Corporate Immigration 2018: Analysis

This year’s research features 639 leading corporate immigration attorneys who come highly regarded for their experience in the legal immigration and naturalisation of skilled workers. The individuals listed here specialise in assisting corporate entities navigate the increasingly complex regulatory environments in jurisdictions around the world through sophisticated immigration planning and counselling advice. 

North America

Thought Leaders
1. Cyrus Mehta Cyrus D Mehta & Partners, New York
2. Bernard Wolfsdorf Wolfsdorf Rosenthal, Santa Monica
3. Charles Kuck Kuck Immigration Partners, Atlanta
4. Angelo Paparelli Seyfarth Shaw, Los Angeles
5. William Stock Klasko Immigration Law Partners, Philadelphia
6. Ronald Klasko Klasko Immigration Law Partners, Philadelphia
7. Ira Kurzban Kurzban Kurzban Weinger Tetzeli and Pratt, Miami
8. Eleanor Pelta Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Washington DC
9. Gregory Siskind Siskind Susser, Memphis
10. Stephen Yale-Loehr Miller Mayer, Ithaca
The Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as being truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.
 

Leading Firms

 Who's Who Legal does not list law firms, only individual lawyers. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research.
 

Immigration powerhouse FRAGOMEN DEL REY BERNSEN & LOEWY achieves an impressive 26 listings in its offices across the US.
Daryl Buffenstein in Atlanta is regarded as “one of the greats” of US immigration law due to “his tremendous experience and expertise”. Sources are quick to point out his “foundational” influence on the development of the area.
The “excellent” Kevin Miner is a leading name at Fragomen. He comes “highly recommended” for his skill in immigration planning and strategy.
Bo Cooper is a huge name for immigration strategy who “does outstanding work” in the policy space. His deep experience in both private practice and the US Immigration and Naturalization Service make him a strong choice for clients seeking advice.[RW1] 
Steven Ladik enjoys an excellent reputation for his expertise in the sports industry and strong compliance practice.

Full-service immigration firm WOLFSDORF ROSENTHAL sees 12 standout practitioners listed here.
“First-class practitioner” Bernard Wolfsdorf ”has built a major powerhouse practice", according to sources. He is widely regarded as one of the leading names in the immigration law in the USA.
Founding partner Cliff Rosenthal is a huge name for green card and US citizenship applications, and enjoys a superb reputation for his work in the space.
Avi Friedman is described as "the go-to person when it comes to consular processing issues”, say interviewees, who add, “He is very knowledgeable with questions concerning US consulates abroad."
David Fullmer is held in high regard for his expertise in corporate and investment-based immigration. Sources say, "He is extremely diligent and responsive to client needs."

With ten listings, FOSTER performs well in this year’s research.
Firm chairman Charles Foster is an outstanding lawyer who is widely endorsed for his extensive knowledge across a broad range of immigration matters.
Robert Loughran is a go-to in Texas who is “one of the best” for complex immigration and nationality issues.
Todd Fowler is highly visible in the market and receives international endorsements for his deep expertise in the space.

Specialist immigration firm KLASKO IMMIGRATION LAW PARTNERS achieves three listings.
The “impressively knowledgeable” Ronald Klasko is highly regarded as “a great leader of the immigration bar”. Peers speak highly of his expertise in EB-5 visa applications.
The “bright and creative” William Stock is known as “a really knowledgeable adviser with an excellent mind for the details”. He has more than 20 years’ experience representing businesses of all sizes in complex immigration issues.
Peers regard Elise Fialkowski as “a wonderful lawyer” and “one of the best immigration attorneys” in the market, highlighting her deep expertise in policy and compliance.

Full-service SEYFARTH SHAW sees seven highly regarded lawyers listed here.
Angelo Paparelli is “a real warrior” for his clients and boasts fantastic expertise in the immigration aspects of M&A and restructuring. Peers say “He is a longstanding player in the US market and is a very highly regarded immigration attorney.”
Senior counsel Dawn Lurie draws praise for her commercial insights and is recognised as one of the leading lawyers for EB-5 investment strategy.
Sharon Cook Poorak is a prominent figure in the market who enjoys a superb reputation as “one of the top lawyers” for H and L visa applications and compliance.

