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Corporate Immigration 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

Peers and clients say

“She is an excellent and very experienced lawyer”

“Laura is really knowledgeable” 

Biography

Laura J Mazel, managing partner of Mazel Immigration Law, holds over 25 years of experience with expertise in corporate immigration. Laura specializes in counseling start-ups, multinational corporations, non-profit medical research and academic institutions in full-service corporate immigration.  Laura is proud to have represented members of the National Academy of Sciences.

Laura advises strategically and proactively on growth, mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructuring in niche high-tech and biotech industries. Human Resource teams and foreign nationals say she stays a few steps ahead of government agencies and trends making the immigration process as seamless as possible, achieving superior comfort level. 

A seasoned expert in counseling and developing personalised systems to enable small start-ups as they scale, Laura fosters best-in-class global mobility service through building trust between Human Resources and employees with immigration. Laura proactively fosters these vital business bonds through training in-house human resource representatives and legal counsel. Her 360 degree business dedication includes performing I-9 employer verification and other audits to achieve meticulous Department of Labor and USCIS compliance under the H-1B and labor certification programs.

2020 presented immeasurable business challenges for Laura’s corporate clients, requiring her to evaluate and address, in real time, the immigration compliance components of potential downsizing, as well having employees stuck during the pandemic at locations other than those represented in government filings. Further, far behind the times, US immigration agencies continued to generally only accept hard copy filing packages, making only a few concessions in the midst of the global pandemic. Laura and her close-knit team transitioned efficiently to virtual collaboration. Their resolve and trust paid out in meeting last minute deadlines imposed by the government with narrow windows of opportunity in October 2020 to move clients’ Indian and other employees forward in the arduous journey to permanent residence.

In addition to these pragmatic challenges to file robust application packages, the year saw weekly announcements by USCIS and government agencies requiring quick analysis and action for Laura’s corporate clients, including continued but changing international travel restrictions and border closures in a politically charged and adverse adjudicatory climate. Laura was proud of her continued success rate in achieving fast timelines from hiring to filing to approvals. 2020 was one of Laura’s most successful, professionally and financially.

Laura never allows outdated blockers to prevent going above and beyond for clients. Regularly quoted in the Daily Journal, Laura’s work relays her tactical and results-driven commitment to staying two steps ahead of her clients’ needs. Laura devotes pro bono efforts to counseling advocacy groups and hospital patients regarding asylum among other sensitive themes. From niche high-tech start-ups to research institutions, Laura’s expertise transcends industries as well as borders.

Education: The Johns Hopkins University, BA, International Studies 1984. Northeastern University School of Law, JD 1989.

Professional Memberships: Oregon Bar Member; Oregon Bar House of Delegates; American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association; American Immigration Lawyers Association. Laura is a frequent speaker at national and international immigration conferences and presentations.

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