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USA Guide

Immigration — Washington

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for High-quality team commended for its effective counsel on permanent residency, naturalization and nonimmigrant visas for employment. Advises a wide range of companies ranging from startups to large public corporations on a broad spectrum of business immigration issues and also sought after for its assistance to individuals with naturalization and family-based immigration matters.

Strengths One delighted client praises the firm's "excellent performance" and describes its lawyers as "down-to-earth and a great bunch of people," adding: "It's a top-notch firm for sure."

"They do a very good job," reports another impressed client, who singles the team out as "very responsive and very flexible," and also highlights its "good communication and good coverage."

Notable practitioners  

Kevin Lederman is an experienced practitioner with noted expertise in family and employment-based immigration. He advises foreign nationals on work permits and family visas, and also provides guidance on naturalization issues.

Pamela Cowan is regarded as a leading figure in the market and is highly respected for her experience advising businesses and professionals on the most complex of immigration matters.

Steven Miller is well respected for the breadth of his experience in handling immigration matters and is particularly sought after for his expert advice to international transferees and biomedical researchers.

Felicia Gittleman has a robust business immigration practice, assisting companies with obtaining work visas and green cards for foreign nationals. "She is extraordinarily responsive and she has a very good knowledge of the law," a satisfied client comments. 

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Remains a highly trusted adviser on business immigration matters. Advises on immigration law compliance, visa sponsoring and all immigrant and nonimmigrant visas. Its broad-ranging client base includes universities and research institutes, hospitals, commercial real estate developers, retail stores and multinational corporations. Especially well known for guiding Chinese and Japanese clients through the US visa application process.

Strengths One client praises the team for being "incredibly knowledgeable and very responsive," and appreciates that its lawyers "take the time to understand our business and our priorities."

Another happy client highlights the team's "attention to detail, knowledge and quick and timely responses."

Significant clients University of Puget Sound, Medallion Foods, New York Daily News, Nippon Paper Industries USA, Sumitomo Metal Mining America.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Richard Rawson has extensive experience handling business immigration matters. He advises American employers on temporary nonimmigrant visas and green cards for foreign professionals, and is also highly regarded for his immigration counsel to internationally celebrated performing artists. Clients appreciate that he is "very pragmatic, he responds really quickly and he is very dedicated."

Rising star Megan Vogel is recognized for her advice to international and US-based companies on work visa applications and the naturalization process. She draws much praise from the market, with one source describing her as "always responsive, friendly, accurate and detail-oriented."

Christopher Helm focuses his practice on Japan-US business immigration. He provides expert advice to Japanese companies and individuals on visas and labor certifications, and also assists American clients looking to obtain Japanese work visas.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Widely recognized immigration boutique renowned for its skillful counsel on high-stakes litigation, class actions and removal proceedings. Also provides comprehensive assistance with family and business immigration issues and workplace compliance.

Strengths Sources are particularly impressed with the team's "premier removal defense work."

Notable practitioners  

Robert Gibbs has a wealth of experience handling employment and family-based immigration matters. He is also noted for his strengths in representing clients in federal court litigation and class actions, and is a fine choice of counsel for asylum and deportation cases.

Robert Pauw has significant experience advising individuals and businesses on all aspects of immigration law and is particularly highlighted for his capabilities in immigration-related disputes. He enjoys a fine reputation for his work on behalf of clients in the nonprofit sector.

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Possesses substantial experience advising on immigrant and nonimmigrant visas and permanent residence applications. Further noted for its advocacy on removal proceedings, immigration-related litigation and other civil disputes.

Notable practitioners  

Ester Greenfield handles immigration work for a broad range of clients, from large and small companies to families and individuals. She is well known for her counsel on employment-sponsored green cards and labor certifications.

Andrew Chan is highly experienced in advising on business and family immigration matters and regularly provides counsel on visa applications and citizenship. He is also recognized for his strengths in immigration-related litigation. 

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From the Chambers USA guide

What the team is known for Sought out by multinational companies to assist with permanent residence applications and temporary work visas. Further noted for its effective counsel to the families of migrant employees.

Notable practitioners  

Janet Cheetham is well respected for her strengths in dealing with business and family immigration matters. She advises on temporary worker visas and labor certifications, and provides guidance to corporate clients on employment eligibility verification and employer sanctions.