Five immigration specialists from KUCK IMMIGRATION PARTNERS are recognised here.
Charles Kuck occupies a prominent position at the forefront of the US market. He is “a very bright and dedicated” practitioner who is held to be “one of the best” for large-scale corporate immigration issues.
Dustin Baxter “is a great lawyer” with an outstanding reputation for his expertise in US immigration and nationality law. He is a seasoned litigator of whom peers speak highly for his work in complex disputes.

SISKIND SUSSER is home to four highly regarded practitioners.
Gregory Siskind is “a tremendous advocate” who “is really attuned to the political environment. He has a very good sense of how to get things done in Washington." Peers speak highly of his expertise in physician immigration.
Lynn Susser is regularly engaged by multinationals from a broad range of industries to assist with complex immigration matters. She impresses peers with her strong practice and regularly appears before the Memphis Immigration Court and USCIS.

Two lawyers from CYRUS  D MEHTA & PARTNERS are listed here.
Cyrus Mehta is "the best lawyer in New York City", say peers, who add, “He is at the top of his game and a leader in his field.” He is an esteemed expert in Indian and US immigration and is one of the most highly ranked individuals in this year's research. One source comments: “Everyone should have a direct line to Cyrus.”
Cora-Ann Pestaina is recommended for her expert handling of complex immigration issues for major multinational clients in the IT, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors.

MILLER MAYER achieves five listings in the corporate immigration arena.
Stephen Yale-Loehr “is an incredibly smart attorney” who is widely regarded as “a leading authority on US immigration law”. He boasts more than 30 years of experience and is once again named among our Thought Leaders in this space.
Rosanne Mayer is a seasoned expert in EB-5 investor visa matters and is a trusted adviser to a range of clients from the technology and medical sectors.
Carolyn Lee chairs AILA’s EB-5 committee and is a great authority on all matters relating to investor-based visas. Peers hold her in extremely high regard as “a leading EB-5 attorney”.

Three esteemed practitioners from Boston-based immigration firm CLARK LAU are highlighted here.
Vincent Lau is a revered practitioner for US immigration matters with a superb reputation for his broad expertise in accomplishment-based visas.
The “excellent” Steven Clark is a longstanding fixture in the market and comes highly recommended for his extensive knowledge of H, O and L visas.
Erin Hogan has broad experience in immigration and citizenship matters. Peers endorse her expertise advising clients in the science and arts sector.

FREDRIKSON & BYRON achieves three listings in this year’s research.
Peers regard Laura Danielson as a “go-to” lawyer for all visa matters in the arts sector. She is highlighted for her expertise in investor-based visa applications.
Robert Aronson is “absolutely brilliant” for complex immigration issues in the healthcare and IT sectors.
Loan Huynh is a highly regarded practitioner who “is very well versed in a broad range of immigration matters”.

Standalone immigration firm BARST MUKAMAL & KLEINER sees three outstanding lawyers listed here.
Deborah Notkin is an expert across a full spectrum of immigration issues. Peers speak highly of her expertise in E-2 visas and sophisticated advice to entrepreneurs.
Alexis Axelrad is held in high esteem as “a very critically thinking attorney who produces practical results for her clients in a very efficient way”.
Emre Ozgu is a seasoned immigration adviser who enjoys a superb reputation for his work in the space.

CASCADIA CROSS-BORDER LAW specialises in US and Canadian immigration matters and sees two practitioners listed here.
Margaret Stock is “the leading name in Alaska” say peers, who highlight her as a “very knowledgeable” lawyer, particularly in relation to military immigration.
Greg Boos is a “highly recommended” adviser to a range of major multinationals with deep expertise in complex immigration strategy.

