Laura Foote Reiff

Laura Foote Reiff

Shareholder

Laura Foote Reiff Co-Chairs the Business Immigration & Compliance Practice and is the Co-Managing Shareholder of the Northern Virginia Office. She also Co-Chairs the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice’s International Employment, Immigration & Workforce Strategies group. Laura focuses her practice on business immigration laws and regulations affecting U.S. and foreign companies, as well as related employment compliance and legislative issues.

Laura advises corporations on a variety of compliance-related issues, particularly related to Form I-9 eligibility employment verification matters. Laura has been involved in audits and internal investigations and has successfully minimized monetary exposure as well as civil and criminal liabilities on behalf of her clients. She develops immigration compliance strategies and programs for both small and large companies. Laura performs I-9, H-1B and H-2B compliance inspections during routine internal reviews, while performing due diligence (in the context of a merger, acquisition or sale) or while defending a company against a government investigation.

Laura represents many businesses in creating, managing and using "Regional Centers" that can create indirect jobs toward the 10 new U.S. jobs whose creation can give rise to EB-5 permanent residence for investment. She coordinates this work with attorneys practicing in securities law compliance, with economists identifying "targeted employment areas" and projecting indirect job creation, and with licensed securities brokers coordinating offerings. She also represents individual investors in obtaining conditional permanent residence and in removing conditions from permanent residence.

Laura's practice also consists of managing business immigration matters and providing immigration counsel to address the visa and work authorization needs of U.S. and global personnel including professionals, managers and executives, treaty investors/ traders, essential workers, persons of extraordinary ability, corporate trainees, and students. She is an immigration policy advocacy expert and works on immigration reform policies. 

Areas of Concentration

  • Immigration advocacy
  • Compliance and worksite enforcement
  • I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification
  • Permanent and temporary international transfers of personnel
  • Obtaining U.S. nonimmigrant visas, including professional visas (H-1B), intracompany transferee visa (L-1), treaty trader/investor visas (E-1/E-2), student visas (F-1), scholar and exchange visas (J-1), cultural visas (Q), and extraordinary ability/artist/athlete visas (O and P)
  • Compliance with Export control requirements
  • Naturalization
  • Outbound assistance with visa needs in other countries
  • Litigation
  • Advice concerning withholding of social security and taxation of foreign nationals and corporations
  • Corporate restructurings
  • Immigration Status of Foreign National Workplace
  • Global human capital solutions
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Capabilities

Experience

  • Represented numerous businesses, trade associations and other entities on immigration legislative matters.
  • Represented numerous companies in establishing blanket immigration programs to streamline the transfer of individuals worldwide.
  • Represented companies employing foreign professional workers in efforts to increase the number of nonimmigrant visas available to those workers.
  • Advised numerous manufacturing and information technology companies on the business immigration aspects of the high technology and other worker shortages.
  • Advised businesses on employer sanctions and workplace compliance issues under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Immigration Law, 2008-2018
  • Listed, Chambers Global, Immigration: Business (USA), 2008-2016
  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2006-2017
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, 2009-2017
  • "Leading Lawyers," Labor and Employment - Immigration, 2012-2017
  • Listed, Lawdragon and Human Resource Executive magazine, "The Nation’s Most Powerful Immigration Attorneys – Top 20," 2011-2017
  • Recipient, "Best Contribution to EB-5," U.S. Investment Immigration Forum, 2015
  • Recipient, "Summit Ambassador Award," Invest in America, 2015
  • Listed, Washingtonian magazine's "Washington's Top Lawyers," 2013-2015
  • Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Government Relations Law Firm of the Year," 2014
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, 2012-2014
  • Founding Member, The EB-5 Immigration Coalition, 2014
  • Co-Chair, HRLA, Washington, D.C. Metro, 2004 - 2014
  • Member, Board of Trustees, American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF), 1995 - 2000
  • Chair, Immigration Policy Committee, 1995 - 1999
  • Legal Counsel, Essential Worker Immigration Coalition, 1999 to Present
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Board of Governors, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), 1998 - 2002
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association, 1999 to Present
  • Member, Federal Bar Association, 1990 to Present
  • Member, Maryland Bar Association, 1989 to Present
  • Member, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1989 to Present

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., with honors, The George Washington University Law School, 1989
  • B.A., Legal Institutions, Economics and Government, magna cum laude, American University, 1986
Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
Admitted in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Not admitted in Virginia. Practice limited to federal immigration practice.