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Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP - Immigration

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include San Francisco, Austin, Dallas, Houston and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Powerful force in corporate and business immigration with the capacity to handle a range of highly complex matters, with substantial consular, auditing and compliance experience. Regularly advises multinational companies on their immigration programs and global mobility strategies, offering data analytics, management reporting and training services.

Strengths In one observer's estimation, the team is "the leader in business immigration, both in terms of size and the number of companies that it represents."

Commentators confidently rank the firm "among the top firms in the immigration space."

Notable practitioners

"Top-notch businessman" David Berry manages a "tremendous amount of business immigration work," with a focus on the development of global immigration programs and advising corporate clients on the immigration implications of M&A.

Lynden Melmed oversees the firm's compliance and government affairs practice, drawing upon his strength in legislative analysis. Clients say: "He's able to see immigration programs in a clear manner and identify issues on a higher level," adding: "He always has a practical answer and can help quantify what risks are involved."

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

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Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Atlanta, Coral Gables, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Commanding and geographically extensive presence in the market, regularly called upon by some of the largest multinational corporations across the globe. The firm handles an array of business immigration services and is well placed to advise on compliance strategy and enforcement defense, as well as policy development and global immigration program management.

Strengths Sources say: "Fragomen is excellent at high-volume immigration services. Their attention to detail and management of many moving pieces is particularly impressive."

One client enthuses: "They are very reputable, professional and competent; they are by far the best firm I have dealt with and I would recommend them to any company needing immigration help."

Work highlights Provides ongoing advice to Fogo de Chao on litigation with the US government relating to the visa eligibility of specialized knowledge employees.

Notable practitioners

Daryl Buffenstein demonstrates an abundance of knowledge and immigration expertise, and maintains an enviable track record testifying before the US Congress. He is described by his peers as "a terrific voice for the immigration Bar" and continues to be regarded as an invaluable asset to the practice.

"Top-notch" Bo Cooper leads the firm's government strategies and compliance group. He has "distinguished himself as a compliance and policy expert" who is a "creative, dedicated and pragmatic partner in addressing unique and unprecedented immigration matters."

Steven Ladik boasts a "significant sports immigration practice," capitalizing on his ability to "deal with the government effectively." Ladik assists corporate clients with a range of complex immigration matters, including layoffs and due diligence and management of the immigration implications of M&A.

Austin Fragomen provides expert advice on a number of business immigration issues, including H-1B and L-1 visa programs and corporate immigration compliance. The firm's clients "know that he is available to us, which makes us feel valued." Fragomen is revered by the market for his contributions to the field and is regarded as a "voice in the industry."

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Greenberg Traurig, PA - Immigration

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include McLean, Virginia and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Full-service group providing high-quality advice on employment-based business immigration to clients in a number of sectors, including pharmaceuticals and technology. Renowned for its EB-5 immigrant investor program and also known for implementing strategic mobility systems for multinational corporations. Offers eminent expertise in global immigration, government audits and legislative representation.

Strengths Sources say the attorneys are "experts in the field and provide great service."

The firm is regarded by peers as having a "very strong EB-5 presence and a very strong presence lobbying on behalf of hi-tech industries."

Work highlights Acted for the Extell New York Regional Center on the structuring of $500 million in EB-5 financing in relation to a number of high-profile corporate real estate projects.

Involved in the drafting and reviewing of immigration reform legislation from a business perspective. Recent points of contention include essential worker legislation, 'enforcement only' legislation, EB-5 investor extension legislation and private bills.

Significant clients CEMEX, Ingersoll Rand, Cristal Global Group, CBS Corporation, Rockbridge.

Notable practitioners

Martha Schoonover is "really strategic, hard-working and very bright," and is singled out by sources for her experience advising on labor certifications and immigration due diligence issues in M&A.

Laura Foote Reiff is extremely highly regarded for her advocacy work and is viewed by the market as a "thought leader" in this field. She regularly represents clients before legislative bodies and administrative agencies and offers specialized expertise in matters pertaining to EB-5 visas and I-9 compliance.

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Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP - Immigration

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include New York and Silicon Valley.