LAURA  DEVINE SOLICITORS’ New York office is home to two highly regarded lawyers.
Anastasia Tonello heads the firm’s US offering and stands out as "an outstanding practitioner" with a superb reputation for her expertise in consular-based adjudications.
Jennifer Stevens impresses peers with her "in-depth knowledge and commitment to improving the quality and consistency of UK immigration law".

Two immigration specialists at ZULKIE PARTNERS are mentioned here.
Paul Zulkie is “a big name” in Illinois who comes “highly recommended” for his razor-sharp policy expertise.
Susan MacLean is a renowned expert across a broad spectrum of immigration issues and comes highly regarded for her work in corporate matters.

Two Colorado-based practitioners from JOSEPH LAW FIRM are highlighted in this year’s edition.
Jeff Joseph draws praise for his “high-level knowledge on a wide variety of immigration issues” and strong expertise in I-9 and H-2B visas.
Kirby Gamblin Joseph is a “highly recommended” attorney who is endorsed as “a leader in practice management education”.

HAIGHT LAW GROUP in Los Angeles achieves two listings.
Catherine Haight is commended as “an outstanding employment practitioner who does great work for her clients”.
Lorna De Bono “is a really smart, plugged in lawyer” with broad expertise in immigration law. She regularly advises clients from the IT, finance, sports and entertainment sectors.

DICKINSON WRIGHT is a full-service firm that sees two esteemed lawyers listed here.
Kathleen Campbell Walker is “a really knowledgeable lawyer at the top of the field” and impresses sources with the dedicated and responsive client service she provides to major clients from the healthcare and manufacturing sectors.
Lisa Duran is an esteemed immigration attorney who is highly regarded for her expertise in green card and E visas.

Other Leading Individuals

We highlight individuals at other firms who also scored very highly in our research.
 

Canada

“Wonderful attorney” Jacqueline Bart of BARTLAW CANADIAN IMMIGRATION BARRISTERS AND SOLICITORS ranks as the leading Canadian immigration practitioner in this year’s research. Peers endorse her as “a highly personable, knowledgeable and effective lawyer".

At SEGAL IMMIGRATION LAW Heather Segal enjoys an outstanding reputation as “a very sharp and dedicated immigration attorney” who is highly regarded for her expertise in Canadian border immigration law.

Avi Gomberg is a standout practitioner at GOMBERG DALFEN. According to one peer, “He is one of the best attorneys I have ever worked with. Whenever I have a Canadian issue I call him straight away.”

GREEN AND SPIEGEL is home to Evan Green, “a top name in Canada”, who is widely regarded to be “absolutely outstanding” for cross-border issues with the US.

USA

KURZBAN KURZBAN WEINGER TETZELI & PRATT is home to Thought Leader and standout litigator Ira Kurzban. Peers say “He is at the top of his field. He has a wealth of US immigration knowledge and is a go-to authority for all US immigration practitioners.”

At PEARL LAW GROUP founding partner Julie Pearl is “very smart and responsive” and comes highly recommended as “one of the best” immigration attorneys in the US.          

MORGAN LEWIS & BOCKIUS is home to the “outstanding” Eleanor Pelta, a leading adviser on strategic immigration planning and blanket visa programmes.

SOLE PRACTITIONER Mark Ivener “is an excellent lawyer” who draws praise for his sophisticated immigration advice and specialist expertise in EB-5 visas.

PARKER BUTTE & LANE’s Dagmar Butte is described as "a pre-eminent leader in the immigration space”, by sources, who note: “She thinks like a litigator but practises like an administrative lawyer, which is of huge benefit in this environment."

At TAFAPOLSKY SMITH MEHLMAN Sharon Mehlman is endorsed as “an excellent lawyer”. She has a broad immigration practice and has an outstanding reputation for her high quality of client service.

BORENE LAW FIRM’s Scott Borene is a revered immigration law practitioner who is commended for his cutting-edge knowledge and "great quality work", gained through more than 30 years’ experience in the field.

