Michelle is a Partner in the Northern Virginia Office of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. She concentrates her practice in the area of immigration law representing clients, including health care providers, business professionals, and technology firms, in a variety of business immigration matters. She advises clients on all aspects of the immigration process, from nonimmigrant visas to permanent residence, with a focus on H-1B visas, PERM applications, and establishing corporate immigration programs. She has represented clients at United States Embassies abroad and before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Education & Admissions

Georgetown University Law Center, JD
St. Lawrence University, Bachelor of Arts, Spanish
Admitted to: Maryland State Bar

Memberships

American Immigration Lawyers Association Member, DOL Committee, 2015-present
Member, Business Committee, 2014-2015
Member, USCIS Texas Service Center Committee, 2012-2015
Executive Committee, Washington DC Chapter, 2005-2010
Chair, Executive Committee, Washington DC Chapter, 2009-2010
Past Chair, Washington DC Chapter, AILA

Recognition

Who’s Who Legal

Professional Accomplishments

Speaker, “Other Employment-Based Options for Beginners,” American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, National Harbor, MD (June 2015)
Speaker, “Alphabet Soup: NIV Basics,” American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Boston, MA (June 2014)
Speaker, “Pay Attention to that Lawyer Behind the Curtain: The Role of In-House Counsel,” American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA (June 2013)
Speaker, “Pre-Filing PERM Issues: Preparing the ETA-9089 with the I-140 in Mind,” American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Nashville, TN (June 2012)
Speaker, “PERM Denials: Now What Do I Do?” American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA (June 2011)
Speaker, “Capitol-izing on Allied Treatment: Special Treatment for Certain Countries (NAFTA, H-1B1, E-3),” American Immigration Lawyers Annual Conference, National Harbor, MD (July 2010)
Speaker, “How to Respond to Audits in Labor Certifications,” Advanced Corporate Immigration Law Issues for Attorneys, In-House Counsel and Human Resources Personnel, Newark, NJ (November 2009)
Speaker, “Nonimmigrants: Key Concepts to Analyze First,” American Immigration Lawyers Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV (June 2009)
Speaker, “J Waivers: A Procedural Roadmap for Non-Physicians,” American Immigration Lawyers Seminar, Washington, D.C. (June 2009)
Speaker, “PERM for Experts,” Immigration Lawyers on the Web Seminar, Washington, D.C. (March 2008)
Speaker, “Perm Continuing Problems,” Advanced Corporate Immigration Law Issues for Attorneys, In-House Counsel and Human Resources Personnel, Newark, NJ, (November 2007)
Speaker, “Hiring International Personnel,” Maryland Association of Community Services, Hershey, PA (October 2006) Co-Author, “J-1 Physicians: A Recruitment Opportunity Comes Knocking,” Journal of Medical Practice Management (November/December 2005)