Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP's 'exceptional' immigration practice remains the first choice of call for clients in this area, providing a top-end service on business immigration matters. It is present in nine locations, and managing partner Jeremy Fudge in Dallas oversees the group which has extensive expertise representing global blue-chip companies and leading financial institutions. The Texas team comprises key partners Roberto Caballero who heads the Houston and Austin offices and is noted for complex advisory work across a range of industries including energy and technology. Kortney Gibson in Dallas handles non-immigrant visa work and Ruth Clark in Houston advises on corporate immigration strategies. In DC, managing partner Lynden Melmed is the name for sensitive immigration advisory matters, and is the head of the firms government affairs practice which advises on global immigration strategies and policies. On the West Coast, Frieda Garcia in San Francisco focuses on global immigration, whilst Nassim Mahzoon who is described by clients as 'knowledgeable and a delight to work with' handles visa petitions and securing labor certification applications. Founding partner David Berry, also in San Francisco, remains a key practitioner in the group and has decades of experience in international immigration. On the associate level, Tiffany Martinez handles employment-based and family-based matters. The team's cross-border work is facilitated via its ongoing alliance with Deloitte UK.
Immigration in United States
Other key lawyers:
Roberto Caballero; Kortney Gibson; Ruth Clark; Lynden Melmed; Frieda Garcia; Nassim Mahzoon; David Berry; Tiffany Martinez
‘The team is customer oriented, strive to deliver best services and keep the client population at ease. BAL has been providing great Immigration services for the company for the last decade and we have grown our program with their partnership’
‘Best Customer service Diligent Approachable Go beyond to help And are partners delivering the best in class.’
‘Superb customer service and subject matter expertise.’
‘Josiah Curtis is caring, professional and a knowledgeable attorney.’
‘I think what makes Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) unique in the legal market is their genuine pursuit of the exceptional. In terms of collaboration, my impression is that the team works very well together. They celebrate their team wins, and also are always willing to take on constructive feedback with humility and a positive attitude. The BAL government affairs team is exceptional. They proactively inform us of news developments that could impact our immigration program, and strategies to navigate any changes or challenges. Our approval rates for filings are very high. I believe is a testament to the great work of the team and the firm.’
‘Our legal team at BAL is led by partner Nassim Mahzoon, and supported by associate attorneys Michael Miguel and Lynn Bonnello.’
‘Nassim Mahzoon is a delight to work with. Nassim is thoughtful, proactive, and I feel confident having her as our lead partner supporting the U.S. account. She is knowledgeable and responsive, especially on critical matters, at all hours, weekends, and even by text message. She regularly offers phone calls to employees, flexing to India hours. She has great empathy for our foreign national employees, and our employees enjoy working with her.’
‘Michael Miguel is super responsive, kind, and courteous. He is thoughtful, and does not get fazed by any challenge. I have great confidence in the petitions that Michael files, and he has an extraordinarily high approval rate for our H-1B petitions and RFEs. Michael is regularly suggests jumping on a phone call to talk through tricky questions with our employees, which they appreciate. I find that he goes the extra mile to support our employees and new hires and strives to give a great customer experience.
‘Lynn Bonnello has a calm demeanor, which is helpful in navigating stressful immigration scenarios.’
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy has a market-leading immigration practice that is highly rated by both clients and peers. Having a multi-state presence across 18 offices, the team is able to leverage its national and international offering to handle complex and cross-border matters pertaining to employment, investigations, and immigration strategies. In DC, Bo Cooper is the main contact and heads the firms government strategies and compliance team. Also in DC is Daniel Brown who acts for corporate clients on business immigration with a focus on I-9 and E-Verify issues. Over in New York, key contacts include Robert Casazza who handles visa applications and senior partner Austin Fragomen. Daryl Buffenstein in Atlanta and senior counsel Cynthia Lange in San Francisco are recommended practitioners.
Daryl Buffenstein; Cynthia Lange
Other key lawyers:
Bo Cooper; Austin Fragomen; Robert Casazza; Daniel Brown
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP's well-regarded immigration practice has a focus on advising global brands operating in the fashion and luxury consumer products sectors on workplace strategies and immigration compliance matters. Overseen by New York-based Mark Koestler, the team has sector strength across the media and advertising, financial services, and technology sectors, and is also able to undertake large cross-border mandates via its Paris office. Co-chair Matthew Dunn advises on corporate restructurings, acquisitions, and spin-offs for corporations and defends companies in investigations by federal agencies including the US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. Also in the team is experienced associate Scott Gorski who advises on employment-related business immigration work and special counsel Allison Gray who represents leading advertising and digital marketing clients.
Mark D. Koestler; Matthew S. Dunn
Other key lawyers:
Scott Gorski; Allison Gray
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP's full-service global mobility practice group services a multitude of corporate clients across employment law, immigration compliance, and high-profile litigation mandates. Led by Eleanor Pelta in Washington DC, the team is experienced in handling immigration-related discrimination investigations and representing clients in investigations by the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and other federal agencies. Also in DC is Shannon Donnelly who heads the global immigration team and is noted for her immigration compliance expertise. She frequently works cross-border with team members in London, Tokyo, and Singapore. The group's key strengths lie in non-US visas and work permits, foreign employment laws, and litigating in federal courts on visa denials. Eric Bord manages the immigration compliance practice and is recommended for I-9 and E-Verify matters. On the West Coast, co-chair James Vazquez-Azpiri in San Francisco is the name for corporate immigration issues pertaining to mergers, acquisitions, and restructurings. He is supported by Counsel Christina Gonzaga who focuses on employment-based advisory work. The group has an active pro-bono practice and handles asylum seeker and deportation cases.
