBA 2K League, Major League Lacrosse (MLL), and Major League Soccer (MLS).

Baker McKenzie LLP

Able to draw upon knowledge of the agriculture, automotive, energy, food, IT and pharma industries, Baker McKenzie LLP is well-equipped to assist clients on the full spectrum of global immigration and mobility matters. The department is led by Betsy Stelle Morgan, while Melissa Allchin assists regional and global clients on immigration regulatory mandates in addition to the the procedures, requirements, and strategies required to secure residence and work permits. Senior associate Matthew Gorman is located in Washington DC and frequently advises clients on corporate and employment immigration law matters. All individuals that have been mentioned are located in Chicago, unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Betsy Stelle Morgan

Other key lawyers:

Melissa Allchin; Matthew Gorman


‘The immigration team is professional and knowledgeable. They have a secured filing system so that we can review and transfer documents securely.’

‘Matt Gorman is an excellent communicator. He makes sure that our questions are answered promptly and that our projects are done on time. He is very knowledgeable and reliable. He is always thorough when providing his consultation. We enjoyed working with him.’

‘Matt always makes sure there are alternatives available if something does not go our way.’

Cozen O'Connor

Cozen O'Connor routinely advises high net worth individuals, international corporations, businesses and their employees seeking both temporary visa options and permanent residence in the US. Scott Bettridge leads the team from Miami and his client roster features significant multinational healthcare, insurance, professional services and private club organizations. Frances Rayer is located in Philadelphia and her practice encompasses employment-based immigration for institutional, international and university clients. David S. Adams works from New York and he is well-established in corporate immigration law, he also advises a plethora of global clients including fortune 500 companies on consular processing and program electronic review management matters.

Practice head(s):

Scott Bettridge

Other key lawyers:

Frances Rayer; David Adams; Elizabeth Olivera


‘They were thoroughly versed on the issue and extremely helpful.’

‘The team was extremely thorough, responsive and proactive during the entire process.’

Key clients

Banco Itau International


Ukraine Global Scholars

Spectral MD, Inc.

TMF Group

Rizing, LLC

Avison Young

Nordex USA, Inc.

Brunello Cuccinelli USA, Inc.

Transamerica Life Insurance Corporation

Work highlights

  • Asssisted Banco Itau International, by overhauling their immigration policy and procedure manual to reflect changes in U.S. immigration policy and substantial updates to the bank’s internal procedures.
  • Represented TMF Group with global immigration solutions covering over 80 plus jurisdictions.
  • Represented Nordex Group with the oversight and production of visa applications for a full range of energy professionals, as well as technicians and commissioners from across the globe.


With a core focus in business immigration, Dentons frequently guides employers, entrepreneurs, investors, and professionals throughout all stages of the immigration process globally, closely with the firm’s labor and employment practice to assist employers in the processing of transferring employees. Matthew Schulz is located in Silicon Valley and advises high net worth individuals and their family offices on employment, formation, immigration and operation matters. Alexander Castrodale works from Pittsburgh and his practice encompasses employment-based immigration; Alexa Forte also works from Pittsburgh and advises global and regional companies with temporary and permanent visas for their foreign national employees. Associate Mengci Shao is based in Silicon Valley and assists clients in employment contracts, global transfers, as well as the securing of work permits.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Schulz; Alexander Castrodale; Alexa Forte

Other key lawyers:

Mengci Shao


The team has deep knowledge of how the government process and legislative process for immigration.’

‘Mathew Schultz has decades of experience and knowledge in the space, and a method to to ensure successful outcomes.’

Key clients

Driscoll’s Strawberry Associates

Alphonso, Inc.



Global Linked Asia


Transmit Security


ABS-CBN International

Georgia Safari

Work highlights

  • Assisted Driscoll Strawberry Associates, Inc. with its global immigration needs in the US, Mexico, China, Australia and Europe.
  • Assisted the industry’s largest TV data set in securing visas for the best talent from around the world to develop the company technology.
  • Provided global migration services to a Florida-based multinational medical device corporation.

Fisher & Phillips

Recently bolstered with two new offices in Florida and Massachusetts, Fisher & Phillips assists employers with domestic employment verification requirements, I9 compliance, obtaining visas for US workers being transferred abroad, and permanent residence for their employees. The team is jointly led by Shanon Stevenson in Atlanta and Davis Bae in Seattle, the latter of whom routinely advises market leading clients in the construction, engineering, international trade, software and sports industries. Denver based Jocelyn Campanaro is thoroughly knowledgeable of the full array of business immigration matters including the development of globality mobility plans, while Brian Coughlin is located in Boston, joining the team from Fletcher Tilton PC in September 2022.

Practice head(s):

Davis Bae; Shanon Stevenson

Other key lawyers:

Jocelyn Campanaro; Brian Coughlin; David Jones; Angelica Ochoa; Edwina Kye


‘What makes Fisher stand out is their people. I am treated exceptionally well, almost as a peer or associate rather than a client.’

