In this year’s research, we recognise 631 lawyers globally who have continued to advise domestic and international clients on a spectrum of matters during this challenging year. Their areas of expertise include creating immigration strategies, visa applications, employee transfers and advice on audits.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Laura Devine has a stellar reputation and is celebrated as “the leader of corporate immigration in the UK - and for a very good reason!”
Sophie Barrett-Brown is a “leading star in immigration”, commended by sources who note that “her private client knowledge and how she thinks is very impressive.”
Natasha Chell “is a brilliant lawyer, extremely knowledgeable and very responsive" who is distinguished among peers as “very pragmatic, with a business-focused approach".
Christi Hufford Jackson is “is exceptionally knowledgeable, understanding and kind" remark impressed sources adding that she “is very responsive, thorough and informative”.
Nicolas Rollason is “thoroughly endorsed” by peers who laud him as “a brilliant lawyer who is well versed in everything UK immigration related.”
Ilda de Sousa is hailed as “smart, quick, at the front of the field and also great to listen to when speaking on panels”.
Marcia Longdon “explains processes and pitfalls in a simple and coherent manner and easily gains trust of clients”, note impressed sources.
The “excellent” Elspeth Guild is a “very experienced lawyer” who garners plaudits for her encyclopaedic knowledge of EU law.
Kim Vowden gains recognition for his first-class practice which covers the gamut of immigration advice to clients in the media and technology sectors.
Gillian Brownlee is a standout practitioner with impressive knowledge of the UK immigration system.
Marcel Reurs is singled out by sources as “one of the best attorneys in the Netherlands” who “is always extremely responsive to clients”. He is highlighted as the “best of the best”.
Bram van Melle is “an excellent, hands-on lawyer" who is “very client oriented and on top of finding creative and compliant solutions”.
Bettina Offer is a highly valued adviser to clients as is regarded as “really up-to-date with the legislation and on top of any changes”.
Gabriele Mastmann is a top-tier corporate immigration lawyer renowned for her “fantastic attention to detail and outstanding success rate”.
Petra Bark is “the best of the best and well revered in the industry”, with peers adding that “she is very dedicated to her clients”.
Julia Onslow-Cole is a well-established lawyer in the European market, who “has a strong reputation as a corporate strategist”.
Charlotte Slocombe is looked upon with enormous favour thanks to her first-rate immigration practice, which covers advice on all visa categories.
Nadine Goldfoot is a standout figure in the market, held in high esteem thanks to her significant experience handling investment immigration matters.
Other Leading Individuals
Bernard Caris of Younity is “a wonderful ally when it comes to immigration cases in Belgium” and is regarded as “very prudent and thorough when giving advice”.
At Tilia Law, Henry Hachez is a seasoned practitioner with extensive experience in immigration and employment law.
Tommy Angermair at CLEMENS ranks among the best for corporate immigration in the Danish market and is applauded for his “great overall knowledge on immigration matters”.
Philip Trott of Bates Wells has a stellar reputation as “the father of immigration” and is distinguished for “his strong knowledge and proactive approach”.
Chetal Patel is “wonderful to work with” and singled out as “an authority in her field” with peers adding that “she is an excellent speaker at conferences.”
Nichola Carter at Carter Thomas is “a genuine leader in the field of licensing for educational sponsors”, with respondents adding that “her insights are always useful”.
Rose Carey of Charles Russell Speechlys is “a brilliant lawyer” who “really knows her stuff” and is a “fantastic speaker”.
Ben Sheldrick at Magrath Sheldrick is “well revered in the industry” and has “always acted for major FTSE clients”.
Chris Magrath “has been around forever and is well versed in immigration” according to sources who consider him “one of the best-known people in the market”.
Claire Nilson of Faegre Drinker is acclaimed for profound expertise in US immigration law, an area in which she is regarded as very knowledgeable and experienced.
Tom Brett Young at Veale Wasbrough Vizards is held in high regard by market sources who note he demonstrates “really solid and in-depth knowledge of immigration law”.
Nita Nicole Upadhye of NNU Immigration Limited is “highly recommended” by peers who remark that they “always refer US immigration work to her”.
James Perrott at Macfarlanes has a “strong profile in the investor field” and receives glowing praise as “super helpful and generous with his time when asking questions”.
Daniel Parisi of TL Brill Parisi is well thought of in the market as “extremely knowledgeable and great at finding flexible ways to accommodate a client’s needs”.
Amanda Brill is distinguished as a top-notch immigration lawyer who impresses with her active leadership” in the field.
Andrew Tingley at Tingley Dalanay is an “amazing and strong well-rounded lawyer” with an impressed peer adding they have “a lot of respect for him for what he does”.
Paul Samartin of Samartin and Friends is a seasoned immigration lawyer with top-notch expertise in US-related matters.
Kehrela Hodkinson at Hodkinson Law Group is “ excellent with immigration both in the UK and US” and “always provides an excellent service to clients”.
At Latitude Law, Gary McIndoe draws high praise from market sources who remark he “is excellent and has a great way with clients".
Karl Waheed at Karl Waheed Avocats “well-established in the industry” and regarded as a go-to authority in the French market for corporate immigration mandates.