Eleanor Pelta; James Vázquez-Azpiri
Other key lawyers:
Shannon Donnelly; Christine Gonzaga; Eric Bord
‘Cutting-edge knowledge, creative solutions, efficient, and responsive.’
‘Eric Bord is a responsive, practical, client-focused expert.’
Samsung Research America
Seagate US LLC
T. Rowe Price
- Acted in federal litigation of adverse USCIS decisions as a cost- effective remedy where clients are in danger of losing key foreign talent – one of many strategies to counter the current unpredictable adjudicatory environment. This year we filed at least 12 federal complaints for clients including T. Rowe Price and CS Technology.
- Acted with the National Immigration Law Center and the American Immigration Lawyers Association to bring a lawsuit against US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the US Department of Homeland Security over the recent “public charge” rule allowing USCIS to deny green cards to immigrants who may use public assistance in the future.
- Representing Samsung Research America (SRA) in a wide range of US and global immigration matters. We have been successful in obtaining green cards for highly qualified SRA employees.
Seyfarth Shaw LLP's 'excellent partner led' immigration practice remains a market leader in this area and handles a high volume of complex business immigration matters and compliance. Comprising seasoned practitioners, the practice group which has six offices, is jointly overseen by key partners Russell Swapp in Boston and James King in Atlanta. The group acts for large corporations on enforcement, corporate planning strategies, and workplace mobility issues. In DC, Leon Rodriguez is the standout partner with years of federal expertise specialising in immigration compliance and employment issues, with particular focus on I-9 worksite matters. He is supported by senior counsel Dawn Lurie who advises on immigration-related discrimination matters. Looking West, Angelo Paparelli in Los Angeles has extensive experience in litigating for employers against government investigations, and white-collar immigration work. Gabriel Mozes in Atlanta focuses on visa issues including temporary non-immigrant visa petitions for clients across the pharmaceutical, and information technology industries.
Russell Swapp; James King
Other key lawyers:
Angelo Paparelli; Leon Rodriguez; Gabriel Mozes; Dawn Lurie
‘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. ’
‘Leon Rodriguez, Dawn Lurie, Jason Burritt, and Angelo Paparelli. Leon has provided help on compliance matters and litigation, Dawn has provided help on I-9s, Jason has provided general business immigration advice, and Angelo has helped with an internal agency appeal and consular matters. They present potential solutions that take our business needs into account and proactively reach out when new immigration news may impact us.’
‘Thoughtful analysis by Angelo Paparelli on complex immigration issues as well as clarity on possible actions. Excellent partner to in-house counsel.’
Society for Human Resource Management
- Leon Rodriguez serves as outside immigration policy counsel for Society for Human Resource Management providing advice on regulatory comments, policy advocacy, and litigation.
- Team filed an amicus (friend of the court) brief in support of the Plaintiffs at the request of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers.
- Represented clients in federal district court challenging several unlawful decisions of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services under the Administrative Procedure Act involving denials of procedural due process and of requests for employment-based immigration benefit.
Akerman LLP's immigration compliance practice focuses on corporate business immigration matters for large companies and international clients. Based in Florida, the group is overseen by Maria Casablanca in Miami and has strength representing clients operating in the communications, education, and energy spaces. New co-chair Denise Gavica Perez who also leads the firms employment group, has a specialism in the healthcare sector and has expertise in obtaining non-immigrant and immigrant visas for medical employees. She is the key name for immigration work pertaining to hospitals. On the associate level, Rachel Perez advises on the cross-border transfer of employees and employer eligibility audits. The team also handles pro-bono political asylum cases and has a thriving EB-5 immigrant investor program for investors, developers, and financial institutions.
Maria Casablanca; Denise Gavica Perez
Other key lawyers:
‘I believe that Akerman has availability and customer service orientation ’
‘Availability and creativity.’
Bassett Healthcare Network
Ciena Healthcare Management
Sofidel America Corp.
Kettering Health Network
- Representing Connectics USA in processing numerous nurse cases to fill vacant nursing positions at various hospitals and healthcare entities nationwide during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Representing Bassett Healthcare Network in processing numerous nurse cases to fill vacant nursing positions at a hospital in New York during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Representing numerous healthcare entities, including several large hospitals nationwide, in preparing a high volume of employment-based immigration cases to transfer hundreds of healthcare professionals, including talented and dedicated professionals in all medical practices, to the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Duane Morris LLP
At Duane Morris LLP, the immigration practice is able to leverage the firm’s wider capabilities in tax, corporate, and litigation to provide a full service offering to clients operating across the technology and pharmaceutical industry. Based in California, group head Lisa Spiegel has an employment-based practice and advises on nationality law, non-immigrant visa matters, and immigrant visas. In DC, Denyse Sabagh is a key name with over three decades of experience in immigration law. She advises on both inbound and outbound employment immigration, and is noted for her expertise in assisting large corporates in developing business immigration policies. The firm’s New York office has been significantly strengthened with its merger with Satterlee Stephens LLP putting the headcount to 60 practitioners. Pierre Bonnefil remains a contact there, with experience represents clients before the US Department of Homeland Security.
Other key lawyers:
Denyse Sabagh; Pierre Bonnefil
Nielsen Consumer LLC
SKF USA, Inc.
