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Immigration — District of Columbia


Greenberg Traurig, LLP - Immigration

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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 EB-5 investor matters and work and residence visas to government investigations. Advises strategic immigration planning for corporate clients, as well as representing clients before the USCIS, DOS, DOJ and DOL.

Strengths Clients say: "It's a dedicated team: detail-oriented, knowledgeable on all aspects of immigration law, customer-focused and extremely responsive. They are one of the best."

Clients say: "They're definitely top of the list for quality work, diligence and delivery. They show stability under pressure."

Work highlights Successfully represented the City of Miami in its application to be designated as an EB-5 Regional Center for Foreign Investment, under the USCIS immigrant investment visa program.

Advised a client on its successful challenge to a regulation, promulgated by the Department of Labor, which would have allowed for wage and program rule changes through Administrative Procedure Act litigation.

Significant clients CVS/Pharmacy and CVS Caremark, ARAMARK, Ingersoll Rand, Cristal Global Group, CBS Corporation.

Notable practitioners

Clients report that Martha Schoonover is "extremely knowledgeable about the immigration laws and regulations, and she's spot-on all of the time." Sources say she is "really strategic, hard-working and very bright." She is especially known for her work on labor certifications and on immigration due diligence issues in the context of M&A.

"Excellent lawyer" Laura Foote Reiff specializes in matters relating to EB-5 visas and I-9 compliance. Reiff is "held in very high regard, both locally and regionally," having also represented clients before legislative bodies and administrative agencies.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - Immigration

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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.

Strengths Sources say: "They have deep expertise and are always available. They assign the right level of legal professional to each matter and the mix of fixed-fee and hourly billing arrangements provides significant advantage to the client."

Clients say that the team offers "superior customer service and response time."

Significant clients Carl Zeiss, Choice Hotels, Deltek, DHL, JCPenney Corporation, Leidos.

Notable practitioners

Eric Bord "has a lot of knowledge and experience in the verifications and employer compliance area," according to sources. He is known for his I-9 and E-Verify advice in particular and is held in high regard by peers, who consider him a "very strong practitioner."

Co-head of the firm's global immigration practice Eleanor Pelta is "one of the most highly respected members of the Bar in DC." Sources say she is "a great advocate for her clients," particularly those involved in PERM processing. She also excels at counseling businesses on the immigration implications of corporate restructurings.

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Duane Morris LLP - Immigration

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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 Handles all immigration-related matters for CNSI, recently obtaining a number of PERM audit approvals by optimizing the efficiency and accuracy of their PERM processing program.

Advises Nodal Exchange on all its immigration matters, including H-1B cases, labor certifications and green card applications.

Significant clients Unilife, Inova, Clarkston Potomac Group, Atlantic Council, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Notable practitioners

Denyse Sabagh is head of the firm's immigration practice group and a "real star in the field." She is "renowned" for her work across all aspects of immigration law and "respected particularly for complex waiver cases." She is also well regarded for her advice on consular processing and the immigration ramifications of criminal charges.

Department profile 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

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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 Peers comment: "They're an amazing group of people from A to Z. They practice in all areas, not just corporate, and do a lot of difficult waivers and removal cases."

Notable practitioners

Jan Pederson is a well-known figure in the DC immigration law community. She is revered as "a genius for consular difficulties," by market sources, who add that "she pushes the boundaries and doesn't take no for an answer." She serves as immigration adviser to a number of eminent physicians.

"Excellent lawyer" Jim Alexander has "a good skill set in terms of business and family issues." Commentators describe him as a "smart, very personable guy" who provides "really good client service."

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Mayer Brown LLP - Immigration

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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 transactions, compliance issues and the full range of visa matters, including comprehensive immigration risk reviews and legislative and congressional investigations.

Strengths One client says: "They've really gotten to know our company and the way we do business. They have a good sense of what the risks are in the immigration space and effectively communicate that in a practical way."

Another client comments that the team "consistently deliver superb service," adding: "I have confidence in them that it's going to get done how it's supposed to."

