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Law360 published article about H-1B worker paycuts amid the Pandemic, authored by Denise Hammond and Yeon Me Kim

The attorneys originally wrote the article to address clients' questions about compliance during the Coronavirus pandemic, advising that the Fraud and National Security Division of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is likely to see payment of less than the I-129 rate as an H-1B violation and could expose employers to back-pay liability under Department of Labor regulations.

Before Denise and Yeon Me submitted their article, another attorney published an article on the topic, which took a more relaxed stance on how to handle H-1B wages during the pandemic. Denise and Yeon Me revised their article, which was then published by Law360 as a rebuttal to the original perspective.

GYH's rebuttal and stance on H-1B wage compliance during the pandemic is available here: Risks Of Including H-1B Workers In Companywide Pay Cuts

Pandemic Creates Roadblocks During H-1B Visa Cycle, Law360, April 3, 2020 (Becki Young quoted).

The Coronavirus pandemic is creating major obstacles for employers seeking to hire foreign workers under H-1B specialty occupation visas. Employers are already challenged with predicting future hiring needs and filing petitions remotely. Law360 reached out to GYH Managing Partner Becki Young for comment on its recent article, "Pandemic Creates Roadblocks During H-1B Visa Cycle."

Becki Young shared examples of fitness company client that opted not to proceed with a planned H-1B sponsorship after it was forced to close and restaurant and hospitality sector clients calling to find out whether they can lay off, furlough or cut hours for employees on H-1B visas.

Law360 requires a subscription to view many of its articles.

Becki Young Interviewed by Tech Target about Record H-1B Petitions Despite Pandemic

This year, the United States Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) rolled out a new electronic pre-registration system for H-1B petitions, bringing in a record 275,000 H-1B petitions, a 37% increase over last year. While the pre-registration process clearly makes it easier for firms to apply for the H-1B lottery, this boon was fleeting. Many of these visa petitions were filed before the Coronavirus pandemic was in full effect, causing many business to shutter and, in many cases, terminate or furlough employees. The question now is whether employers will proceed with H-1B applications or drop their plans for visa sponsorship.

Tech Target asked GYH Managing Partner Becki Young for her expert opinion.

"[Some businesses that] are currently shut down or operating at partial capacity have asked us to proceed with their cases," said Young. "That's because some employers have sponsored H-1B work visa holders with unique skills to fill special roles. The clients have often invested substantial resources into recruiting these individuals, and don't want to lose them."

Full article here.

Washington City Paper speaks to Becki Young Regarding the Plight of Immigrant Restaurant Workers Amidst the Pandemic

The plight of restaurant workers and other hospitality employees amidst the Coronavirus pandemic has been all over the news. Less discussed are the compounded struggles of the large percentage of those hospitality workers who are also immigrants. For those eligible for unemployment, is it even advisable that they apply, considering the recent roll-out of the new Public Charge Rule?

GYH Managing Partner, Becki Young, explained to Washington City Paper how lawyers are divided on the subject. “Everybody who applies for a temporary visa has to answer a question about if they’ve ever collected public benefits,” Young says. “My colleagues and I are still concerned that USCIS and the federal government have a huge amount of discretion.”

For the full article and Becki's complete commentary, click here.

Becki Young Speaks to Law360 about Loosened I-9 Requirements due to Virus

Last week, the federal government announced it is loosening certain in-person form and document review requirement for employment eligibility verification. Employers are permitted to review I-9 eligibility documents electronically if their organization is teleworking due to the COVID-19 emergency. Typically, employers are required to review the original documents in person. Now, employers will be expected to conduct the in-person review once normal business operations resume. The agency also gave employers an additional 60 days to respond to audits if they were served with a notice of inspection in March, saving employers and their attorneys from having to collect physical documents when the CDC is urging Americans to stay home.

Last week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) also announced that it is suspending its premium processing requirement and temporarily issued a waiver allowing reproduced signatures on documents previously requiring original, "wet" signatures.

Law360 reached out to Becki Young for input on these temporary changes. "I think this will be a huge relief," said Young of the signature waiver. "This is what we've been hoping for all week." She also warned foreign nationals that, in light of recent events, green card applications may take longer than expected.

If you have a Law360 membership, you may view the full article here.

"Feds Relax In-Person Rules For I-9, Visa Forms Due To Virus," Law360, March 17, 2020 (Beck Young quoted).

Becki Young speaks to Law360 Regarding the Premium Processing Suspension for H-1B Visas

USCIS announced on March 16th, days before its first ever electronic preregistration period was scheduled to close, that is is temporarily suspending premium processing for all H-1B visas until the end of May at the latest. Law360 reached out to GYH Managing Partner, Becki Young, for insights into the impacts of this suspension on employers.