Stephane Coulaux of CMG LEGAL is “wonderful to work with”. He is lauded as “a go-to lawyer in France” who is always well informed of latest developments.
Gunther Mävers of michels.pmks Rechtsanwälte has an impeccable profile and is “a fantastic immigration and global mobility lawyer”.
Dieter Kohlfürst at Kohlfürst & Färber Rechtsanwälte is “a great practitioner” who “comes highly recommended” by interviewees who state he is “fast and thorough in his approach”.
Jane Pilkington at Newland Chase is “very knowledgeable about all matters Irish immigration” with an impressed peer adding “her experience and drive make it a pleasure to work with her.”
David Cantrell of Eugene F Collins is an esteemed practitioner in the Irish market with extensive experience in business immigration law.
Liam Schwartz at Goldfarb Seligman & Co is “one of the pillars in the field”, commended for his “amazing knowledge of the US State Department and consular practice.”
Kan-Tor & Acco’s Amit Acco “is well revered in the industry” effuse impressed peers adding that “he is a very experienced lawyer”.
Marco Mazzeschi at Mazzeschi – Corporate Immigration and Citizenship Law is “the to go-to immigration lawyer in Italy - without a doubt” and is “a fountain of knowledge”.
Jelle Kroes of Kroes Advocaten Immigration Lawyers ranks highly among peers and enjoys a strong reputation as “the ’Dutch authority’ in corporate immigration matters”.
Karolina Schiffter at PCS Paruch Chruściel Schiffter sits at the forefront of corporate immigration law in Poland and is lauded as “very knowledgeable and a nice person to work with”.
Ana Garicano at Sagardoy Abogados “leads the firm and is quite impressive, very experienced and an excellent immigration lawyer”.
Nina Perch-Nielsen of Blue Lake Legal “has amazing knowledge of Swiss immigration law and her client service is excellent”. One source adds: “Our clients love her.”
Vischer’s Urs Haegi is highlighted for his first-class practice focusing on complex immigration matters.
Maria Celebi of Bener Law Office is "the reference in Turkey for immigration matters" and is “very knowledgeable, solution oriented and responsive”.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Bernard Wolfsdorf is applauded by sources who say he “has distinguished himself not only through his over 25 years of practice, but also for growing his firm into one of the most prominent specialty immigration firms in the US".
Avi Friedman draws widespread praise from market sources for his profund expertise non-immigrant visa applications and consular issues.
Cliff Rosenthal earns acclaim for his considerable experience in a range of immigration matters including non-immigrant and green card visa petitions.
Richard Yemm is well versed in assisting clients with applications for US citizenship and compliance audits for corporates.
Naveen Rahman Bhora is lauded by sources who note she “is always ready to provide a thoughtful and thorough response to all immigration matters".
Austin Fragomen Jr has a stellar reputation in the US market with a wealth of experience in visa procedures and compliance matters.
Cynthia Lange is a “great lawyer who definitely deserves recognition” thanks to her superb immigration practice.
Andrew Greenfield is a renowned practitioner with extensive experience advising organisations on US immigration, nationality law and compliance issues.
Kyle Sherman is a well-respected lawyer who possesses considerable experience managing compliance programmes for foreign national employees.
Lisa Baker Jones offers clients nearly 20 years of experience in immigration law with a focus on compliance matters for start-up companies.
Bo Cooper receives glowing praise as a “well-respected lawyer and definitely an expert in this area of law”.
Charles Foster is a “very experienced practitioner” and is singled out as “the ultimate rainmaker in Houston immigration world”.
Robert Loughran has extensive experience assisting US companies secure employment authorisation when sending employees from abroad.
Judy Lee draws praise as an “excellent lawyer who stays on top of her cases and knows the law really well”.
John Meyer is a well-rounded lawyer, held in high esteem by peers who consider him an excellent attorney for investors.
H Ronald Klasko is looked upon with enormous favour as a leading immigration lawyer with over three decades of experience.
William Stock is “a trailblazer in business immigration” and draws praise as a “a thoughtful, smart attorney with a wealth of knowledge on corporate immigration issues”.
Elise Fialkowski is well acquainted with the full gamut of employment-based immigration matters and has experience obtaining all types of visas for start-up clients.
Other Leading Individuals
Henry Chang at Dentons is known for his sweeping knowledge of Canadian and US corporate immigration law, an area in which he is considered a leading light.
Barbara Jo Caruso of Corporate Immigration Law Firm ranks highly among peers who distinguished her as a “highly capable and professional practitioner” with over 25 years of experience.
The “outstanding” Evan Green at Green and Spiegel is lauded as the “go-to guy in Canada for anyone doing corporate immigration law”.
Ravi Jain is a well-established immigration lawyer with significant experience assisting entrepreneurs, the self-employed and investors.
Jacqueline Bart of BartLaw is singled out as “the Queen of Canadian immigration law” and is “always very helpful and quick to respond”.
David Garson at Garson Immigration Law receives effusive praise as “the best of the best and the go-to attorney in Canada” for complex immigration mandates.
