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   3Dorothy Hanigan BasmajiBingham Farms(248) 540-7556dbasmaji@murraylawpc.comdbasmaji@murraylawpc.comThe Murray Law Group, P.C.murraylawpc.commurraylawpc.combasmajidot.jpgImmigration Law: EmploymentNAFTA: Business Person EntryCustoms and Border Protection LawComplex Immigration Regulatory LawImmigration, IRCA and I-9 Compliance LawU.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Law
Dorothy Hanigan
The Murray Law Group, P.C.
31780 Telegraph Rd Ste 200
Bingham Farms MI 48025
Ph.(248) 540-7556 Fx.(248) 540-8059
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Immigration Law: Employment    NAFTA: Business Person Entry
    Customs and Border Protection Law
    Complex Immigration Regulatory Law
    Immigration, IRCA and I-9 Compliance Law
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Law
Advisory Board Member
County:  Oakland
Practice Description:  
Ms. Basmaji's practice focuses on immigration matters. She has extensive experience in seeking internal transfers for corporate employees from other countries, as well as representing corporations seeking external hires. Ms. Basmaji also advises executives and other business professionals regarding complex immigration regulations. She has significant experience in representing clients seeking permanent resident status on the basis of their employment or their relationship to a United States citizen or permanent resident. Ms. Basmaji also counsels employers on I-9 compliance and IRCA discrimination issues.

She represents clients before the Department of Labor and its state agencies in labor certification proceedings and matters relating to obtaining nonimmigrant status for physicians, nurses, and other professionals. She has extensive experience in effectuating the entry of business persons under the North American Free Trade Agreement. Ms. Basmaji frequently represents clients before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services in Michigan and other states for adjustment-of-status interviews and United States Customs and Border Protection at ports-of-entry on matters relating to inspection and other entry issues. Additionally, she spends a significant amount of time advising and assisting clients in obtaining visas at consulates abroad.

Law School:  
Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University, J.D., 1986

Law School Honors/Involvement:  
Cum laude; Detroit College of Law Review, managing editor, note and comments editor,1984-1985; American Jurisprudence Award for Evidence

Graduate School:
Wayne State University College of Nursing, M.S.N., 1967

Graduate School Honors/Involvement:
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

Undergraduate School:  
Michigan State University, B.S., 1966

Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  
With honors

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
State Bar of Michigan
   International Law Section
      Immigration Law Committee
Michigan Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association
   Former Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer
   United States Customs & Border Protection Liaison Committee
   United States Citizen and Immigration Services Liaison Committee
      Former Chair
   Professional Ethics and Grievance Committee
American Bar Association
Oakland County Bar Association

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
The Best Lawyers in America
   Troy Immigration Lawyer of the Year, 2017
   Detroit Immigration Lawyer of the Year, 2014
   Immigration Law, 2006-present
Leading Lawyers, Law Bulletin Media
   Immigration Employment, 2014-present
   Advisory Board, 2014-present
Best of Class, Best of U.S. Lawyers, Immigration
dbusiness, Top Metro Detroit Lawyers
Top Lawyers
    Crain's Detroit Business
    The New York Times
International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Immigration
International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers
Michigan Super Lawyers, 2006-present
Top 25 Women Super Lawyers, HOUR DETROIT Magazine, 2013
Who's Who, Legal USA
Best Lawyers in Michigan

Professional Certifications:
Licensed Registered Nurse, Michigan, 1966

Teaching Experience:
Assistant Professor, Wayne State University College of Nursing

Employment History:
Law Clerk, Honorable Joseph B. Sullivan, Michigan Court of Appeals, 1986-1988

Community Involvement:  
Bosnian Pro Bono Asylum Project, Bosnian Relief Committee and the Archdiocese of Detroit Office of Migration, Program Mentors

Published Legal Writing:  
Co-Author, "Building Walls in More Ways Than One - The Face of Business Immigration Under the Trump Administration," Michigan Bar Journal, February 2018

"How Michigan Businesses Can Successfully Hire and Retain Foreign Employees," Michigan International Lawyer, Fall 1998

Co-Author, "Immigration Reform Legislation: The Business Effects," Laches, May 1997

"Department of Labor Proposes Changes to Labor Condition Application for H-1B Visas Creating New Concerns," Michigan International Lawyer, Spring 1994

"People v. Worrell: Equal Protection Under the Assault Laws, Regardless of Age," Detroit College of Law Review, 81, 1985

