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Claudia Lainez named a "Rising Star" in Immigration by Super Lawyers 2020

Grossman Young & Hammond is proud to announce that Attorney, Claudia Lainez, was recognized in Super Lawyers Washington DC's 2020 list of Rising Stars. Super Lawyers is known for the credibility of its patented selection process and recognized Claudia based on her impressive ability to get results for her clients and to demonstrate compassion and dedication throughout her work.

Claudia defends individuals in removal proceedings and represents individuals in family-based visa petitions, a variety of waivers, such as J-1 and I-751 waivers, asylum matters, U and T visa petitions, naturalization applications, and petitions for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), among others. She represents individuals before U.S. Immigration Courts, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and Maryland and Washington, DC family courts.

Congratulations, Claudia!

See the digital Rising Stars list here.

Sandra Grossman Helps Secure Asylum for Guatemalan Politician and Activist

Last month, Grossman Young & Hammond was thrilled by the approval of the asylum application for client Thelma Aldana. Ms. Aldana, former prosecutor general of Guatemala and presidential candidate, is internationally recognized for her work dismantling powerful criminal structures, and fearlessly investigating, exposing, and prosecuting corrupt high-profile government officials. In 2016, the U.S Secretary of State honored Ms. Aldana with the “International Women of Courage Award.”

Sandra Grossman, Partner, and Ms. Aldana met today, March 12, with Congressman Eliot Engel of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, who provided critical support to Ms. Aldana’s case, along with several other members of Congress. We hope Ms. Aldana will have the opportunity to continue her important work in the United States, for now, until she has a chance to rejoin her fellow Guatemalans in the fight for transparency and rule of law.

Grossman Young & Hammond, as well as the Congresspeople who supported Ms. Aldana's asylum petition, hope she will have the opportunity to continue her important work in the United States, for now, until she has a chance to rejoin her fellow Guatemalans in the fight for transparency and rule of law.

Changes in Leadership at GYH

To start the new year off, GYH is pleased to announce the promotion of two of its attorneys into new leadership positions.

Meg Hobbins, Partner

Meg Hobbins was promoted from Senior Attorney to Partner, making her the first attorney in GYH history to make Partner. Meg’s practice focuses on humanitarian and family-based immigration matters before U.S. consulates abroad, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the U.S. immigration courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the federal courts. She also represents clients before INTERPOL to challenge politically-motivated Red Notices. Meg has proven herself as an outstanding advocate and litigator with well over a decade of experience in the field. In addition to her extensive experience with consular processing, inadmissibility waivers and family-based immigration, Meg spends considerable time seeking a variety of humanitarian forms of relief for her clients, including Asylum, Violence Against Women Act protection, visas for victims of trafficking and more. As part of her dedication to the humanitarian aspects of immigration, she dedicates substantial time to providing pro bono legal services to the most at-risk immigrants. In 2019, Meg spent two weeks at the Texas border volunteering with the Dilley Pro Bono Project, helping detained migrant mothers understand and prepare for their credible fear interviews.

“I am honored to take on the role of partner at Grossman Young and Hammond, a firm that tackles the most challenging immigration and international legal issues of our time,” says Hobbins. “With this new role and new decade ahead, I am excited to continue to advocate for our clients seeking justice before U.S. immigration agencies and INTERPOL.”

Meg’s dedication to her clients and to the firm helped make this first year a success. Her invaluable leadership amongst her colleagues makes her an ideal addition to GYH’s management team. We look forward to her continued contributions.


Rita McCarthy, Counsel

Rita McCarthy, one of GYH’s longest-standing employees, was promoted from Senior Attorney to Counsel in recognition of the critical guidance she offers her colleagues, her unwavering dedication to her clients, and the depth of her expertise.

Rita McCarthy, who joined the firm in 2006, focuses her practice that on business immigration issues for a vast range of corporate clients in the research, technology, and non-profit sectors, among others. Rita also counsels multinational managers, persons of extraordinary ability, foreign investors, and Canadian and Mexican professionals applying for TN status. Rita McCarthy began working in immigration in 1996, where she represented both business- and family-based immigration clients. She later moved on to Loyola University Medical Center, where she handled the business immigration needs of the institution, its physicians and scientists as well as served as the designated officer for J-1 and F-1 students. Rita has extensive experience in all aspects of employment based green cards, including PERM labor certification, immigrant visa petitions, adjustment of status, and consular processing.

