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Business Immigration Law

CLE Hours: 8 including 8 General, 0 Ethics, 0 Professionalism, 0 Trial Practice

Original Program Date:
Nov 14, 2023


  • Speakers, session times and credit hours are subject to change.
  • Ethics | Professionalism | Trial Practice
  • Presiding:
  • Elizabeth Garvish, Program Chair; Garvish Immigration Law Group LLC, Atlanta, GA


  • 8:00
  • Registration

  • 8:30
  • Greeting
  • Deloise Mathews, ICLE Senior Program Coordinator, State Bar of Georgia, Atlanta, GA

  • 8:35
  • Welcome and Program Overview
  • Elizabeth Garvish

  • 8:40
  • Business Immigration Hot Topics
  • Layli Eskandari Deal, Levine & Eskandari LLC, Atlanta, GA
  • Laine Posel, Schwartz Posel Immigration Law Group, Atlanta, GA

  • 9:40
  • Am I Extraordinary? Navigating Extraordinary Ability – Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Petitions
  • Marshall Cohen, Antonini and Cohen, Atlanta, GA
  • Mattias Ohm, Arnall, Golden & Gregory, Atlanta, GA

  • 10:40
  • Break

  • 10:50
  • J-1 Basics and do I need a Waiver?
  • Nadia Deans Kalata, Garvish Immigration Law Group LLC, Atlanta, GA
    Sonal Shah, Antonini and Cohen, Atlanta, GA

  • 11:50
    Investment as an Immigration Option - E-2/E-1 and EB-5
    Erin Elliott, Elliott Immigration Law, Atlanta, GA
    Hiba Ghalib, Ghalib Law, Atlanta, GA
  • 12:50
  • Lunch

  • 1:20
  • The New PERM Form is here - What to Expect and Look out for when drafting petitions in the new FLAG SYSTEM
  • Janora Hawkins, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, Atlanta, GA
  • Alexandra Sarrine, Garvish Immigration Law Group LLC, Atlanta, GA

  • 2:20
  • Amend or Not to Amend (That is (one of) the Post-Simeo Solutions Questions for H-1B Employers in the New Normal)
  • Fernanda Hottle, The Hottle Law Firm, Atlanta, GA
    Sam Radin, Schwartz Posel Immigration Law Group, Atlanta, GA

  • 3:20
  • Break

  • 3:30
  • National Interest Waiver – A Deep Dive
  • Aimee Clark, Clark Immigration, Atlanta, GA
    Audra Doyle, Doyle Law, Atlanta, GA

  • 4:30
  • AI, Technology and the Future of Business Immigration Law
  • Lucy Lu, AiLegal Law, Atlanta, GA
    Greg Siskind, Siskind Susser, Memphis, TN

  • 5:30
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Ms. Elizabeth Leigh Anne Garvish's Profile

Ms. Elizabeth Leigh Anne Garvish Related Seminars and Products

Garvish Immigration Law Group LLC


Elizabeth founded Garvish Immigration Law Group, LLC in 2011 with the  mission to be the "Happiest Law Firm in America." In June 2022, Elizabeth was recognized as a Legal Innovator at the Daily Report’s Georgia Legal Awards and as one of  Georgia's Titan 100.  She is ranked in the 2023 Chambers USA Guide and was included in the 2023 LawDragon Inaugural 100 Leading Immigration Lawyers Guide.  Elizabeth is a frequent speaker and presenter on U.S. immigration topics around the world. She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) serving on various national committees as well as serving as the Past Chair of the Georgia-Alabama Chapter of AILA. She also served for many years as the local Coordinator of AILA’s national Citizenship Day Naturalization Drive, and was recognized for her development of this program on local level as the recipient of the State Bar of Georgia’s H. Sol Clark Pro Bono Award in 2008. In 2012, she was recognized as an Agent of Change by the New Leaders Council and she received the AILA Champion of the Year award from the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network in 2015. For many years, Elizabeth hosted an internet radio show on called “Beyond the Border.” She earned her B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and her J.D. from Tulane University School of Law. She is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, recognized by Georgia Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers and licensed to practice law in Georgia, Texas and South Carolina and fluent in Spanish.


Ms. Laine S. Posel's Profile

Ms. Laine S. Posel Related Seminars and Products

Schwartz Posel Immigration Law Group

Laine Posel is the Managing Partner of Schwartz Posel Immigration Law Group, where she handles cases in all areas of U.S. immigration law, including employment-based immigration (both immigrant and nonimmigrant applications), family immigration (both in the United States and consular processing at the U.S. Embassies), and naturalization applications. She has been representing clients both big and small before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Department of Labor (DOL), the Department of State (DOS), and the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) for almost 20 years. She graduated with a Bachelor degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law.