What the team is known for Specialist business immigration practice housed within a full-service firm. Extensive experience working in tandem with clients, from large international companies to startups, to tailor optimal workforce mobility strategies. Additional aptitude advising on the immigration aspects of corporate restructurings.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team for being "incredibly knowledgeable and always available - they have a quick turnaround and go above and beyond."

Other market sources note that the team is "large and has key players; individuals within their group are well known and have a reputation for great work."

Notable practitioners

Theodore Ruthizer is well known as an "amazing lawyer" who practices across wide range of corporate immigration services. He is renowned as a "strategic thinker" and can regularly be found advising major corporations on immigration law compliance as well as M&A transactions. Ruthizer is particularly well respected for his EB-5 work.

Mark Koestler is "amazing at what he does, both technically and customer service-wise," particularly when handling "matters that go beyond the norm," say clients. Peers consider Koestler to be a "highly regarded guy" for his strategic global mobility planning and entertainment expertise.

Department profile by Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

With the globalization of the United States economy, companies have an increasing need to bring talented foreign national executives, managers and professionals to the United States. But these needs are often challenged by restrictive immigration laws and policies. As a result, the field of business immigration law has taken on increasing importance. Our internationally recognized Business Immigration Group meets the requirements of leading companies and other organizations operating in the United States, particularly multinational companies with locations throughout the world.

We represent corporate clients in all phases of the hiring and transfer of foreign nationals -- executives, managers, professionals, investors and performing artists--to the United States. We also represent individuals who, because of their extraordinary ability in their fields or because of their substantial investments in the United States, do not require corporate sponsorship to immigrate.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - Immigration

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include San Francisco and Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Full-service global firm with a well-known immigration practice. Delivers high-end global business immigration services together with employment, taxation and general corporate development advice. Noted for its US and non-US visa, PERM and compliance expertise.

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

The firm is singled out by interviewees for its client-centric approach: "What I've consistently liked about them and why I've stayed with them for so long is their level of customer service, not only to me but to my employees."

Work highlights Comprehensive immigration advisers to Seagate US in relation to the expansion of the company's global mobility program. The team also advises Seagate on domestic immigration matters, including in the context of corporate restructurings and immigration reform legislation.

Assisted TIBCO Software with a range of immigration petitions, as well as the development of a large-scale PERM labor-certification program.

Significant clients Applied Materials, Samsung Research America and Samsung Semiconductor, Brocade Communication Systems, Fujitsu America and Fujitsu Semiconductor America, DHL.

Notable practitioners

Eleanor Pelta is the co-head of the firm's global immigration practice, and is extremely highly respected for her involvement in high-profile M&A deals as well as PERM processing issues, among other areas of expertise. One source enthused: "Eleanor Pelta is really knowledgeable and does really good work - I don't think there can be a better standard for an immigration lawyer than doing really outstanding work and knowing the practice very well. She definitely knows her immigration law."

Eric Bord "has a lot of knowledge and experience in the verifications and employer compliance area," including a mastery of I-9 and E-Verify rules. As head of the firm's immigration compliance and risk management practice, Bord enjoys a solid reputation as a strong technical lawyer in this field.

James Vázquez-Azpiri's clients appreciate his "ability to look beyond the current situation: he can take a more overarching, holistic approach to a problem or an employee's future."

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP - Immigration

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Los Angeles, Boston and Atlanta.

What the team is known for Sizable group undertaking all aspects of business immigration for an impressive corporate client portfolio. Recognized for its eminent compliance practice, comprising I-9 audits, work site raid and E-Verify expertise. Additional experience advising clients on global immigration policies, EB-5 issues and the immigration aspects of M&A transactions.

Strengths One client remarks: "The team brings an incredible depth of experience to US immigration. I appreciate how well Seyfarth understands our culture, and their willingness to go out of their way to help us."

One peer singles out the team as "one of the best: they're cutting-edge and I have a very high regard for them."

Work highlights Successfully acted for a management consulting firm in overturning a labor certification denial by demonstrating that the DOL had incorrectly conflated the experience and skill set requirements faced by foreign nationals.

Notable practitioners

Angelo Paparelli is regarded as "a consummate professional" and a "well-known expert" in the EB-5 arena. He enjoys a long-established reputation for both his M&A expertise and advocacy work, and is described by market sources as "courteous, fair, intelligent, objective, and responsive." One client enthused: "I find him to be among the most knowledgeable, thorough and well-prepared attorneys in the business. He is very reputable in the immigration and business community."