‘I work mostly with Jocelyn Campanaro. I have worked with her for over 10 years. She is incredibly knowledgeable of all immigration laws and regulations and her unique ability to apply complex case circumstances to the rules and regulations has proven time and time again to be successful on our most complex matters.’

Key clients


First Technology Federal Credit Union

Work highlights

  • Represented RSM US on more than 300 H-1Bs, L-1s, E-3s, TNs, PERMs, NIEs and more immigration matters.
  • Represented First Technology Federal Credit Union on nearly 70 H1-Bs, PERMs, COEs, H4s and I-140s immigration matters.

Grossman Young & Hammond

The one-stop shop at Grossman Young & Hammond advises clients on the full range of immigration issues, including employment and family-based immigration, international human rights & Interpol defense, as well as litigation. Becki Young  is active on matters pertaining to healthcare, investment banking and securities, IT, manufacturing and non-profit, while Sandra Grossman enjoys a successful track record before immigration courts, and has represented clients in detention and bond issues, the immigration consequences of criminal convictions and deportation defense. Meg Hobbins is thoroughly proficient in challenging consular visa applications, while Patrick Taurel frequently assists clients in their release from immigration detention, joining the team in April 2022. All lawyers are based in Maryland.

Practice head(s):

Becki Young; Sandra Grossman; Meg Hobbins; Patrick Taurel

Other key lawyers:

Adriana Robinson; Yeon Me Kim


‘They are the nationwide experts on Interpol issues. They also have an extensive hospitality immigration practice.’

‘It has been a wonderful company to work with. They are very professional and attentive to my needs.’

‘They make you feel that your case is the most important case they have to handle, and they put their heart into it.’

Key clients

The African Middle East Leadership Project (AMEL)

Nicolas Eatery

Verato Inc.

Quince Pacific

Perfect Sense, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented a private individual in a pro bono immigration case by filing a petition for a writ of habeas corpus and an emergency application for a temporary restraining order, arguing the clients deportation was unlawful.
  • Rpresented the former Minister of Finance and President of the Central Bank of Suriname in the challenging of an illegitimate, politically motivated Interpol Red Notice.

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is principally focused on compliance, global immigration, in addition to US immigration sponsorship matters, and advises both corporate and non-profit clients. The department assists on cases spanning across the manufacturing, pharmaceutical, retail, banking and healthcare sectors, and is co-led by Adam Rosser and Ian Band, who advises clients on an assortment of immigration and nationality law in addition to family-related matters. Shaena Rowland assists corporate clients with naturalization, non-immigrant and permanent residence as well as corporate I-9 issues, while Lieselot Whitbeck is based in Miami and works with companies in the development of multi-destination strategies for their global workforce. All mentioned individuals are located in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Ian Band; Adam Rosser

Other key lawyers:

Shaena Rowland; Lieselot Whitbeck; Suzan Kern; Sara Harlow; Brooke Hollmann; Sanjee Weliwitigoda


‘This is a professional, reliable, and up to date immigration team.’

‘Ian Band is a seasoned veteran with impeccable judgment who is attuned to business concerns.’

‘The Hunton firm has a dedicated team on our account. The team is well organized, with clear responsibilities for everyone, allowing transparency in our processes for our employees. The technology is used to track dates and documents, on both sides employee and employer.’

‘Hunton has been able to hire excellent individuals who were able to quickly and impressively adapt to our account. Sanjee Weliwitigoda is a very valuable asset to the team, he is very knowledgeable and responsive.

Key clients

Ahold Delhaize USA

Arcellx, Inc.

ChildFund International, USA

Form Technologies, Inc.

Ideal Semiconductor Devices Corp

LifeHouse Health Services, LLC

Macrogenics, Inc.

Mediacom Communications Corporation

Neuraly, Inc.

Pyxus International, Inc.

Rapt Studio

Ruffian LLC

Telefonica S.A.

Telxius Cable USA, Inc.

Terumo Medical Corp.

Tombras Group, The

WH Smith PLC

Whole Foods Market Group, Inc.

Jackson Lewis P.C.

Jackson Lewis P.C. routinely assesses the implications of state and local immigration laws, and is extensively experienced in representing significant key executives in matters concerning immigration detention and removal. The team also advises on regulatory compliance concerning immigration and represents employers in Department of Homeland Security civil and criminal workplace investigations. Michael Neifach works from Washington, DC and his diverse client base features high profile individuals, law firms, private equity funds and significant companies with immigration and visa issues. Otieno Ombok is located in White Plains and assists employers operating in the Big Pharma and healthcare, manufacturing and telecommunications with the development of their immigration programs. Amy Peck is based in Omaha and is often engaged workplace immigration and compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Amy Peck; Michael Neifach; Otieno Ombok

Other key lawyers:

Kimberly Bennett; Minnie Fu


‘They assist us in working with our foreign national employees and their managers taking the time to explain each step in the process.’