WARE|IMMIGRATION’s David Ware “is really well versed in immigration law” and is held in high regard for his deep expertise in student F-1 visas.

GARFINKEL IMMIGRATION LAW FIRM’s founding partner Steven Garfinkel “is the go-to in North Carolina” for complex immigration matters.


Europe

Thought Leaders
1. Laura Devine Laura  Devine Solicitors, London
2. Marco Mazzeschi Mazzeschi – Corporate Immigration and Citizenship Law, Milan
3. Nicolas Rollason Kingsley Napley, London
4. Gunther Mävers michels.pmks Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft, Cologne
5. Jelle Kroes Kroes Advocaten Immigration Lawyers, Amsterdam
6. Marcel Reurs Everaert Advocaten, Amsterdam
7. Karl Waheed Karl Waheed Avocats, Paris
8. Philip Trott Bates Wells Braithwaite, London
9. Bettina Offer Offer & Mastmann PartG, Frankfurt
10. Sophie Barrett-Brown Laura  Devine Solicitors, London

Leading Firms

Six practitioners from international law firm KINGSLEY NAPLEY are listed here.
The “fabulous” Nicolas Rollason is a “standout at the firm” and is one of the top names in Europe this year according to our research. He is a leading name in the UK market and is regarded as "the very best" for strategic immigration advice.
Ilda de Sousa enjoys a superb reputation as "an excellent adviser who is extremely knowledgeable on UK immigration issues", according to interviewees.
Sources say “there is no rival” to Elspeth Guild on European law issues – “she is the real expert”, thanks to her decades of experience working in the area.
Andrew Tingley is internationally recognised as a go-to lawyer for sophisticated compliance advice, as well as UK visa and immigration investigations.

LAURA  DEVINE SOLICITORS’ London office is home to four highly regarded lawyers.
Laura Devine continues to be regarded as a star name in the the UK market and "is simply brilliant" say peers. She is “super-dedicated” to clients and "does a great job and is very good at presenting cases".
Fellow Thought Leader Sophie Barrett-Brown "is a great lawyer" and a “definite inclusion on the list”, according to interviewees. She is highly regarded for her strategic expertise in complex immigration planning.
Natasha Chell is a knowledgeable and determined adviser who "explores all avenues to get success for her client", says one commentator.
Also listed is Christi Hufford Jackson, who is "excellent for American immigration work", including citizenship matters.

Specialist immigration firm EVERAERT ADVOCATEN achieves four listings.
Marcel Reurs is a prominent figure in the market who is "excellent" in all matters relating to Dutch immigration. He is a highly commercial lawyer and expert adviser to a range of large international companies.
Of counsel Ted Badoux "is the big name in the Netherlands" say peers, who highlight him as "a very responsive and knowledgeable" practitioner who "provides an excellent service".
Bram van Melle "is very fast and responsive and is always on top of the changes in law" say clients.
Barbara Wegelin receives wide-ranging endorsements as a "first-class" practitioner who is regularly involved in high-profile cases.

This year’s research highlights three lawyers from dedicated immigration and employment firm MAGRATH SHELDRICK.
Chris Magrath is an esteemed expert in corporate immigration law. He is a go-to for large multinational clients in the entertainment and financial services sectors.
Ben Sheldrick is "a very impressive lawyer" and trusted adviser to major clients from the corporate and financial services industries.
Kerry Hough is a seasoned expert in global immigration. She is known for her sophisticated advice to large corporate clients.

Two lawyers from KROES ADVOCATEN IMMIGRATION LAWYERS are highlighted here.
Jelle Kroes is an "excellent and very prominent" immigration attorney who is widely regarded as one of the best in the Netherlands and is recognised as a Thought Leader. Peers speak highly of his expertise in relocating skilled migrants.
Sander Groen is a seasoned expert in European immigration and enjoys an outstanding reputation for his strong litigation practice.

