American Immigration Council 2014-2015 Leadership Roster
Lori Chesser is a senior shareholder of the Davis Brown Law Firm and the chair of the Firm's immigration Department. She has a background in finance and corporate law, but has been practicing primarily in immigration law for 20 years.
Lori represents individuals and companies in employment-based immigration applications for both temporary and permanent positions, assists in making visa applications, trains and advises companies on I-9 compliance and audit response, and helps plan immigration strategy for business owners and entrepreneurs. She also assists in family-based immigration, including fiancé(e) visa applications and marriage-based and other family-related immigration issues. Finally, she advises clients on maintaining permanent residence and applying for naturalization, and works in conjunction with the firm's tax and estate planning departments to optimize immigration status for financial planning purposes.
Faculty Director, Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance
F. Daniel Siciliano '04 is a legal scholar and entrepreneur with expertise in corporate governance, corporate finance, and immigration law. He assumes a variety of leadership roles at the law school, including faculty director of the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, associate dean for executive education and special programs and co-director of Stanford's Directors' College. He is also the co-originator of the OSCGRS (Open Source Corporate Governance Reporting System) Project. Previously, Siciliano was a teaching fellow for the law school's international LLM degree program in Corporate Governance and Practice and executive director of the Program in Law, Economics and Business. He is the senior research fellow with the Immigration Policy Center and a frequent commentator on the long-term economic impact of immigration policy and reform. His work has included expert testimony in front of both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Prior to joining Stanford Law School, Siciliano co-founded and served as executive director of the Immigration Outreach Center in Phoenix, Arizona. He has launched and led several successful businesses, including LawLogix Group—named three times to the Inc. 500/5000 list. Siciliano serves as a governance consultant and trainer to board directors of several Fortune 500 companies and is a member of the Academic Council of Corporate Board Member magazine.
Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California Juris Doctor: May 1996
California State University, Fresno, California Master of Business Administration, May 1990
California State University, Fresno, California Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, May 1984
Law Offices of Ally Bolour, Los Angeles, California
Sole Practitioner (Fall 1998 – Present); Practice exclusively dedicated to Immigration Law – Business and Family Immigration, Asylum and Refugee Matters;
Escandari, Bolour & Jansezian, Beverly Hills, California
Partner (Fall 1996 – Fall 1998); Practice exclusively dedicated to Immigration Law – Business and Family Immigration, Asylum and Refugee Matters;
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, P.C., Los Angeles, California
Law Clerk (Spring 1996); Preparation of H, L, O, and E visas and labor certificate petitions; researched legal issues; assisted in preparation of appellate briefs for the 9th Circuit and the Board of Immigration Appeals.
Public Counsel, Los Angeles, California
Dr. Chotani has over twenty years of experience as a leader, primary investigator, professor, program manager, and scientist in academia, government, Department of Defense and industry. He utilizes his expertise in medicine, public health, infectious and chronic diseases, epidemiology, vaccine/therapeutic sciences, microbiology, disaster mitigation, bioinformatics, biodefense/biosurveillance and management skills to guide science and technology initiatives to develop novel solutions for affectively dealing with current and future scientific challenges. He analyzes and defines highly complex problems and architectures, develops approaches, investigates and synthesizes fully integrated solutions applicable to the needs of an organization, and plans implementation.
Dr. Chotani currently serves as the Director of Chemical-Biological Defense Programs at TASC. In this capacity he also is the Program Manager on the CB Task Order as well as the Chief Scientist to CBTD-J9 DTRA. From 2008-2010 he served as the Chief Scientist to the Joint Project Manager - Chemical Biological Medical Systems (JPM-CBMS), US Department of Defense. He was responsible for leading joint service, interagency (DoD & Civilian including HHS), international teams of scientists in developing, acquiring and fielding Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved CBRN medical countermeasures (vaccines/therapeutics) and diagnostics. The ultimate goal of his office was to take IND products to FDA approval.
In 1996-97 while at the Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DHMH) he developed the HL-7 Specifications for Electronic Laboratory-Based Reporting of Public Health Information, which has now become a CDC standard. As the first Hospital and Microbiology Epidemiology Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Hospital he authored the nosocomial infections chapter in Nelson, Williams, Graham, ed. Infectious Disease Epidemiology: Theory and Practice now in its third edition. In 1999, while a fellow in bioinformatics at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory he developed the first proof of concept for early detection of bioterrorism agents that assisted in the initiation of the US syndromic surveillance program and served as the genesis for ESSENCE and BioSense.
