Immigration in United States
Highly respected by peers and clients, Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP is entirely dedicated to corporate immigration matters, dealing with every aspect of immigration, including pioneering innovative technological solutions within the field. In February 2018, the firm launched a mobile, cloud-based immigration application and, in June 2018, formally established an alliance with Deloitte UK for the provision of global immigration services for multinational companies. Jeremy Fudge, managing partner in Dallas office, is focused on the delivery of worldwide immigration services to his clients. Kortney Gibson is also in Dallas, where she, in addition to managing the US program for one of the biggest technology company, assists clients in obtaining visas in the extra 0-1 extraordinary ability and H-1B specialty occupation visa categories. San Francisco-based founding partner David Berry is helping human resources and global mobility professionals to augment their worldwide immigration programs. Vernadette Antonio, who is also in San Francisco, overseas the firm’s global immigration practice. From Houston and Austin, Roberto Caballero advises clients in the energy, engineering and technology sectors with non-immigrant visas, naturalization and consular processing. Washington DC-based managing partner Lynden Melmed is the expert when it comes to compliance issues and government investigations. Liane Cooney leads the McLean, Virginia office and focuses on clients in the software and technology industries. The firm continues to grow and now has a total of nice offices throughout the US. The newest is New York, which opened with the acquisition of 60-lawyer team from Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.; under the leadership of Robert Groban, the new team adds significant on-the-ground capabilities in the Northeast and New York metropolitan area. Ruth Clark and Stephanie Wolf were made partners in January 2018. Senior associate Tiffany Martinez from the San Francisco office is also recommended.
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy is held in high regard in the business immigration space. The firm has a global practice, with 40 offices in 20 different countries, including 16 in the US. Lawyers in the US offices exclusively handle immigration law matters, covering the entire spectrum of visa categories, compliance issues and advice on immigration strategies. Name partner Austin Fragomen, who is based in New York, has an excellent reputation. Atlanta-based Daryl Buffenstein is noted for his track record in writing key business provisions in immigration legislation. Managing partner for the Northern California practice Cynthia Lange leads the firm’s hi-tech practice in Silicon Valley and regularly works with companies to set up and manage worldwide immigration compliance programs. Washington DC-based Bo Cooper, who is in charge of the firm’s strategies and compliance group, is also a key name.
The ‘responsive’ and ‘creative’ team at Seyfarth Shaw LLP has an excellent reputation in the business immigration space. The group is dedicated to devising corporate immigration policies and programs. In a representative example, Angelo Paparelli and Washington DC-based Leon Rodriguez led a five-part webinar series and a compliance-focused client event to brief clients on best practices in relation to pre-, post- and re-hire issues, termination and M&A situations as well as I-9 forms and E-Verify matters. Los Angeles-based Paparelli also represents developers and fundraisers relating to EB-5 immigrant investor programs, and defends employers in worksite enforcements and government audits. In light of the Trump administration’s continued clampdown on immigration, Rodridguez advised the Montgomery County Government on sanctuary cities, the travel ban, temporary protected status and funding for deportation defense. The team is also well versed in handling the immigration aspects of substantial M&A transactions. Boston-based Russell Swapp and Atlanta-based James King, who is noted for his clever use of technology to help clients in an efficient and time-saving manner, jointly lead the practice. Also based in Atlanta, Gabriel Mozes focuses on temporary non-immigrant and permanent visa solutions, including family-based immigrant visa green card applications and citizenship matters. Atlanta-based senior counsel Sharon Cook Poorak is handling the immigration portfolio of more than 5,000 foreign nationals for a global consulting services provider. Senior counsel Dawn Lurie in Washington DC and Dyann DelVecchio Hilbern in Boston are also names to note.
Akerman LLP’s immigration team represents a wide variety of clients from the manufacturing, telecoms and energy industries with their immigration needs, but particularly those within the hospitality and restaurant sectors. Matters that the group handles include PERM planning, compliance work (including Form I-9 and E-Verify issues), naturalization issues, EB-5 investor project and family-sponsored permanent residence applications. Thomas Raleigh assists Somfy Systems with permanent residency applications of key sales and executive personnel. The client roster includes Pelliconi Florida, Qvantel USA, GoITV and ESA Renewables. Maria Casablanca, who is very adept in handling EB-matters, chairs the practice.