The Blackstone Group
- Assisted a Senior Managing Director (US Citizen) and his wife (Canadian Citizen) along with their two children and British nanny to return to the US in a seamless manner even though there were so many travel restrictions due to Covid-19.
- Represented InterDigital, a mobile technology research and development company, in securing a blanket L-1 approval for the company, which allowed the company to send a high-level manager to a US Embassy for her visa. After the blanket L-1 approval for the company was secured, successfully got the individual the visa and back into the U.S. after she had been stuck waiting in France.
Based in Texas, Foster LLP's practice provides national and international immigration advice to large corporate clients, mid-sized companies, and private individuals. Across three office locations but based largely out of Houston, the group is led by Charles Foster. It has extensive experience handling visa work, I-9 compliance matters, and workforce immigration strategies. Also in the team is Avalyn Langemeier who handles corporate immigration matters, particularly non-immigrant work visas and permanent residency options. José Pérez is the name for family-based immigration visas. In the Austin office, managing partner Robert Loughran has a focus on corporate immigration matters, whilst Ryan Chargois secures work authorizations and permits for employers.
Charles Foster; Robert Loughran; John Meyer; José Pérez; Nestor Rosin
Other key lawyers:
‘Guillermo Weiner, Gabriela Palomo, and John Meyer. All three of them were very detail oriented and organized with all of our documents every step of the way. It would have been very difficult to navigate without the help of all three attorneys. We also we touched by the way that Foster genuinely cared about the successful outcome of our case. Any time we had any question or concern, they patiently answered our questions and held phone consultations with us at key moment during our application process.’
- Represented 54 German employers over the last 12 months to assist employees to obtain U.S. work visas at the U.S. Consulates in Germany.
- Prepared Conrad 30 J-1 waiver applications for international medical graduates to provide clinical care to individuals in health shortage areas in Texas where physicians are needed. J-1 waivers were recommended by the Texas Primary Care Office of Texas Health and Human Services.
- Advised a prestigious opera singer on obtaining an EB 1-A extraordinary ability petition for permanent residence. Approved by USCIS Texas Service Center.
Greenberg Traurig LLP‘s business immigration team is noted for its ‘solid team play‘ and is jointly overseen by Laura Reiff in Washington, DC and Ian Macdonald in Atlanta. The practice advises large domestic and international corporations and investors on business compliance matters, and US work visas. In the Atlanta office, Jay Ruby handles all types of visa work including O-1 and O-2 visas, and has experience representing clients before the Department of Labor and other federal agencies. Martha Schoonover in Northern Virginia has over three decades of experience and is skilled in temporary non-immigrant visa work. Employment-based immigration matters are dealt with by Kate Kalmykov in New York and New Jersey, whose core specialty is EB-5 immigrant investor programs.
Laura Reiff; Ian Macdonald
Other key lawyers:
Jay Ruby; Martha Schoonover; Kate Kalmykov
‘The team here is exceptional, extremely customer-focused and attentive. I know that I can call the principal attorney at any time and speak with her on issues of concern.’
‘We mainly work with Kristen Ng as a primary attorney from our organization. The team effort of her and her teams are tremendously collaborative and much more effective than any other law firms we’ve worked with which have strengthen our trust with them.’
‘They handle all US immigration matters including new and transfer of all nonimmigration visa categories such as H/L/B/TN/O visas. They also support anything and everything outside of immigration matter to our organization such as outbound immigration matters, standardizing our affiliates’ immigration policy, tax matters, mobility program management, litigation matters. ’
‘The team assigned on our account are always prompt, professional and pay close attention to our employees as clients. Their attention to detail is to be commended. ’
‘Kristen Burke and Martha Schoonover are wonderful to work with. We enjoy a close relationship and the entire team always cater to our needs. This is especially true in times of crisis when special care is required and they always deliver. The past year has been especially challenging and the Greenberg team has delivered without question, always ready to assist us as clients and keeping us updated with timely notifications regarding the latest immigration updates by the govt. Our partnership with the GT team is simply unparalleled with our other firms. ‘
CVS/Pharmacy and CVS Caremark
City of Miami
Swire Properties US Inc.
Extell New York Regional Center
Odessa Technologies, Inc.
Formation of EB-5 Immigration Coalition
- Our team of experts, with Laura Reiff leading the advocacy work, for EB-5 reform, H-1B reform, H-2B reform, and also reform that targets non-immigrant visa issuance at the consulates.
- Advised Swire Properties on their United States workforce and challenges posed by the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
- Advises American Business Immigration Coalition on matters ranging from federal immigration reform, state-based immigration policy and economic assistance for immigrant/minority owned businesses.
Mayer Brown is singled out by clients as a 'fantastic' immigration and global mobility practice, and is noted for its handling of complex and high-stakes business immigration matters. The DC-based team is led by Elizabeth Stern who has over three decades of experience advising multinational clients on immigration strategies, and is currently leading the firm's COVID-19 task force which has a niche offering in risk management. On the employment side, Grace Shie is the contact advising on mobility and transfer matters. She counts various financial institutions and defence groups as clients. The group also includes senior associate Timothy D’Arduini who handles corporate transactions and is recommended for advisory work pertaining to criminal enforcement actions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Justice. The group has a vast litigation capacity and is able to handle cross-border mandates spanning EMEA and Asia.
