Ms Sharon Cook > Seyfarth Shaw LLP > Atlanta, United States > Lawyer Profile

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
SUITE 2500
ATLANTA, GA 30309-3962
United States
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Work Department

Labor and Employment Department; Business Immigration Practice Group.


Sharon Cook (formerly Poorak) is a Partner in Seyfarth Shaw LLP’s national Business Immigration Practice Group. She focuses her business immigration law practice primarily on H, L, PERM, I140 and related I485 issues. Sharon represents corporate clients in a wide variety of industries, developing comprehensive immigration plans to ensure consistency among filed applications and compliance with all applicable regulations.


Sharon has practiced immigration law for over 30 years and is based in Atlanta, GA. Sharon has worked with the Alston & Bird law firm in the Atlanta, GA office. Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, she served the majority of her career as a partner in an immigration boutique firm. She has also served as Director of Education with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) in Washington, DC for two years and Director of the Detention Project for Catholic Social Services. She co-founded the Atlanta AILA chapter’s pro bono committee, is a recipient of the AILA National Pro Bono Award, was elected as the first female Chapter Chair of the Atlanta AILA Chapter and has served on the Board of Governor’s for AILA National. Sharon was a guest lecturer on business immigration law at Georgia State University School of Law. She has appeared with previous law partners before the US Supreme Court. Sharon is a frequent speaker, writer, and lecturer on immigration law topics. In addition, she has served on numerous local and national AILA liaison committees throughout her years of practice. Sharon is also ranked in “Band 1” by Chambers USA in immigration law.


Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (1987-present).


JD, Georgia State University College of Law (1986); BS, Georgia State University (1982)

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Labor and employment > Immigration

The immigration group at Seyfarth Shaw LLP is highly rated by clients and peers, boasting a seven-decade reputation for corporate immigration planning and management. The practice group is jointly led by Boston based Russell Swapp and James King in Atlanta. Other contacts in Atlanta include counsel Sharon Cook, who handles the immigration portfolio of more than 5,000 foreign nationals, and Gabriel Mozes, who focuses on visa issues including temporary non-immigrant visa petitions, permanent employment, and family-based immigrant visa applications. In DC, senior counsel Dawn Lurie specializes in  I-9 worksite enforcement and immigration compliance matters, and Leon Rodriguez is singled out for his multi-disciplinary advice and policy insight across the immigration landscape, having acted as the former director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Los Angeles-based Angelo Paparelli is experienced in defending employers against government investigations, as well as litigating in court. In one standout highlight, Paparelli is working to challenge the legal authority of a unit of USCIS to engage in worksite investigations.