Duane Morris LLP
Duane Morris LLP advises on a wide range of immigration services, including green card and naturalization applications and family-based visas, but it also assists with contentious matters. It acts for a diverse clientele ranging from multinational and publicly traded companies and medium-sized privately held businesses to start-ups, universities, nonprofit entities and individuals. In Washington DC, practice head Denyse Sabagh's workload included conducting immigration due diligence for a buyer in the acquisition of 11 Montessori Schools. San Francisco-based Lisa Spiegel acted for The Siegfried Group in preparing its employees for border and embassy appointments. In another representative example, Spiegel assisted an individual and her husband to fend off deportation proceedings against the husband, retain his LPR status and obtain a full ten-year green card for him. Michael Hoops joined the New York office in 2017 as senior associate. Pierre Bonnefil is a new partner who arrived recently from Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., and Angela Moore joined the San Francisco office at the beginning of May 2018 as special counsel.
Operating from three offices in Houston, Austin and Rio Grande Valley, Texas-based immigration boutique Foster LLP deals with the full range of immigration matters, but has a particularly strong track record in handling EB-5 visa matters for foreign investors. Most of the team is based in Houston, including founder and chairman Charles Foster, whose clients include Houston Ballet and Houston Symphony. Also based in Houston, Helene Dang acted for a large international IT company, advising on the immigration consequences in a merger and acquisition, particularly when situations arose that required a visa, dealing with questions as to how such visas could be transferred. Avalyn Langemeier’s work includes, among other things, Form I-9 and E-Verify compliance issues. Other matters relate to visa petitions for individuals in the O-1 and L-1 categories. Judy Lee, who specializes in employment-based immigration, John Meyer and Robert Loughran, based in Austin, who handles global immigration issues are key team members as well.
Greenberg Traurig LLP’s business immigration group handles the full range of immigration matters, focusing on assisting multinational and domestic corporations with strategic immigration planning for the US in the inbound and outbound transfer of employees. The team is particularly noted for its EB-5 investor practice, for instance the firm co-founded the EB-5 Immigration Coalition with Pathways EB-5, The National Association of Homebuilders and The Real Estate Round Table with the aim to promote the extension and improvement of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. Other areas of expertise include handling compliance work, especially Form I-9 and E-Verify matters as well as the provision of immigration due diligence in mergers and acquisitions. Laura Reiff, who splits her time between Washington and DC and Northern Virginia, and Atlanta-based Ian Macdonald co-chair the practice. Northern Virginia-based duo Martha Schoonover and Pamela Mak, and Kate Kalmykov, who is working in both the New Jersey and New York offices, are also key members. Courtney Noce was promoted to partner in Atlanta office in March 2018.
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP’s team, which ‘always responds in a timely fashion and delivers’, provides business immigration advice across a number of areas for multinational companies, advertising agencies, hedge funds, sports leagues and teams, financial organizations but also individuals of extraordinary ability as well as high-net-worth foreign national investors. Co-chair Mark Koestler advises prominent Broadway theatrical production companies on all immigration matters, including visa work for actors, directors and designers. Koestler also handles immigration work for more than one-third of the 50 largest advertising agencies in the US, particularly petitioning the USCIS for the most senior executives and permanent residence applications in the extraordinary ability visa category. Other co-chair Matthew Dunn advises on the immigration aspects of mergers and acquisitions. The team moreover has notable expertise in representing major companies in the financial, technology and hospitality sectors regarding worksite investigations conducted by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Counsel Theodore Ruthizer is the other key team member.
Based in Washington DC, Mayer Brown’s immigration practice manages visa and work permit applications, but also deals with risk management and compliance issues. The team is also adept at handling M&A due diligence for visa-holding clients such as Mead Johnson. American Express is also a key client for whom the group handles various immigration matters. Practice head Elizabeth Stern, together with Grace Shie, handles CoStar’s global mobility portfolio, which includes management of all employee visa needs from non-immigrant to permanent residency. Litigation work also features in the firm’s workload; in a specific example, the team is involved as lead counsel in a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security and USCIS seeking to invalidate a policy regarding unlawful presence that potentially imposes re-entry bans on tens of thousands of students each year. Paul Virtue, counsel Lisa Pino and associate Timothy D’Arduini are the other key team members. Yoshihide Ito joined the group in March 2018, which also coincided with the firm opening an office in Tokyo. Yoshihide, who was previously with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, assists foreign corporations doing business in the US and Japan on, among other things, matters involving immigration. Maria Ferre is another addition, who joined the San Francisco office as counsel from top-tier firm Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP in July 2018.
