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

Seyfarth Shaw LLP has an ‘exceptional’ immigration practice and continues to be a market leader in business immigration matters for corporates and blue-chip companies. The group has an integrated department spanning employment law and litigation, handling several investigations before federal agencies. Fielding a team of experts across six locations and jointly managed by senior partners Russell Swapp in Boston and Atlanta-based James King; the core group comprises Leon Rodriguez who is singled out for immigration regulatory and policy advice, having been the former director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services until 2017. Also in Washington DC is counsel Dawn Lurie who is noted for EB-5 investment work. Dyann DelVecchio Hilbern in Boston advises corporations, non-profit organizations, and education institutions on F-1 visas, permanent residence, and other US visa work. Sharon Cook and Gabriel Mozes in Atlanta are key members of the team specializing in foreign talent retention and visa issues, respectively. Over in the West Coast, Angelo Paparelli remains a pre-eminent practitioner, handling government investigations.