Most Highly Regarded Firms: Corporate Immigration 2010

Our research identifies 403 outstanding lawyers from 31 jurisdictions. Several firms stood out as pre-eminent in our findings.

The International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers 2010
Most highly regarded individuals
Bernard Wolfsdorf Wolfsdorf Immigration Law Group, Santa Monica
Ronald Klasko Klasko Rulon Stock & Seltzer LLP, Philadelphia
Angelo Paparelli Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Los Angeles
Warren Leiden Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP, San Francisco
Stephen Yale-Loehr Miller Mayer LLP, Ithaca
Ira Kurzban Kurzban Kurzban Weinger Tetzeli PA, Miami
Laura Devine Laura  Devine Solicitors, London
Paul Zulkie Zulkie Partners LLC, Chicago
Darryl Buffenstein Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP, Atlanta
Liam Schwartz Liam Schwartz & Associates, Ramat Gan
Denyse Sabagh Duane Morris LLP, Washington
Evan Green Green and Spiegel, Toronto
Marco Mazzeschi Mazzeschi Corporate Immigration, Milan
Eugene Chow Chow King & Associates, Wanchai
Austin Fragomen Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy LLP, New York


Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy LLP continues to be unparalleled in its international spread and once again receives the Who’s Who Legal Corporate Immigration law firm of the year award. The firm has 18 lawyers featured, five more than in the previous edition and more than any other firm. In the US, 12 lawyers are listed. Based in New York, Austin Fragomen oversees the practice of the firm and is “one of the best”. The “superb” Michael Patrick serves as general counsel of the firm and co-chair of its corporate compliance committee. He focuses on risk management for global immigration programmes. Ellen Yost focuses her practice on small and medium-sized corporations involving high net worth individuals from Canada and Europe. Ethan Kaufman sits on the firm’s national executive committee and has a breadth of experience advising in a number of industries including the finance, technology, biotechnology, sports and entertainment sectors. Michael Turansick is the managing partner of Fragomen’s Chicago office and has over 25 years of experience in immigration law. At the firm’s offices in Santa Clara, Cynthia Lange heads the firm’s high-tech practice in Silicon Valley and is also the managing partner of Fragomen’s North Carolina operations. David Hirson co-manages the firm’s Irvine office and heads Fragomen’s consular practice. The “outstanding” Andrew Greenfield is managing partner at the firm’s Washington, DC office and his experience includes advising on the immigration consequences of mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings and overall immigration programme management. At the firm’s offices in Phoenix, with 25 years of labour and employment experience Bonnie Gibson focuses on the issues that cross over between US immigration and labour law. Rodney Malpert is co-managing partner of the Phoenix office and focuses his practice on a range of areas including corporate reorganisations, pre-hire processes, consular practices and legislative analysis. Lance Kaplan is based in Matawan and is the managing partner of Fragomen’s international practice group. He has extensive experience in implementing complex global mobility programmes and country-specific matters. In Troy, Scott Cooper advises a broad range of clients including Fortune 100 companies, national research institutions and investors. The “brilliant” Alex Paterson is managing partner of the firm’s London office and has extensive experience of advising on UK immigration law matters and complex multi-jurisdictional project requirements focusing mainly on the EMEA region. The “highly knowledgeable” Owen Davies assists corporate clients to develop and implement their immigration strategy and advises governments on immigration practice and policy. Robert Walsh is managing partner of the firm’s Australian practice and has invaluable experience in a number of areas including the financial, mining and resources, IT and telecommunications industries. Mark Buchanan is the partner for Fragomen’s Singapore office and provides comprehensive immigration consultancy services and overall immigration management for the wider region. The “excellent” Magdalene Tennant is based in Wanchai, Hong Kong, and is the director and general manager of the firm’s greater China practice. The “commercially minded” Federico Solis is based in Costa Rica and is the global partner responsible for the Latin American and Caribbean region.

Baker & McKenzie is recognised for its international practice and has four lawyers featured. In Washington DC, the “excellent” Elizabeth Stern heads the firm’s global migration and executive transfers practice group and recently represented a global financial services organisation in its restructuring in regard to the organisation’s visa holders and residency candidates. Allen Orr is an “up and coming” lawyer in the field and represents businesses and individuals before the US Department of Homeland Security and the US Department of State. In London, Tony Haque has been highly recommended for his practice and at the firm’s offices in Sydney, Rita Chowdhury advises clients on business visas and executive transfers.

Laura Devine Solicitors also has an international presence, with four lawyers listed from its offices in the US and England. In London, the “first-class” head of the firm, Laura Devine, is one of the most highly nominated lawyers in our research. Sophie Barrett-Brown is “very sharp” and has expertise in a range of areas including the highly skilled migrant programme, businessperson, investor and innovator applications. Paul Samartin focuses on advising clients on immigration to the US and has extensive experience working with US consulates throughout Europe. In New York, Anastasia Tonello is “superb” and is recognised for her practice in both US and UK immigration.