Dr. Chotani served as an Assistant Professor and Director of the Global Infections Disease Surveillance and Alert System (GIDSAS) at the School of Medicine and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) from 2001 to 2006 where his main research focus was infectious diseases & surveillance in Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Iran, Iraq and Jordon. During this time he also served as the medical director of several relief teams, including the Canadian Tsunami Relief Team in Indonesia, the Tsunami Relief Team in Sri Lanka and the Earthquake Relief Team in Pakistan. From 2006-2008 he served the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) as a Senior Science Advisor providing technical and programmatic support to the Chemical Biological Directorate, Joint Science & Technology Office. As a result of his initiatives a new capability area “Bioinformatics,” was incorporated into the Directorate.
Dr. Chotani is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, Associate at the Center for Global Health at Johns Hopkins University and a Mentor to the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He has served the Office of the Maryland Governor as a Member of the Pandemic Influenza Coordinating Committee; Senator Ben Cardin’s Health Advisory Committee; and the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Commission of Howard County. He has authored or co-authored over 50 scientific peer-reviewed papers, technical reports, chapters and two books. Dr. Chotani has extensive experience in public speaking and has presented over 30 scientific papers and has been invited over 70 times to give lectures at national and international conferences and seminars. He has represented the US DoD interests and given talks at NATO, Pakistan, Indonesia, FSU Countries, Poland, Singapore, Turkey, Malaysia, UK and the Netherlands.
Dr. Chotani received his MD from the Eugenio Maria de Hostos School of Medicine in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 1991, his MPH (1996) and Diploma in Tropical Medicine (2000) from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. He received formal training in disciplines of Vaccine Sciences (School of Public Health), Biomedical Engineering (Applied Physics Laboratory) and Hospital Epidemiology (JHU Hospital) at the Johns Hopkins University. Most recently he was appointed a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.
Anna Marie Gallagher is a Shareholder at Maggio + Kattar and the head of the immigration litigation and global visas practice. Anna has practiced immigration law for more than two decades in the United States, Central America and Europe. Her experience includes private practice, legal advocacy in the nonprofit sector and several years in academia. As a result of her diverse background, she brings a unique perspective to her practice with the firm.
Anna has taught immigration and refugee law in universities in the United States and in Europe. An internationally recognized expert in the areas of asylum and refugee law, Anna has also provided consulting services to the UNHCR - the UN Refugee Agency - and international non-governmental organizations. Anna continues to be involved in international immigration and refugee issues as President of the International Detention Coalition, an organization dedicated to advocating on behalf of immigrants and refugees subject to immigration detention around the world. Anna is the former Director of the Legal Action Center at the American Immigration Law Foundation (now the American Immigration Council).
Anna is a frequent speaker at national and international immigration conferences and is the author of several publications, including Thomson West's Immigration Law Treatise 2d and the American Immigration Lawyer's Association book on Private Bills and Pardons in Immigration. She has also written many articles addressing issues relating to removal defense, immigration trial court practice, asylum and ethics. Anna has a depth of expertise in prosecutorial discretion and the immigration consequences of criminal convictions and she has lectured on these topics at local and national events.
Anna earned her bachelor's degree from Temple University and her law degree from Antioch School of Law. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1998 to research refugee issues in Spain and obtained a Masters in Advocacy from Georgetown University Law Center in 2002. Anna is fluent in Spanish.
Anna practices exclusively in the area of immigration and nationality law and is admitted to practice in Washington, D.C.
Terry Goddard, Esq. completed his second and final term as Arizona’s Attorney General in January 2011 and has reentered the private practice of law. A native of Tucson, Arizona and graduate of Harvard College, he was first elected Arizona Attorney General in 2002. Mr. Goddard is currently teaching at Columbia Law School in the Attorney General Project and a graduate course entitled "The Art of Public Decision Making" at Arizona State University School of Public Affairs. He has been selected a Wasserstein Fellow at Harvard Law School and is a Senior Fellow at the American Immigration Council. Terry lives in Phoenix with his wife Monica and teenage son.
