Member, Chair of the Immigration Practice Group
|1717 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.|
Washington, DC 20006
James Morrison focuses his practice on business immigration matters. He advises clients in a variety of international industries and disciplines on domestic and global immigration related issues including, among others, inbound and outbound compliance, worldwide movement of personnel, mergers and acquisitions, document retention compliance, government audits and raids, and legislative matters. James has represented Fortune 500 companies, investors, foreign diplomats, private foundations, professional athletes, musicians, artists, entertainers and celebrities.
- Represents corporate and individual clients in all types of nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applications and petitions, providing extensive planning and guidance throughout the immigration process;
- Leads the performance of immigration-related due diligence for merger and acquisition projects counseling clients in varying industries and types of deals. Recent engagements range from preliminary to deep due diligence;
- Leads targeted corporate compliance audits of I-9 processes and procedures as well as visa-specific retention policies for corporate clients throughout the United States including: pre and post audit compliance training; new or revised policy implementation; and on-going compliance counseling;
- Represents foreign nationals with demonstrated national or international acclaim for designation as persons of extraordinary ability for both nonimmigrant status and permanent residence in the United States including actors, models, music groups and musicians, artists, entertainers and leading corporate executives.
J.D., Pace University School of Law, 2001
B.S., Radford University, 1996
District of Columbia
American Bar Association, member of Advisory Panel, Labor and Employment Law Section, Immigration Law Committee, International Law Section
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Federal Bar Association
Society for Human Resources Management
Member of the Corporate Committee - LUNGevity’s Musical Celebration of Hope Gala, the LUNGevity Foundation funds research into diagnosis, treatment, and cure of lung cancer
Board of Directors, The Children's Heart Fund of Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY
Board of Directors, Resources, Inc. of the Diocese of Brooklyn, NY
Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation
- “Significant changes in E visa processing in Mexico,” co-authored with Christopher Klein for Eckert Seamans’ Legal Update, Fall 2012.
- “Sponsoring employees for immigrant visas: A crucial tool for retaining talented foreign national employees,” co-authored with Kathryn Moore for Eckert Seamans’ Legal Update, Fall 2012.
- "Immigration Compliance Requirements and Challenges," Inside the Minds: Employing International Workers, West Thomson/Aspatore Books, 2010.
- “Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Compliance and Immigration Enforcement," Bryant Park Capital: Middle Market Update, 2007.
- "Immigration Issues in Aviation, "panelist at the American Bar Association Forum on Air & Space Law, October 2012.
- "Immigration Alphabet Soup,” presented at Eckert Seamans’ Continuing Legal Education Seminar, August 2011.
- "Hot Topics in Immigration Law,” co-presented with Andrew Quesnelle at the Eckert Seamans Human Resources Forum, December 2010.
- “Immigration Law and Employer Compliance: What Every Business Should Know to Protect Itself in the New Era of Enforcement,” CLE seminar, December 2008.
- “Supreme Court Grants Certiorari On Immigrant Removal Case; Eckert Seamans Partners with Ord & Norman for Important Immigrant Ruling," quoted, PR Newswire, July 2011.
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