Laura Foote Reiff - Greenberg Traurig LLP

Laura Foote Reiff

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 703-749-1372

Laura Foote Reiff 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 alien 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 publishes and frequently lectures on I-9 issues, including penalties for failure to act in accordance with government regulations, anti-discrimination laws and employers' responsibilities upon receiving social security "no-match" letters.

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 specifically advises and assists multinational corporations in the industrial, retail and service industries, real estate, health care, pharmaceutical and technology sectors in all aspects of U.S. immigration law.

American UniversityBA 1986The George Washington University Law SchoolJ.D. 1989
U.S. Chamber of CommerceMaryland Bar Association Federal Bar Association District of Columbia Bar Association American Bar Association Essential Worker Immigration Coalition Board of Trustees, American Immigration Law Foundation HRLA, Washington, D.C. Metro

Case History

Areas of Concentration
  • Advocacy and representation of clients' interests before legislative bodies, including administrative agencies
  • Corporate planning of both permanent and temporary international transfers of personnel
  • Compliance with the employer sanctions and antidiscrimination provisions of the immigration law (I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification)
  • Obtaining all types of 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 pursuant to the deemed export rule
  • Obtaining U.S. permanent residence through employment, investment and family relationships
  • Outbound assistance with visa needs in other countries
  • Litigation before administrative law judges, as well as litigation in the federal courts
  • Advice concerning withholding of social security and taxation of foreign nationals and corporations
  • Corporate restructurings and impact on Immigration Status of Foreign National Workplace

Other Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
Significant Representations
  • 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.

Client Comments

"Laura heads up the Business Immigration practice and is heavily involved with immigration legislation through her work with EWIC and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She has many contacts in Congress and Government Agencies. She has assembled an expert team of attorneys and paralegals that truly understand customer service and responsiveness. Her expertise and creative solutions to problems and issues that arise with petitions or PERM cases is invaluable. I have used her as our immigration attorney for over 15 years and would highly recommend her to anyone."

"Laura Reiff is extremely knowledgeable regarding Congressional activities in Washington and a driving force representing the business community regarding legislative activities. She chairs EWIC and works closely with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups to monitor and advise on proposed legislation that might impact business. "

Office Location

1750 Tysons Boulevard, Suite 1000
McLean, VA 22102
United States

Practice Areas

Immigration Law (Business, Business Immigration, Compliance)