Goldman & Goldman, PC, a mother and son collaboration, offers more than 25 years of combined experience in the field of U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law. They focus on the following immigration-related issues: deportation; labor certification; national interest waivers; outstanding researches; foreign personnel transfers; investors; employee compliance families; marriages; citizenship; refugees; students; appeals; permanent residency; visas; and immigration appeals.
Mario Hernández is Director of Public Affairs at Western Union, a leader in global payment services with a combined network of approximately 510,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories. In this position, he is responsible for the development and implementation of public affairs strategies to reach Western Union’s various constituencies, including Latin American communities in and outside the United States. He has played an instrumental role in designing and implementing Western Union’s corporate social responsibility programs, such as the pioneering 4+1 Program that is creating job opportunities in six Mexican states affected by high levels of emigration and poverty through innovative partnerships between the public sector, immigrant-led hometown associations and Western Union.
Mario Hernández studied Public Administration at El Colegio de México, and received a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Public Administration from the London School of Economics. He participated in the first European Masters in Public Administration, a collaborative program of various European universities. Mr. Hernandez completed all but his dissertation towards a Ph.D. in Public Affairs at the Graduate School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado at Denver, where he served as a graduate instructor on U.S. Political Institutions.
In 2007, Mr. Hernández received a Doctorate Honoris Causa in Humanities from the Pan American University of El Salvador for his contribution to the integration and economic empowerment of Central American and Caribbean immigrant communities and the promotion of positive, bipartisan and comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S.
Mr. Hernández serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Immigration Council (AIC) and the Corporate Advisory Boards of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), among other organizations.
Loan Huynh is a shareholder in the Immigration Group at Fredrikson & Byron. Loan practices exclusively in immigration and nationality law. She has extensive experience in employment and family based immigration, worksite enforcement and corporate compliance (I-9, E-verify, and ICE/DOL audits), and H2A agricultural and H2B nonagricultural workers. Loan represents clients in the following industries: agribusiness, biotechnology and life sciences, energy, healthcare (healthcare systems, hospitals and individual physicians), software and other high-tech sectors, sports (athletes and coaches), education, research, financial services, and manufacturing.
University of Houston Law Center, J.D., 1995
University of Houston, B.A., Political Science & History, 1992, summa cum laude
Bill Kamela is the senior federal policy lead for the Microsoft Corporation on workforce readiness and immigration related issues.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Mr. Kamela worked for over 30 years in Washington, DC in a variety of public policy related jobs, including over 10 years on the staff of the House and Senate Education and Labor Committee’s and 7 years in the Clinton Administration at the Department of Labor where he lead the USDOL’s legislative efforts on the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Welfare to Work, employment-based immigration programs, unemployment insurance reform, the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) and Youth Opportunity Grants. He has also spent over 10 years in the Washington, DC non-profit community at Children’s Hospital and the National Urban Coalition.
Bill is a native of Buffalo, NY and is a product of the SUNY system.
Lisa has more than fifteen years of experience practicing immigration and has been with Fragomen since 1994. She directs the firm’s Summer Associate Program serving multiple offices on the East Coast, and she is also a member of the firm’s Hiring Committee and Pro Bono Committee. Lisa currently represents corporate clients in a variety of industries such as IT Consulting, Accounting and Professional Services, Advertising and Communications, Investment Banking, Media, Automotive Software and Data Solutions, Biotech, Chemical Companies, Broker/Dealers, Financial Services, Insurance, Manufacturing Private Equity, Architecture, Engineering Consulting, Telecommunications and Wireless and Renewable Energy. In addition, she has extensive experience working for small and emerging companies, as well as investors, entrepreneurs and individual clients.
Minette A. Kwok, a Partner with Minami Tamaki LLP, is a Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law, as designated by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Her practice focuses primarily on business immigration, where she represents start- ups and emerging high tech companies, as well as global Fortune 500 companies in the IT, engineering, clean energy, and manufacturing industries, working closely with corporate executives and human resources personnel to meet their strategic immigration needs, and advising companies in times of both growth and contraction. Ms. Kwok also assists non-profit organizations, as well as individuals including international athletes, world renowned scientists and Buddhist monks, and those with family based immigration needs.
Ms. Kwok has been a member of the California Bar since 1991. She received her undergraduate education at the University of California at Berkeley, and graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco in 1990.