Department profile by Seyfarth Shaw LLP

For nearly twenty years, Seyfarth Shaw’s Business Immigration Group (BIG) has provided best-in-class legal services and portfolio management programs for a wide variety of US and global corporations, with workforces ranging from 10 foreign nationals to nearly 5,000 foreign nationals. We are well-versed in designing and building the necessary infrastructure (people, process and platform) for large or small program management needs, and in resolving nuanced and complicated immigration challenges that arise for companies with changing global mobility challenges.

For more information visit: http://www.seyfarth.com/Immigration.



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Duane Morris LLP - Immigration

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Respected immigration department offering expertise across the full spectrum of corporate immigration matters, as well as visa and deportation issues for individuals. Supports a broad roster of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to startups, across a range of industries, including IT, biotechnology and banking. Often advises on H1-B visa issues and green card applications.

Strengths Clients benefit from the fact that "all members of the team are very fast and involved."

One interviewee states: "They are absolutely great, very responsive, and just a pleasure to work with."

Work highlights Acted for Zensar Technologies on the re-examination of a number of PERM application denials, successfully obtaining their approval on appeal.

Significant clients CNSI, BitTorrent, SITA, Apollo Education Group, Unilife.

Notable practitioners

Denyse Sabagh is the head of the firm's immigration practice group, and is "well known and well regarded in the immigration Bar." One source said: "She is one of the top in the field." Offering extensive experience advising on I-9 audit cases, consular processing and immigration issues stemming from criminal cases, Sabagh represents both business clients and individuals.

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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Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP - Immigration

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Philadelphia.

What the team is known for Highly regarded firm fielding several standout individual attorneys, as well as a diverse roster of clients, from international companies through healthcare organizations to private individuals. Provides the full spectrum of business immigration services, with impressive compliance and consular-related experience. Esteemed for its EB-5 capability and top-notch O-1 visa expertise.

Strengths Peers respect that "the lawyers running this practice are top-tier, and are well-known for being very good at what they do."

Notable practitioners

Ronald Klasko is "one of the gurus of EB-5" who "likes to push the envelope and is really creative in his solutions." Sources agree that "he is a well-known, well-versed speaker on many immigration topics." He offers notable experience in labor certifications, H-1 visas, L-1 visas and employer sanctions, having chaired American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) task forces pertaining to these issues.

AILA president William Stock is "thoughtful, intelligent and well regarded" and "absolutely first rank," sources say. He expertly advises on complicated matters such as J-1 waivers and mandamus or APA review actions in federal court, with further distinction in O-1 visas, EB-5 and labor certification issues.

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Mayer Brown LLP - Immigration

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Washington, DC.

What the team is known for Highly capable team offering guidance on all aspects of business immigration, including compliance and audits, as well as visa and residency issues. Advises major corporations, startups and high net worth individuals, offering clients the advantage of the firm's wide global network and technology-based tracking system.

Strengths Sources identify a "strong corporate immigration team; they get global immigration requirements and the intersection between that and employment law."

Clients' general impressions of the team are "very positive: they are fast moving and highly credible in their field."

Work highlights Assisted American Express with the design of a bespoke PERM optimizing program.

Handles all immigration-related matters for the CoStar Group, providing ongoing training to the company's stakeholders. Advises on the full range of visa and PERM applications, as well as compliance, including in the context of M&A.

Significant clients Dealogic, Dematic, International Air Transport Association, Mead Johnson Nutrition, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.

Notable practitioners

Paul Virtue is a "superior lawyer" who is "very practical, with a really good sense of the pulse of what's going on." His "robust practice" focuses on global immigration and mobility, delivering expert advice on compliance and policy issues. Sources say he also "provides that kind of key agency experience, wise guidance and excellent sense of how immigration law applies in various corporate settings, is very comfortable with corporate transactions and how to structure them with regards to immigration."

Elizabeth Espín Stern is a central figure of the firm's immigration practice and exhibits "tremendous depth in her experience and knowledge," sources say, adding: "She provides steady guidance and leadership to a highly dedicated team of professionals."