Significant clients Advansys, American Express Company, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, CTIS, Cummins International.

Notable practitioners

Clients say that Paul Virtue has "a really good sense of what's going on with respect to different agencies, as well as new regulations and guidance." Virtue capitalizes on his "incredible background" at the INS and on his "encyclopedic knowledge of the law" to represent clients on a broad range of employment-related immigration and compliance issues.

Sources say Elizabeth Espín Stern is "highly responsive and knowledgeable," as well as "deeply committed." She leads the firm's global mobility and migration practice and has experience advising large, multinational corporations on immigration concerns.

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

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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.

Strengths One client comments: "They do an excellent job. They're very thorough, they take the time to understand our company and how we do business, and they're cost-effective."

Clients appreciate the team's "incredible depth of expertise on the subject matter," as well as its ability to provide "context on what has transpired historically in the regulatory arena."

Work highlights Provides ongoing counsel to Fogo de Chao in regard to its litigation with the US government to establish intracompany transferee visa eligibility for L-1B class employees.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Greenfield is "a subject matter expert who is always ready to provide help and solutions," whom clients praise for his ability to "understand the client's needs and work toward a win-win situation." Greenfield has extensive business immigration expertise on which he can call to provide clients with "straight advice" and "swift, detailed information."

Bo Cooper is "excellently skillful and a keenly sensitive strategist" who is "very active in the policy space." Clients say he is a "creative, dedicated and pragmatic partner, addressing unique and unprecedented immigration matters."

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Baker McKenzie - Immigration

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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.

Strengths Clients comment: "They're truly subject matter experts. They deeply care about what they do, they provide customized service and, on top of that, they're remarkably accurate."

Sources say the team is "very responsive, provides expert detail and guidance, and leverages their global counterparts on complex global mobility cases."

Work highlights Advises Netcracker Technology on the movement of visa-holders in multiple jurisdictions, including Colombia, South Africa, the UK and the UAE.

Manages the Royal Bank of Canada's full US, Canada, EMEA and Australia immigration portfolio, overseeing hundreds of visa applications, notably for corporate executives and technical professionals.

Significant clients T. Rowe Price.

Notable practitioners

Clients say that Shannon Donnelly is "a true subject matter expert," adding: "She has great customer service and an excellent communication approach." One market commentator says: "I consult with Shannon on unusual or difficult questions - she's a creative, careful and very knowledgeable attorney with deep and broad experience."

Staff attorney Lisa Atkins handles immigrant and nonimmigrant visa matters, as well as PERM labor certification applications. Clients say she is "wonderful to work with" and "knows everything there is to know about immigration."

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Benach Collopy LLP - Immigration

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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.

Strengths Sources say it is a team that "is really outstanding in asylum issues and clearly cares about its clients."

Notable practitioners

Sources say that Ava Benach is "among the most well-respected lawyers doing deportation defense, asylum and removability." She is known as a "very talented lawyer" in the notoriously difficult area of immigration litigation.

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Hammond Young Immigration Law, LLC - Immigration

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What the team is known for Recognized for excellent client service and comprehensive coverage of employment-based immigration. 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 One client comments: "They're thorough, their response time is very quick and they like challenges. They're very clear with us - they tell us when something is not possible but if they can make a visa application work, they're ready to do it."

Another client says: "They're always available and ready to respond quickly. Our success rate is very high and what I really appreciate about them is that they keep an eye on what they're costing us."

Work highlights Advised Morgans Maintenance in relation to the immigration status of an Egyptian CEO who had transferred to the USA in order to launch its agricultural import-export subsidiary. Obtained green cards for the CEO and his wife, despite the threat to the operational viability of the subsidiary caused by the political unrest in Egypt.

Assisted celebrity chef Manish Mehrotra's New York restaurant, Indian Accent, with the acquisition of O-1 and O-2 visas for its entire leadership team.

Significant clients Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Benu, Los Alamos National Laboratory, United Way Worldwide, K12.

