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The international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP welcomes four new attorneys to its Business Immigration & Compliance practice as the firm grows its Atlanta office to further address the market’s global capabilities. Attorney Ian Macdonald, previously Co-Chair of Littler Mendelson’s Global Mobility & Immigration Practice Group, joins as a shareholder. Scott Decker, Emily Liss and Avani Patel join as associates. The new team also includes a group of 12 paralegals and professional staff, making Greenberg Traurig’s Immigration practice one of the largest in Georgia, as well as in the United States.

“Atlanta’s growth as a hub for international business activity is exciting and unstoppable,” said Ernest LaMont Greer, a Vice President at Greenberg Traurig and Managing Shareholder of its Atlanta office. “The addition of this group is just another example of our ability to move quickly to address opportunities to enhance what we offer clients and the marketplace.”

“Ian’s client base and reputation are evidence of the trust clients have in his experience,” said Ted Blum, who serves as Managing Shareholder of the Atlanta Office and Chair of the firm’s Atlanta Corporate and Securities Practice. “We are fortunate he is now putting his trust in Greenberg Traurig’s global platform.”

Macdonald focuses his practice on immigration-related employment and labor issues, as well as international law. His wide-ranging experience includes anti-discrimination rules to reduce or eliminate risk of employment litigation, employer sanction cases and I-9 compliance. Macdonald regularly assists clients with establishing risk-based performance standards (RBPS) and Department of Homeland Security protocol, providing risk assessment assistance to corporations subject to Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) and assisting clients with ITAR/Export Control compliance within the immigration context. He earned his B.A. from The New School and his J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law. Previously he had worked for the United Nations, various non-governmental think tanks and corporate law firms in the world’s main business centers of London, New York, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta.

“We are pleased to continue to grow our Immigration practice in Atlanta,” said Laura F. Reiff, Co-Chair of the firm’s Business Immigration and Compliance Group. “These additions strengthen our market-leading business immigration team and add to our global platform, offering our clients a wide variety of experience in various business compliance and immigration issues.”

“We are thrilled to have Ian and his group join our internationally recognized team of immigration professionals,” said Martha Schoonover, Co-Chair of the firm’s Business Immigration and Compliance Group. “His stellar reputation and recognition as an extraordinary immigration attorney enhance our practice immensely.”

Decker focuses his practice on immigration-related employment law, counseling national and international employers on compliance, immigration policy and strategy. He is experienced conducting audits to assess I-9 compliance and representing employers before the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Decker earned his B.A., from SUNY Geneseo and his J.D. from Cornell University Law School.

Liss focuses her practice on business immigration, representing domestic and multinational employers before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of State. She regularly works with human resources managers and executive decision makers from strategy to execution and administration of corporate immigration registration, temporary assignments and permanent transfers, domestically and abroad. Liss earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia and her J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law.

Patel focuses her practice on family and business immigration law. She represents individual and corporate clients before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Patel earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from Vanderbilt University and her J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law.

“These attorneys are a tremendous addition to not only the Immigration group, but the firm as a whole,” said Matthew Gorson, Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig. “The breadth of experience, skills and diversity they offer allow Greenberg Traurig to continue to offer our clients global solutions in an ever-changing marketplace.”

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Laura Foote Reiff 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,

Laura Foote Reiff 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.