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Proskauer Rose LLP - Immigration

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Commentary from the Chambers USA guide

Basic facts about the department
Key office is Newark.

What the team is known for Prominent firm handling complex employment-based immigration cases and compliance issues for a number of well-known organizations, spanning the entertainment, financial services and technology industries. Major strengths are corporate immigration policy and labor certification issues, though matters as diverse as internal audits and antidiscrimination compliance fall within the team's caseload.

Strengths One client was eager to endorse the team: "They are very consistent, and go above and beyond to get us the answers we need, even in times that they might be busy. They're very cognizant of the demands of our business: we have a lot of traffic and the team can really tackle and handle the volume."

Notable practitioners

David Grunblatt is a "fabulous" immigration attorney who "is very knowledgeable and presents very well." As the head of the immigration and nationality group at the firm, he provides advice on a wide range of corporate immigration issues, and represents an impressive roster of high-profile business clients and executives. Commended for his propensity to monitor market trends, clients say he is "very insightful, has a good narrative and a way of approaching different situations."

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Senior Statesmen

Margaret A Catillaz

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP

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Margaret Catillaz of Harter Secrest & Emery LLP enjoys a "great reputation" and wins praise for her immigration litigation expertise and knowledge of labor certification and PERM processing. Her clients include major multinational corporations, higher education and healthcare facilities.

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Foster LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Charles Foster of Foster LLP continues to "constantly keep up with changes in the law and regulations" as part of his wide-ranging, board-certified immigration practice. Sources say he is "very bright," with "a wealth of knowledge and definitely an expert" and agree is he is an "extremely effective manager." Foster receives further praise for his role as chairman of Americans for Immigration Reform.

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Senior Statesmen

Quan Law Group, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Gordon Quan of Quan Law Group, PLLC is sought after for his experience before the federal courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals. Sources say he is "very skillful in terms of navigating the political aspects of immigration."

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Eminent Practitioner

Austin T Fragomen Jr

Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Austin Fragomen provides expert advice on a number of business immigration issues, including H-1B and L-1 visa programs and corporate immigration compliance. The firm's clients "know that he is available to us, which makes us feel valued." Fragomen is revered by the market for his contributions to the field and is regarded as a "voice in the industry."

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Eminent Practitioner

Pearl Law Group

From the Chambers USA guide

Julie Pearl is the founder of Pearl Law Group in Northern California, where she is recognized for her provision of immigration case management services. Sources say she is "technically very advanced" and "very well respected."

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Star Individuals

Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli & Pratt

From the Chambers USA guide

Ira Kurzban of Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli & Pratt receives superlative feedback and is dubbed a "rockstar" of immigration law by interviewees. He is viewed by sources as a "major litigator" and a "legend" in the field, and is acknowledged for his involvement in high-profile immigration cases. One peer enthused: "Everybody looks up to Ira."

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Daryl Buffenstein

Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Daryl Buffenstein demonstrates an abundance of knowledge and immigration expertise, and maintains an enviable track record testifying before the US Congress. He is described by his peers as "a terrific voice for the immigration Bar" and continues to be regarded as an invaluable asset to the practice.

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Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

David Grunblatt is a "fabulous" immigration attorney who "is very knowledgeable and presents very well." As the head of the immigration and nationality group at the firm, he provides advice on a wide range of corporate immigration issues, and represents an impressive roster of high-profile business clients and executives. Commended for his propensity to monitor market trends, clients say he is "very insightful, has a good narrative and a way of approaching different situations."

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Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ronald Klasko is "one of the gurus of EB-5" who "likes to push the envelope and is really creative in his solutions." Sources agree that "he is a well-known, well-versed speaker on many immigration topics." He offers notable experience in labor certifications, H-1 visas, L-1 visas and employer sanctions, having chaired American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) task forces pertaining to these issues.

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Cyrus D. Mehta & Partners PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Cyrus Mehta of Cyrus D. Mehta & Partners PLLC is a "powerhouse in the field" who boasts an "incredible depth and understanding" of immigration law. Mehta "provides a great service to clients" and "has a great business mind," according to his peers. His wide-ranging practice has seen him act for both major business clients and individuals on labor certifications, citizenship and asylum issues, among others.

