Virginia, US

Noreen has over 30 years of experience practicing immigration law. She became a principal of the firm in June of 1984, and recently returned to the firm’s main office in New York after managing the Stamford, Connecticut branch office for more than 20 years. Noreen has extensive experience in corporate, employment based immigration law, and counsels employers on the complete range of business visa applications, in-house immigration program development, and immigration compliance.

Her practice focuses on the delivery of attentive and personalized service to corporate and individual clients. Many of her corporate clients are U.S. subsidiaries of foreign owned companies, particularly in the financial services, manufacturing and technology fields. In addition, she represents small and mid-sized employers, entrepreneurs, investors, and persons applying for immigration benefits through family-based sponsorship. Noreen has a particular interest in and practice focus on post-U.S. residence benefits, and assists clients with maintaining U.S. resident status, obtaining citizenship through naturalization, and the acquisition of derivative U.S. citizenship for qualifying children.

For many years, Noreen has provided pro bono representation and immigration assistance to the disadvantaged, including battered women and victims of violent crime.

Her pro bono activities include successfully representing a battered spouse in her self-petition for resident status under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA); assisting a victim of domestic violence with an application for U visa status as a person helpful to law enforcement in prosecuting a crime; obtaining approval of an adjustment of status petition under Section 245 (i) for a single mother who had tried without success for 20 years to secure U.S. resident status on her own; obtaining approval of a special immigrant visa to reinstate the permanent resident status of a minor, thereby reuniting the child with his father in the United States; and assisted adoptive families of four youngsters whose parents were killed in the Liberian civil war with obtaining immigrant visas for the adopted children.

Education


Rutgers University School of Law | J.D., 1978
New York University | B.A., 1975, cum laude

Awards

Named to Best Lawyers in America, 2013 to 2018

AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 1993 to 2017

Listed in New York Super Lawyers, 2012 to 2014, 2016 to 2017

Listed as one of “The Top Women” in immigration in New York, Super Lawyers - New York Metro 2016: The Top Women

Listed Lawyer in the Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys, Martindale-Hubbell, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015

Named to “NY Women Leaders,” Martindale-Hubbell, 2015

Named to Best Lawyers New York City, 2015

Listed in America’s Most Honored Professionals, 2014 to 2015

Listed in Top Women Attorneys in New York, The New York Times Magazine, May 2014

Named to Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, 2012 to 2013

Listed in Top Attorneys in the New York Metro Area, 2010

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Bar Admissions: New York, Connecticut

Court Admissions: U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Member, American Bar Association

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association

Member, Fairfield County Bar Association

Member, New York City Bar Association

Represented multinational corporations in the full range of immigration matters, including international transfers, local hires of non-U.S. citizens, nonimmigrant and permanent visas, immigration policy, and compliance issues

Advised domestic and international companies in divestiture and M&A scenarios on timely, efficient and cost effective means of achieving immigration compliance

Represented startup and new venture companies in acquiring H-1 professional and L-1 intra-company transferee visas for employees

Represented investors in small service companies to obtain E-2 treaty investor visas

Advised U.S. lawful permanent residents who must spend protracted periods abroad for business or personal reasons on how to maintain U.S. resident status during their absences and preserve their ability to eventually naturalize as U.S. Citizens

Represented U.S. lawful permanent residents who wished to abandon resident status at U.S. Consulates abroad

Assisted clients who wished to renounce U.S. Citizenship

Helped U.S. lawful permanent residents who were deemed to have abandoned resident status qualify for special immigrant visas to reacquire lawful residence

Represented numerous clients in successful N-400 applications for naturalization, and in applications for certificates of citizenship or naturalization for foreign born children

Obtained 212(d) waivers of inadmissibility to the U.S. for clients with criminal and controlled substance convictions

Assisted clients in obtaining nullification of UK convictions, thereby paving the way for successful applications for U.S. permanent residence

Obtained O-1 and EB-1 visas for numerous clients with outstanding or extraordinary abilities

Handled appeals of government decisions resulting in loss of U.S. citizenship

Publications and Lectures

Speaker, AILA Annual National Conference, National Harbor, MD, June 2010 and Nashville, TN June 2012.

Frequent speaker at in-house immigration training programs to corporate human resources organizations.

Speaker on immigration and compliance topics at human resources conferences, the Council for Global Immigration (CFGI), the Federal Bar Association, and relocation industry roundtables.