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.
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."