Jacob D. Cherry

Associate || Atlanta

*Currently licensed in Maryland only.

Jacob D. Cherry is an immigration attorney in the Atlanta office.  His practice is focused on employment-based immigration and worksite compliance matters.

Jacob works with multinational organizations to secure immigration benefits for their employees and provide guidance on immigration-related compliance matters.  Jacob also counsels and advises employers on the implementation of immigration programs that align with specific hiring, employee retention, and global mobility goals, and he partners with companies to develop immigration strategies to address evolving adjudication standards at Citizenship & Immigration Services, the Department of State, the Department of Labor, and Customs & Border Protection.

Jacob is admitted to practice law in Maryland, and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.  He is a graduate of Emory University (B.A. in International Studies), and obtained his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law.  He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.  During law school, Jacob was a student attorney in the Immigration Clinic, in which he represented clients in asylum and removal defense matters.

Prior to joining Ogletree, Jacob was an attorney with a boutique immigration firm in Philadelphia, where he practiced employment-based immigration. He is also the author of various immigration-related publications.

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Jacob has represented employers across a wide variety of industries, including information technology, financial services, health care and pharmaceuticals, higher education, and manufacturing.  He has represented foreign companies that seek to establish new operations in the U.S., and he has provided advice to foreign nationals who wish to start entrepreneurial ventures.  Jacob has also advised and counseled clients in a wide range of worksite compliance issues, including I-9 and E-Verify matters, as well as investigations by the Department of Labor and the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices.


  • J.D., University of Maryland School of Law, 2012
  • B.A., Emory University, 2006

Admittance to Practice

  • Maryland

Professional Activities

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • July 30, 2018 - Bloomberg Law - "Analysis of the July 2018 USCIS Memorandums: Effects on Business Immigration, Fundamental Fairness & Alternate Policy Options"
  • October 18, 2017 - Law360 - "A 6-Month Reflection On 'Buy American And Hire American'"
  • 2014 - Immigration Law and Procedure: Desk Edition; 2014 Revision - "Intracompany Transferees (Chapter 9)"
  • 2014 - Immigration Law and Procedure: Desk Edition; 2014 Revision - "Labor Certification (Chapter 15)"
  • 2014 - Immigration Law and Procedure: Desk Edition; 2014 Revision - "North American Free Trade Agreement – Professional (TN) Category; B-1; E & L (Chapter 10)"
  • March 20, 2013 - The Legal Intelligencer - "Immigration for Entrepreneurs: Perspectives, Challenges and Solutions"
  • August 22, 2018 - Law360 - "Attorneys Grapple With Intensified Scrutiny Of L-1 Visas"
  • December 20, 2017 - Mother Jones - "Good Luck Recruiting Top Talent, America"
  • December 20, 2017 - SHRM Online - "Trump Administration Plans to Rescind Work Permits for Spouses of H-1B Workers"
  • January 30, 2017 - Business Insurance - "Employers urged to wait for clarity on U.S. travel ban"
  • December 12, 2016 - Employment Alert - "Election Aftermath: Seven Areas of Impact for Employers"
  • January 13, 2016 - SHRM Online - "Proposed Rule Boosts Job Portability for Foreign Workers"

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