Ms. Kwok is a leader in the immigration bar. Besides serving on the national Board of Trustees of the American Immigration Council (AIC) in Washington D.C., she has also served on the national Board of Governors for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA); as Chair of AILA, Northern California Chapter; as a Commissioner with the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization, Immigration and Nationality Law Advisory Commission; and as a liaison to the Department of Labor, Region IX and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
For nine consecutive years, from 2004 to the present, she has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer by Law & Politics Magazine, an industry wide poll which identifies by peer review the top 5% of attorneys in their field. In 2007 and 2008, she was also selected as one of the Top 50 Female Northern California Super Lawyers, and in 2012, as one of the Top Women Super Lawyers in Northern California. She has been recognized by Law Business Research Ltd. as one of California’s leading practitioners in its Who’s Who Legal publication, and has been awarded an AV rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest rating for competence and ethics issued by that publication, and reserved for attorneys designated as outstanding in their field.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Noemi Masliah immigrated with her family to the United States as a child and grew up in NYC. She attended Queens College and Yeshiva Univ. Cardozo Law School. Ms. Masliah has practiced immigration law since 1980 and has worked extensively in all aspects of immigration law becoming a recognized expert in the field with frequent speaking engagements, written articles, interviews and panel discussions at legal conferences and law schools. Her practice areas include routine and complex employment immigration cases for permanent and non-permanent work visas, including national interest waiver, alien of extraordinary ability and other non-labor certification. Ms. Masliah advises corporate clients on compliance with immigration law and regulations.
Zachary M. Nightingale is a California State Bar Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law. He is a 1996 graduate of Stanford Law School, who received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989, and a Masters degree in Mathematics from Stanford University in 1991. He has been with the firm since 1996. His practice focuses on deportation defense and federal court litigation, with an emphasis on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. Other specialties include asylum, naturalization, and family-based adjustment of status. A significant part of his practice includes advising non-citizens and their attorneys as to the immigration consequences of pending criminal charges, and how to minimize those consequences.
Mr. Nightingale was honored with the 2003 Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for excellence in litigation from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). He has spoken regularly at local and national conferences of AILA, and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and was a member of AILA's 2002 Annual Conference Program Committee. He has litigated a number of important immigration cases which established new Ninth Circuit law, including Quintero-Salazar v. Keisler, 506 F.3d 688 (9th Cir. 2007), which held for the first time that a conviction for sex with minor is not necessarily a crime involving moral turpitude; Camins v. Gonzales, 500 F.3d 872 (9th Cir 2007) which applied retroactivity principles to find that the grounds of inadmissibility do not apply to returning lawful permanent residents based on criminal conviction sustained before April 1, 1997; and Li v. Ashcroft, 389 F.3d 892 (9th Cir. 2004), in which the Court overturned a finding of removability where the fraud evidence of conviction through jury trial did not demonstrate the required elements of the aggravated felony definition. In addition Mr. Nightingale has been co-counsel on a number of significant cases, including Abebe v. Gonzales, 493 F.3d 1092 (9th Cir 2007) (finding applicant ineligible for 212(c) relief for crime of violence, in the absence of a corresponding ground of inadmissibility), in which a petition for rehearing en banc is currently pending; Magana-Pizano v. INS, 200 F.3d 603 (9th Cir.1999) (establishing eligibility for relief from deportation for those in immigration proceedings before the effective date of the statutory amendments eliminating relief, and for those who pled guilty before that date in reliance on being eligible for such relief), and Barahona-Gomez v. Reno, 167 F.3d 1228 (9th Cir. 1999) (affirming district court stay of deportation for circuit-wide class of applicants for suspension of deportation incorrectly denied eligibility due to directives of Executive Office for Immigration Review personnel).
Allen Orr Jr. has over 13 years of US and global immigration experience with the immigration practice of one of the largest international law firms. Mr. Orr is the recipient of the 2009 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award – for contributions made in the immigration law field and specifically for his work with the Young Lawyers Division American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Mr. Orr’s accomplishments for clients include the following:
- Managed an I-9 compliance audit for a Fortune 10 company which involved review and analysis of all immigration records relating to its 250,000 employees.
- Represented a coalition of IT companies before the U.S. Department of Labor seeking to reform various practices in the labor certification process and advocating changes in the agency’s proposed “PERM” rule.
- Assisted employers in settling civil and criminal investigations into certain immigration-related employment practices.
AMY L. PECK is a Partner in the Omaha, Nebraska office of Jackson Lewis LLP. She dedicates her practice exclusively to immigration law.
