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Immigration — District of Columbia


Greenberg Traurig, LLP - Immigration Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Distinguished team representing an enviable client base, including multinational companies. Advises on the full spectrum of employment-based immigration issues, ranging from immigration compliance to government investigations. Advises strategic immigration planning for corporate clients, as well as representing clients before the USCIS, DOS, DOJ and DOL. Also assists clients with a range of EB-5 immigration matters.

Strengths A market source says: "They have premiere players in the field and well-respected immigration partners at the helm."

A market peer says: "They have a well-known and longstanding immigration practice. A full-service firm, they draw from other areas of their firm - tax, corporate, education, and employment."

Work highlights Represented the City of Miami in its application to become a designated EB-5 Regional Center for Foreign Investment under the USCIS investment visa program.

Acted on behalf of Sirius XM obtaining temporary visas and green cards for foreign employees, and liaising with various government bodies on a federal and state level to ensure regulatory compliance.

Notable practitioners

Martha Schoonover is described as "a real scholar in immigration law," and demonstrates significant experience handling a broad range of immigration matters. Her areas of expertise include labor certifications, temporary visas and immigration due diligence issues. Sources report: "a really good legal technician and immersed in the facts and the law," adding: "She is very talented."

The "terrific" Laura Foote Reiff focuses her immigration practice on representing clients' interests before legislative bodies and administrative agencies. She has notable expertise advising on EB-5 and I-9 issues. Sources describe her as "a very good lawyer with very good abilities," with others highlighting: "She's very savvy at engaging with government."

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - Immigration Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Full-service firm with a superb immigration practice boasting an impressive list of corporate clients. Able to draw on significant global resources to assist clients with international immigration programs. Areas of expertise include US and non-US visas, taxation and the immigration aspects of M&A deals. Acts for a wide range of clients, from multinationals and midsized businesses to startups. Advises companies from the technology, energy and health science sectors, among others. Also experienced representing clients on immigration compliance matters.

Strengths A client says of the group: "They are extremely knowledgeable. They provide exceptional service to our company and continuously exceed our expectations of service and advice."

Market sources report: "The quality of their work is very high. I've always been very impressed."

Another client adds: "Morgan Lewis have a phenomenal immigration practice. They are tailored to what we need and are cutting-edge with all the changes going on in the US."

Notable practitioners

Eleanor Pelta is highly respected in the market for her skill handling a range of immigration matters. She has particular expertise advising clients on extraordinary ability visas as well as immigration aspects of corporate transactions. Sources report: "She is a wonderful resource and extremely knowledgeable in all areas of immigration," with others also commenting: "I'd very much recommend her; she's very practical, accessible and helpful."

Eric Bord is experienced advising clients across a broad range of immigration matters. He is knowledgeable on immigration implications and due diligence concerns related to corporate transactions and offers expertise handling I-9 and E-Verify compliance issues. A client describes him as "extremely knowledgeable and helpful. He is extremely well-versed in the I-9 process and has provided extensive advice on the subject."

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Global Scope. Morgan Lewis’s immigration practice helps multinational employers to manage the full range of business-related immigration and global mobility needs. We combine the personalized service and individual attention of a boutique immigration practice with the international resources of one of the world’s largest law firms. Our practice is tightly integrated with our elite global labor and employment practice—allowing us to provide our clients with cohesive advice on all of their international employment and immigration issues and needs. Our immigration team members are part of a multidisciplinary global workforce team that collaborates to provide integrated cross-border advice, counseling, and strategic planning on all legal aspects of the global movement of personnel.

Global Focus. Our clients rely on our demonstrated ability to handle complex immigration matters regardless of jurisdiction. Beyond comprehensive, general business immigration services in the United States and the United Kingdom, we offer our corporate clients proficiency in several key immigration-related subspecialties—including non-US visas and work permits, foreign employment laws, British citizenship, taxation, compliance, personal immigration services, and the immigration consequences arising from corporate transactions. We offer experience in the immigration requirements and processes of more than 120 countries.

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Duane Morris LLP - Immigration Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Prominent practice offering a diverse selection of immigration services including transactional support, immigrant and nonimmigrant visa assistance and global mobility strategies. Clients range from nonprofits and educational institutions to Fortune 500 companies, across such sectors as IT, biotechnology, security and entertainment. Also adeptly handles deportation litigation.

