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Ms. Buckley is a shareholder in the firm's Corporate Practice Area. She has over 25 years of experience counseling U.S.-and foreign-based companies with regard to all aspects of employment-related immigration laws. She advises employers as to immigration law issues arising in corporate mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and other forms of corporate reorganization. Ms. Buckley assists clients in obtaining temporary and permanent immigration status in virtually every immigration category. She develops immigration compliance policies for employers and conducts internal immigration/I-9 audits and training for employers. Ms. Buckley also represents foreign direct investors in selecting appropriate investment vehicles and obtaining investor visas.
Ms. Buckley is the co-chair of the International Bar Association's Immigration & Nationality Committee. She has served on the American Bar Association's 13-member Commission on Immigration Policy and is the former co-chair of the Immigration & Nationality Committee of the American Bar Association's Section of International Law. Ms. Buckley is an adjunct professor of law at The John Marshall Law School and serves on the Leadership Council of the National Immigrant Justice Center. Ms. Buckley is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is a frequent speaker on immigration-related topics.
She has been recognized by her peers as a leading lawyer in her field as evidenced by having achieved a rating of "AV" from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest rating given to participating attorneys. As one of Illinois' top-rated immigration attorneys, Ms. Buckley has been selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer. She is also listed in the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Who's Who in American Law, International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, and Who's Who Legal: Illinois 2008.
U.S. Court of International Trade, 2006
Year of Birth: 1956
Law School: DePaul University College of Law,J.D., 1981
Undergraduate School: Mundelein College (now Loyola University), B.A., 1978
Konan University, Kobe, Japan, 1976-1977
Advises multinational corporations, U.S. employers and foreign nationals with regard to corporate immigration laws and related matters.
Advises foreign investors as to appropriate investment vehicles for immigration purposes, including selection of corporate form, international personnel matters and related tax issues.
Oversees preparation of applications and petitions for appropriate non-immigrant and immigrant status to be filed with the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of State, particularly for business-related visa categories (including the B, E, H, I, J, L, O, P, and TN categories), national interest waiver petitions, labor certification applications and applications for naturalization.
Advises companies on immigration law issues in corporate mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and other forms of corporate reorganization.
Conducts I-9 audits and advises clients with regard to compliance and discrimination issues.
Provides general advice regarding a wide variety of immigration-related matters, including citizenship, consular processing, and effects of criminal acts.
Designs and prepares client seminars on immigration-related topics.
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Secretary/Operations officer, ABA Section of International Law
Co-chair, International Bar Association's Immigration & Nationality Committee
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association
President, United Nations Association, Greater Chicago Chapter
Member, Board of Directors, International Visitors Center of Chicago
Member, Chicago/Osaka Sister Cities Committee