Elizabeth Espín Stern; Grace Shie
Other key lawyers:
‘I have worked with this team for many years and they are simply fantastic. They are subject matter experts and have always come up with practical solutions for our immigration cases. This team handles each immigration case with a lot of thought and makes sure our employees are well taken care of.‘
‘The main attorneys I work with are Liz Stern, Grace Shie, Tim D’Arduini, and Paul Virtue. They are extremely responsive and I have never had to worry about our immigration matters.’
American Credit Acceptance
American Express Company
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)
International Air Transport Association (IATA)
- Represented Amici Curae on an amicus brief filed in the US Northern District of California in October 2020 in support of a lawsuit by the US Chamber of Commerce and other plaintiffs challenging the “Strengthening H-1B” regulations issued by the US Departments of Labor and Homeland Security in October 2020.
- Advised Legal, Global Mobility, and Program Leads on changing legal trends and requirements affecting the design and execution of the company’s global mobility program and deployment of hundreds of employees on mission-critical programs, including: impact of COVID-19-related restrictions.
- Represented a company before the Immigrant & Employee Rights (IER) section of the US Department of Justice, successfully defending the company against a discrimination complaint brought under the Immigration & Nationality Act.
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.'s immigration practice is headed by seasoned practitioners Susan Cohen and John Quill, and has considerable experience advising corporate businesses and individuals. Led primarily from Boston, the team handles a range business immigration matters, including visa work, and is able to leverage its wider firm capabilities across employment law and litigation. Other team members include special counsel Angel Feng who has over two decades of experience in the field and focuses on compliance matters, whilst William Coffman focuses on nationality law, and has experience representing clients before the US Citizenship and Immigration Services. The group has an active pro bono practice handling asylum cases.
John Quill; Susan Cohen
Other key lawyers:
Angel Feng; William Coffman
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
ACLU of Massachusetts and the ACLU of New Hampshire
- Serves IAC as a trusted advisor ensuring that the client and its subsidiaries are able to gain and retain vital talent. This year in particular, Mintz advised on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on travel, and assisted in facilitating international travel essential to business operations.
- Advised Thomson Reuters in all immigration related matters for the past 17 years including securing visas and employment authorization for foreign national candidates and employees.
- Served as the attorney of record in the amicus brief filed on behalf of NQAPIA. The amicus brief states that there are tens of thousands of individuals who identify as LGBTQ and received protection under DACA, many of whom were born in API nations. Without the protection afforded by DACA, those children will be subject to removal proceedings to their countries of birth, where they could suffer persecution.
The highly rated New York-based immigration and nationality practice at Proskauer Rose LLP handles an assortment of corporate strategies and immigration compliance matters for clients in the financial services industry. Overseen by David Grunblatt and counsel Valarie McPherson, the group has an employment based offering and has expertise in the transfer of foreign nationals and international personnel for employers, and non-immigrant and immigrant visa matters for corporations. On the associate level, Erica Loomba has over a decade of experience in employment-based immigration matters as does Jennifer Wexler who represents domestic and international companies in the fashion and retail industry. The group also has experience advising on policy and has an active pro-bono practice.
David Grunblatt; Valarie McPherson
Other key lawyers:
Erica Loomba; Jennifer Wexler
‘I always find that the lawyer handling my case is easy to get a hold of and very through in answering my questions. They are also quick to respond and provide me with praise when I get things right. I really think of them more of an extension of our firm and less of that third party we just turn to. They are simply nice. ’
‘I work with Jennifer Rizzo, Svetlana Vinogradova and Valarie McPherson. All three of them are fantastic. They are quick to update me, I know exactly who to go to for specific cases and questions, They work as a team to make it seamless for the company. They are knowledgeable and actually seem to care about us and our employees. They have been amazing to work with.’
- Advised and filed hundreds of cases for clients in a matter of a few weeks pertaining to immigrant visa numbers (green card) for employment based cases.
- Advised clients on the implications of furloughs, interruptions in employment and remote work on visa holders as well as publishing a series of client alerts.
Pryor Cashman LLP
Housed in New York, the full-service immigration practice at Pryor Cashman LLP has a focus on a range of corporate immigration matters for clients including Fortune500 companies and foreign athletes. Highly rated by peers, the group is led by Colleen Caden and has strength across the financial services, technology, pharmaceuticals, and entertainment industry. The group is known for its expertise as a go-to for professional sports-related immigration work. Maria Gandarez handles an assortment of cross-border mandates on global mobility issues and advises on temporary employment visas and permanent residence matters whilst Avram Morell advises clients in the financial services industry and has experience representing clients before federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security. On the associate level, Dina Weinstein advises on immigrant and non-immigrant visas.
Other key lawyers:
Maria Gandarez; Avram Morell; Dina Weinstein
Baker McKenzie LLP
From its Chicago base, Baker McKenzie LLP's full-service immigration group provides an in-depth, cross practice approach spanning employment, corporate tax, and data privacy law. Led by Betsy Morgan, the team represents an array of leading domestic and multinational clients on employment-related immigration advice and is particularly skilled in the global transfer of employees. David Serwer is a key name in the Chicago office and has a thriving pro-bono practice handling naturalisation applications and visa permits. Also of note is Ginger Partee who has over two decades of experience advising engineering and technology companies on I-9 and other compliance audits, as well as handling US employment-based visas and work permits. The group regularly works with its offices in London, Hong-Kong, and Toronto on cross-border executive transfer matters. Elsewhere, the group has introduced a new mobile app for clients which provides targeted immigration and tax advice for over thirty-five jurisdictions.