North America

Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP is one of the most highly rated firms in the United States, with 11 lawyers featured. At the firm’s offices in San Francisco, Warren Leiden is the managing partner and is one of the most highly rated lawyers in our research. David Berry is managing partner of the firm’s global migration practice and currently focuses on advising human resources professionals on their companies’ immigration programmes. Jeff Appleman is also a founding partner and has participated in a number of landmark cases including Mindseye v INS in the United States District Court concerning the definition of “professional” in relation to H1-B visa applications. In Atlanta, Daryl Buffenstein is regarded as “terrific” and is co-chair of the firm’s office there. His expertise is illustrated by the fact that he has written key business provisions in every major piece of immigration legislation over the past 16 years.

Barst Mukamal & Kleiner LLP has a very strong New York office with six lawyers listed. Deborah Notkin is “top-notch” and Martin Rothstein has been recommended for his “technical” expertise and is co-editor of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Alexis Axelrad is “very smart” and Alexander Rojas is “highly recommended” for his immigration practice.

Six lawyers from FosterQuan LLP are listed. In Houston, Gordon Quan is “impressive” and Charles Foster is regarded as a “fabulous” lawyer; both are co-chairmen of the firm. Rebecca Burdette is “strongly recommended” for her expertise while Robert F Loughran also features highly in our research.

Wolfsdorf Immigration Law Group has a strong contingent of lawyers in Santa Monica, California. National president of AILA, Bernard Wolfsdorf, is the most highly rated corporate immigration lawyer in the world and receives the Who’s Who Legal “Corporate Immigration Lawyer of the Year 2010” award. Avi Friedman is an “outstanding” lawyer and assists applicants with visa interviews at US consular posts worldwide and represents clients at US border posts in Canada and Mexico. Tien-Li Loke Walsh is recommended for her “strong practice” regarding consular issues. Cliff Rosenthal specialises in the business and entertainment industries and serves as chair of the AILA.

Greenberg Traurig LLP have five lawyers listed. In Virginia, Laura Foote Reiff represents clients’ interests before legislative bodies and administrative agencies in the US and Dawn Lurie develops immigration compliance strategies for both small and large companies. Martha Schoonover assists clients in obtaining temporary non-immigrant visas, labour certifications and permanent residence status. In Canada, Green and Spiegel have the most lawyers featured with four lawyers at the firm’s offices in Toronto recognised for their practice. Evan Green is a “top-notch” lawyer who works extensively with consular processing at the American consulate in Toronto and deals with NAFTA applications at ports of entry. Stephen Green and Shoshana Green receive praise for their expertise in all aspects of Canadian immigration law. In Philadelphia, managing partner Ronald Klasko from Klasko Rulon Stock & Seltzer LLP is one of the most highly rated lawyers in our research and represents multinational corporations before the USCIS, Department of Labor and US consulates. Angelo Paparelli from Seyfarth Shaw LLP is based in Los Angeles and has a “great mind”. He advises clients in a range of areas including compliance audits, counsel and due diligence in mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructurings. At Miller Mayer LLP, Stephen Yale-Loehr in Ithaca, New York, is a “very important figure” in immigration law and has over 25 years of experience in the field. Ira Kurzban from Kurzban Kurzban Weinger Tetzeli PA in Miami is “one of the best litigators in the states” and represents clients before the federal and US Supreme Court.

Paul Zulkie is managing principal of Zulkie Partners LLC in Chicago and is “highly respected” for his expertise in the field. In Washington, DC, Denyse Sabagh at Duane Morris LLP is head of the firm’s immigration practice group and has more than 25 years’ experience advising clients to manage their inbound and outbound employment immigration.


Magrath LLP is highly rated in our research in Europe with four lawyers listed from the firm’s London office. Chris Magrath is considered “the dean” in the field and is head of the firm’s immigration department with 20 years of experience advising on US and UK immigration matters. Ben Sheldrick is well regarded for his “forensic approach” and has been recently advising a number of high-profile banking institutions in relation to labour market testing, sponsor licences, auditing and compliance. Sharmila Mehta is co-head of the firm’s UK immigration group and represents FTSE 100 companies in applications around the world.

Everaert Advocaten has three outstanding lawyers listed from their offices in Amsterdam. Ted Badoux is regarded as the “godfather of Dutch immigration” and is a co-founder of the firm. Jelle Kroes has specific expertise in the sports industry and regularly gives courses and lectures for service providers in the immigration field. Marcel Reurs has 13 years of experience in all aspects of Dutch non-asylum immigration and advises clients in the IT, telecommunications, biotechnology and financial services industries.

Marco Mazzeschi, at his own firm Mazzeschi – Corporate Immigration in Milan is regarded as “one of the best”.

Rest of the World

Eugene Chow from Chow King & Associates is the most highly rated lawyer in Hong Kong and is regarded as a “first class” lawyer.

From Liam Schwartz & Associates in Tel Aviv, Liam Schwartz is one of the most highly rated lawyers worldwide and is “well respected” for his expertise in US immigration law. Shanni Alexandrovitz leads the US corporate immigration practice and receives praise for her work in this field.

In India, Malhotra & Malhotra Associates have two lawyers listed. Ranjit Malhotra is a “high-profile” lawyer and Anil Malhotra provides “excellent” client service.

Emdoc MRS in Brazil have two lawyers featured in our research. Based in São Paulo, Daniela Lima and Carolina Garutti provide “first-rate” counsel.

Yoshio Shimoda from ILS Shimoda Office LPC in Tokyo dominates in our research in Japan and advises foreign clients on obtaining Japanese visas.

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