Work highlights Has represented Inova in all immigration work on behalf of the company.

Notable practitioners

Denyse Sabagh is referred to as "a rockstar in the field" by market sources. She offers significant experience advising an array of clients on immigration matters. She is noted for her abilities in criminal prosecution issues as well complex visa processes. One client reports: "The quality of her work and service has always been of top quality," with another adding: "There's no immigration question she can't answer."

About the Team (content provided by Duane Morris LLP)

Duane Morris' Immigration Practice Group serves a diverse group of clients including multinational and Fortune 500 publicly-traded corporations, medium-sized privately-held companies, and smaller sized start-up ventures. Our attorneys have experience in a wide range of industries, including: information technology, biotechnology, security, telecommunications, manufacturing, retail, market research, banking, shipping, healthcare, entertainment and food and beverage. In addition, we represent numerous universities, embassies, religious organizations, and other non-profit entities, as well as individuals, with immigration needs. We also handle immigration-related litigation and government compliance matters.

Range of Immigration Services

  • U.S. Non-Immigrant Visas
  • U.S. Immigrant Visas
  • Global Visas
  • Immigration and Training and Workshops
  • Corporate Transactions
  • Removal (Deportation) Counsel, Hearings, Waivers and Litigation
  • Special Immigration Services

Our worldwide immigration practice has attorneys throughout the U.S. ,including our California, Florida, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. offices, as well as local resources in our Singapore and London offices, and comprises lawyers and paralegals with long and varied experience that uniquely positions us to address our clients' immigration needs globally.

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Maggio & Kattar PC - Immigration Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Acclaimed boutique with the knowledge and experience to advise on the full spectrum of immigration matters. Highlighted for its ability to handle both corporate and family immigration matters as well as complex removal and asylum cases. Offers clients in-house corporate, litigation and consular experience.

Strengths A market source says: "They have a large group very dedicated to immigration. They've got a lot of recognition and have a really good reputation for their work."

Another commentator adds: "They have a lot of subspecialties for which they're the leaders in the state. They're a good group with a good reputation."

Notable practitioners

Jim Alexander is well regarded by peers in the market, with one commenting, "He is a really strong lawyer. I really appreciate his skills and his ability to work with people." He has experience across a range of immigration matters including corporate compliance, family-based and citizenship-related issues.

Jan Pederson is renowned for her presence in the market and her expertise advising physicians, with sources reporting: "She is one of the stalwarts who is very well known for her work with doctors and very well respected." She also has notable experience representing corporate clients on a range of immigration matters.

The "very well-respected" Anna Marie Gallagher leads the firm's immigration litigation practice. She has considerable experience representing individuals and business on complex immigration matters. One source comments: "I was very impressed. She is very practical and a very strong communicator."

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Mayer Brown LLP - Immigration Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected practice housed within a global firm, whose client base includes global corporations operating in a multitude of industries. Regularly called upon to advise on the immigration details in M&A, compliance issues and the full range of visa matters, including comprehensive immigration risk reviews and legislative and congressional investigations. Also offers additional capacity handling complex immigration disputes.

Strengths One client reports: "They're amazing. The customer service is impeccable; they treat you like a person and they're very friendly. It has been a great experience."

Another source highlights: "Their advice is practical, they understand our brand and they make sure we're compliant. They're just top-notch."

Work highlights Represented over 160 US technology companies and other businesses, including Apple, Facebook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft as amici curiae before the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The amicus brief was filed in challenge President Trump's executive order which sought to suspend entry into the US by nationals of six countries.

Acted for American Express in managing and executing their full immigration program. This included visa preparation, compliance advice and staffing strategy guidance.

Notable practitioners

The "top-flight" Paul Virtue is renowned for his experience and knowledge across an array of immigration matters. He offers considerable expertise in immigration compliance and risk management issues. One client lauds: "He's so wise and extremely calm, and is able to diffuse highly charged situations and find practical solutions."

Elizabeth Espín Stern is a highly regarded immigration practitioner with experience advising corporate clients on a range of immigration matters. She offers particular expertise in global mobility and extraordinary ability issues. A market source says: "She's a really high-level lawyer. She understands the full impact of immigration on different fields and sees the full picture."