Notable practitioners

Denise Hammond's broad business immigration practice benefits from her "huge knowledge base and excellent contacts in the customs and immigration service." Hammond is a "very careful, thorough and creative" attorney who is "meticulous" when approaching complex work visas and worksite enforcement.

Clients report that Becki Young "is very knowledgeable and thorough in her work, has several legal solutions and alternative options worked out in advance, and at the same time is very approachable." Young is both "flexible" and "realistic," and is particularly active representing entertainment and high-end hospitality clients.

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Hogan Lovells US LLP - Immigration

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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 midsized multinational corporations to NGOs, governments and individuals. Counts export control issues among its key areas of expertise, in addition to PERM and labor certification.

Strengths Sources say: "The team is incredibly well versed in immigration law. They're thorough in their research, create comprehensive applications that are designed to be approved, and are always available to answer questions or resolve issues in a timely fashion."

Clients agree that the team "provides high-quality services" and offers "a high level of experience and total dedication."

Notable practitioners

One client reports that Aleksandar Dukic is "very responsive," adding: "We get detailed and complete responses within 24 hours." Clients appreciate that "he has the ability to make some of the more complicated issues relatively simple for non-lawyers."

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Hammond Young Immigration Law, LLC

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Denise Hammond's broad business immigration practice benefits from her "huge knowledge base and excellent contacts in the customs and immigration service." Hammond is a "very careful, thorough and creative" attorney who is "meticulous" when approaching complex work visas and worksite enforcement.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Co-head of the firm's global immigration practice Eleanor Pelta is "one of the most highly respected members of the Bar in DC." Sources say she is "a great advocate for her clients," particularly those involved in PERM processing. She also excels at counseling businesses on the immigration implications of corporate restructurings.

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Duane Morris LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Denyse Sabagh is head of the firm's immigration practice group and a "real star in the field." She is "renowned" for her work across all aspects of immigration law and "respected particularly for complex waiver cases." She is also well regarded for her advice on consular processing and the immigration ramifications of criminal charges.

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Martha J Schoonover

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients report that Martha Schoonover is "extremely knowledgeable about the immigration laws and regulations, and she's spot-on all of the time." Sources say she is "really strategic, hard-working and very bright." She is especially known for her work on labor certifications and on immigration due diligence issues in the context of M&A.

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Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients say that Paul Virtue has "a really good sense of what's going on with respect to different agencies, as well as new regulations and guidance." Virtue capitalizes on his "incredible background" at the INS and on his "encyclopedic knowledge of the law" to represent clients on a broad range of employment-related immigration and compliance issues.

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Maggio & Kattar PC

From the Chambers USA guide

"Excellent lawyer" Jim Alexander has "a good skill set in terms of business and family issues." Commentators describe him as a "smart, very personable guy" who provides "really good client service."

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Benach Collopy LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources say that Ava Benach is "among the most well-respected lawyers doing deportation defense, asylum and removability." She is known as a "very talented lawyer" in the notoriously difficult area of immigration litigation.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Eric Bord "has a lot of knowledge and experience in the verifications and employer compliance area," according to sources. He is known for his I-9 and E-Verify advice in particular and is held in high regard by peers, who consider him a "very strong practitioner."

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Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

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Bo Cooper is "excellently skillful and a keenly sensitive strategist" who is "very active in the policy space." Clients say he is a "creative, dedicated and pragmatic partner, addressing unique and unprecedented immigration matters."

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Andrew B Greenfield

Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Greenfield is "a subject matter expert who is always ready to provide help and solutions," whom clients praise for his ability to "understand the client's needs and work toward a win-win situation." Greenfield has extensive business immigration expertise on which he can call to provide clients with "straight advice" and "swift, detailed information." 

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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Dawn Lurie of Seyfarth Shaw LLP does "a lot of great I-9 work," according to peers. She is also cochair of the firm's EB-5 immigrant investment practice, and has assisted clients with both US and global immigration processes for over 25 years.

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Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

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Sources say that the "dynamic" Lynden Melmed of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP has a "wealth of experience" and is "'in the know' in terms of legal changes." He oversees the firm's compliance and government affairs practice, drawing upon his strength in legislative analysis. Sources say: "He's able to see immigration programs in a clear manner and identify issues on a higher level."