Joel Paget has extensive experience assisting foreign nationals in obtaining employment visas, permanent residence, citizenship and naturalization. He also advises clients on compliance with immigration laws and tax liability under the rules of tax treaties.

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Lane Powell PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Diane Butler of Lane Powell PC is an experienced business immigration expert, well known for acting on behalf of large companies. She has been assisting HTC America with immigration strategies for technical, design and information technology personnel. Clients appreciate her "experience and knowledge," "attention to detail" and "how up-to-date she is about changes in laws and regulations."

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Ryan Swanson

From the Chambers USA guide

Janet Cheetham is well respected for her strengths in dealing with business and family immigration matters. She advises on temporary worker visas and labor certifications, and provides guidance to corporate clients on employment eligibility verification and employer sanctions.

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Cowan Miller & Lederman

From the Chambers USA guide

Pamela Cowan is regarded as a leading figure in the market and is highly respected for her experience advising businesses and professionals on the most complex of immigration matters.

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Gibbs Houston Pauw

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Gibbs has a wealth of experience handling employment and family-based immigration matters. He is also noted for his strengths in representing clients in federal court litigation and class actions, and is a fine choice of counsel for asylum and deportation cases.

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MacDonald Hoague & Bayless

From the Chambers USA guide

Ester Greenfield handles immigration work for a broad range of clients, from large and small companies to families and individuals. She is well known for her counsel on employment-sponsored green cards and labor certifications.

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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Helm focuses his practice on Japan-US business immigration. He provides expert advice to Japanese companies and individuals on visas and labor certifications, and also assists American clients looking to obtain Japanese work visas.

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Cowan Miller & Lederman

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Miller is well respected for the breadth of his experience in handling immigration matters and is particularly sought after for his expert advice to international transferees and biomedical researchers.

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Gibbs Houston Pauw

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Pauw has significant experience advising individuals and businesses on all aspects of immigration law and is particularly highlighted for his capabilities in immigration-related disputes. He enjoys a fine reputation for his work on behalf of clients in the nonprofit sector.

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Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Head of department Richard Rawson has extensive experience handling business immigration matters. He advises American employers on temporary nonimmigrant visas and green cards for foreign professionals, and is also highly regarded for his immigration counsel to internationally celebrated performing artists. Clients appreciate that he is "very pragmatic, he responds really quickly and he is very dedicated."

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Garvey Schubert Barer

From the Chambers USA guide

Gregg Rodgers of Garvey Schubert Barer comes recommended for his excellent business immigration practice and is regularly sought after for his counsel on the transfer of executives and managers to the USA. He is described by peers as a "phenomenal lawyer" and is praised by clients for his extensive legal knowledge.

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Law Offices of Carol L Edward & Associates

From the Chambers USA guide

Carol Edward of Law Offices of Carol L Edward & Associates is well respected for her extensive experience in business and family immigration, and is a go-to attorney for her assistance with matters pertaining to asylum, deportation and removal.

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Cowan Miller & Lederman

From the Chambers USA guide

Felicia Gittleman has a robust business immigration practice, assisting companies with obtaining work visas and green cards for foreign nationals. "She is extraordinarily responsive and she has a very good knowledge of the law," a satisfied client comments. 

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Cowan Miller & Lederman

From the Chambers USA guide

Kevin Lederman is an experienced practitioner with noted expertise in family and employment-based immigration. He advises foreign nationals on work permits and family visas, and also provides guidance on naturalization issues.

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Ryan Swanson

From the Chambers USA guide

Joel Paget has extensive experience assisting foreign nationals in obtaining employment visas, permanent residence, citizenship and naturalization. He also advises clients on compliance with immigration laws and tax liability under the rules of tax treaties.

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Up and Coming

MacDonald Hoague & Bayless

From the Chambers USA guide

Andrew Chan is highly experienced in advising on business and family immigration matters and regularly provides counsel on visa applications and citizenship. He is also recognized for his strengths in immigration-related litigation. 

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Associates to watch

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Rising star Megan Vogel is recognized for her advice to international and US-based companies on work visa applications and the naturalization process. She draws much praise from the market, with one source describing her as "always responsive, friendly, accurate and detail-oriented."

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