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Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP - Immigration Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-known international immigration boutique recognized for its business immigration work for large corporate clients, which extends to litigating in courts when disputes cannot be resolved before the regulatory agencies. Also regularly sought out to advise on government immigration policy, in both the legislature and the executive branch. Additionally offer expertise advising clients on a range of immigration compliance matters.

Strengths A client says: "The team is creative, responsive, and helped us to achieve our goals. The work was stellar and the firm's unique experience allows them to counsel us on difficult issues that we may not have received elsewhere."

Another client adds: "We continue to be impressed by the firm’s breadth of knowledge and the quality of information we receive with regards to our immigration needs."

Notable practitioners

Bo Cooper heads the firm's government strategy and compliance group and is well regarded in the market for his significant knowledge across immigration matters. Sources comment: "He is very thoughtful and strategic," with another adding: "He really is one of the most important sages in DC."

Andrew Greenfield demonstrates considerable experience advising a wide range of business clients across complex immigration matters. He is described by a client as "extremely knowledgeable, professional and always provides superb guidance and recommendations."

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Hammond Young Immigration Law, LLC - Immigration Department

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What the team is known for Recognized for excellent client service and comprehensive coverage of employment-based immigration. Exhibits notable expertise advising on extraordinary ability visa concerns. Also expanding its capabilities in other complex immigration issues, such as inadmissibility waivers, litigation and asylum matters. Represents a huge array of companies, but is particularly experienced with immigration issues faced by the hospitality industry.

Strengths A client comments: "They are really quite fantastic. They approached the case in a brilliant way that ensured success. They had incredible knowledge and expertise, and were able to figure out how to approach each case in a way that guaranteed a favorable outcome."

Another client adds: "They are absolutely top notch. They've done fantastic, thorough work and provided expert counsel. I myself have learned a ton from them, enough to know that they're really on top of it."

Work highlights Assisted Artsy with the preparation and successful approval of an extraordinary ability immigrant visa petition for an iOS app developer.

Represented numerous chefs and restauranteurs at The Dinex Group led by an award-winning French chef.

Notable practitioners

The "wonderful" Denise Hammond is highly respected for her skill handling a range of business immigration matters. Market sources comment: "She knows the ins and outs of the regulations. She has extraordinary ability and takes on really high-level cases. She is very well regarded in the field," with another highlighting: "She is incredibly responsive, attentive to the client, and gives you the best possible advice and service."

Becki Young represents clients on a spectrum of business immigration matters and has particular expertise advising clients within the hospitality industry. Sources comment: "Becki Young is amazing. She's always finding solutions to our problems and always gives the best advice."

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Baker McKenzie - Immigration Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Robust team with an impressive global reach, offering comprehensive corporate immigration services. Adept at handling complex matters for large corporate clients from industries including IT, financial services and manufacturing. Also assists multinational clients in the development of tailor-made immigration programs.

Notable practitioners

Shannon Donnelly is experienced handling a range of immigration matters. She has particular expertise in employment-based issues including extraordinary ability and compliance concerns. Market sources comment: "She's really talented. I think very highly of her; she's the next generation of talent in the field."

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Benach Collopy LLP - Immigration Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Held in high regard for its litigation work, including removal defense. Advises individuals on a number of challenging areas such as asylum claims and terrorism-related immigration bars. Also has the capacity to handle employment-related matters. Especial strength in litigation, removal proceedings and VAWA and U visas.

Notable practitioners

Ava Benach is a very well-regarded immigration practitioner, noted for her expertise in complex litigation including deportation and asylum matters. One source lauds: "She is amazing; she is really excellent at what she does."

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Hogan Lovells US LLP - Immigration Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected immigration practice embedded within a full-service international firm. Provides high-quality advice to clients ranging from large and mid-sized multinational corporations to NGOs, governments and individuals. Counts export control issues among its key areas of expertise, in addition to PERM and labor certification. Also experienced assisting clients with immigration implications of corporate transactions and restructurings.

Strengths A client describes the group as "prompt, efficient, and responsive," going on to add: "They're incredibly knowledgeable and their advice is really helpful. They put you at ease, even with complex matters."

Another client adds: "The firm provides a quick response, turnaround time, and excellent quality of work. They were an absolute pleasure to work with."

Work highlights Assisted Kroenke Sports & Entertainment regarding immigration matters for several of its sport teams. The matters include I-9 and P-1 related issues for key players and support staff.