BATES WELLS BRAITHWAITE is home to two excellent practitioners.
Philip Trott is well regarded for his strategic expertise across a broad range of immigration issues. He is a big name in the media industry – peers say, "If there is a difficult case in the entertainment industry, your best bet is to give it to Philip. He is amazing."
Christopher Randall “really knows his stuff” across the full gamut of immigration issues and enjoys an outstanding reputation as a litigator before UK and European courts.

German immigration firm OFFER & MASTMANN achieves two listings.
The “outstanding” Bettina Offer is "a fantastic and very strong name in the German market” who is “really organised and responsive”. One client says, “Finding specialists with the amount of knowledge she offers is almost impossible."
Gabriele Mastmann impresses clients with “her excellent expertise and guidance”. They add: “She is very efficient, responsive and up to date with the legislation.”

GROSS & CO is home to two excellent immigration lawyers.
Graeme Kirk is a long-standing fixture in the market. He provides sophisticated advice to major corporations and international banks and is described by one peer as “the best in the market”.
Experienced immigration partner Sohan Sidhu is highly regarded as a "go-to" lawyer for sponsor licence applications and compliance, among other matters.

Other Leading Individuals

England

At HODKINSON LAW GROUP, Kehrela Hodkinson draws praise as “a superb, knowledgeable and personable lawyer with great case-management skills”.

France

Karl Waheed of KARL WAHEED AVOCATS is “the number-one” expert on French immigration law. He is held in high esteem for his vast subject knowledge and thoughtful, pragmatic advice.

Germany

Gunther Mävers of MICHELS.PMKS RECHTSANWÄLTE PARTNERSCHAFT MBB is "the top name in Germany" who peers "wouldn't hesitate to recommend" for his broad international expertise and excellent client service.

Italy

Marco Mazzeschi, founder of boutique law firm MAZZESCHI, "is everyone's favourite Italian lawyer – He is fantastically knowledgeable and dynamic." He is the most highly recommended immigration lawyer in Italy in this year’s research.

Turkey

At BENER LAW OFFICE, Maria Celebi is highlighted as “a top immigration lawyer who knows the business very well”.


Rest of the World

Thought Leaders
1. Enrique Arellano Enrique  Arellano Rincon Abogados, Mexico City
2. Liam Schwartz Liam Schwartz & Associates, Ramat Gan
3. Matthew Amoils ASG Immigration, Sydney
4. Daniela Lima Newland Chase, São Paulo
5. Poorvi Chothani LawQuest, Mumbai

Leading Firms

Brazilian business law firm VEIRANO ADVOGADOS achieves two listings.
Maria Luisa “Isa” Soter da Silveira impresses peers with “her vast expertise in business immigration”, with sources describing her as “THE lawyer to go to” in Brazil.
Gabriela Lessa is “extremely quick in solving every legal obstacle” and draws praise for her “clear and straightforward advice”.

Other Leading Individuals

Australia

Matthew Amoils of ASG IMMIGRATION is "one of the most informed” practitioners in the market who stands out for his insightful strategic advice and fantastic client service.

Brazil

At NEWLAND CHASE, the “excellent” Daniela Lima receives international indorsements for her vast expertise in Brazilian immigration law and outstanding approach to immigration strategy.

Hong Kong

At CHOW KING & ASSOCIATES, the “amazing” Eugene Chow is widely endorsed as "a pillar in the market who clearly knows his stuff". Sources add: “He is the grandfather of immigration in Hong Kong."

India

LAWQUEST is home to Poorvi Chothani, who is a “go-to” for complex specialist advice. Peers say, “In India nobody is as good as Poorvi.”

Israel

At LIAM SCHWARTZ & ASSOCIATES Liam Schwartz stands out as a “highly knowledgeable” expert in relocating individuals to the US. He represents a range of major companies from the technology sector and is “one of the best” lawyers in the space.

Mexico

"No one tops" Enrique Arellano of ENRIQUE  ARELLANO RINCON ABOGADOS for immigration law advice, say peers, who add, "He really is at the top of the Mexican market." He boasts more than 40 years of experience in the area.

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