Virginia, US

Michelle is a Partner in the Chicago office. Based on her extensive experience in corporate immigration, she is responsible for managing client accounts for several startup, multinational and Fortune 500 companies. Michelle counsels U.S. and global companies on employment strategies, including strategic planning for global assignments and development of best practices to establish efficiencies across multiple jurisdictions. She works closely with corporate clients to develop compliance programs for defending workplace sanctions and to establish internal processes that ensure timely and compliant on-boarding of international personnel.

Michelle assists with asylum, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) cases through the National Immigrant Justice Center.

Michelle speaks English, French and Spanish.

Education


Boston University | J.D., 2001
Northwestern University | B.A., 1998, honors

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Bar admissions: Illinois

Chair, Immigration & Naturalization Committee of the Section of International Law, American Bar Association

Chair, Illinois Secretary of State Committee, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Chicago Chapter

Committee, Social Security Administration Liaison Committee, AILA Chicago Chapter

Conducted I-9 audits and advised clients with regard to hiring and discrimination issues

Managed nonimmigrant and immigrant employment based visas applications, including PERM labor certifications and outstanding researcher and extraordinary ability petitions

Counseled employers on corporate mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and other forms of corporate reorganization

Publications and Lectures

Speaker, “I-9 Verification and Compliance.” Lecture, 2014 Hospitality Law Conference, Houston, TX, 2014.

Panelist, “What you need to know about the latest compliance changes.” Panel presentation, The Forum for Expatriate Management, Oakbrook, IL, 2014.

Panelist, “Preparing for a Smooth Flight: Understanding Global Compliance.” Panel presentation, Midwest Relocation Conference, Rosemont, IL, 2014.

Moderator, “Going Global: A Corporate Case Study in Entering an Emerging Market.” Lecture, 2014 Spring Meeting of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law, New York, NY, 2014.

Speaker, "The Globalization of Law Practice - Visa Pitfalls to Avoid when Practicing Overseas." Lecture, 2012 Fall Meeting of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law, Miami Beach, FL, 2012.

Panelist, "Counseling Corporate Compliance in Today's Climate." Panel presentation, Federal Bar Association Chicago Chapter’s 6th Annual Workplace Enforcement and Immigration Conference, Chicago, IL, 2011.

Panelist, "Corporate Compliance." Panel presentation, Federal Bar Association Chicago Chapter’s 5th Annual Workplace Enforcement and Immigration Conference, Chicago, IL, 2010.

Panelist, "E-Verify, IMAGE, and SSNVS." Panel presentation, Federal Bar Association Chicago Chapter’s 4th Annual Workplace Enforcement and Immigration Conference, Chicago, IL, 2009.

Panelist, "Future of Workplace Immigration Compliance: Verification and Storage." Panel presentation, Federal Bar Association Chicago Chapter’s 3rd Annual Workplace Enforcement and Immigration Conference, Chicago, IL, 2008.

Panelist, "Future of Workplace Immigration Compliance: Verification and Storage." Panel presentation, Federal Bar Association Chicago Chapter’s 2nd Annual Workplace Enforcement and Immigration Conference, Chicago, IL, 2007.