Avi Gomberg of Gomberg Dalfen has a “great reputation for corporate immigration services” and is regarded as “highly capable” in the field.
Angelo Paparelli of Seyfarth Shaw has a “formidable reputation for his work in corporate, family and asylum-based immigration cases” and is “a leading voice in the immigration reform movement”.
Cyrus Mehta of Cyrus D Mehta & Partners is hailed as a “prolific writer on immigration strategy and policy” who “always makes himself available to others”.
Anastasia Tonello at Laura Devine Attorneys is a powerhouse immigration law, who possesses tremendous understanding of both US and UK immigration matters.
Eleanor Pelta of Morgan Lewis & Bockius is a well-established immigration specialist renowned for her excellence assisting clients on the international movement of key personnel.
Kathleen Campbell Walker at Dickinson Wright is a “lawyers’ lawyer; if there were a Supreme Court seat dedicated to immigration law, she should have the seat”, notes an impressed source.
Charles Kuck at Kuck Baxter Immigration is “one of the most prominent immigration attorneys in the US” remark sources, adding he “is totally at the top of the class”.
Denyse Sabagh at Duane Morris comes highly recommended for her market-leading expertise on a range of visa applications, audits and consular processes.
Alexis Axelrad of Barst Mukamal & Kleiner is recognised by sources as “truly amazing” for immigration law mandates, and “has particular expertise in admissibility issues”.
Jeff Joseph of Joseph Law Firm is “at the cutting edge of immigration law” and is “very generous in sharing his thorough knowledge of the law”.
Jennifer Minear of McCandlish Holton is a highly respected immigration attorney known for her strong focus on the healthcare sector.
Marketa Lindt at Sidley Austin “is a leader in I-9 compliance practice where she has done invaluable work defending employers in civil and criminal workplace enforcement actions”.
Gregory Siskind at Siskind Susser is looked upon with enormous favour by market commentators who applaud his first-class immigration law practice.
Marc Van Der Hout of Van Der Hout Brigagliano & Nightingale is a “top-notch lawyer” with a wealth of knowledge pertaining to business immigration law.
At Corporate Immigration Partners, Yvonne Toy is acclaimed for her excellent knowledge of immigration law, as well as her deep and varied experience in the field.
Christy Umstadter comes highly recommended by respondents for her considerable experience advising clients on the gamut of US immigration law.
Vic Goel at Goel & Anderson is highly thought of among peers who regard him as “one of the key thought leaders in the field of corporate immigration”.
Ellen Freeman of Ellen Freeman Immigration Law Group is a “very experienced lawyer who is generous with her time and excellent in all areas”.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Daniela Lima of Newland Chase is “an absolute leader in Brazilian immigration law” and commended as “the go-to person for Brazil”.
At Veirano Advogados, Gabriela Lessa is recognised for “quickly solving every legal and bureaucracy obstacle” and provides advice with “extreme clarity”.
Maria Luisa “Isa” Soter da Silveira is a top-name in the Brazilian immigration market, renowned for her top-notch knowledge of complex employment law.
Rodrigo Tannus Serrano of Tannus & Asociados receives glowing praise for “his professionalism and knowledge” of corporate immigration law and provides “high-quality customer service”.
Adrian Ojeda Cuevas at Ojeda Ojeda y Asociados is “an experienced lawyer who is well revered in the Mexican market” thanks to his top-tier business immigration practice.
Ariel Orrego-Villacorta of AOV ABOGADOS is a leading light in corporate immigration in the region, with peers praising him as a “very respected and knowledgeable lawyer”.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Matthew Amoils of ASG Immigration is “well revered in the industry” and commended as a “big collaborator who contributes highly to the dialogue among peers”.
Phillip Yip at Phillip Yip & Associates is a “definitely a trusted advisor” who “is able to translate the complex world of immigration into a language that is easily understood”.
Anne O’Donoghue of Immigration Solutions Lawyers is applauded for her wealth of knowledge on immigration matters and “is revered for leading a very strong corporate immigration practice”.
Maria Jockel at BDO Migration Services is “an outstanding and long-standing accredited specialist”, hailed as “extremely knowledgeable across immigration issues”.
Eugene Chow at Chow King & Associates is “a phenomenally well-versed lawyer” who shines in the Hong Kong market as “terrific across all immigration issues”.
Poorvi Chothani of LawQuest has a stellar reputation of being “one of the best” and “a very experienced lawyer” in the Indian immigration market.
Shalini Agarwal at In Se Legal is recognised for her first-class practice which focuses on providing first-rate immigration advice throughout India.
Yoshio Shimoda at Immigration Lawyer Shimoda Office “is an excellent and very experienced lawyer" who is “great to work with on Japanese immigration matters” across various industries.
At Nakai Immigration Services, Masahito Nakai “is a superb practitioner”, singled out by sources as “extremely experienced in handling complex immigration matters”.
Nicola Tiffen of Anthony Harper “is a very knowledgeable and responsive attorney” according to interviewees who note that “clients love her”.
At Ryken & Associates, David Ryken impresses as “one of the top names in New Zealand" for business immigration matters and “handles some really interesting cases".