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Boston-based Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. has experience in advising on immigration policy changes as well as several visa categories, most notably EB-5 and H-1B petitions. The clientele consists of multinational companies, start-ups, private equity firms and individuals. Founding Chair Susan Cohen was active in the M&A space, acting for anchor client Thomson Reuters in the sale of its Financial & Risk Unit to private equity firm Blackrock, advising on the immigration aspects. Cohen also does contentious immigration work. She represented London Economics International in a lawsuit against USCIS relating an incorrect visa denial, which settled in favor of the client. Cohen also helps a number of individuals in obtaining US citizenship. Immigration chair Kevin McNamara is noted for handling employment-related immigration matters and his clients range from professional athletes, sports teams and financial services firms to major corporations. Special counsel Angel Feng is recommended.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is a full-service firm dealing with the full spectrum of issues surrounding global mobility. The global immigration practice is embedded in the firm’s global labor and employment department. As a result, it can draw on the expertise of the firm’s wider network when there is a need to advise on immigration-related matters such as non-US visas and work permits, foreign employment law and taxation. Washington DC-based Eleanor Pelta and San Francisco-based James Vázquez-Azpiri jointly chair the practice. In a recent work highlight, Vázquez-Azpiri and his team helped new client Proofpoint to develop a new immigration policy, and provided training on how to deal with USCIS site visits and other governmental investigations. Other clients include Cameron Mackintosh, Extreme Networks, Fujitsu America and Hitachi America. Nicholas Hobson was made partner and Christina Gonzaga cf counsel in May 2018. The team was further strengthened by the arrival of Shannon Donnelly to the DC office, and of counsel Laura Garvin to the firm’s Miami office, as well as a team of associates. They all joined from Baker McKenzie LLP. Donnelly has particular expertise in cross-border movement of key executives, managers and workers with specialized knowledge, particularly on behalf of employers in the US and Canada.
Proskauer Rose LLP is very active in obtaining non-immigrant and immigrant visas for executives, managers and individuals with specialized knowledge, but the team is equally adept at handling the immigration aspects in corporate transactions. Other work relates to advice on immigration policies, unlawful immigration practices and internal audits. Recognized immigration law expert David Grunblatt, who is very knowledgeable on the I-9 program and matters surrounding mandatory compliance and record keeping, leads the practice alongside special counsel Valarie McPherson in Newark. McPherson has a diverse practice including guiding clients through the EB-5 immigrant investor visa process. Financial institutions, large corporations, not-for-profit organizations, churches and universities are among the firm's clients.
Pryor Cashman LLP
Located in New York and led by Colleen Caden, the ‘very responsive’ and ‘efficiently operating’ Pryor Cashman LLP's immigration team handles immigration matters for medium to large indigenous and multinational companies as well as individuals such as artists and entertainers. Clients come from a variety of sectors, including aviation, education, financial services, fashion, technology, pharmaceuticals and entertainment. The team has particular expertise in sports immigration law, where it advises leagues, teams and individual athletes. ‘Compassionate’ and ‘incredible’ Avram Morell, who is ‘an out-of-the-box thinker’, is recommended. Maria Gandarez, who joined from Ogletree Deakins in March 2018, helped the partner of a high-level executive from Ingredion, who was being transferred to the US from Germany, obtain an annotated B-2 visa, which she was initially refused due to an error made by the interviewing embassy officer. Additionally, Gandarez does a lot of compliance work, such as I-9 audits. Associate Dina Weinstein is recommended. Alice Stock took a position at the National Labor Relations Board in June 2018.
