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Laura Reiff

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Laura Reiff
Co-Chair Business Immigration and Compliance
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Laura Reiff


Laura Reiff focuses her practice on business immigration laws and regulations affecting U.S. and foreign companies, as well as related employment compliance and legislative issues.

Ms. Reiff represents many businesses in creating, managing and using "Regional Centers" that can create indirect jobs toward the 10 new U.S. jobs whose creation can give rise to EB-5 permanent residence for investment.  She coordinates this work with attorneys specializing in securities law compliance, with economists identifying "targeted employment areas" and projecting indirect job creation, and with licensed securities brokers coordinating offerings.  She also represents individual investors in obtaining conditional permanent residence and in removing conditions from permanent residence.

Areas of Concentration

         Advocacy and representation of clients' interests before legislative bodies including administrative agencies

         Corporate planning of both permanent and temporary international transfers of personnel

         Compliance with the employer sanctions and antidiscrimination provisions of the immigration law (I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification)

         Obtaining all types of U.S. nonimmigrant visas including: professional visas (H-1B); intracompany transferee visa (L-1); treaty trader/investor visas (E-1/E-2); student visas (F-1); scholar and exchange visas (J-1); cultural visas (Q); and extraordinary ability/artist/athlete visas (O and P)

         Compliance with export control requirements pursuant to the deemed export rule

         Obtaining U.S. permanent residence through employment, investment and family relationships

         Outbound assistance with visa needs in other countries

         Litigation before administrative law judges, as well as litigation in the federal courts

         Advice concerning withholding of social security and taxation of foreign nationals and corporations

         Corporate restructurings and impact on Immigration Status of Foreign National Workplace

Significant Representations

         Represent numerous businesses, trade associations and other entities on immigration legislative matters.

         Represented numerous companies in establishing blanket immigration programs to streamline the transfer of individuals worldwide.

         Represented companies employing foreign professional workers in efforts to increase the number of non-immigrant visas available to these workers.

         Advisor to numerous manufacturing and information technology companies on the business immigration aspects of the high technology and other worker shortages.

         Advisor to businesses on employer sanctions and workplace compliance issues under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Professional and Community Involvement

         HRLA, Co-chair of organization honoring HR professionals in the DC metropolitan area

         Member, Board of Governors, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), 1998-2002

         Member, Board of Trustees, American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF)

        Chair of Immigration Policy Committee

         Legal Counsel, Essential Worker Immigration Coalition. A broad based coalition of trade associations and multi-national corporations formed to seek reasonable business immigration policies for essential (lesser skilled) workers.

         Member, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Labor and Employment Subcommittee on Immigration

         Member, Maryland and Washington, DC Bar Associations, Federal Bar Association, American Bar Association

Awards and Recognition

         Listed, "One of The Top 20 Immigration Attorneys in America," Human Resource Executive Magazine, 2011

         Listed, Chambers Global, a directory of the most highly recommended lawyers world-wide, Chambers and Partners, 2008-2011 editions

         Listed, Chambers & Partners USA Guide, an annual listing of the leading business lawyers and law firms in the world, 2006-2011 editions

         Listed, Legal 500 US, 2009-2011 editions

         Listed, Best Lawyers in America, 2008-2011

         Listed, The 2006 Leading Lawyer in Immigration, The Legal Times, 2006

         Listed, Greater Washington Legal Elite, SmartCEO, 2006 edition

         Listed, F.E.W.A. Legislative Champion Award, 2006

         Listed, AILA DC Chapter Legislative Advocate of the Year, 2006

Articles, Publications & Lectures


         Bloomberg, Laura was quoted in an article discussing U.S. companies and immigration law enforcement

         Laura is regularly invited to speak in front of various forums and has been published and quoted in a wide variety of publications, such as the following:

         ABA Events

         AILA National Conferences

         AILF Annual Immigrant Achievement Awards Benefits

         Canadian Bar Association Events

         Chamber of Commerce Events

         Federal Publications/West Group Events

         Miami Herald Conferences

         National Association of Computer Consultant Annual Conferences

         Resources Relocation International Annual Retreats

         Strategic Institute Events

         U.S. House of Representatives, House Subcommittee on Immigration Testimony

         Media, Frequently quoted in HR Magazine, Los Angeles Times, CNN, Washington Post, San Jose Mercury News and numerous other media


J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 1989

B.A., magna cum laude, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government, American University, 1986

Admitted to Practice

         District of Columbia


         U.S. Court of International Trade