Ms. Peck currently is handling numerous I-9 Notices of Inspections for clients, and is conducting I-9 compliance audits for organizations across the country. She has travelled across the U.S. this year conducting internal I-9 audits of fortune 500 companies, consulting on compliance issues such as correct I-9 completion techniques and E-verify practices. She has recently counseled two Fortune 500 companies on issues surrounding changing from paper to electronic I-9 systems and changing from noncompliant to compliant electronic I-9 and e-verify vendors.
Ms. Peck is one of 21 Directors elected to serve on the 12,000 member American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Board of Governors. She currently is Director of the American Immigration Council. She recently served on the AILA Interagency Committee, The Annual Conference Committee, previously chaired the AILA FOIA Liaison Committee, the AILA Comprehensive Reform Committee (2010-2011) and is a founding member of the Global Migration Action Group (2009 to present). Ms. Peck previously served on the AILA National Verification Liaison Committee, which liaisons with OCAHO on I-9 and worksite verification issues and I-9 enforcement policies. She served as Chair of the AILA National Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) liaison committee (2008-2010). Ms. Peck also served as Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee for AILA (2008-2009) and served on the Spring Conference committee (2008-2010). She was chosen as the editor of the AILA Midyear Conference materials in 2010, and past Chair of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) liaison committee (2004-2006). She is past Chair of the AILA Iowa-Nebraska chapter (2001-2003), and previously served as its treasurer (1999-2000). Ms. Peck received the President’s Award for Worksite Compliance in 2008 and has received the top AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, and has been listed in the US News “Best Lawyers” report (2010 - 2013), a “Top Lawyer” in Omaha Magazine (2010-2012) and was selected by her peers as Best Lawyer for 2011 Annual Guide to Immigration Law, featured in The American Lawyer. She was selected for Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers 2011 and 2012. Ms. Peck has been AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 2010. She was named the Best Lawyers’ 2012 Omaha Immigration Law Lawyer of the Year. Ms. Peck was selected by her peers as
Ms. Peck is a frequent speaker on worksite enforcement issues, and has recently been quoted in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal on employment and enforcement immigration issues.
Ms. Peck is admitted to practice law in the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, the District of Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa. She is a member of the Missouri State and Nebraska State Bar Associations.
Ms. Peck received her B.A. from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1984. She earned her J.D. from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1987.
Matthew Piers is a shareholder and the president of Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd., as well as a member of the firm’s Management Committee. He joined the firm now known as HSPRD in 1989. He is a nationally-recognized trial attorney, with a focus in complex litigation matters. He has close to 40 years of experience in commercial, tort, and class action litigation in a broad array of federal and state courts around the country. For plaintiffs, he has obtained many multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. For defendants, he has successfully handled claims involving hundreds of millions of dollars.
After three years of college at Cornell University, Mr. Piers enrolled in the University of Chicago Law School, where he graduated in 1974. He worked for a year as a staff attorney at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, and then established a private litigation practice focused on constitutional, civil liberties and employment discrimination cases as well as class actions and other complex litigation matters.
From 1984 to 1989, Mr. Piers served as Deputy Corporation Counsel of the City of Chicago, and was in charge of the supervision of all litigation for the City under the administration of Mayor Harold Washington.
Ana Cristina Reymundo is an award-winning journalist, and the Editorial Director of American Airlines Nexos magazine. With 33 million readers worldwide, Nexos boasts the largest circulation of any Spanish Language magazine in the world. She has been at the helm of Nexos since its launch in March of 1999.
Ana Cristina is a tireless advocate of Diversity. She is fluent in seven languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, Italian, Farsi, and German. She is currently studying Hebrew.
A published author of the book Celia Mi Vida / Celia My Life, the authorized biography of the iconic Afro-Cuban singer Celia Cruz (Harper Collins 2004), her work has been translated into several languages and published in dozens of countries.
She is a sought-after public speaker and lecturer on matters related Latin American culture, and diversity. She lectures at university campuses including Johns Hopkins, USC, and more; community events; professional organizations, and not-for-profit groups. She’s appeared on numerous television and radio programs as well as multiple print media.