Other key lawyers:
David Serwer; Ginger Partee;
‘The Baker team is committed to providing high quality legal services around the globe, and has been invaluable in locations that can feel inaccessible without their assistance.’
‘Susan Eandi has been a valued resource for many years. She provides exceptional advice and helps coordinate high quality resources around the world. We have been fortunate to rely on her for many years.’
Huron Consulting Group
Fortune 100 Bank
Guardian Media Group
- Advised AGCO for more than 12 years, providing guidance on high level issues related to corporate immigration compliance and day to day advice regarding employment sponsored work permit / visa filings for intracompany assignees and new hires in the US, China, France, Morocco, South Africa and Zambia.
- Advised Caterpillar on domestic US immigration matters. We have directly handled the end-to-end immigration processes for multiple executives (including c-suite executives).
- Provide integrated immigration and employment advice related to assignees and rapidly respond to Mozilla’s global workforce.
The well-rated, multidisciplinary immigration practice at Cozen O'Connor focuses on immigration strategies for domestic and international corporations and businesses. With offices in Miami and Philadelphia, the team is managed by Miami-based Scott Bettridge. It advises on both immigrant and non-immigrant visa matters including temporary H1B visas, and is able to leverage the firms employment and tax capabilities. Associate Daniela Barshel is a core member of the team, supporting on family-based sponsorship matters and EB-5 investor programs. In Philadelphia, Frances Rayer handles employment-based immigration and advises multinational clients on employing foreign nationals in the United States.
‘The firm is extremely knowledgeable with various immigration situations. This enables them to respond immediately.’
‘The immigration practice collaborates with employment practice which often is needed when dealing with employee immigration situations.’
‘They are very responsive, and easy to speak through options even before retainers are signed etc.’
‘I value Scott Bettridge’s knowledge and thorough explanations and that he provides alternative options for us to considered. Scott also is available when situations need immediate assistance. ‘
Banco Itau International
European-American Chamber of Commerce
Nordex USA, Inc.
- Provided comprehensive immigration services to Banco Itau International, the largest bank in the Southern Hemisphere, and their U.S. subsidiaries.
- Representing TMF Group in supporting their clients with global immigration solutions covering over 80 plus jurisdictions.
- Represented Transbiaga, a wind energy company, in assisting the client with over 30 applications for L-1 visas for intracompany transferees, so that they were able to take on staff for a significant new wind farm projects in the United States.
Fisher & Phillips
The immigration practice at Fisher & Phillips has a coast-to-coast offering spanning thirty-six locations, and handles a steady stream of global immigration mandates. Led by Shanon Stevenson in Atlanta and Davis Bae in Seattle, the group advises on workplace compliance matters, US non-immigrant visas, and global transfers of employees. Jessica Cook in Atlanta advises employers on I-9 and E-Verify compliance matters, whilst Memphis-based David Jones represents clients in complex employment-based immigration matters before the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Labor, and other federal agencies. A key contact in Denver, highlighted by clients as 'amazing' includes Angelica Ochoa whose practice covers employment-based immigration and litigation.
Shanon Stevenson; Davis Bae
Other key lawyers:
Angelica Ochoa; David Jones; Jessica Cook
‘The team is extremely knowledgeable and reliable. The way that Fisher Phillips builds relationships with its customers is very transparent and it feels very real, not just business oriented. They make you feel like you are important no matter what and definitely feels like you are their priority, even if they have a million other things happening around them. They are extremely responsive and we are always supported by someone.’
‘Angelica Ochoa is wonderful and we could not be happier with the amazing work she does for our organization. She is extremely reliable and transparent with everything she does. Also, her team is just as amazing! We work with Zuzana Geremes, Brittany Winston, Brendan Gaughan, Situ Bhojpure and Kati Standford; all equally fantastic, extremely kind and very knowledgeable individuals for which we are very grateful to work with. We see our core values and what our organization stands for reflected in the daily work that this team does for us, and this is something very important to us. All of the individuals mentioned and the quality of their work is simply exceptional.’
- Represented a National Staffing Company in an ICE audit.
- Represented RSM US on more than 170 immigration matters during the past year, including H-1Bs, L-1s, E-3s, TNs and PERMs.
Grossman Young & Hammond
Washington DC-based immigration practice at Grossman Young & Hammond is rated for its handling of high-profile and complex immigration matters for clients, including former presidential leaders and domestic corporations. The group is led by co-chair and seasoned practitioner Becki Young who handles the full gamut of matters ranging from visa matters, family-based immigration, and federal litigation for clients operating in the restaurants and hospitality sector. Co-chair Sandra Grossman has a specialty in international human rights cases and is active in politically sensitive matters, including diplomatic and complex inadmissibility issues. She also represents clients before the Board of Immigration Appeals and other federal courts. Also in the team is senior counsel Denise Hammond. The group has strengthened its offering with Khandikile Sokoni who joined from True, Walsh & Sokoni, LLP.
Sandra Grossman; Becki Young
Other key lawyers:
Khandikile Sokoni; Denise Hammond
A Modo Mio, Inc. dba Et Voila!
The Dinex Group
Perfect Sense, Inc.
Fabio Trabocchi Management, LLC
- Represented former Guatemalan Presidential Candidate, Thelma Aldana, in her application for asylum.
- Represented Michelin-starred Quince Restaurant in a federal lawsuit against United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for denying its H-1B visa petition for an accountant.
