Virginia, US

Audrea joined Fragomen in 2000 and worked in our Los Angeles office from 2000 to 2014. Now in our Toronto office, Audrea is the Partner responsible for the Fragomen Consular Practice team for the Americas region and assists a wide range of clients with their U.S.-Canada cross-border immigration matters. Audrea also represents multinational corporations in the automotive, engineering, financial services, information technology and professional services industries, managing the transfer of their employees and executives and supporting their global mobility programs. She has extensive experience with a wide variety of U.S. and Canadian employment-based temporary and permanent visa categories, immigration compliance matters, as well as with family-based permanent residence applications and applications for U.S. citizenship.

Audrea’s practice also involves assisting individual entertainers, artists and athletes as well as production companies and athletic organizations in securing visas for foreign talent to perform and work in the U.S. and Canada. She has worked with a wide range of talent in the music industry, including Grammy, Juno and BRIT Award winning musicians, creative producers, lighting designers, music rights advocates and others to obtain work visas and permanent residence based on their extraordinary ability. She has also worked with athletes and national athletic organizations in a variety of sports to obtain work visas, permanent residence and citizenship in the U.S. and Canada. She regularly speaks to industry groups and legal and business organizations on immigration law and procedure.

Audrea was admitted to the Ontario, Canada bar in 1997 and the California State bar in 1998. She is also admitted to the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Sixth and Ninth Circuits.

Audrea speaks English, French and German.

Education


Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto | J.D., 1995
McGill University, Montreal | B.A., 1992

Awards

Corporate INTL Global Award, Individual Foreign Talent Immigration Attorney of the Year in California, 2014

American Bar Association Women Business & Corporate Advocates Practitioner Honoree, 2014

Super Lawyers (Immigration Law) , 2011

John M. Langston Bar Association Attorney of the Year, 2011

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Bar Admissions: California and Ontario, Canada

Court Admissions: U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association

Member, Canadian Bar Association

Member, National Bar Association

Member, Canadian Association of Black Lawyers

Member, Ontario Bar Association

Member, Black Entertainment and Sports Law Association

Member, Advisory Council, University of Southern California Institute for Corporate Counsel

Former Immigration Law Section Chair, National Bar Association

Former General Counsel for Southern California, California Association of Black Lawyers

Past Chair, State Bar of California, Council on Access and Fairness

Past Chair, Multicultural Bar Alliance of Southern California

Past President, Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Foundation

Past President, Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Inc.

Worked with a multinational professional services firm to obtain State Department designation as a J-1 exchange visitor sponsor under the intern, trainee and specialist program classifications and served as an Alternate Responsible Office for the State Department programs

Worked with a European aviation company to secure appropriate visas for the transfer of foreign software engineers to the U.S. to perform testing and training on upgrades to fighter aircraft test facility, developed by the U.S. Navy and purchased by foreign government, requiring U.S. government security clearance

Worked with renowned Caribbean artist and designer to obtain an expedited temporary visa and permanent residence based on her extraordinary ability

Publications and Lectures

Presenter, “Legal in the USA - Immigration Issues for Professionals.” Association of Chartered Accountants in the United States, webinar, September 25, 2018.

Interviewee, “The Hurdles Facing BigLaw's Minority Women.” Law360, 18 June 2018.

Presenter, “What Every U.S. Immigration Lawyer Should Know About Outbound Business and Employment Visas.” Seminar, American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, 2016.

Presenter, “Cross-Border Business Travel Webinar: Best Practices for Travel Between Canada and the United States.” Webinar, hosted by The Consulate General of the United States for Toronto and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Toronto, ON, 2016.

Interviewee, “5 Tips For Rocking A Musician's Visa Application.” Law360.com (February 22, 2016): n.pag. Web.

Presenter, "The Master Series: Managing the Complexities of Immigration Compliance in a Changing Immigration Landscape.” Seminar, Worldwide ERC, Toronto, ON, 2016.

Interviewee, "Immigration Essentials: With each case there is a very human story to consider." Metropolitan Corporate Counsel: Vol. 24., No. 1 (January 5, 2016): 14-15. Print and web.

Interviewee, “Gold Medalist's Green Card Loss Shows Hazards For Coaches”, Law360.com, (September 21, 2015): n.pag. Web.

Co-Author, “A Rising Tide: Navigating the Rules for Immigration Compliance for U.S. Employers.” Los Angeles Business Journal, (January 20, 2014): 22. Print.

Presenter, “What Matters Most to the C-Suite.” Lecture, Global HR News, Global Leader Conference, Century City, CA, 2013.

Presenter, "Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession." Lecture, USC Gould School of Law 2013 Tax Institute, Los Angeles, CA, 2013.

Presenter, "Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession." Lecture, USC Gould School of Law 2013 Institute on Entertainment Law and Business, Los Angeles, CA, 2013.

Presenter, “The Business of International Entertainment: Immigration Law Considerations for Entertainment and Sports Lawyers." Lecture, Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association Annual Conference, St. Thomas, VI, 2008.

Presenter, "An Update on Diversity in the Legal Profession." Lecture, Corporate Counsel Women of Color Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA, 2008.

Presenter, "Where in the World Is Waldo? Trends for Global Mobility in an Ever-Changing World." Lecture, Southern California Relocation Council Quarterly Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, 2008.

Presenter, "Helping Transatlantic Businesses Navigate the Waves of Homeland Security and Protectionism." Lecture, British American Business Council Transatlantic Business Conference, Los Angeles, CA, 2007.

Presenter, "Cross Border Strategies for Corporations and High Net Worth Clients." Lecture, National Bar Association Annual Convention, Detroit, MI, 2006.

Co-Author, "Deportations and the ’Danger to the Public’ Provisions of Canada’s Immigration Act." A Report to the National Court Challenges Program, 1997. Print.

Researcher & Writer, "A Review of Canada's Citizenship Act." A Report to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Citizenship & Immigration, 1994.