Mr James Vazquez-Azpiri > Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10178-0060
United States
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Work Department

Latin America Team; Immigration


James counsels corporate clients on hiring and retaining foreign employees in his business immigration law practice. He advises businesses on labor certifications, specialty occupation petitions, and intracompany transfers. Clients rely on James for guidance through immigration law compliance during mergers, acquisitions, and corporate restructurings. He helps clients think and work proactively by providing them with traditional compliance policy reviews and audits, case management and litigation technology, and international executive travel and foreign resident worker visa processing.  A co-head of the firm’s global immigration practice, James is part of Morgan Lewis’s cross-practice Global Workforce team. The group provides integrated cross-border advice, counseling, and strategic planning across the spectrum of labor, employment, benefits, and immigration issues.  Legal and human rights groups have acclaimed James’s pro bono work. He has received both the C. Anthony Friedrich Memorial Award from the International Human Rights Law Group and the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services from the State Bar of California.


Before joining Morgan Lewis, James was a partner at a San Francisco-based firm. He also served as an adjunct attorney for the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform.


Fluent in Spanish.


American Immigration Lawyers’ Association member; Hispanic National Bar Association member


University of St. Andrews, BA; Scotland; Princeton University, MA; New York University School of Law, JD; Harvard Law School, LL.M.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Labor and employment > Immigration

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP‘s multi-disciplinary global mobility practice handles the full scope of business immigration matters for an impressive array of clients, and is especially skilled in handling litigation-heavy immigration mandates. Overseen by Eleanor Pelta in Washington DC, and San Francisco-based James Vázquez-Azpiri, the team’s key areas of specialization include non-US visas and work permits, foreign employment laws, advising on the immigration implications of corporate reorganizations, including those in the context of M&A. In Miami, Laura Garvin handles employment-related immigration work and is recommended for her experience of the I-9 employment verification system. Another contact in San Francisco is Christina Gonzaga, who has a decade of experience in employment based advisory work, and also handles a significant amount of pro-bono work for asylum seekers and deportation cases. The group bolstered its offering in DC last year with the lateral hire of Shannon Donnelly from Baker McKenzie LLP; though English-qualified lawyer Nicholas Hobson left the New York team for an in-house role at Endeavour.