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Laura Reiff


123 Main St.
Washington, 00212
United States
Practice Areas
Collaborative Law Immigration, Nationality and Consular Law Securities & Corporate Finance
Languages spoken


Greenberg Traurig

Laura Reiff

Greenberg Traurig, LLP is an international, full-service law firm with approximately 1800 attorneys serving clients from 34 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In the U.S., the firm has more offices than any other among the Top 10 on The National Law Journal's 2012 NLJ 250.


Laura 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 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.

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
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.
Professional & Community Involvement
  • Co-Chair, HRLA, Washington, D.C. Metro
  • Member, Board of Trustees, American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF)
    • Chair, Immigration Policy Committee
  • Legal Counsel, Essential Worker Immigration Coalition
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Board of Governors, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) (1998-2002)
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Maryland Bar Association
  • Member, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Labor and Employment Subcommittee on Immigration
Awards & Recognition
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers (2012)
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America (2008-2012)
  • Listed, Chambers Global, Immigration - Business (2008-2012)
  • Listed, Human Resource Executive Magazine "Top 20 Immigration Attorneys in America" (2011)
  • Team Member, Law360 "Employment Practice Group of the Year" (2011)
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States (2009-2011)
  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, National - Employment Law (2006-2011)
  • Listed, The Legal Times "Leading Lawyers in Immigration" (2006)
  • Listed, SmartCEO "Greater Washington Legal Elite" (2006) 
  • Recipient, "F.E.W.A. Legislative Champion Award" (2006)
  • Named, AILA (DC Chapter) "Legislative Advocate of the Year" (2006)
Articles, Publications, & Lectures

Laura is regularly invited to speak to various forums, including:

  • ABA events
  • AILA national conferences
  • American Council, Annual Immigrant Achievement Awards Benefits
  • Canadian Bar Association events
  • Chamber of Commerce events
  • Federal Publications/West Group events
  • TechServe Alliance annual conferences
  • U.S. House of Representatives, House Subcommittee on Immigration Testimony

Laura has been published and quoted in a wide variety of publications, such as HR Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, CNN, The Washington Post, The San Jose Mercury News and others.

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

01.17.12 Greenberg Traurig Launches EB-5 Blog
12.23.11 Greenberg Traurig’s Labor and Employment Practice Recognized Among Law360’s Employment Groups of the Year
10.11.11 Business Immigration and Compliance Attorney Kate Kalmykov Rejoins Greenberg Traurig in New Jersey
06.22.11 3 Greenberg Traurig Shareholders Listed Among The Nation’s Top Attorneys By Human Resource Executive Magazine
06.15.11 53 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Featured in 2011 Edition of Legal 500 United States
07.14.10 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys and Practice Areas Recognized in 2010 Legal 500 United States
04.01.10 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys and Practice Areas Recognized in 2010 Chambers Global Guide
09.01.09 Greenberg Traurig Takes Top Spot in Best Lawyers in America for 3rd Year
08.03.09 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recognized in The Legal 500 US 2009
06.18.09 More than 150 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recognized in 2009 Chambers and Partners USA Guide
03.11.09 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys and Practice Areas Recognized in 2009 Chambers Global Guide
07.07.08 More than 130 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Recognized in 2008 Chambers & Partners USA Guide
04.16.08 Greenberg Traurig Enhances its Labor and Employment Practice in New York and Forms Global Human Capital Solutions Group in Response to Client Needs
01.10.08 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys and Practice Areas Recognized in 2008 Chambers Global Guide
06.19.07 More Than 100 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Included in 2007-2008 Chambers & Partners USA Guide
01.23.07 Greenberg Traurig LLP Attorneys and Practice Areas Recognized in 2007 Chambers Global Guide
06.13.06 More than 70 Greenberg Traurig LLP Attorneys Included in 2006-2007 Chambers & Partners USA Guide
09.08.99 Greenberg Traurig Expands Business Immigration Practice

Media Coverage

01.04.12 Employment Group Of The Year: Greenberg Traurig (scroll down to read the article)
01.03.11 Chambers USA 2010-Nationwide
06.18.09 Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business: 2009 The Client's Guide
07.07.08 Chambers USA 2008
01.01.08 Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business
10.01.07 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
10.01.05 Recruiting Overseas
J.D., with honors, The George Washington University Law School, 1989
B.A., magna cum laude, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government, American University, 1986
Admitted to Practice