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Maggio & Kattar PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Jan Pederson is a well-known figure in the DC immigration law community. She is revered as "a genius for consular difficulties," by market sources, who add that "she pushes the boundaries and doesn't take no for an answer." She serves as immigration adviser to a number of eminent physicians.

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Laura Foote Reiff

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Excellent lawyer" Laura Foote Reiff specializes in matters relating to EB-5 visas and I-9 compliance. Reiff is "held in very high regard, both locally and regionally," having also represented clients before legislative bodies and administrative agencies.

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Elizabeth Espín Stern

Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources say Elizabeth Espín Stern is "highly responsive and knowledgeable," as well as "deeply committed." She leads the firm's global mobility and migration practice and has experience advising large, multinational corporations on immigration concerns.

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Trow & Rahal

From the Chambers USA guide

"Excellent lawyer" Steve Trow of Trow & Rahal has particular expertise in the intersection of immigration and US tax law. He advises on both corporate immigration and citizenship matters.

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Quarles & Brady LLP

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Peter Asaad of Quarles & Brady LLPis a "very good, forward-thinking practitioner." He advises both individuals and corporates, with a focus on business immigration.

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Hunton & Williams LLP

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Ian Band of Hunton & Williams LLP is known in the market as "a deep thinker with a hugely practical bent" who is "extremely dedicated to his clients." Band is a noted expert in employment verification matters and is praised by sources for his ability to "cut to the chase like no other, and to drill down into an issue and analyze it with fantastic precision."

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Baker McKenzie

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Clients say that Shannon Donnelly is "a true subject matter expert," adding: "She has great customer service and an excellent communication approach." One market commentator says: "I consult with Shannon on unusual or difficult questions - she's a creative, careful and very knowledgeable attorney with deep and broad experience."

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Hogan Lovells US LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

One client reports that Aleksandar Dukic is "very responsive," adding: "We get detailed and complete responses within 24 hours." Clients appreciate that "he has the ability to make some of the more complicated issues relatively simple for non-lawyers."

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Lichtman & Elliot, PC

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Thomas Elliot of Lichtman & Elliot, PC is well respected for his broad litigation expertise and successes representing individual clients in federal court proceedings. Sources say that he has "a lot of expertise" especially in relation to criminal removal litigation.

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Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Nancy Lawrence of Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, PC is an "excellent" attorney, particularly for H-1B, L-1 and E-2 filing strategy. She has provided immigration counsel to individuals and a diverse range of corporate clients for more than 35 years.

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Clark Hill PLC

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Thomas Ragland of Clark Hill PLC is "an excellent litigator and creative thinker" with experience representing clients before all immigration-related bodies, including federal court, the DHS and US consulates abroad. Peers consider Ragland to be a "very strong practitioner," particularly regarding appellate litigation and removal defense.

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Trow & Rahal

From the Chambers USA guide

Linda Rahal of Trow & Rahal "runs a very strong boutique practice," advising on the full range of business immigration matters. Rahal delivers "sophisticated work," with an emphasis on visas and corporate immigration services for employers, including compliance, naturalization, and global, O-1 and EB-5 visas.

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Palma Yanni PC Attorney at Law

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Palma Yanni of Palma Yanni PC Attorney at Law is an "excellent attorney," delivering a broad range of employment and family-based immigration services to individuals and to businesses of all sizes. Yanni offers specialist advice to medical professionals and researchers.

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Hammond Young Immigration Law, LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Clients report that Becki Young "is very knowledgeable and thorough in her work, has several legal solutions and alternative options worked out in advance, and at the same time is very approachable." Young is both "flexible" and "realistic," and is particularly active representing entertainment and high-end hospitality clients.

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Associates to watch

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers USA guide

Staff attorney Lisa Atkins handles immigrant and nonimmigrant visa matters, as well as PERM labor certification applications. Clients say she is "wonderful to work with" and "knows everything there is to know about immigration."

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