Hogan Lovells US LLP's full-service immigration group also has a niche practice in international trade laws and export compliance, as well as servicing clients on traditional immigration matters. Based out of Washington DC, the team handles national security-related immigration work for governments, and employment-based visa issues for multinational corporations and higher education clients. Aleksandar Dukic leads the team alongside co-chair Beth Peters, who also manages the trade and investment group. Also in the team is newly promoted Anne Fisher who advises on customs and economic sanctions, as do a team of senior associates based in the Northern Virginia office. The group has an active pro-bono practice handling cases of asylum and immigration for children.
Beth Peters; Aleksandar Dukic
Other key lawyers:
Precigen Inc. (formerly named Intrexon Corporation)
City Facilities Management
Central American Bottling Company
Venture Global LNG
- Provided immigration advice to Precigen, Inc. (formerly named Intrexon Corporation) to obtain legal authorization for its foreign national scientists to work in the U.S., both for temporary non-immigrant visas.
- Assisting City Facilities Management in an E-3 visa process to transfer one of the top-level executives from overseas to the U.S. operations.
- Assisting Insulet Corporations to obtain legal authorization for its foreign national scientists to work in the U.S., both for temporary non-immigrant visas (including cap-subject H-1B petitions, TN and E-3 visas for Insulet’s research and scientific roles) and for permanent resident status (green cards).
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP's immigration practice is 'exceptional' according to clients and is focused on both domestic and global immigration matters. Housed in Washington DC, the group is managed by 'seasoned veteran' Ian Band and handles the full range of visa issues including student, temporary work, and permanent residency. Practice co-head Adam Rosser focuses on business immigration matters for large corporations, particularly those operating in the pharmaceutical sectors and advises on I-9 compliance. Also in the team is Counsel Suzan Kern who specialises in obtaining P visas and green cards for employees. In Miami, associate Lieselot Whitbeck is the name for international immigration needs and has experience in employment law.
Ian Band; Adam Rosser
Other key lawyers:
Suzan Kern; Lieselot Whitbeck
‘Communication: They always reply to all of our questions, no matter how small they are. Also, to me is admirable how hard workers they are as they regularly work extensive hours to make sure all our matters are taken care of. ’
‘They have all this knowledge, experience and patience to guide us thru the processes. They have no issue with explaining how things work as many times as we need to. Particularly, Lieselot Whitbeck is awesome, she sees things in a different way and thinks outside the box, so it has been a learning experience to work with her. ’
‘The team at Hunton Andrews Kurth is extremely knowledgeable and responsive. They take the time to explain the process in an understandable way to our Managers and candidates. They make good recommendations and work very efficiently. ’
‘I feel like the firm is an extended partner for our company. I really appreciate how responsive they are – and patient. At times, it takes our company a while to get the information together. Adam, Helena, David, Jenn and Sarah are always supportive through the process. ’
‘Ian Band is a longstanding and seasoned veteran that is attuned to business needs. He is experienced, reliable, and a great colleague for those of us in the national bar. He has integrity, experience, savoir faire.’
‘The Immigration team at Hunton consistently provide comprehensive and easy to follow guidance to us and our Associates. This is undoubtedly due to their advanced level of expertise with Immigration matters but also attributable to the personal qualities evident on their team which I believe truly set them apart. They are patient with our questions and issues, thoughtful and honest when providing counsel and invested in understanding our business and truthfully, a pleasure to work with. They truly support us as a team and it is obvious they operate well as a team. The internal collaboration amongst the Hunton lawyers and paralegals is evident in our constant communications with them. This imparts a high level of confidence and trust in our relationship with them.’
‘Adam Rosser is our primary Immigration counsel. He is immensely patient and thoughtful when providing advice and guiding us through complex issues. He takes the time to understand our business, and provides that wide-ranging lens thereby making our decision-making process easier to navigate and equips us to present varied solutions to our internal clients. He does all of this consistently. His friendly and lighthearted demeanor make him a true pleasure to work with.
‘Hunton has been absolutely amazing, let alone patient, with us as we help facilitate with the different cases and establish our guidelines along the way. It has been such a great experience having a very responsive and pro-active team on our side when it comes to the complexities of immigration law. ’
‘The partners that we work with are a top-notch A-Team in our book! Helena Abebe, Adam Rosser and Lieselot Whitbeck are immigration ninjas. Paralegal Hanna Sung is so dependable and an amazing resource when we have questions or requests for detail that we are not able to provide. Having worked with such an awesome and dependable team has made my entrance into the immigration sponsorship world a very positive experience. I’ve also learned so much more than expected. ’
‘All members of the Hunton team on our account are very responsive, reliable, very knowledgeable of the immigration context, especially with all the changes in 2020. They have a deep knowledge of our business and needs related to immigration.’
‘The whole team assigned to our account is exceptional. Special shout out to Adam Rosser, Helena Abebe, Lyia Green, Lieselot Whitbeck and Courtland Witherup. They are always giving their best to ensure we have strong cases built, always answer questions in a very timely manner and have a deep understanding on how our company works.’
‘Adam Rosser and his team treat us as a partner and provide us with stellar customer service. In addition, with the changing immigration landscape, Adam keeps us up to date with information that may impact our employees through emails.’
‘Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP always strives to deliver the best experience for our team members while being a champion for our organization.’
Ahold Delhaize Group
Telefónica / Telxius Cable USA, Inc.
Telefónica Tech, Inc.
WH Smith PLC/Marshall Retail Group
Pyxus International, Inc.
iDEAL Semiconductor Devices Corp.
