Denise C. Hammond, co-founder of Hammond Young Immigration Law, has focused exclusively on the practice of immigration law for almost 30 years. She has received numerous accolades from clients and peers for her extraordinary level of personal service, resourcefulness and ability to transform complex immigration laws into lay terms and find creative solutions for the most challenging cases. In 2014, Chambers Global praised Ms. Hammond's practice, noting that she "has an incredible client service approach – her personal attention to each case is fantastic." She works with corporations in a range of industries, including Fortune 500s; leading multi-national law firms; cutting-edge start-ups; research organizations; and healthcare, educational and humanitarian institutions. She also works with individuals, including, international medical graduates; scientists and researchers; artists; executives; and other highly accomplished individuals.
Ms. Hammond's in-depth knowledge of the regulatory and legislative process and active participation in liaison committees with US Government officials give her a unique vantage point to keep clients immediately informed on late-breaking immigration law and compliance developments. She helps her clients navigate the complex maze of immigration regulations and policies of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS"), the US Department of State and the US Department of Labor ("DOL"). Whether advising on employment-based visa matters, I-9 immigration and E-Verify compliance, or strategic planning to prevent the loss of key-employee immigration status in corporate restructurings, Ms. Hammond is committed to providing thoughtful, ethical and results-oriented immigration law solutions to meet the needs and expectations of discerning clients.
Ms. Hammond began her career as a Trial Attorney with the US Department of Justice in Washington, DC, and received the Assistant Attorney General's Special Commendation Award for Outstanding Service. Active in the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Ms. Hammond served as Chair of its Annual Conference (Vancouver, British Columbia, 2008) and has participated on many AILA liaison committees with federal government agencies, including the USCIS, DOL and the Social Security Administration.
Ms. Hammond frequently speaks at legal, business and HR events and contributes commentary and published articles for industry and legal audiences. She has been featured in the Journal of the American Bar Association and has appeared on public television's "Law School for the Public."
Ms. Hammond was recently inducted as a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. In 1986, she was elected as a Delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business. She also served as General Counsel of the National Association of Women Business Owner's (NAWBO) Capital Area Chapter and as Special Counsel to its National Board. She has chaired the Immigration Section of the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland and was named Section Chair of the Year.