Counseled Monarch Landscape Holdings in conducting pre-acquisition diligence of possible immigration issues related to the potential acquisition of Landscape Services Holding.

Notable practitioners

Aleksandar Dukic handles a broad range of immigration matters for clients across a range of industry sectors. He is particularly skilled advising on compliance matters, including I-9 and E-verify issues. One client describes him as "the ultimate service provider," adding: "He never drops the ball, always follows through, is very client-oriented and incredibly friendly."

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Band 1

Hammond Young Immigration Law, LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

The "wonderful"Denise Hammond is highly respected for her skill handling a range of business immigration matters. Market sources comment: "She knows the ins and outs of the regulations. She has extraordinary ability and takes on really high-level cases. She is very well regarded in the field," with another highlighting: "She is incredibly responsive, attentive to the client, and gives you the best possible advice and service."

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Eleanor Pelta is highly respected in the market for her skill handling a range of immigration matters. She has particular expertise advising clients on extraordinary ability visas as well as immigration aspects of corporate transactions. Sources report: "She is a wonderful resource and extremely knowledgeable in all areas of immigration," with others also commenting: "I'd very much recommend her; she's very practical, accessible and helpful."

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Band 1

Duane Morris LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Denyse Sabagh is referred to as "a rockstar in the field" by market sources. She offers significant experience advising an array of clients on immigration matters. She is noted for her abilities in criminal prosecution issues as well complex visa processes. One client reports: "The quality of her work and service has always been of top quality," with another adding: "There's no immigration question she can't answer."

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Band 1

Martha J Schoonover

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Martha Schoonover is described as "a real scholar in immigration law," and demonstrates significant experience handling a broad range of immigration matters. Her areas of expertise include labor certifications, temporary visas and immigration due diligence issues. Sources report: "a really good legal technician and immersed in the facts and the law," adding: "She is very talented."

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Band 1

Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "top-flight" Paul Virtue is renowned for his experience and knowledge across an array of immigration matters. He offers considerable expertise in immigration compliance and risk management issues. One client lauds: "He's so wise and extremely calm, and is able to diffuse highly charged situations and find practical solutions."

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Band 2

Maggio & Kattar PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Jim Alexander is well regarded by peers in the market, with one commenting, "He is a really strong lawyer. I really appreciate his skills and his ability to work with people." He has experience across a range of immigration matters including corporate compliance, family-based and citizenship-related issues.

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Band 2

Benach Collopy LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ava Benach is a very well-regarded immigration practitioner, noted for her expertise in complex litigation including deportation and asylum matters. One source lauds: "She is amazing; she is really excellent at what she does."

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Band 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Eric Bord is experienced advising clients across a broad range of immigration matters. He is knowledgeable on immigration implications and due diligence concerns related to corporate transactions and offers expertise handling I-9 and E-Verify compliance issues. A client describes him as "extremely knowledgeable and helpful. He is extremely well-versed in the I-9 process and has provided extensive advice on the subject."

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Band 2

Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Bo Cooper heads the firm's government strategy and compliance group and is well regarded in the market for his significant knowledge across immigration matters.  Sources comment: "He is very thoughtful and strategic," with another adding: "He really is one of the most important sages in DC."

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Band 2

Andrew B Greenfield

Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Greenfield demonstrates considerable experience advising a wide range of business clients across complex immigration matters. He is described by a client as "extremely knowledgeable, professional and always provides superb guidance and recommendations."

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Band 2

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Dawn Lurie of Seyfarth Shaw LLP is experienced advising a range of clients on corporate immigration issues. Her areas of expertise include EB-5, I-9 and E-Verify matters as well as immigration implications of corporate transactions.  One client comments: "You won't find a more tenacious lawyer for her client than Dawn. She has been able to solve problems I thought were unsolvable," adding: "She's a great lawyer for unique situations."

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Band 2

Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lynden Melmed of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP has extensive experience handling an array of immigration matters. He has notable expertise advising clients on compliance and government investigation issues.  Sources report: "He is extremely knowledge and thorough in his work. He is great to work with," with another adding: "He is absolutely first rate."

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Band 2

Maggio & Kattar PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Jan Pederson is renowned for her presence in the market and her expertise advising physicians, with sources reporting: "She is one of the stalwarts who is very well known for her work with doctors and very well respected." She also has notable experience representing corporate clients on a range of immigration matters.