The Salt River Project delivers high-value electricity and water for the benefit of the customers, shareholders and the communities they serve in the Phoenix area. David Rousseau is the Salt River Project's 17th president and chairman of the Association and District boards. He brings to the office 20 years of Salt River Project knowledge and experience. Rousseau served as the Salt River Project's vice president from 2006 to 2010. Prior to that, he served on the Salt River Project's Councils for 12 years. During this time, Rousseau was council chair from 1994 to 2002. In 2002, he was appointed to the Salt River Project board as at-large director for seat 11.
Marcine A. Seid, Esq., practices exclusively in the area of Immigration and Naturalization Law as a member of the State Bar of California. She is a graduate (Phi Beta Kappa) of the University of California, Davis (B.A.) and earned her Juris doctorate degree from the Santa Clara University Law School in 1993.
Ms. Seid is currently an elected Director of the Board of Governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and was a former Chairperson for AILA's Santa Clara Valley, California chapter. She had the opportunity to act as a liaison between AILA and the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and the U.S. Department of Labor. Specifically, Ms. Seid served as an AILA liaison with INS' California Service Center in 2001-2003, as an AILA liaison for the U.S. Department of Labor, Region VI in 2004-2005, , and as the AILA's liaison committee Chairperson for USCIS' Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) from 2005 to 2007. Currently, she serves on AILA's Compliance Auditing Standards Task Force.
Ms. Seid is a frequent speaker for many national, regional and local continuing legal education (CLE) conferences and seminars. She has authored and co-authored numerous articles on immigration law and was published in the Santa Clara University's Law School's High Technology Law Journal.
Ms. Seid has participated as an immigration expert witness at the Santa Clara Superior Court, in California, and has guest lectured on employment-based immigration at the Santa Clara University Law School and Stanford Law School.
Ms. Seid is recognized in Best Lawyer's in America and listed in the Heritage Registry of Who's Who's and the Global Directory of Who's Who.
In 2007, 2009, and 2010 Ms. Seid was selected as a "Northern California Superlawyer" - i.e., one of the top 5% of the lawyers practicing in Northern California, chosen on the basis of peer evaluation and independent research.
Ms. Seid is president of the INBLF's Silicon Valley chapter. The INBLF is an organization of the most highly credentialed and preeminent single-discipline law firms throughout the United States and some of the world's most prominent full-service law firms in foreign nations.
In addition, Ms. Seid has co-authored the book "Immigration Law in the Workplace", a resource written specifically to make immigration law understandable for American employers.
Most notable, Ms. Seid volunteers her time as a Trustee of the American Immigration Council and advocates for positive Comprehensive Immigration Reform as the Chairperson of the Bay Area Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
Ms. Seid was a former Commissioner for the Parks & Recreation Department of Santa Clara County and a member of the San Jose Leadership Program.
Areas of Practice:
Immigration & Naturalization Law
Stephanie Smith is an Associate Attorney with WSM in San Francisco, where she works with corporations, individuals, universities, and research institutes to secure H, O, J, L, and TN visas, as well as permanent residency based on an individual’s extraordinary ability or outstanding research. Ms. Smith has also litigated family-based adjustment of status, asylum, cancellation of removal, and criminal-related immigration cases in immigration courts and at the appellate level. She currently serves as Advocacy Co-Chair for the Northern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
Ian D. Wagreich has been focusing on business-related immigration law for over fifteen years and has become nationally recognized as a leading voice in that area. His practice encompasses a wide breadth of business-related immigration topics, including nonimmigrant working visas, employment based permanent residence, labor certification, and employer sanctions and he speaks frequently on these and other immigration-related topics. He has effectively assisted a wide variety of clients in meeting their business-immigration needs including managing the paperwork required for hiring highly skilled workers, advising on the international transfer of personnel, leading their corporate compliance initiatives, and assisting employees in obtaining U.S. permanent residence and citizenship.
Benjamin Johnson is the Executive Director of the American Immigration Council (formerly the American Immigration Law Foundation) in Washington, D.C. The Immigration Council was established in 1987 as a tax-exempt, not-for-profit educational, charitable organization. The Immigration Council is dedicated to strengthening America by honoring our immigrant history and shaping how Americans think and act towards immigration now and in the future. The Immigration Council has developed four programs areas designed to address the core issues of immigration policy, law, education, and cultural exchange: the Immigration Policy Center; Legal Action Center; Community Education Center; and International Exchange Center.
Mr. Johnson has studied and worked in the immigration field for more than 15 years. He has written extensively on immigration law and policy and has been an invited to present testimony on immigration issues before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. He is a frequent guest commentator on television and radio, with appearances on CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, Fox News, BBC World News, National Public Radio and other television and radio programs.