Legal Lectures:  
Guest, Money-For-Lunch Radio Talk Show

Frequent guest, Due Process TV Series

"How Michigan Businesses Can Successfully Hire and Retain Foreign Employees," International Law Section, State Bar of Michigan

"Immigration in America: New Century; New Congress; New Challenges," 32nd Annual Labor and Employment Law Institute, The Institute of Continuing Legal Education, April 2007

"Immigration Law Symposium," Michigan Chapter, American Immigration Lawyers Association, November 2006

"Non Employment Based Immigrant Visas," Annual Immigration Law Conference, American Immigration Lawyers Association, June 2006

"Immigration Law," Legal Assistant Section, Macomb County Bar Association, February 2003

"Advanced Immigration Law," The Institute of Continuing Legal Education, October 2002

"Providing Competent Health Care in a Multi-Cultural World," The School of International Protocol, March 2001

"Basic Business Immigration Law for Michigan Employers," National Business Institute, 1999

"Immigration Law for Employers," Institute of Continuing Legal Education, November 1998

Speaker, "Immigration," Wayne State University Law School, November 1997

"Employment Eligibility Verification System - An Employer's Obligation," International Law Section, State Bar of Michigan, September 1995

"Going International: New Developments in U.S. Immigration Law Symposium", International Law Section, State Bar of Michigan, February 1994

"Immigration Law," National Association of Legal Secretaries, May 1993

"Preparing Documentation for Admission: Nonimmigrants and Immigrants Seminar" Immigration Committee, International Law Section, State Bar of Michigan, 1993

"Employment Sponsored Immigrant Visas," Archdiocese of Detroit Practice Workshop, September 1992

Participant, Human Resources Legal Forum, Human Resources Association of Greater Detroit

Firm Description:  
The Murray Law Group, P.C. was founded in 1996. The creation of The Murray Law Group was driven primarily by the increasing demand from large and small businesses for highly skilled labor, employment and immigration attorneys, without the added burden of incurring the large overhead costs of a full-service law firm. With this unique firm, clients receive exceptional service at boutique rates and its practice governed by a singular goal: to provide the best legal representation possible for clients in a cost-efficient manner.

Located in the Detroit, Michigan suburb of Bingham Farms, the firm serves many local, national, and international businesses who value The Murray Law Group’s creative and innovative strategies and solutions, responsiveness and attention to detail, ability to complete assignments in a timely manner, and ongoing commitment to providing sound legal advice to obtain the best possible results. Complementing its labor, employment and immigration experience, the firm provides counsel on benefits litigation, commercial litigation, condemnation, zoning and land use litigation, business torts, and general litigation.

Four attorneys, Gregory Murray, Susan Hartmus Hiser, William Altman, and Gary Fealk, have been peer selected from across the United States as Fellows of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. These four are also members of the American Employment Law Council. Murray, Hiser, Dorothy Hanigan Basmaji, Debra Auerbach Clephane Kennedy, Kathleen Saenz Poppenger and Ronald Reynolds are listed in various editions of The Best Lawyers in America. Murray, Hiser, Basmaji, Kennedy, Altman, Fealk, and Reynolds have been designated as Michigan Super Lawyers with Murray and Reynolds identified as being in the Top 100 Super Lawyers in the State. Murray, Basmaji, Hiser and Kennedy are Fellows of the Michigan State Bar Foundation. Debra Auerbach Clephane Kennedy is a past Chair of the International Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Susan Hartmus Hiser is the immediate Past Chair of the State Bar of Michigan Labor and Employment Law Section's governing Council. Ronald Reynolds is a past Chair of the Real Property Section of the State Bar of Michigan and serves on the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section.

The Murray Law Group’s attorneys concentrate in labor and employment law, ERISA litigation, business immigration law, education law, real property law, condemnation and land-use, commercial and business tort litigation, and general litigation representing both private and public sector employers.

A significant portion of the firm's case work comes from in-house counsel and law firms located across the country who have come to rely on their expertise in resolving complex labor issues resulting from the sale, merger or acquisition of a corporation, plant closures, large force reductions and more sensitive employment issues that include problem employees, terminations, sexual harassment, and violence in the workplace; and complex cases involving difficult and cutting edge issues. The Murray Law Group’s immigration team provides its clients with the assistance to successfully secure and retain the specialized employees they need to survive in a global economy and stay compliant with government regulations.

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