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 immigration and global mobility practice is based in Washington, DC, and has expertise acting for corporate clients across employment-based immigration work, compliance, and transactional mandates. Eleanor Pelta  jointly manages the team with Shannon Donnelly, offering strength in federal litigation for clients challenging immigration decisions related to visa denials, as well as handling contentious investigations before the Department of Justice and Homeland Security. The group continues to be instructed by leading names in the technology, pharmaceuticals, and financial services sectors. Eric Bord leads the immigration compliance practice and advises clients on I-9 and E-Verify issues. In San Francisco, James Vazquez-Azpiri  advises corporate clients on business immigration matters including employee transfers, foreign resident worker visas, and restructurings. Also on the West Coast is counsel Christina Gonzaga who maintains an active pro-bono practice representing clients on family-based immigration issues, asylum, and deportation. Laura Garvin is in Miami and acts predominantly for high-net-worth individuals and entrepreneurs. The department works cross-border across Europe and Asia.