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Seyfarth Shaw LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Angelo Paparelli is regarded as "a consummate professional" and a "well-known expert" in the EB-5 arena. He enjoys a long-established reputation for both his M&A expertise and advocacy work, and is described by market sources as "courteous, fair, intelligent, objective, and responsive." One client enthused: "I find him to be among the most knowledgeable, thorough and well-prepared attorneys in the business. He is very reputable in the immigration and business community."

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Eleanor Pelta is the co-head of the firm's global immigration practice, and is extremely highly respected for her involvement in high-profile M&A deals as well as PERM processing issues, among other areas of expertise. One source enthused: "Eleanor Pelta is really knowledgeable and does really good work - I don't think there can be a better standard for an immigration lawyer than doing really outstanding work and knowing the practice very well. She definitely knows her immigration law."

Eric Bord "has a lot of knowledge and experience in the verifications and employer compliance area," including a mastery of I-9 and E-Verify rules. As head of the firm's immigration compliance and risk management practice, Bord enjoys a solid reputation as a strong technical lawyer in this field.

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Duane Morris LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Denyse Sabagh is the head of the firm's immigration practice group, and is "well known and well regarded in the immigration Bar." One source said: "She is one of the top in the field." Offering extensive experience advising on I-9 audit cases, consular processing and immigration issues stemming from criminal cases, Sabagh represents both business clients and individuals.

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Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

AILA president William Stock is "thoughtful, intelligent and well regarded" and "absolutely first rank," sources say. He expertly advises on complicated matters such as J-1 waivers and mandamus or APA review actions in federal court, with further distinction in O-1 visas, EB-5 and labor certification issues.

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Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Virtue is a "superior lawyer" who is "very practical, with a really good sense of the pulse of what's going on." His "robust practice" focuses on global immigration and mobility, delivering expert advice on compliance and policy issues. Sources say he also "provides that kind of key agency experience, wise guidance and excellent sense of how immigration law applies in various corporate settings, is very comfortable with corporate transactions and how to structure them with regards to immigration."

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Kathleen Campbell Walker

Dickinson Wright PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Kathleen Campbell Walker of Dickinson Wright PLLC is a "very highly regarded and very knowledgeable practitioner" who wins particular recognition for her knowledge of consular processing and border security issues. One client enthused: "Kathleen is one of the most intelligent people I have ever met. She is an expert in all matters related to immigration, and can break down complex issues in a way that makes them easier to understand."

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Stephen W Yale-Loehr

Miller Mayer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "brilliant" Stephen Yale-Loehr of Miller Mayer LLP "is one of the preeminent practitioners in the country" and "a major scholar of immigration law." He runs a "thriving EB-5 practice" and is "viewed as one of the best technical lawyers in the country." His "overall knowledge and involvement in the industry gives him a great perspective on issues coming to the forefront," especially within his employment and family-based practice.

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Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Susan Cohen of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC is a "household name" who "has a broad corporate understanding, not just a memory of the law but the application of these laws and how they apply to our company," say clients, who appreciate her "personal touch and communication skills." Her comprehensive corporate immigration practice "commands the strategic aspect brilliantly."

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Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Top-notch" Bo Cooper leads the firm's government strategies and compliance group. He has "distinguished himself as a compliance and policy expert" who is a "creative, dedicated and pragmatic partner in addressing unique and unprecedented immigration matters."

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Tammy Fox-Isicoff

Rifkin and Fox-Isicoff PA

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The "completely brilliant" Tammy Fox-Isicoff of Rifkin and Fox-Isicoff PA is rated for her knowledge of a range of immigration matters, especially in the investor arena. She is described as "really creative, incredibly capable and a fighter" for her clients and a strong advocate for immigration reform.

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Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez

From the Chambers USA guide

Josie Gonzalez of Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez "is amazing on business immigration issues"  and enjoys a "top-notch reputation," particularly for employment-based immigration and labor certification issues. She is recognized nationally for her expertise in immigration compliance and her extensive I-9 experience.

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Hammond Young Immigration Law, LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Denise Hammond of Hammond Young Immigration Law, LLC manages a comprehensive business immigration practice which benefits from her "huge knowledge base and excellent contacts in the customs and immigration service." Hammond is revered as a "very creative lawyer, willing to delve into arcane sources of legal arguments to pull out little gems - she's brilliant in that way."