Mr. Marshall Lewis Cohen Related Seminars and Products

Antonini & Cohen Immigration Law Group

Mr. Matthias Josef Dietrich Ohm's Profile

Mr. Matthias Josef Dietrich Ohm Related Seminars and Products

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP

Matt is a German and U.S. lawyer, holding a U.S. Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of Georgia School of Law. He obtained both his German and his U.S. law license (NY) in 2015. In 2019, Matt was also sworn into the Georgia Bar.

Matt focuses his legal services on supporting foreign-owned business entities and individuals investing in the U.S. in the areas of immigration, corporate, and employment law. He supports companies’ global immigration needs through both U.S. immigration and non-immigration visa processing for businesses and families (temporary work visas and green cards). He has established himself as an esteemed member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and has become a welcome speaker at various conferences.

Matt served as a board member of the Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia, Inc. (“Stonewall”) for many years and supports the organization. Stonewall is a professional association of attorneys, judges, law students, paralegals, and other legal professionals who support the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, and who oppose discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Matt also serves as the co-chair supporting the LGBTQ Professionals Subcommittee of AGG’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee.

Matt is also the new chair of the Atlanta Sister Cities Commission after serving as the Atlanta-Nuremberg Sister Cities Commission chair for many years. The City of Atlanta fosters 17 sister-city relationships with communities across the globe. The Atlanta Sister Cities Commission has continued to expand its programming by promoting mutually beneficial cultural, educational, economic, and community development exchanges. Under Mayor Andre Dickens’ leadership, the Commission has positioned itself to enhance its efforts through increased marketing, a charitable foundation, and increased staff support from the Mayor’s Office of International Affairs.

Ms. Sonal Raja Shah's Profile

Ms. Sonal Raja Shah Related Seminars and Products

Antonini & Cohen Immigration Law Group

Sonal R. Shah is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she obtained her Juris Doctorate and Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in political science and international studies. Practicing immigration law solely for more than ten years, she is admitted to practice law in Georgia and Florida.


Sonal is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the State Bar of Florida, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL). In addition, she currently serves on the Executive Committee as Secretary for the  AILA Georgia- Alabama Chapter.  


Several experiences contributed to Sonal’s passion for serving the needs of immigrants. She has worked abroad in remote and rural areas throughout the world, including Malawi, South Africa, Thailand, and India. In addition, her internship with the Immigrant Women’s Program at Legal Momentum in Washington, D.C., and the North Carolina Justice Center furthered her eagerness to advocate for immigrant rights.


Sonal has experience representing clients in various immigration matters, including family-based petitions, removal defense, and humanitarian remedies. She has recently expanded her practice into healthcare immigration working with healthcare recruiting firms, clinical services organizations, and health systems nationally. She is fluent in English, Spanish, Gujarati, and Hindi.


Ms. Nadia Alena Deans Kalata's Profile

Ms. Nadia Alena Deans Kalata Related Seminars and Products

Garvish Immigration Law Group LLC

Nadia Deans Kalata is a Senior Associate and Lead Attorney at Garvish Immigration Law Group, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia. She has a unique perspective and understanding of her clients’ concerns and the challenges they face when dealing with the U.S. immigration system through her own personal experience with the U.S. immigration process. Nadia has over seventeen years of experience in employment-based immigration. Over the years, she has developed her expertise in assisting local, national, and international companies in securing global talent through intracompany transferee (L-1), specialty occupation (H-1B), and treaty investor (E-2) visas. She also assists individual clients in obtaining non-immigrant status as well as lawful permanent residence in the U.S. through employment and family-based petitions.

Ms. Janora Lee Hawkins Related Seminars and Products

Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy LLP

Ms. Alexandra Vasquez Sarrine's Profile

Ms. Alexandra Vasquez Sarrine Related Seminars and Products

Garvish Immigration Law Group LLC

Alexandra Vasquez Sarrine is a Senior Associate Attorney and Lead Attorney at Garvish Immigration Law Group, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia. She has been practicing immigration law since 2012. Prior to joining Garvish Immigration Law Group, Alexandra worked at another Atlanta-based immigration law firm, focusing her practice on family-based immigration and removal defense. Now, Alexandra focuses her practice on employment-based immigration, assisting businesses obtain nonimmigrant and immigrant visas for their employees, as well as family-based immigration including waivers.

While in law school at Emory, Alexandra served as Executive Administrative Editor of the Emory International Law Review, was actively involved in the Latin American Law Student Association and volunteered many pro bono hours to local organizations. She is currently a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the State Bar of Georgia.

Alexandra’s family is from Bogotá, Colombia, and she is fluent in Spanish. She lives with her husband and two sons, with whom she loves taking RV trips to the National Parks, listening to live music and bowling on the weekends.