“Grossman Young & Hammond has an amazing team of dedicated and knowledgeable professionals and I am thankful to be a part of this respected law firm,” says McCarthy. “I started with Denise Hammond’s firm years ago and was present for her merger with Becki Young and the recent merger with Sandra Grossman. It’s exciting to be a part of such a dynamic and growing organization. I am proud to say that we continuously have provided outstanding legal services with excellent outcomes, despite the immigration turbulence of the last several years. GYH definitely is a rewarding place to work and I am looking forward to my new role as Counsel.”

Sandra Grossman speaks on the TRAP ACT and Interpol Abuse at the Heritage Foundation

On Tuesday, October 29th from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM Sandra Grossman is speaking as part of a panel of distinguished experts regarding Interpol abuse and the TRAP Act's potential to prevent it.

Interpol is a valuable partner in the fight against transnational crime and terrorism. But autocratic governments around the world have realized that they can manipulate Interpol’s system of alerts — especially its famous Red Notice — to harass journalists, political opponents, and businesspeople. This is part of the wider phenomenon of transnational repression, in which the long arm of international organizations and law is perverted for repressive purposes.

The bipartisan TRAP Act — the Transnational Repression Accountability and Prevention Act — introduced in the Senate and the House by the leaders of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, seeks to put the U.S. in the forefront of the fight against Interpol abuse.

Introductory Remarks by The Honorable Roger Wicker (R-MS),United States Senator and Co-Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission

Followed by a Panel Discussion with:

  • Tom Firestone, Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP
  • Sandra A. Grossman, Partner, Grossman Young & Hammond, Immigration Law, LLC
  • Thomas K. Ragland Member in Charge, Clark Hill PLC, Washington DC Office

Hosted by Ted Bromund, Ph.D. Senior Research Fellow, Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, The Heritage Foundation

The event is sponsored by the Heritage Foundation and is taking place at The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium at 214 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002.

For the full invitation, click here.

GYH Founding Partner, Sandra Grossman, testified before the congressional, bi-partisan Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (the Helsinki Commission)

September 12, 2019

GYH Founding Partner, Sandra Grossman, testified before the congressional, bi-partisan Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (the Helsinki Commission), regarding the abuse of INTERPOL by autocratic governments. Her testimony focused on the mishandling of red notices by immigration officials, who frequently misconstrue them as arrest warrants despite a clear policy from DOJ that they do not meet the minimum standards for arrest under our constitution. Sandra’s full testimony is available here.

To learn more about the Helsinki Commission and Abuse of INTERPOL, click here.

Grossman Young & Hammond is pleased to announce the addition of Sofia Hassander to its business immigration practice group!

An immigrant herself, Sofia grew up in Sweden and worked as an attorney in Stockholm before moving to the United States to attend law school. Sofia earned law degrees both in the United States at Vanderbilt University Law School, and in Sweden at the University of Lund. Prior to joining Grossman Young & Hammond, Sofia worked as an immigration attorney at Erickson Immigration Group, specializing in international immigration and global mobility. There Sofia worked with the global mobility teams at some of the largest companies in Silicon Valley, assisting with their migration needs world-wide. Before moving to the United States, Sofia spent more than 5 years working on complex antitrust matters at the law firms Herbert Smith, Clifford Chance, and Cederquist.

Sofia is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce of Washington, DC, and the DC chapter of SWEA (Swedish Women’s Educational Association), a global network with 7,000 Swedish speaking women promoting Swedish language, culture and tradition. Sofia and her husband live in Washington, DC, with their son.

Sofia speaks native Swedish and fluent English, and has near-native comprehension of Norwegian and Danish.

GYH and WOLA partner to host Rep. Jamie Raskin for a discussion of WOLA’s Beyond the Wall campaign

On Friday, June 14th, Grossman Young & Hammond, in partnership with the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), hosted a reception and discussion featuring Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD). The discussion focused on WOLA’s Beyond the Wall campaign, which strives to protect asylum seekers and immigrants by fighting back against inhumane, draconian policies. The campaign takes a four-pronged approach to mitigating the harmful policies of the current administration, including:

  1. Fighting Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy by investigating and exposing human rights abuses at the border.
  2. Working against draconian deportation and detention forces that sow fear and chaos and taking measures to stop Trump’s wasteful border wall efforts.
  3. Giving asylum seekers legal tools to protect their rights.
  4. Advocating for robust U.S. aid to Central America, with a focus on tackling corruption.

At the reception, Rep. Raskin voiced his support for the efforts or WOLA, the importance of immigrant rights in today’s global climate and, most importantly, the pressing need for reform.