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Band 2

Trow & Rahal

From the Chambers USA guide

Linda Rahal of Trow & Rahal is described as "a really great all-around immigration lawyer," by market sources. Her practice has an emphasis on business immigration, particularly handling complex employment-based visa matters. She is also noted for her expertise advising on athlete-related issues.

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Band 2

Laura Foote Reiff

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "terrific" Laura Foote Reiff focuses her immigration practice on representing clients' interests before legislative bodies and administrative agencies. She has notable expertise advising on EB-5 and I-9 issues. Sources describe her as "a very good lawyer with very good abilities," with others highlighting: "She's very savvy at engaging with government."

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Band 2

Elizabeth Espín Stern

Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Elizabeth Espín Stern is a highly regarded immigration practitioner with experience advising corporate clients on a range of immigration matters. She offers particular expertise in global mobility and extraordinary ability issues. A market source says: "She's a really high-level lawyer. She understands the full impact of immigration on different fields and sees the full picture."

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Band 2

Trow & Rahal

From the Chambers USA guide

Steve Trow of Trow & Rahal dedicates his practice to business immigration and citizenship matters, and possesses significant expertise in the intersection between immigration and tax law. He is described by market sources as "a great practitioner who does really great work in this space."

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Band 2

Hammond Young Immigration Law, LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Becki Young represents clients on a spectrum of business immigration matters and has particular expertise advising clients within the hospitality industry. Sources comment: "Becki Young is amazing. She's always finding solutions to our problems and always gives the best advice."

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Band 3

Quarles & Brady LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Peter Asaad of Quarles & Brady LLP is skilled handling a range of business-related and employment-based visa matters. He also offers experience advising on family-based immigration issues.

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Band 3

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ian Band of Hunton & Williams LLP "is very thorough and very knowledgeable," according to sources. He has considerable experience representing clients on an array of business immigration matters. He also offers expertise advising on family-related issues. Clients comment: "Ian has always been very professional, responsive and efficient," as others also add:"He will go above and beyond. He has many clients but he always makes me feel like number one."

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Band 3

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers USA guide

Shannon Donnelly is experienced handling a range of immigration matters. She has particular expertise in employment-based issues including extraordinary ability and compliance concerns. Market sources comment: "She's really talented. I think very highly of her; she's the next generation of talent in the field."

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Band 3

Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Aleksandar Dukic handles a broad range of immigration matters for clients across a range of industry sectors. He is particularly skilled advising on compliance matters, including I-9 and E-verify issues. One client describes him as "the ultimate service provider," adding: "He never drops the ball, always follows through, is very client-oriented and incredibly friendly."

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Band 3

Anna Marie Gallagher

Maggio & Kattar PC

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very well-respected"Anna Marie Gallagher leads the firm's immigration litigation practice. She has considerable experience representing individuals and business on complex immigration matters. One source comments: "I was very impressed. She is very practical and a very strong communicator."

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Band 3

Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Nancy Lawrence of Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, PC has significant experience handling a range of corporate and family-based immigration matters. She has expertise advising on work, investor and nonimmigrant-related visas. Market sources highlight: "She is a really great lawyer and very detail-oriented," and another adds: "She has an enormous amount of historical knowledge and has seen the field evolve."

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Band 3

Clark Hill PLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Ragland of Clark Hill PLC is an experienced immigration litigator noted for his strength in complex removal defense matters. He frequently acts for clients before federal courts and governmental agencies. Market sources comment: "He is a terrific litigator. I can't say enough good things about him."

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Band 3

Palma Yanni PC Attorney at Law

From the Chambers USA guide

Palma Yanni of Palma Yanni PC Attorney at Law is experienced acting for a wide range of companies and individuals across employment and family-based immigration matters. She offers particular expertise advising physicians and scientific researchers. Market sources describe her as "technically strong and thoughtful," with others highlighting her as "a very experienced and very reputable lawyer."

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Up and Coming

Holland & Knight LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Leon Fresco of Holland & Knight LLP is widely recognized for the considerable experience he brings in relation to immigration matters. He advises clients across regulatory compliance and litigation issues.  One market source comments: "He is extraordinarily knowledgeable, charismatic and is certainly a rising star."

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