Baker McKenzie LLP’s global immigration practice is led by Betsy Morgan in Chicago. The firm takes a holistic approach to immigration by working hand-in-hand with the tax, corporate, employment and data privacy attorneys of the firm. The focus is on multinational clients such as T. Rowe Price and the Mozilla Corporation. The work focuses on inbound US immigration as well as global immigration management, and is often carried out in tandem with offices located in other countries. As a representative example, Morgan and her international team advised AGCO on US and global immigration and related issues, including the development of a repayment agreement for permanent residence sponsorship to ensure compliance with employment and immigration law. Also based in Chicago, Ginger Partee is adept at handling the immigration-related aspects of M&A, I-9 audits and government investigations related to compliance with immigration laws. Melissa Allchin was made partner in January 2019. The Chicago office has also been bolstered by the arrival of several associates: John Foerster joined in summer 2018, as did Noha El Maraghi. Amalia Rioja is a new senior associate who joined in late summer of 2018, and primarily handles litigation mandates. Further, associate Sandhya Sharma joined the team from Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy and associate Alessandra Faso joined from a position at the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Shannon Donnelly and Laura Garvin left for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in January 2019.
Due to its ability to draw on attorneys in the tax, labor and employment, corporate, finance departments, the ‘responsive’, ‘very knowledgeable’ ‘efficient and well-managed team’ at Cozen O'Connor provides comprehensive immigration advice to domestic and international companies as well as individuals on short and long-term visa solutions. Housed in Miami and Philadelphia, with the Miami office focusing on clients in the hospitality, banking, construction and real estate, the team has seen an uptick in I-9 audit work; in one example, practice head Scott Bettridge conducted internal I-9 audits for Banco Itau International, including periodic updates to guarantee accuracy of all I-9 forms. Frances Rayer ‘is an absolute pleasure to work with’. Other work included obtaining O-1 extraordinary ability visa for individuals, employment visas in categories such as TN, H-1B, L-1, and foreign investor visas in the E-2 and EB-5 classes. In August 2018, of counsel Randall Sidlosca moved to Spiritus Law, and Marcela Stras joined Caplan & Earnest. Velika Nespor is a new associate in the Philadelphia office, having started in January 2019.
Fisher & Phillips
Fisher & Phillips assists clients with the full spectrum of immigration matters, from employment authorizations for foreign employees, visa petitions for green card and PERM applications, to advice on compliance, such as Form I-9 issues, government audits and the development of immigration strategies and policies. Headquartered in Atlanta, the firm has 34 domestic offices. Co-chair Shanon Stevenson, based in Atlanta, concentrates on immigration matters in the information technology sector. Seattle-based Davis Bae is the other co-chair. Bae’s clients come from the software, construction, manufacturing, utilities, fine arts, sports, international trade and engineering field. Atlanta-based Jessica Cook is experienced in handling H-2B, EB-1 and O-1 visa type applications, and acts for clients in higher education, healthcare, hospitality and manufacturing. Other key team members include Denver-based Angelica Ochoa ans Jocelyn Campanaro and Memphis-based David Jones.
Ford & Harrison LLP
Ford & Harrison LLP focuses on all aspects of business immigration, from start-up immigration advice for new companies, to citizenship and naturalization processes, to compliance training, as well as handling administrative appeals and litigation. Geetha Adinata, who splits her time between Los Angeles and Atlanta, leads the practice. Adinata has expertise advising on all types of non-immigrant and permanent visa options, including I-9 and E-Verify compliance issues, and further on the immigration-related aspects of mergers and acquisitions. In a representative example, Adinata advised hospitals across the country with respect to J-1 and H-1B visa programs to recruit and retain foreign physicians committed to serve in medically underserved communities. Minneapolis-based Charles Roach is also a key name.
Grossman Young & Hammond
Washington DC-based immigration specialist Grossman Young & Hammond, as it is now known, after its merger with Grossman Law in November 2018 (previously Hammond Young), provides advice to companies of all sizes, research institutions, individuals and nonprofit organizations on the full range of immigration matters, including visas and green cards, PERM labor certification, and I-9 and E-Verify compliance. Becki Young and immigration litigator Sandra Grossman jointly head the practice. Denise Hammond is senior counsel. Young has a particular focus on advising clients in the hospitality sector, where she has represented more than 100 prominent US hotels and restaurants, such as the Dinex Group and Punjab Grill. In one representative matter, Young successfully assisted Michael Engelmann to obtain a O-1 extraordinary ability visa based on his preeminence in the wine industry. In another example from the entertainment business, Young helped Argentinian DJ Nicholas Borromeo to obtain an O-1 visa for extraordinary ability. Young and Grossman also assist El Salvadorian immigrants in the DC area who had their temporary protected status revoked in December 2017, developing strategies that enable them to stay in the country. Grossman is also involved in advising foreign government officials who want to come to the US but who have been convicted of a crime.