If you would like to be included in future Grossman Young & Hammond events, please email: info@grossmanyoung.com

If you would like to donate to WOLA’s Beyond the Wall Campaign, please visit the organization’s website at: https://www.wola.org/beyond-wall-campaign/

Grossman Young & Hammond Recognized in Legal 500 United States 2019 Rankings

In its 2019 guide, The Legal 500 U.S. ranked Grossman Young & Hammond as a leader in immigration law nationwide. Becki Young was honored as a “Leading Lawyer,” the top ranking category for individuals. To view Grossman Young & Hammond’s full results from The Legal 500 US 2019 guide, including the associated commentary, click here.

For more than 30 years, The Legal 500 has been vetting the capabilities of law firms. Its rankings are based on a series of criteria highlighting practice area teams who provide cutting edge and innovative advice to corporate counsel. Research is based on feedback from 300,000 clients worldwide, submissions from law firms, and interviews with leading private practice lawyers.

Grossman Young & Hammond serves all areas of the U.S. immigration market. The firm’s attorneys provide exceptional and creative solutions to help clients navigate the challenges posed by complex immigration laws and compliance policies. The relationships these attorneys have with multiple U.S. agencies — from USCIS to the U.S. Department of Labor — combined with active participation in liaison committees with government officials keep Grossman Young & Hammond on the cutting edge.

Grossman Young & Hammond Partners and Firm Recognized in 2019 Chambers USA Guide

Chambers USA has ranked the firm of Grossman Young & Hammond and partners Becki Young and Denise Hammond as leaders serving the immigration market. The firm is known for its personal touch with clients and recognized for its credibility, diligence and unfailing commitment to excellence.

Grossman Young & Hammond’s Business Immigration practice group earned recognition in the 2019 directory. In addition to the practice group ranking, firm partners Young and Hammond are ranked for their immigration work. Firm and attorney rankings for the District of Columbia and USA—Nationwide include:

District of Columbia

  • Becki Young, Band 2
  • Denise Hammond, Senior Statespeople
  • Grossman Young & Hammond, Band 3

USA—Nationwide

  • Becki Young, Band 3
  • Denise Hammond, Senior Statespeople

Published by London-based Chambers and Partners, the annual Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business directory ranks leading U.S. firms and attorneys in a wide range of practice areas based on in-depth research, including client and peer interviews. Ranking selection is based on outstanding achievement, excellence in a given practice area and quality of client service. Grossman Young & Hammond’s rankings can be found here and additional information on Chambers can be found here.

Grossman Young & Hammond serves all areas of the U.S. immigration market. The firm’s attorneys provide exceptional and creative solutions to help clients navigate the challenges posed by complex immigration laws and compliance policies. The relationships these attorneys have with multiple U.S. agencies — from USCIS to the U.S. Department of Labor — combined with active participation in liaison committees with government officials keep Grossman Young & Hammond on the cutting edge.

Grossman Young & Hammond Partners selected as 2019 Lawdragon Most Powerful Employment Lawyers

In the 12th edition of The Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys, Human Resource Executive magazine and Lawdragon named partners Becki Young and Sandra Grossman in the 40 Up and Comers in Corporate Employment Law list. Lawdragon is a well-known and respected publisher of guides to the nation’s leading lawyers.

Grossman Young & Hammond’s experienced employment-based immigration team also includes Rita McCarthy, Ali Nasserghodsi, and Yeon Me Kim.

The team provides employers with the full spectrum of temporary and permanent employment visas, provides strategic consulting services to help companies and organizations strengthen their immigration programs and to protect them from liability. Specifically, our experience includes consulting on:

  • Strategic planning to prevent the loss of key-employee immigration status and plan for long-term visa continuity for rising talent
  • Ensuring compliance in corporate restructurings including due diligence for mergers and acquisitions
  • Counseling and training clients in Form I-9 employment verification and E-Verify compliance
  • Representing clients in audits and proceedings by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”)
  • Auditing and review of Labor Condition Application (LCA) Public Access Files for compliance
  • Training for worksite visits and protocol management
  • Guidance on developing a fair, legal, and ethical corporate immigration program

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“Denise was on the top of my case, literally 24/7. ... Without Denise's assistance, my path to the permanent residency status would be much longer and much more frustrating.”
– Sergeui Kozlov, Ph.D., Staff Scientist - Cancer and Developmental Biology Laboratory, National Cancer Institute at Frederick US National Institutes of Health

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