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Ogletree Deakins Expands West Coast Immigration Presence

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SAN DIEGO – August 2, 2021 – Ogletree Deakins, one of the largest employment and business immigration law firms in the United States, welcomes Claudia Martorell and Amanda Mullane as shareholders in the firm’s San Diego office. Claudia and Amanda’s practices are focused on employment-based immigration in the technology and bioscience sectors, including the energy, pharmaceutical, and manufacturing industries. Both join Ogletree Deakins from Larrabee Albi Coker, LLP, where they were partners.

Claudia has represented and advised clients on employment-based immigration matters for more than 15 years with experience in nonimmigrant visas, immigrant visa matters covering all aspects of the permanent residency process, extraordinary ability filings, outstanding researchers, multinational executives/managers classification, and national interest waivers. She also advises on I-9 compliance issues. Claudia earned her J.D. from the University of San Diego and her B.A. from the University of California, San Diego.

Amanda has provided comprehensive representation for clients in all areas of employment-based immigration for over 15 years, including temporary visas, employment-based permanent residency options to include labor certification, multinational executive/manager classification, extraordinary ability filings, outstanding researchers, and national interest waivers. She also routinely advises clients on various compliance issues, including I-9, E-Verify, and Public Access File regulatory requirements. Amanda earned her J.D., cum laude, from California Western School of Law and her B.S. from the University of Arizona.

Claudia and Amanda are both active members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and Lawyers Club of San Diego. Claudia currently serves as Chair of the AILA San Diego Chapter U.S. Consulate General Committee.

“The needs from employer community related to the interplay of business immigration, global mobility, and related employment law issues continue to grow in complexity,” said Jacky Maroney, co-chair of Ogletree Deakins’ Immigration Practice Group. “Ogletree Deakins offering legal services in immigration-adjacent areas is attractive to employers and talented attorneys alike. The firm’s established footprint from coast to coast and agile and customizable immigration technology offerings serve as additional advantages of Ogletree Deakins as an AmLaw 100 firm. We are delighted to welcome Claudia and Amanda and expand our boots on the ground in California with such high caliber lawyers.”

“Amanda and Claudia’s robust experience and proven record of handling the full range of employment-based immigration matters for sophisticated clients, especially in these critical sectors where employers always have a need for the right talent in the right location, greatly complements our firm’s existing immigration practice,” said Bernhard Mueller, co-chair of Ogletree Deakins’ Immigration Practice Group. “We are very excited about Amanda and Claudia joining Ogletree Deakins in expanding our services on the West Coast.”

Ogletree Deakins has one of the largest business immigration practices in the United States, which provides comprehensive legal services for employers seeking temporary business visas and permanent residence on behalf of foreign national employees. The Immigration Practice Group consists of experienced and dedicated lawyers who work with multinational employers to facilitate the recruiting and retention of top talent that requires immigration support. Ogletree Deakins also offers global immigration and international mobility and employment law services to its clients through strategic partnerships, including a global alliance with KPMG Law in Germany.[1]

About Ogletree Deakins
Ogletree Deakins is one of the largest labor and employment and immigration law firms representing management in all types of employment-related legal matters. Premier client service, as outlined in the firm’s Client Pledge, is one of the firm’s top priorities and a cornerstone of its core values. U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” has named Ogletree Deakins a “Law Firm of the Year” for 10 consecutive years. In 2021, the publication named Ogletree Deakins its “Law Firm of the Year” in the Litigation – Labor & Employment category. Ogletree Deakins has more than 900 attorneys located in 53 offices across the United States and in Europe, Canada, and Mexico. The firm represents a diverse range of clients, from small businesses to Fortune 50 companies. www.ogletree.com

[1]  The agreement will be initially signed by KPMG Law Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH (“KPMG Law in Germany”), which is associated with KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft, the German member firm of the KPMG network of independent member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative, a Swiss entity. Other non-US member firms are expected to join this non-exclusive alliance over the next several months. KPMG Law in Germany was established in 2007 and is an independent corporate law firm associated with KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft and affiliated with the KPMG International Cooperative. This non-exclusive alliance with Ogletree Deakins does not include the KPMG US member firm or entities that it owns, or controls, which do not provide legal services. For cases where KPMG in the US clients require immigration and/or employment and labor law services, Ogletree Deakins may contract with these clients separately. For cases where KPMG US clients require immigration and/or employment and labor law services, Ogletree Deakins would contract with these clients separately. Certain member firms of the KPMG global organization, including KPMG in the US, do not provide legal services. For the purpose of this press release any commentary will be on general concepts only and is not in any way intended as legal advice or views on laws of any jurisdiction.

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