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Kuck Immigration Partners LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

The "fabulous" Charles Kuck of Kuck Immigration Partners LLC has an incredibly broad immigration practice, built upon his enviable characteristics as a "well-informed, quality lawyer and leader." Past president of both the AILA and the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, he has a longstanding history of asylum successes before the Immigration Court. He has also testified before Congress in relation to immigration rights and reforms.

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Mehlman Barnes LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sharon Mehlman of Mehlman Barnes LLP runs an employment-based immigration practice from San Diego, and is well known across the country for her experience advising on LCA compliance and I-9 audits, among other areas of expertise.

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Barst Mukamal & Kleiner LLP

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Deborah Notkin of Barst Mukamal & Kleiner LLP is a "high-level practitioner" who operates an eminent international immigration and nationality practice. She is renowned among her peers for her contributions to the practice, and she is regarded as a "prominent presence" in the field. Her expertise spans all business immigration matters, with special skills in PERM processing.

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Theodore Ruthizer

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Theodore Ruthizer is well known as an "amazing lawyer" who practices across wide range of corporate immigration services. He is renowned as a "strategic thinker" and can regularly be found advising major corporations on immigration law compliance as well as M&A transactions. Ruthizer is particularly well respected for his EB-5 work.

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Martha J Schoonover

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Martha Schoonover is "really strategic, hard-working and very bright," and is singled out by sources for her experience advising on labor certifications and immigration due diligence issues in M&A.

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The Law Offices of Carl Shusterman

From the Chambers USA guide

Carl Shusterman of The Law Offices of Carl Shusterman is "well-respected and extremely knowledgeable" across a variety of immigration topics. He has a robust practice and offers longstanding experience representing clients from the healthcare industry.

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Siskind Susser, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Gregory Siskind of Siskind Susser, PC is "one of the smartest lawyers in the country" and a "leading attorney on a lot of different levels - at the forefront in terms of technology, advocacy and practice management." Siskind "brilliantly" navigates an extensive and "complex business immigration practice," as well as authoring the nationally and annually published 'J-1 Visa Guidebook'.

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Bernard Wolfsdorf

Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Bernard Wolfsdorf is the founding and managing partner of Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP. He is thought of as "a creative, excellent attorney" who handles a broad range of global mobility cases, notably investor immigration matters.

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Zulkie Partners LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Zulkie of Zulkie Partners LLC enjoys a fine reputation in the nationwide immigration market, garnering significant respect for his employer sanctions enforcement and business-related visa expertise. He is regarded by his peers as a "statesman of the immigration practice."

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Fredrikson & Byron PA

From the Chambers USA guide

The "well-known" Robert Aronson of Fredrikson & Byron PA is "very prominent in the medical and doctor arena." His employment-based immigration practice is impressively diverse, with representative experience ranging from J-1 waivers and O-1 visas to labor certifications and persecution waivers. His client portfolio also focuses on academic institutions and IT professionals.

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Barst Mukamal & Kleiner LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Alexis Axelrad of Barst Mukamal & Kleiner LLP maintains a broad business immigration practice as well as currently serving as director on the National Board of Governors of AILA. She is respected by commentators for her work on entry issues and knowledge of the Department of Homeland Security.

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Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

"Top-notch businessman" David Berry manages a "tremendous amount of business immigration work," with a focus on the development of global immigration programs and advising corporate clients on the immigration implications of M&A.

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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," including a mastery of I-9 and E-Verify rules. As head of the firm's immigration compliance and risk management practice, Bord enjoys a solid reputation as a strong technical lawyer in this field.

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Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Ted Chiappari of Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke LLP is a "careful thinker" who is "very precise - he knows his stuff." He has a "solid reputation," receiving plaudits for advising on the tax aspects of business immigration.

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The Law Office of Cheryl R. David

From the Chambers USA guide

Cheryl David of The Law Office of Cheryl R. David is cited for her focus on deportation and removal defense. Sources agree: "She is one of the top practitioners in the country in that area."

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Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Koestler is "amazing at what he does, both technically and customer service-wise," particularly when handling "matters that go beyond the norm," say clients. Peers consider Koestler to be a "highly regarded guy" for his strategic global mobility planning and entertainment expertise.

