Overview

Sarah leads our Immigration group that advises employers across the globe, including a number of Fortune 500 companies, on global talent management and cross-border employment issues. The immigration practice has three primary focuses: developing strategic immigration policies for employers consistent with their global talent acquisition and retention goals; supporting our clients immigration sponsorship for their employees; and advising our clients on compliance with immigration-based regulations. Sarah's experience includes:

  • Counseling employers on strategies for sponsoring employees for both immigrant and non-immigrant visas
  • Representing employers before the various agencies of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Labor
  • Advising companies through audits to determine compliance with DOL and USCIS laws governing employment of global talent
  • Developing I-9 policies and providing I-9 training
  • Performing I-9 audits
  • Counseling employers on use of E-Verify
  • Developing immigration related policies, such as how sponsorship decisions will be made
  • Conducting due diligence to determine immigration issues within corporate transactions
Publications
Presentations
  • Panelist, "Global Talent Mobility Business Briefing," New York, NY, BritishAmerican Business, April 2013
  • "Legal Perspectives," Sino-American Business Summit, Miami University, West Chester, Ohio, September 2008
  • Panelist, "Young Professional Leadership Summit," Union Club's Cleveland Business Leaders, July 2008
  • "I-9 Compliance and National Origin Discrimination," Lorman Education Services, Akron, Ohio, June 2007
  • "The Do's and Don'ts of Hiring: Selecting the Best Candidate While Avoiding Legal Pitfalls," Thompson Hine's Labor & Employment Law Update Seminar, June 2006
  • "Current Status of Immigration Reform and What It Means for Employers," Thompson Hine's Labor & Employment Law Update Seminar, June 2006
Distinctions
  • Young Philanthropist of the Year Award, United Way of Summit County, 2014
  • Selected for Crain's Cleveland Business "Who to Watch in Law", 2013
  • Selected as a Rising Star by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine, 2010 and 2013
  • YWCA Woman of Professional Excellence Award, 2009
Professional and Civic

Professional Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association

Community Activities

  • Women's Leadership Council, United Way of Summit County, member and chair, Mentoring Committee, 2011 to present
  • Ronald McDonald House of Akron, board member, 2013 to present
  • Cleveland State University Alumni Association, board member, 2012 to present
  • Torchbearers Akron, member, 2009 to 2011
  • United Way of Greater Cleveland, Executive Campaign Cabinet, co-chair of GeneratioNext, 2004 and 2005
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