Hogan Lovells US LLP has a wide client base that includes governments, sports organizations, major corporations and universities. The firm also has specific expertise in export control issues for a large number of clients such as IBM, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Pfizer. Aleksander Dukic jointly heads the practice with Beth Peters. In one work highlight, Dukic is assisting Venture Global LNG with immigration and tax-related matters for potential employee assignments in Singapore, China and Hong Kong, as well as advising on US visa options and obtaining non-immigrant visa petition approvals regarding its US operations.
‘Wholly reliable’ and ‘trustworthy’, New York-based immigration boutique Laura Devine Attorneys LLC is the US associate office of stellar UK immigration boutique Laura Devine Solicitors. The group is known for handling inbound and outbound immigration matters between the US and the UK. The ‘excellent, ‘committed’ and ‘dedicated’ team, which is noted for ‘going over and beyond to achieve success for their clients’ advises businesses, families and high-net-worth individuals across a wide range of industries, such as finance, fashion, technology, food, government, legal as well as arts and entertainment. Anastasia Tonello, who is the incumbent President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, leads the practice. Jennifer Stevens is the other key name.
Taking a partner-led approach to business immigration, McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s immigration group, led by New-York based Joan-Elisse Carpentier, is recognized for advising clients on all prevailing visa categories, including citizenship matters, Form I-9 compliance programs and immigration due diligence aspects of mergers and acquisitions. The team also assists companies develop appropriate corporate policies for dealing with immigration issues. Carpentier regularly represents clients from the arts and entertainment industries, including actors, writers, singers, dancers, composers and filmmakers. Her recent workload includes advising a French company operating in Dubai and the Middle East to obtain E-2 investor visas for the president of the US division and the director of marketing.
Working alongside corporate immigration consultancy Emigra in a joint venture to advise on global immigration strategy, case management and visa preparation, Ogletree Deakins represents indigenous and multinational companies in the immigration space. The team assists employers in obtaining non-immigrant business visas and permanent residence for foreign national employees. It also advises clients on the immigration consequences of mergers and acquisitions. Andrew Merrils heads up the firm’s immigration group in Raleigh. In Denver, Christopher Thomas, supported Arcadis US with a range of immigration, compliance and global mobility matters; among other things, Thomas filed new H-1B cap cases for the client, the majority of which have been accepted and approved, and completed the permanent residence process for two foreign nationals. Other key team members include Greenville-based Rebecca Sigmund and Denver-based John Combs.
Baker & Hostetler LLP’s areas of expertise include audit compliance, and temporary and permanent visa petitions for clients in the sports, entertainment and professional services industry. In addition to helping a number of individuals obtain O-1 extraordinary ability visas, Columbus-based practice head Matthew Hoyt secured P-1 professional athlete visas for an entire eSports team. Atlanta-based James Levine is also active advising clients in sports-related immigration matters; he assisted an international motorcycle manufacturer in obtaining a P-1 visa for an international motorcycle racer and, in another work highlight, helped to obtain a visa for the general manager of Major League Baseball. Levine also acts for very wealthy Canadian investors active in the real estate sector. In the entertainment side, Hoyt secured an extraordinary ability green card classification for a young Canadian actress and an extraordinary ability visa for a social media influencer.
San Antonio-based managing partner Victoria Garcia leads Bracewell LLP’s ‘effective’ and ‘very knowledgeable’ immigration group, which is active for clients operating in the energy, technology and healthcare sectors. Garcia, who ‘is definitely the subject matter expert on immigration issues’ and is known for her ‘good bedside manner’, attracts praise for her ‘terrific knowledge of DHS regulations’. She delivers ongoing immigration advice on a variety of immigration matters to Valero Energy, Sirius Computer Solutions, CPS, Key Energy Services and ArjoHuntleigh, including non-immigrant visas, preparing applications for employment and family-based permanent resident and citizenship, compliance with I-9 and H-1B processes and E-Verify issues. In another matter for High Sierra Pools, in addition to preparing various applications, Houston-based senior counsel Nelli Nikova represented the client in objecting to an opinion letter by the Department of State that put pool management companies in the same category as staffing agencies, which negatively impacted the client’s ability to place summer workers through its J visa program.