A native of Arizona, Mr. Johnson was the co-founder and legal Director of the Immigration Outreach Center in Phoenix. Prior to becoming involved in immigration issues he was a public defender and civil litigation attorney in San Diego, CA. He earned a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law and studied International and Comparative Law at Kings College in London.
Robert E. Juceam is of counsel to the Firm, resident in Fried Frank's New York office. He joined the Firm in 1966, became a partner in 1974 and of counsel to the Firm in 2006. From 1995 to 2001, he chaired the litigation department in the Washington, DC office.
During Mr. Juceam's 46 years of practice of civil and white-collar criminal law litigation and investigations he has defended public companies and directors of public companies charged with federal securities and Investment Company Act violations, conducted private investigations parallel to federal regulatory law enforcement proceedings and served as lead counsel or principal investigator in internal corporate and special litigation committee investigations and lead defense of complex reinsurance claims. He is a former federal court law clerk and member and co-chair of national and local bar committees on professional and judicial ethics.
Mr. Juceam's diverse experience also includes lead responsibility in mediation, arbitration and judicial proceedings involving commercial contracts, mergers and acquisitions, securities-class actions, FOIA, administrative and constitutional law, injunctive and damages claims against the federal government, real estate, employment, immigration and naturalization, criminal law including resentencing, matrimonial law, defense of attorneys and architects in malpractice and professional disciplinary proceedings, intellectual property and unfair competition.
Warren R. Leiden is a partner in the San Francisco office of Berry Appleman and Leiden LLP. Mr. Leiden is experienced in all aspects of corporate immigration law. Mr. Leiden has been active in the Congressional debates since the early 1980's and has testified before Congressional Committees on numerous occasions. He was inducted as an Honorary Fellow of the American Immigration Law Foundation in 1997. Mr. Leiden is a counsel to the national steering committee of Compete America, the national business immigration coalition, and works closely with business and trade associations.
Mr. Leiden was the Executive Director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and its Washington Representative from 1982 until 1996. He has served on national liaison committees with the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Mr. Leiden was a founder and executive vice president of the American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF) where he now serves as Treasurer and Director. He is currently a member of the Policy Management Committee of the Employee Relocation Council. Mr. Leiden is also a board member of the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) and the Pacific Coast Immigration Museum.
Juris Doctorate, Boston University School of Law
Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, Johns Hopkins University
Crystal L. Williams was named as AILA’s new Executive Director. AILA is the national association of more than 11,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. Ms. Williams has served AILA in the position of Deputy Director for Programs. Williams will be the third Executive Director of AILA since the formation of its national office in 1982.
Williams has been involved in immigration for more than 25 years: as a practicing immigration attorney, as a law publisher, as a pro bono program director, as a government official, and, for most of the past decade, as a program leader within the AILA national office. In the course of her years of practice, she served as chair of the Atlanta chapter, and on a variety of liaison, policy and program committees for the national association. She is a cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and a magna cum laude graduate of the State University of New York at Oneonta.
Paul L. Zulkie is a 1977 graduate of the University of Illinois, College of Law. Paul concentrates in Business Immigration and Corporate Law and is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois and before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
From 2004-2005, Paul served as President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, a national bar association comprised of 10,000 lawyers and law professors dedicated to immigration and nationality law which is headquartered in Washington, D.C. Since 2005, Paul has served as President of the American Immigration Council which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to increasing public understanding of immigration law and policy. He is the author of Immigration Compliance in Employment and Business, published by Callaghan & Co., which analyzes employer sanctions enforcement and business related visa issues. In addition, Paul is a regular lecturer at local and national continuing legal education seminars on the subject of business immigration and has published several articles in nationally distributed publications. Paul has been named a leading practitioner in the field of immigration law by The Best Lawyers in America, published by Woodward White, International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, published by Law Business Research in London, England, and Leading Lawyers Network published by Law Bulletin Publishing Company. Inclusion in these reference books is based on a nationwide survey of attorneys.
Paul has been interviewed by several national media publications including The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Business Week, and the Chicago Tribune and has appeared on the CBS Evening News, CNN, MSNBC and National Public Radio to discuss breaking developments in immigration law. In addition, he has testified before the U.S. Congress on immigration issues.
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