Sarah Flannery > Thompson Hine LLP > Cleveland, United States > Lawyer Profile

Thompson Hine LLP
CLEVELAND, OH 44114-1291
United States

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Sarah leads our Immigration group that advises employers across the globe, including a number of Fortune 500 companies, on global talent management and cross-border employment issues. The immigration practice has three primary focuses: developing strategic immigration policies for employers consistent with their global talent acquisition and retention goals; supporting our clients immigration sponsorship for their employees; and advising our clients on compliance with immigration-based regulations. Sarah’s experience includes:

  • Counseling employers on strategies for sponsoring employees for both immigrant and non-immigrant visas
  • Representing employers before the various agencies of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Labor
  • Advising companies through audits to determine compliance with DOL and USCIS laws governing employment of global talent
  • Guiding athletes, artists and musicians through immigration process for temporary visas and permanent residency
  • Developing I-9 policies and providing I-9 training
  • Performing I-9 audits
  • Counseling employers on use of E-Verify
  • Developing immigration related policies, such as how sponsorship decisions will be made
  • Conducting due diligence to determine immigration issues within corporate transactions


  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., 2002, summa cum laude; graduated first in class; research editor, Cleveland State Law Review
  • John Carroll University, B.S., 1999, cum laude

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Labor and employment > Immigration

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At Thompson Hine LLP, the immigration group sits within the firm’s broader employment practice and is led by Sarah Flannery in Cleveland. The team advises large blue-chip clients on global talent acquisition, immigrant and non-immigrant visa work, and compliance matters. Employee transfers to the US for Fortune500 companies has been a recent area of activity, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.