Mediacom Communications Corporation
Whole Foods Market
Laura Devine Attorneys LLC
Described as 'top experts in the field', by clients, specialist New York-based boutique Laura Devine Attorneys LLC is singled out for its transatlantic immigration expertise. Managing partner Jennifer Stevens provides a range of assistance on UK immigration and nationality matters, naturalisation and registration applications. The group combines a strong family law offering to cater to businesses and individuals. Also in the team is experienced senior associate Murty Gollakota who handles US bound investment work and permanent residence issues. Former head of the US group Anastasia Tonello departed the firm in 2020 for Ulmer & Berne LLP.
Laura Devine; Jennifer Stevens
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‘Highly knowledgeable, responsive and professional. Laura Devine Attorneys has guided our business through multiple visa applications, all with success. The team has likewise provided advice and assistance with related matters. They are true experts in their field. They also understand client timing needs and ask the necessary fact-gathering questions at the outset – so that the client can return to business while the attorneys proactively advance the process. Great to work with.’
‘We have always worked with Murty Gollakota. He has been a trusted advisor since our business started operations, from day 1 through multiple years since. He accurately assesses governmental decision timelines, prepares excellent application papers, and keeps the client informed throughout. Murty is likewise our go-to for any immigration / employment questions needing quick, on the spot insight.’
‘They are top experts in the field of obtaining U.S. working visas and permanent residencies for our employees, intra-transferees from other offices, located in different countries, or new hires with non-US passports. Their location between UK and USA (as our main offices) as well as the direct referrals from our legal contacts made them a preferred choice.’
‘We have worked closely with Murty Gollakota and Anna Yurkova. They are always both generally available and also ready to defend their decisions and recommendations to different levels of our organization. This is specially interesting in their case as they have been handling different cases, at various different stages and with unique profiles, at the same time.’
McDermott Will & Emery LLP's immigration practice is led out of New York by Joan-Elisse Carpentier who represents corporations and businesses on nationality law. The team has an active employment-based practice and handles transfers of foreign employees, developing corporate immigration policies for clients, and I-9 compliance programs. Also in the team is Washington DC-based immigration specialist Malati Lal who supports the workload. The group has sector strengths across the arts and entertainment , as well as banking and finance.
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‘They are very knowledgeable. ’
‘We’ve worked with Joan-Elisse Carpentier. She’s really knowledgeable and has a deep understanding of the immigration processes. She’s always available to answer questions.’
‘Fast response, thoughtful advice, technical accuracy.’
‘Individual attention and a respect for the history of our relationship.’
Ogletree Deakins' immigration practice is based in North Carolina and is led by Andrew Merrills. Primarily led out of the Raleigh office, the team handles employment-based immigration matters, visa work, and foreign employee transfers for domestic corporations. In Houston, Leigh Ganchan is the contact for workplace investigations whilst John Combs in Denver focuses on international workforce matters including US inbound immigration.
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Leigh Ganchan; John Combs
Baker & Hostetler LLP's immigration practice group has a focus on employment-based matters and handles a large volume of temporary work and residence visas. Led out of New York by Amy Traub, the team is skilled in developing corporate immigration strategies for domestic and international clients. James Levine oversees the Georgia team and focuses on nationality law. Co-chair of the group Matthew Hoyt in Columbus has a proven track record advising on business immigration matters and has vast employment litigation experience. The team also has a presence in Houston where counsel Pamela Nieto advises on compliance rules such as the I-9 and E-Verify requirements, as well as citizenship issues.
Matthew Hoyt; Amy Traub
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Pamela Nieto; James Levine
‘Extremely responsive and provides clear insight to issues with feasible recommendations for consideration. Very professional, and takes time to understand client’s needs and expectations.’
‘Matt Hoyt – Handles all our immigration cases since 2018 I believe and we have had great success rate. He is extremely professional, knowledgeable, responsive and really holds your hand through each steps of the process. Really have learnt a lot from him and about immigration matters.
‘Fanny Ferdman – Reviews and provides supports on all things employment. Extremely friendly and professional. Highly respected by our Leadership team due to the longstanding working relationship that has been established. Stellar service all round.’
Bracewell LLP's immigration team has sector strengths across the energy, oil and gas, and healthcare area. Led out of San Antonia, the group handles non-immigrant and immigrant visa work, conducts audits, and advises on the global transfer of employees. Practice head Victoria Garcia focuses on both domestic and international employment-based immigration issues, and represents clients in litigation. On the associate level, Amber Dodds specialises in employment law. The firm is able to leverage its wider capabilities in corporate and securities to provide a full-service offering.
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Valero Energy Corporation
NuStar Services Company, LLC
City of San Antonio Acting by and through City Public Service Board (CPS Energy)
The General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists
Sirius Computer Solutions
Circle K (formerly CST Services LLC and Valero Retail Holdings Inc.)
Phalanx International (USA), Inc.
Food Safety Net Services, Ltd.
LiquidPower Specialty Products Inc.
China Communications Construction (USA), Inc.
- Representing Valero Energy Corporation in all matters related to immigration.