"This is not a big deal. That's just business as usual for USCIS," said Young... "If they were to expand the premium processing freeze to other categories, that
would definitely create more issues."

Premium processing remains available to workers who already have H-1B visas and are applying for extensions. Young noted, however, that too could
face suspension in light of public health concerns stemming from COVID-19, which are already presenting staffing concerns for companies across all industries.

If you have a Law360 membership, you can view the full article here.

"USCIS Pauses Fast-Tracked Processing for H-1B Visas," Law360, March 17, 2020. (Becki Young quoted)

General Counsel News covers Meg Hobbins' promotion

GeneralCounselNews.com, a aggregator of news and announcements for general counsel, executives, other in-house attorneys and private practice attorneys throughout the United States, reported Meg Hobbins' promotion to Partner in its Law Firm and Lawyer accolades section last week. To see the full announcement, click here.

Attorney at Law Magazine acknowledges Meg Hobbins' promotion to Partner

January 24, 2020

News of Meg Hobbins' promotion to Partner was published today in Attorney at Law Magazine. The press release noted Meg's distinction as the first ever attorney in GYH history to make partner and outlined her extensive experience with family-based and humanitarian immigration issues, consular processing, INTERPOL red notices and more.

For the full press release, click here.

Sandra Grossman’s article on INTERPOL abuse and the TRAP Act published in the Federalist Society Review.

January 10, 2020

Today, the Federalist Society published an article, co-authored by Sandra Grossman and Ted Bromund (The Heritage Foundation), regarding the abuse of INTERPOL, its extensive threat to human rights, and the importance of the Transnational Repression Accountability and Prevention (TRAP) Act to prevent and diminish this serious abuse of power.

Repressive regimes, particularly in Russia, China, Turkey, and Venezuela, use Interpol to issue illegitimate Red Notices and diffusions against political opponents. The effect of this abuse can be severe and infringes on the due process and human rights of those who fall victim. Interpol abuse subverts the legal sovereignty of the United States by allowing authoritarian regimes to use U.S. legal proceedings to define their political opponents as criminals, and then to punish these political opponents or even have them imprisoned in the United States.

To understand the problem of Interpol abuse, it is important to first understand what Interpol actually is. Hollywood portrays Interpol as an international police agency with the power to investigate crimes and make arrests around the globe. In reality, Interpol has no ability to conduct investigations or make arrests. In fact, Interpol’s constitution strictly prohibits it from any involvement in political, racial, religious, or military affairs. Interpol is akin to a bulletin board on which the world’s police forces can post their own, national wanted notices.

The TRAP Act is framed as a response to the problem of transnational repression. It requires that the U.S. use its “voice, vote, and influence . . . within INTERPOL’s General Assembly and Executive Committee to . . . improv[e] the transparency of INTERPOL and ensur[e] its operation consistent with its Constitution.” While the TRAP Act does not address every kind of Interpol abuse, it makes a valuable contribution to shedding light on the issue. It also requires the U.S. to adopt processes to strengthen accountability and transparency within Interpol, thus limiting abuse at its source.

To read the complete article, click here.

Sandra Grossman writes on INTERPOL abuse and the TRAP ACT

November 26, 2019

Sandra Grossman offered an attorney’s perspective on INTERPOL abuse and the TRAP Act for AILA's "Think Immigration" blog.

“[INTERPOL] is a necessary and valuable law enforcement agency… However, its system of color-coded notices and diffusions… has become increasingly subject to abuse by autocratic regimes. Countries such as Russia, China, Turkey, and Venezuela, among others, have successfully manipulated INTERPOL to persecute dissidents abroad and manufacture immigration violations in the United States.”

Sandra’s testimony before the U.S. Helsinki Commission advocated for the passage of the TRAP Act which, if passed, would put in place crucial monitoring mechanisms and safeguards to address INTERPOL abuse, including enhanced transparency and accountability.

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Could proposed U.S. law end abuse of Interpol red notices?, Ahval, September 9, 2019. (Sandra Grossman mentioned)

Hiring Is Very Hard for Restaurants These Days. Now They May Have to Fire.., The New York Times, August 23, 2019 (Becki Young quoted).

Scientific research is collateral damage as US-China relationship hits the rocks, The Straights Times, June 6, 3019. (Becki Young quoted)

How to Respond to Social Security No-Match Letters, SHRM, May 15, 2019 (Becki Young quoted).

Social Security No-Match Letters Worry Immigrants, Bosses, Bloomberg Law, May 7, 2019 (Becki Young quoted).

