Sandra Grossman, Partner, is a skilled litigator with significant experience in matters related to the practice of immigration law and international human rights law, including advocacy before the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol). She is known for providing top-notch, personalized service to both individual and corporate clients with complex immigration cases and highly specialized needs. Her pragmatic and creative approach to diverse legal challenges has earned her an international reputation as a lawyer who can get the job done for the most discriminating of clients.
Sandra has developed a unique practice that addresses complex inadmissibility issues, often involving matters before INTERPOL, high-profile clients, politically sensitive matters, and diplomatic issues with foreign policy implications. Sandra is fiercely dedicated to guiding her clients through the complex maze of domestic and international legal structures in order to find workable solutions for clients to achieve their goals.
Sandra has successfully represented individuals in diverse aspects of immigration law before the immigration courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Federal District Courts. She also represents clients in the areas of deportation defense, detention and bond issues, the immigration consequences of criminal convictions, requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), waivers of inadmissibility, asylum, and adjustment of status and naturalization applications, among other matters. Her experience includes representation of clients in lawsuits to prompt U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) action on long-delayed applications, including applications for naturalization, adjustment of status, waivers, and replacement green cards.
The Washingtonian Magazine recognized Sandra as one of “Washington’s Top Lawyers.” She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), a former adjunct professor in immigration law at the Washington College of Law at American University, and a member of the Editorial Board of Bender’s Immigration Bulletin. Sandra presents and publishes frequently on stopping Interpol abuse by autocratic nations. She testified as a national expert on Interpol abuse before the bi-partisan Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (the U.S. Helsinki Commission”). Sandra regularly handles pro-bono client matters and offers reduced rate services for qualified organizations.
Sandra is a native Spanish and English speaker and is conversant in French.
- Global Leader in Corporate Immigration, Who's Who Legal, 2020.
- Best Law Firms U.S. News & World Report National Ranking: Tier 1 in Immigration, 2020.
- Best Law Firms U.S. News & World Report Washington, DC Ranking: Tier 1 in Immigration, 2020.
- Washington DC’s Best Lawyers, Washingtonian Magazine, 2018.
- Selected to “Super Lawyers, Rising Stars” (2013-2015), independent rating service based on high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
- "Superb" 10/10 Rating, Avvo, unbiased lawyer rating based on years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.
- American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Michael Maggio Pro Bono Honoree (2015), awarded in recognition of pro bono efforts to provide legal representation to detained women and children.
Professional Activities/Pro-Bono Work
Member, Board of Directors, Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) (2019-2021)
Mentor/Volunteer, Immigration Justice Campaign (organized by American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the American Immigration Council (the Council) (2019)
Member, Editorial Board of Benders Immigration Bulletin (Lexis Nexis).
Member and Co-Chair, Asylum and Refugee Committee, AILA, 2015-2016.
Former Member, AILA DC Chapter Maryland Bar Liaison Committee; Former Member, Nominating Committee.
Liaison, AILA DC Chapter Baltimore Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE/OCC) and Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), 2010-2013.
Member, Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Pro Bono Project, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC). The Project matches vulnerable immigrants with pro bono counsel to defend their cases before the BIA.
Former Adjunct Professor, American University, Washington College of Law.
Volunteer Attorney, AILA Coordinated Pro Bono Services Project, Federal Law Enforcement Training Facility in Artesia, New Mexico, 2014. The Project serves detained immigrant women and children. (see video snapshots taken at the detention facility)
Matter of W-E-R-B and the Reliability of Red Notices - Benders Immigration Bulletin PDF - Bender's Immigration Bulletin, June 15, 2020.
Governments are Using Interpol to Pressure Political Enemies, Voice of America (VOA) News, October 2019 (Sandra Grossman quoted).
Challenging a Red Notice, What Immigration Attorneys Need to Know About INTERPOL, AILA Law Journal, Volume 1, Number 1, April 2019.
Actions Speak Louder Than Words Trump’s Policies on Legal Immigration will Decrease U.S. Competitiveness for Decades to Come, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin, November 15, 2018 (with Becki Young and Hannah Stambaugh).
"Restaurant Panel on Immigration,” in conjunction with "RAMW" (Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington), Radiator, Washington, DC, September 5, 2018.
Mandamus Actions in the Asylum Context: Avoiding Dismissal and Proving the Case, American Immigration Council Practice Advisory, June 21, 2017 (with Chris Keeler).
El tratamiento a veces vergonzoso en los aeropuertos de EEUU, Diario Las Americas, 6 enero 2015.
The U.S. Should Do More to Help Venezuelan Immigrants, The Huffington Post, May 5, 2014.
Free Speech Crisis in Latin America: Making Use of the Inter-American and U.S. Asylum Law Systems for the Protection of the Rights of Journalists, Media Owners, and Whistleblowers, 19 Benders Immigration Bulletin 389, Apr. 15, 2014 (with Rachel Zoghlin).
It's not Romance, it's Immigration Law: Showing Actual and Good Faith Marriage, AILA DC Chapter 2012 Fall CLE Conference, Nov. 13, 2013 (with Toni Maschler).
Death of DOMA Revives the American Dream for Same-Sex Couples at Home and Abroad, The Huffington Post, June 30, 2013 (with Rachel Zoghlin).