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Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Ladik boasts a "significant sports immigration practice," capitalizing on his ability to "deal with the government effectively." Ladik assists corporate clients with a range of complex immigration matters, including layoffs and due diligence and management of the immigration implications of M&A.

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Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lynden Melmed oversees the firm's compliance and government affairs practice, drawing upon his strength in legislative analysis. Clients say: "He's able to see immigration programs in a clear manner and identify issues on a higher level," adding: "He always has a practical answer and can help quantify what risks are involved."

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Pryor Cashman LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Avram Morell of Pryor Cashman LLP runs a broad corporate immigration practice which is growing in prominence nationally. Clients say he is "extremely knowledgeable of the laws and practices and is a great strategic partner." Other sources are quick to identify his strength in regulatory compliance issues.

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The Law Offices of Thomas Moseley

From the Chambers USA guide

The "brilliant" Thomas Moseley of The Law Offices of Thomas Moseley has a "very distinguished litigation practice" with a strong emphasis on removal cases. He is acknowledged by his peers as a "leader in this niche."

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Clark Hill PLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Nowlan of Clark Hill PLC is "extremely smart, very committed and a terrific lawyer; he's made strong contributions to the field." He deploys a "thoughtful, robust and highly ethical approach" to his comprehensive business and family immigration practice, as well as his advocacy for immigrant rights.

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Jackson Lewis P.C.

From the Chambers USA guide

Amy Peck of Jackson Lewis P.C. is based in Nebraska from where she co-heads the firm's immigration law practice. She is respected as a "strong practitioner" in this field who is "involved on a national scale." Peck is particularly well known for advising on employer compliance issues.

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Pivec & Associates

From the Chambers USA guide

The "very well-regarded" Mary Pivec of Pivec & Associates "has carved out her space in I-9 compliance" and is acknowledged for her work on immigration-related employment law matters.

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Laura Foote Reiff

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Laura Foote Reiff is extremely highly regarded for her advocacy work and is viewed by the market as a "thought leader" in this field. She regularly represents clients before legislative bodies and administrative agencies and offers specialized expertise in matters pertaining to EB-5 visas and I-9 compliance.

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The Seltzer Firm, PLLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Suzanne Seltzer of The Seltzer Firm, PLLC delivers top-level O-1, EB-1 and J-1 visa expertise, frequently acting for universities and healthcare groups. Commentators say she is a "fabulous practitioner who knows her stuff."

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Elizabeth Espín Stern

Mayer Brown LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Elizabeth Espín Stern is a central figure of the firm's immigration practice and exhibits "tremendous depth in her experience and knowledge," sources say, adding: "She provides steady guidance and leadership to a highly dedicated team of professionals."

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Stump & Associates

From the Chambers USA guide

Douglas Stump of Stump & Associates "is very well-known for his employment-based immigration work and focus on hospitals." He stands out among peers as "always willing to litigate and to take on the immigration service, which a lot of people in the field are reluctant to do."

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Sarah Lea Tobocman

Gunster

From the Chambers USA guide

Sarah Tobocman is the longstanding leader of the immigration practice at Gunster. She has a consistent focus on compliance issues and is very highly regarded nationally for her prominent Florida practice. One source enthused: "I have nothing but the highest regard for Sarah's skills and capabilities. She is able to discuss complex and challenging legal situations faced by clients as they attempt to resolve them. I am very impressed with her knowledge of the law and administrative proceedings, and her creative approach to problem solving."

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A James Vázquez-Azpiri

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Vázquez-Azpiri's clients appreciate his "ability to look beyond the current situation: he can take a more overarching, holistic approach to a problem or an employee's future."

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Tafapolsky & Smith

From the Chambers USA guide

Ronald Wada of Tafapolsky & Smith "is one of the leading experts in the country on tricky labor certification and equivalency issues," one peer said. He also advises on PERM and permanent wage issues.

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Palma Yanni PC Attorney at Law

From the Chambers USA guide

Palma Yanni operates an independent practice and is an "excellent attorney" who "knows her stuff," advising both small businesses and individuals on a range of immigration issues. She is noteworthy for her work on behalf of physicians and researchers.

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