Dentons’ global mobility practice provides strategic advice to employers, entrepreneurs and investors with all types of business visas. Matthew Schulz leads the Silicon Valley-based team, which serves clients in the technology, telecoms, life sciences, construction, financial services and entertainment industries, with help and support from the employment, employee benefits, corporate and tax departments when necessary. Schulz helped Saudi Arabian social networking app developer Sibly to develop and implement a US visa strategy when it decided to relocate to San Francisco. In another matter, Schulz provides ongoing support for Symphony Communications in relation to its visa procurement, obtaining visas for high-level employees. New clients include Deeplearning.ai, DJI, Beijing Rui Xin Tong and VF Outdoor.
Dykema Gossett PLLC
Providing ‘a one-stop shop of incredibly knowledgeable attorneys’, the ‘knowledgeable and experienced’ team at Dykema Gossett PLLC has permanent and temporary visa work at its core, but also handles asylum, labor certification and naturalization applications. On the contentious front, the firm deals with worksite investigations, removals and database errors. Michigan-based James Aldrich is the practice head, and is adept at representing clients before the US immigration service, the Department of Labor and other governmental agencies.
‘Service is exceptional’ at ‘completely reliable and straightforward' boutique firm Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, which covers the full range of immigration law, from obtaining temporary work visas, permanent residence and citizenship to high-level executive transfers under L blanket programs and O-1 extraordinary ability visas. In addition, the team deals with I-9 compliance issues and deals with the immigration aspects of mergers and acquisitions. Ian Band leads the practice and ‘attentive’ Adam Rosser is known for turning around work very fast. In one work highlight, the team had to obtain visas for chefs on very short notice for a production company regarding a cooking show available on a well-known streaming service in order to avoid having the company lose time and money. Natalie Tynan joined in January 2019 as senior attorney after being with the Department of Homeland Security for more than nine years.
Jackson Lewis P.C.
With nine offices around the country, Jackson Lewis P.C. is well equipped to handle the full spectrum of immigration work. Washington DC-based Michael Neifach and Omaha-based Amy Peck jointly lead the practice. Peck is adept at defending employers against government audits and discrimination claims. Located in Seattle, KoKo Huang, in addition to providing general advice to new client Funko on authorization sponsorship and compliance with immigration rules, successfully filed an H-1B petition for a development operations engineer employed by Funko. Huang also assists clients with obtaining visas under numerous categories, including O-1 extraordinary ability, L-1, H-1B, E-2 and B-2. Maggie Murphy, who is in Austin, and Marko Maglich, who is in New York are also key names.
Full-service firm Polsinelli PC does a variety of immigration work, including strategic immigration planning, securing work visas and permanent status for key employees, as well as dealing with compliance issues. The team was active for healthcare and financial service institutions, technology companies and universities. Jeffrey Bell chairs the immigration practice and handles Optiv’s outside immigration work for their foreign national employees, including security analysts, software engineers and other IT professional employees. The team can also draw on the firm’s other departments when necessary. Sarah Hawk and Raazia Hall joined in January and June 2018, respectively. Hawk joined from Ogletree Deakins, while Hall arrived from Jackson Lewis P.C.. The team was further bolstered by the arrivals of senior associate Terra Martin and associate Katherine Smith in June 2018.
Vedder Price provides strategic business immigration advice to a wide range of domestic and international companies as well as investors. The team handles temporary and permanent visa applications at US embassies and consulates on almost every continent, but also conducts I-9 audits and E-Verify procedures to promote best practices and ensure compliance with immigration rules and policies. Another strength of the firm is the ability to draw upon capabilities in the corporate, employment and tax departments when needed. Chicago-based Sara DeBlaze now leads the practice by herself, after Gabrielle Buckley left in June 2018 to become director of The Gannon Center for Women and Leadership.