Mr. Samuel Edward Radin's Profile

Mr. Samuel Edward Radin Related Seminars and Products

Schwartz Posel Immigration Law Group

Sam handles cases in all areas of U.S. immigration law, including employment-based immigration, family-based immigration, naturalization and removal defense.  After beginning his career with SCHWARTZ POSEL Immigration Law Group as a paralegal in 2003, Sam decided to attend law school in 2011.  Sam graduated as the valedictorian of Atlanta's John Marshall Law School in 2014 and was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 2015.  Sam has been a partner at SCHWARTZ POSEL Immigration Law Group since 2022.  Sam is the immediate past Chair of the Georgia-Alabama Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and currently serves on the Chapter's Executive Committee  Sam is a frequent speaker on immigration law.  Originally from Ann Arbor, MI, Sam and his family currently make their home in Atlanta. 

Mrs. Fernanda Nunes Hottle's Profile

Mrs. Fernanda Nunes Hottle Related Seminars and Products

The Hottle Law Firm LLC

Fernanda Hottle is the owner and founder of The Hottle Law Firm, LLC, located in Atlanta, GA. She has a Bachelor of Laws degree from a federal university in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and a JD degree from Atlanta's John Marshall Law School. 

At The Hottle Law Firm, Mrs. Hottle works exclusively with immigration matters, representing clients in family and business immigration, humanitarian cases, naturalization, and removal proceedings. She considers it a privilege to be a part of her clients' stories and strives to making their process as stress-free as possible. 

When not working, Mrs. Hottle enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family.


Ms. Aimee Lyn Clark's Profile

Ms. Aimee Lyn Clark Related Seminars and Products

Clark Immigration LLC

Aimee Clark is the founder of Clark Immigration LLC and has been practicing immigration law more than 20 years. Aimee’s practice concentrates on business immigration (including work visas, permanent residence, I-9 and E-Verify compliance), family immigration and naturalization, with an active pro bono practice for immigrant survivors of abuse and other crimes. A frequent speaker and author, former AILA NMD Chair and AILA Atlanta Chapter Chair, she is recognized as one of America’s Leading Lawyers for Immigration Law by Chambers USA, as a “Super Lawyer” by Georgia Super Lawyer, and recipient of the GAIN 2013 Mentor of the Year award, 2007 AILA Sam Williamson Mentor award and 2006 Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation pro bono award.

Ms. Erin Elliott Ustaoglu's Profile

Ms. Erin Elliott Ustaoglu Related Seminars and Products

Elliott Immigration Law LLC

Erin Elliott is the founding attorney of Elliott Immigration Law and has been practicing immigration law for over 15 years.  She assists businesses and individuals in navigating this complex field so that her clients may engage top-notch talent for their businesses and reunite with family members.   She is a frequent speaker and writer for various technology and business groups as well as the Georgia Bar Association, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), currently serves as Chair for the Georgia – Alabama Chapter of AILA, and was recognized as a SuperLawyer in 2021 and 2022. 

Ms. Audra Medders Doyle's Profile

Ms. Audra Medders Doyle Related Seminars and Products

Doyle Law LLC

Audra Doyle is the Owner and Attorney of Doyle Law LLC in Atlanta, where she provides immigration services in the areas of Family, Business, Employment, and Naturalization. Mrs. Doyle is proud to be the immigration lawyer for several Ballet companies across the United States including the Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Frontier of Texas, Smuin Ballet, Utah Metropolitan Ballet, and State Street Ballet. Prior to opening her firm, Mrs. Doyle was an Attorney at Jean Padberg & Associates where she handled business, employment, and family-based U.S. immigration matters. She is a member of the Georgia Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She is a recipient of the AILA Pro Bono Benefactor Award and is a National AILA Mentor for Naturalization and Citizenship issues. Related to her membership in the Georgia-Alabama Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Mrs. Doyle has been the Chair and the Vice-Chair of the Military Assistance Program Committee. She is a regular participant at the Ft. Stewart Immigration Fair and is a JAG Mentor. Previously she has served on the USCIS, CBP, and Chapter Website Committees. In addition, she is a past Board Member of the Atlanta Bar Association’s International Law and Immigration Section. Mrs. Doyle has been a speaker at immigration-related seminars in Georgia and Alabama, and has co-hosted a radio show at WCEG Talk Radio.

Lucy Lu's Profile

Lucy Lu Related Seminars and Products

AILegal Law

Lucy Lu is a dynamic entrepreneur and lawyer in both the field of immigration law and the legal tech industry.

Lucy immigrated to the U.S. over 20 years ago as an international student. She graduated from Tsinghua University, China with a LL. B degree and then pursued her law school study in Illinois Tech. She also studied in Georgia Tech in an EMBA program. Before her law school study, she  earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science. Her unique blend of technical expertise and legal knowledge prove to be a powerful combination.

Driven by a deep desire to help immigrants navigate the complexities of immigration law, Lucy established her law firm. Recognizing the inefficiencies and challenges faced by lawyers in their day-to-day work, Lucy embarked on a new venture in software company helping lawyers draft, automate, and collaborate.

Lucy regularly speaks at conferences and contributes to local communities. She is a member of 2023 LexisNexis Law 360 Legal Tech editorial board.

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