Trump's H-1B work visa plan cuts employers' costs, not criticism, SearchHRSoftware.com, February 6, 2019. (Becki Young quoted)

H-1B Visa Lottery System Reversed, SHRM, January 31, 2019. (Becki Young quoted)

H-1B Rule Rollout Leaves Time To Work Out Kinks Time To Work Out Kinks, Law 360, January 31, 2019. (Becki Young quoted)

The Current State of U.S. Immigration Law and Policy, Inside Washington on Middle East Broadcasting/Alhurra TV, December 7, 2018. (Becki Young interviewed)

Fastcase Partners with the American Immigration Lawyers Association to Publish New Journal, Markets Insider, October 31, 2018. (Becki Young selected as inaugural member of Editorial Board)

'Premium Processing' Freeze Causes H-1B Hiring Hurdles, Law 360, September 10, 2018. (Becki Young quoted)

Employers Seeking Visas May Tangle With Labor Dept. Over Wages (Corrected), Bloomberg Law, June 11, 2018. (Becki Young quoted)

Cos. Face Unpredictability As Extension Deference Ends, Law360, October 26, 2017. (Becki Young quoted)

Finding Time for Pro Bono, Practice Management article by Erika Winston, Washington Lawyer Magazine, October 2017 issue. (Becki Young quoted)

U.S. Grants Asylum To Amos Yee, Young Blogger From Singapore, NPR.org, September 27, 2017. (Sandra Grossman quoted)

The Administration’s decision to rescind the entrepreneurial parole provision, Price of Business, July 17, 2017. (Becki Young interviewed)

Avoid These Common Mistakes When Completing Form I-9, SHRM, June 27, 2017. (Becki Young interviewed)

Business Immigration Mostly Untouched by New Travel Ban Standard, Bloomberg Law, June 27, 2017. (Becki Young quoted)

Harder for skilled Singaporeans to live, work overseas, May 2, 2017. (Becki Young quoted)

U.S. judge grants Singaporean blogger's asylum request, Reuters.com, March 24, 2017. (Sandra Grossman quoted)

3 Reasons Restaurant Sales Plummeted in February, QSR (Quick Service Restaurant Magazine) March 10, 2017. (Becki Young quoted)

Here's What's Really On Silicon Valley's Mind Regarding Immigration, Forbes, February 27, 2017. (Becki Young quoted)

The Impact of a Day Without Immigrants, FSR Magazine, Food News Media article, February 16, 2017. (Becki Young quoted)

Video Blogger Who Tested Singapore’s Limits Seeks U.S. Asylum, NY Times, December 28, 2016. (Sandra Grossman quoted)

BigLaw Reacts To Trump's Election To The White House, Law360, November 9, 2016. (Becki Young quoted)

What you Need to Know About Immigration Law - Price of Business, YouTube, Feb. 22, 2016. (Becki Young interviewed)

Four Maryland Immigration Lawyers Join Forces, The National Law Journal, Legal Times, Dec. 7, 2015.

Positive decision on segregability in FOIA cases LexisNexis.com, July 30, 2015 (Sandra Grossman and Rachel Zoghlin quoted)

Initial asylum related FOIA victory in Mezerhane de Schnapp vs USCIS LexisNexis.com, July 18, 2014. (Sandra Grossman and Rachel Zoghlin quoted)

Immigration Reform Proposals & Potential Impact on Hospitality Industry, Biz Asia America/CCTV News, April 23, 2013. (Becki Young interviewed)

Grossman was frequently quoted in articles relating to Grossman Law client, Journalist Emilio Palacio. Ms. Grossman prepared Mr. Palacio's successful asylum claim, which was based on the political persecution he suffered in Ecuador, including a three-year jail sentence and a penalty of $40 million dollars for criticizing Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa:

Will Immigration Officers Continue to Undermine Obama's Reforms?, The New Republic (Nov. 2, 2011). (Sandra Grossman quoted)

Obama's policy on Venezuela leaves Chavez's victims paying price, The Washington Post (Oct. 30, 2011). (Sandra Grossman quoted)

"Vetting E-Verify," QSR (Quick Service Restaurant Magazine), October 2009. (Becki Young quoted)

Press Releases and Announcements

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

Grossman Young & Hammond is proud to announce that partners Becki Young and Sandra Grossman were recognized in the December 2018 issue of Washingtonian as among Washington, DC’s Best Lawyers in immigration.

Washingtonian’s Best Lawyers list is a trusted ranking directory of local area attorneys recognized for demonstrating the highest professional standards in their practice areas and garnering significant respect from their colleagues and peers. Washingtonian's selection process consists of surveys from top-rated legal peers, independent research and reporting, and evaluations of notable successes of the local bar.

For the full list visit: https://www.washingtonian.com/best/lawyers/search/speciality/Immigration/

DC-Area Immigration Boutiques Join Forces Amid Policy Upheavals, National Law Journal, November 13, 2018.

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