‘Their knowledge and understanding of immigration law, as well as the current immigration law environment is invaluable.

Key clients

USA Bobsled

AXS Group, LLC

Tanner Trebb

Miltenyi Biotec North America

Meadowbrook Foundation

Feng Dong/Bedrock Foundation

Zhengping Hao


Meadowbrook Foundation

Work highlights

Baker Hostetler

Led by Chicago’s David Serwer and Amy Traub in New York, BakerHostetler represents public and private businesses across a variety of industries including automotive, energy, engineering, financial services, health care and tech. The team also routinely assists clients with compliance mandates including I-9 and E-Verify employment verification, in addition to gaining temporary work visas and secure lawful permanent residence visas for employees. Michelle Barhorst in Columbus is primarily engaged in issues pertaining to the insurance industry, while John Foerster, also in Chicago often advises clients with Blanket L-1,H-1B, O-1, P-1 and program electronic review management filings.

Practice head(s):

David Serwer; Amy Traub

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Barhorst; John Foerster; Pamela Nieto

Bracewell LLP

Bracewell LLP often works in conjunction with the firm’s energy, finance and white-collar defense and government relations practices, and is particuarly active across a diversity of industries including food safety, medical devices, technology, and utilities. Managing partner of the San Antonio office Victoria Garcia is knowledgeable of domestic and international business immigration, including the application of US legislation abroad, conflicts between the United States and foreign legislation, and the transfer of employees between subsidiaries and related entities.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Garcia


‘They are very knowledgeable of the immigration practice, very responsive, and stay up to date on changes that occur.’

‘Victoria Garcia has a breadth of knowledge in the immigration space that extends far beyond the norm. Victoria seamlessly transitioned through the variety of employment-based visas and offer guidance on the most complicated of situations. She is always taking into consideration the needs of all the parties involved.’

‘The most admirable quality of Victoria Garcia is her ability and willingness to explain the very complicated moving parts of the U.S. immigration process. She explains the process in terms that anyone can understand, while continuing to demonstrate her command of the legal immigration world.’

‘Victoria Garcia is responsive, collaborative, and is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Valero Energy Corporation

Calpine Corporation

Xenex Disinfection Services, Inc.

CPS Energy

NuStar Services Company, LLC

Southeastern Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Circle K

Phalanx International (USA), Inc.

Food Safety Net Services, Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Represented Valero Energy Corporation in all matters related to immigration.
  • Represnted Xenex Disinfection Services, Inc. in all matters related to immigration.
  • Represents Calpine Corporation in all matters related to immigration.

Greenspoon Marder LLP

Greenspoon Marder LLP advises domestic and global city and state agencies, Fortune 500 companies, high-net worth individuals, and universities on immigration, immigration compliance and global mobility. The team also assists clients with US visas in addition to permanent residence and is well-equipped to guide clients with employment extraordinary ability applications, family and investment visas and temporary work visas. Patricia Gannon works from New York and her practice features the development of numerous compliance strategies and programs and employment verification matters. Marcela Bermudez is located in Newark and represents foreign investors, most commonly Spanish and LatAm clients with visa status based on startup companies and investments. Associate Ruijie Zhang is also based in Newark and supports clients through all phases of the green card process, including 1-140 immigrant petitions and program electronic review management.

Practice head(s):

Patricia Gannon: Marcela Bermudez

Other key lawyers:

Ruijie Zhang

Work highlights

  • Advised clients on global policy changes, work visas, and international travel bans due to COVID-19.
  • Represented foreign nationals and workers in obtaining various types of visas, including H-1B, L-1, TN, H-1B1, and E-3.
  • Represented clients to navigate the global travel bans and kept clients apprised of the rapidly shifting regulations that varied widely from country to country.

Husch Blackwell LLP

Home to members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Husch Blackwell LLP represents a breadth of clients across the education, energy, food and agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing and telecommunications industries. Co-lead of the team Kelli Meilink works alongside employers in the development of immigration planning, including employer-sponsored work authorization, as well as H-1B and labor certification application processes. Also co-lead of the team, Christine Fabin assists organizations that hire foreign nationals with immigration policy development and training programs, regulatory compliance and I-9 due diligence in addition to sponsorship petitions and applications for work authorization. All individuals that have been mentioned are located in Kansas City.

Practice head(s):

Kelli Meilink; Christine Fabin

Key clients

Lindt & Sprüngli

Christensen Farms and Feedlots, Inc.

Northwest Missouri State University



Kansas City Public Schools

Missouri Conference of The United Methodist Church

Lindt & Sprüngli

Work highlights

  • Represented Missouri Conference of The United Methodist Church in helping bring a pastor from Cuba to the United States to start a Spanish speaking ministry at an existing United Methodist Church in Independence, Missouri.