Ironic Choice of Asylum for Self-Proclaimed Government Critic, The Huffington Post, June 26, 2013.
The Venezuelan Presidential Elections: Neither a "Perfect" nor a "Democratic" Battle, The Huffington Post, Oct. 10, 2012.
Reward for the Oppressor - Injustice for the Oppressed?, The Huffington Post, May 10, 2012.
Update on Asylum Law: New Hope for Victims of Domestic Violence, The Modern American, Volume 5, Issue 2, Fall 2009.
Change of Course: Asylum Victories a Real Possibility for Victims of Domestic Violence, The American Bar Association, The International Lawyer, 2009.
"Current Developments in INTERPOL Red Notice Abuse," American Bar Association, July 10, 2020.
"Marketing Essentials: Every Immigration Attorney is Also a (Ethical) Salesperson, AILA Annual Conference 2020.
"INTERPOL, Red Notices, and the Immigrant: Opportunities for Creative Legal Advocacy," in cooperation with Clark Hill, July, 1 2020.
"AILA Law Practice Management Conference," Washington, D.C., October 17, 2019.
"Tools of Transnational Oppression," testimony before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (the Helsinki Commission), Washington, DC, Sept. 12, 2019.
"Revés Contra Limitaciones de Asilo", CNN Interview with Sandra Grossman, November 20, 2018.
“Immigrant Families: Separation, Reunification and Legal Challenges,” Inter American Dialogue, Washington, DC, June 29, 2018 (available as a podcast and as a C-SPAN3 video).
"Dysfunction Junction: Surviving Asylum Processing Backlogs," AILA Asylum CLE Conference, San Antonio, TX, Feb. 8, 2016.
"Creative and Ethical Strategies for Getting Past 'No'," AILA Midwinter CLE, Paradise Island, Bahamas, Jan. 22, 2016.
“Building Your Brand, Marketing Your Immigration Law Practice,” AILA Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, June 2018.
“Marketing Your Practice,” AILA Annual Conference, June 2017.
“Family Based Immigration,” District of Columbia Bar Association Immigration Law Practice Clinic, Aug. 13, 2015.
"How to Deal with Impossible Visa Denials and Cancellations," AILA Annual Conference, Washington, DC, June 2015.
"Family Based Immigration," District of Columbia Bar Association Fundamentals of Immigration Law Series, Apr. 28, 2015.
"The Role of the Hispanic Community in Legal, Economic, Educational and Social Issues," 18th Annual Hispanic Law Conference (co-hosted by the National Hispanic Bar Association and the Washington College of Law, American University), Washington, DC, Apr. 2015 (full video of the panel discussion).
"Grounds of Removability and Inadmissibility and How to Analyze Them," AILA Annual Conference, June 2014.
"Persecution by Non-Government Actors," Federal Bar Association Asylum Conference, with the Honorable Immigration Judge, Paul Schmidt, Arlington Immigration Court, Feb. 21, 2014.
"Responding to Requests for Further Evidence, Notices of Intent to Deny, and Denial Notices," AILA DC Chapter Fall Conference, Nov. 2013.
"The End of Federal DOMA and the Effect on the States: Immigration and the Impact on a Newly Recognized Marriage," Montgomery County Bar Association of Maryland, Oct. 2013.
"The Wonders of your Web Site Revealed in One Hour," AILA Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, June 2013.
"Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Nuts and Bolts Seminar," District of Columbia Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (co-sponsored by Capitol Hill Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Immigration Law Section of the Federal Bar Association, and the AILA DC Chapter), with Stephen Legomsky, USCIS, Chief Counsel, Oct. 31, 2012.
"Shiny Happy People: Attracting, Managing and Retaining the Best Staff," AILA Solo & Small Practice CLE Conference and Webcast, Oct. 2012.
Discussion on Prosecutorial Discretion in Immigration Context, Catholic University, Columbus School of Law, Jan. 30, 2012.
"Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Other Possible Remedies for Immigrant Youth," AILA DC Chapter Fall Conference, Nov. 2011.
"Preparing Winning Cases For Asylum, T & U Visas, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status," AILA DC Chapter Fall Conference, with Angela Gipson, USCIS, Arlington Asylum Office, & Susan Ritter, Victims Specialist, ICE/DHS & Liz Shields, KIND, Nov. 2011.
"Preparing Winning Asylum Cases before the USCIS and EOIR," AILA DC Chapter Fall Conference, Nov. 2011.
"Effective Marketing Practices for the Immigration Lawyer," AILA Solo & Small Practice CLE Conference and Webcast, Oct. 2011.
"Starting Your Own Immigration Practice," American University, Washington College of Law, Lawyer Reentry Program, Oct. 2011.
"Introduction to Removal Proceedings," AILA Model Hearing Program, Feb. 5, 2010.
"More than Collateral Issues, Immigration Practice and Criminal Defense," PATH Conference, Georgetown University Law Center, July 2010.
"First 100 Days of the New Administration,” American University Washington College of Law, 12th Annual Hispanic Law Conference, “The Latino/a Agenda in the New Administration and the 111th Congress,” Mar. 5, 2009.
Fox News, Sandra Grossman discussing issue of family separation, June 2018.
Sandra Grossman is quoted in The New Republic on immigration enforcement and reform: Will Immigration Officers Continue to Undermine Obama's Reforms?, The New Republic, Nov. 2, 2011.