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Greenberg Traurig’s Business Immigration & Compliance practice and several attorneys were included in the 2014 Chambers USA Guide. The 2014 guide includes more than 180 Greenberg Traurig attorneys and more than 30 practice areas across various markets in the United States.

According to its website, Chambers and Partners selects attorneys and practices for inclusion based on thousands of interviews with practicing lawyers and clients around the world. The Immigration practice received recognition in the Nationwide and District of Columbia markets, earning “Band 1” in District of Columbia for the eighth consecutive year. Immigration attorneys Laura Reiff, Martha Schoonover and Kate Kalmykov were ranked in the Immigration category in their markets and/or nationwide.

  • Laura Foote Reiff was noted for “her wisdom and insight, seasoned judgment and advice, and calm nature.”
  • Martha Schoonover was recognized as an attorney who “understands how corporations work, so does not just give pure legal answers, but works on practicalities.”
  • Kalmykov was recognized for her experience in the EB-5 Program and was noted as “someone who stands out from the next generation.”

The 2014 Chambers USA Guide rankings follow Business Immigration & Compliance practice’s recognition in the 2014 Chambers Global Guide in the Global-wide and United States categories.

For the full Greenberg Traurig 2014 Chambers USA Guide rankings please click here.

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Laura Foote Reiff Co-Chairs the Business Immigration & Compliance Practice and is the Co-Managing Shareholder of the Northern Virginia Office. She also Co-Chairs the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice’s International Employment, Immigration & Workforce Strategies group. Laura focuses her practice on business immigration

Laura Foote Reiff Co-Chairs the Business Immigration & Compliance Practice and is the Co-Managing Shareholder of the Northern Virginia Office. She also Co-Chairs the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice’s International Employment, Immigration & Workforce Strategies group. Laura focuses her practice on business immigration laws and regulations affecting U.S. and foreign companies, as well as related employment compliance and legislative issues.

Laura advises corporations on a variety of compliance-related issues, particularly related to Form I-9 eligibility employment verification matters. Laura has been involved in audits and internal investigations and has successfully minimized monetary exposure as well as civil and criminal liabilities on behalf of her clients. She develops immigration compliance strategies and programs for both small and large companies. Laura performs I-9, H-1B and H-2B compliance inspections during routine internal reviews, while performing due diligence (in the context of a merger, acquisition or sale) or while defending a company against a government investigation.

Laura represents many businesses in creating, managing and using “Regional Centers” that can create indirect jobs toward the 10 new U.S. jobs whose creation can give rise to EB-5 permanent residence for investment. She coordinates this work with attorneys practicing in securities law compliance, with economists identifying “targeted employment areas” and projecting indirect job creation, and with licensed securities brokers coordinating offerings. She also represents individual investors in obtaining conditional permanent residence and in removing conditions from permanent residence.

Laura’s practice also consists of managing business immigration matters and providing immigration counsel to address the visa and work authorization needs of U.S. and global personnel including professionals, managers and executives, treaty investors/ traders, essential workers, persons of extraordinary ability, corporate trainees, and students. She is an immigration policy advocacy expert and works on immigration reform policies.

Admitted in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Not admitted in Virginia. Practice limited to federal immigration practice.