- Representing NuStar Services Company, LLC in all matters related to immigration
- Representing China Communications Construction (USA), Inc. (CCCUSA) and its foreign parent in all matters related to CCCUSA’s entry into the US infrastructure development market
Dentons's immigration practice significantly increased its offering with its merger with Pittsburgh firm Cohen & Grigsby, P.C., strengthening its coast-to-coast presence. Led by partners in Silicon Valley and Pittsburgh, the group advises on business immigration matters to large companies and executives. Chair of the team Lawrence Lebowitz focuses on temporary and permanent visas matters and global immigration mandates, whilst co-chair Alexa Forte handles employment-based immigration, having amassed two decades of experience in this field. In Silicon Valley, Matthew Schulz heads the global mobility group and is the key contact for global transfers. He is supported by Mengci Shao who advises corporate clients on employment law. Also of note is co-chair Alexander Castrodale who specialises in deportation defense cases.
Lawrence Lebowitz; Matthew Schulz; Alexa Forte; Alexander Castrodale
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Driscoll’s Strawberry Associates
Global Linked Asia
EB-5 Impact Capital Regional Center
GCL New Energy Inc.
- Advised Driscoll Strawberry Associates on global immigration needs in the US, Mexico, China, Australia and Europe.
- Develop immigration practices for Rockwool to bring key personnel from Europe to the US to open a $220m new manufacturing facility, as well as operate existing US factories.
- Partnered with Global Linked Asia to design and deliver innovative corporate and immigration strategies for companies and high net worth individuals in Vietnam to expand their business presence in the United States.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Dorsey & Whitney LLP's immigration practice focuses exclusively on employment-based immigration matters for mid- to large-sized corporations. Led by Robert Webber in Minneapolis, who has over two decades of experience in securing visas, the group has a regional footprint across Seattle, Washington DC, and Des Moines. Rebecca Bernhard handles I-9 compliance and audits for companies in the food and beverage industry, whilst Candelario Arredondo is the contact for family-based matters. In Seattle, Ieva Aubin has a corporate-based practice, advising on immigration matters relating to restructurings. The team also has a niche in healthcare-related immigration matters and handles US Department of Health and Human Services research-based J-1 waivers.
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Rebecca Bernhard; Ieva Aubin; Candelario Arredondo
- Filed suit in the U.S. District Court of Minnesota to reverse the denial by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of a H-1B work visa petition for a Minnesota-based corporate client.
- French technology entrepreneur and software education executive retained Dorsey to file for a green card (U.S. permanent residency).
Ford & Harrison LLP
At Ford & Harrison LLP, the immigration practice has considerable experience in the transfer of foreign employees for national and multinational companies. Team head Geetha Adinata is based between Los Angeles and Atlanta, and is noted for her handling of I-9 and E-Verify compliance matters. Also in the group is counsel Loren Locke who focuses on immigrant and non-immigrant visas, particularly O-1 petitions, and Charles Roach in Minneapolis, who has an employment-related practice including government audits, investigations and dispute resolution.
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Loren Locke; Charles Roach
Jackson Lewis P.C.
Jackson Lewis P.C.'s immigration practice has a focus on non-immigrant and immigrant visa matters for multinational clients. Overseen by Washington DC- based Michael Neifach, the group has vast employment-related expertise and acts for employers in Department of Homeland Security investigations and outbound transfers of employees. Co-head Amy Peck in Omaha handles worksite compliance matters. The team has been strengthened with the arrival of two skilled immigration practitioners from Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy; Alexandra LaCombe and Aimee Guthat in Detroit. They handle corporate immigration strategies and compliance matters for mid-sized companies. The key contact in New York remains Marko Maglich who handles outbound immigration matters and structuring corporate transactions, and John Exner is in Los Angeles, noted for family-based immigration matters.
Amy Peck; Michael Neifach
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Alexandra LaCombe; Aimee Guthat; Marko Maglich; John Exner
- Successfully secured a visa for the president and CEO of Panthera who is a world renounced conservation expert, and obtained National Interest waiver allowing him to return to US.
- Advised and prepared the filing of a change of status from L-1B to L-1A upon promotion of the foreign national employee to a managerial role in the US for an international financial company.
- Acted for HAECO Americas on an employee transfer from Hong Kong to the US to serve as CFO. The client was a high-level executive who had been with the company for several years in the aviation industry.
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP's immigration practice focuses on global mobility and business immigration mandates for large multinational enterprises, particularly for Korean clients. Jointly overseen by Jeong-Hwa Lee in Atlanta and Henry Burwell in Greenville, the group advises on foreign investments, foreign transfer of employees, and international commercial transactions. In Miami, Glenn Cooper covers US and Canadian immigration issues and advises on permanent residence issues including the EB-5 investor program. Sector strengths for the group include the technology, manufacturing, healthcare, and financial services industries.
Jeong-Hwa Lee; Henry Burwell
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- Advising Amsterdam-based AkzoNobel throughout the United States, acting as its chief immigration counsel.
- Advising Samsung on its customer care project in Greenville, South Carolina.
- Assisting SK Battery with its very significant $2.5bn electric vehicle battery manufacturing facility in Jackson County, Georgia.
Polsinelli PC's immigration practice is led Jeffrey Bell in Kansas City and has experience advising multinational corporations, educational institutions, and investors on developing corporate immigration strategies and various visa matters. The group handles internal audits, employment verification issues, and I-9 compliance.
Vedder Price's business immigration practice is based in Chicago and handles an assortment of immigration visas and global immigration policies for multinational companies. Group head Sara B. DeBlaze has over two decades of experience in global immigration work, advises clients on family-based and labour visas, as well as permanent residency issues. She is supported by associate Ryan Helgeson who handles I-9 audits and represents clients before I.C.E audits. The team has an employment-related interface and is proficient in employee benefits and international employment law.
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