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Marifrances Morrison

Shareholder Raleigh

Ms. Morrison is a shareholder in the firm’s Raleigh, North Carolina office and a member of the firm’s Board of Directors. She provides comprehensive business immigration representation to Fortune 500 companies with a special emphasis on supporting companies from the financial services, technology, semiconductor, and life science industries.  Ms. Morrison’s immigration practice is national in scope, and is distinguished by her emphasis on delivering clients with end-to-end, compliance driven, strategic program management aimed at continually improving clients’ immigration programs and obtaining positive results while increasing the overall user experience for corporate stakeholders and foreign national employees.

With 24 years of experience in employment-based immigration law, Ms. Morrison specializes in overseeing large, multinational clients, including Fortune 100 financial services companies with very high volume client bases, providing a full range of immigration guidance, and developing tailored processes and procedures to lead efficient and proactive client support. Ms. Morrison has extensive expertise with respect to the full range of temporary and permanent visas. Her immigration legal services feature a sophisticated approach to the task of executing large scale H-1B and PERM labor certification programs for financial services institutions, technology companies, and information technology service providers. Her years of experience allow Ms. Morrison to apply a deep understanding of the unique challenges financial services companies face, and her immigration program guidance embraces an understanding of the different operational needs faced by the wealth management and technology and data sides of the business. She provides benchmarking, reviews program efficiency, and looks for opportunities to add automation to help ensure each of the various mission-critical divisions within her clients’ businesses receive the tailored attention and support they need.

Ms. Morrison is a frequent presenter and regularly addresses professional and industry groups.  She provides customized training to corporate clients on the full spectrum of immigration matters as it relates to various corporate audiences, including law departments, human resources, global mobility, and management teams.


Experience

Ms. Morrison’s representative experience and subject matter expertise includes:

  • Providing comprehensive business immigration advice on complex matters and swiftly securing the full range of temporary work visas and permanent immigrant visas on a large scale;
  • Developing and implementing PERM labor certification programs that deliver value and confidence with respect to corporate legal compliance;
  • Advising clients on compliance matters as it relates to I-9, E-Verify, Labor Condition Applications, PERM Labor Certifications, and the anti-discrimination provisions of the Immigration & Nationality Act;
  • Providing end-to-end H-1B quota management, including ongoing reporting, identification of “critical” cases, and development of contingency plans for non-selected cases, STEM availability, acceptance rates, and other strategic planning functions;
  • Continually innovating with respect to immigration process and program enhancement, as well as recommending measures to promote corporate cost savings;
  • Leveraging extensive experience regarding the immigration consequences of mergers, acquisitions, corporate restructuring, and divestures to guide clients involved in corporate change.  Her representative experience includes M&A advice and counsel with respect to some of the largest technology deals in history, as well as post-merger formulation and execution of corporate integration plans;
  • Providing ad hoc legal advice on “big picture” items, such as anti-discrimination provisions and compensation restructuring, as well as employee-specific advice, such as complex travel scenarios or permissible activities in a given visa classification;
  • Continually analyzing corporate immigration programs to align immigration law developments with employee hiring and retention strategies;
  • Preparing alerts, FAQs, and memoranda on immigration issues, including targeted email communications intended for impacted foreign national employees;
  • Benchmarking with peer companies on immigration policy issues; and
  • Developing custom content for company intranets and other corporate media platforms.

 

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association

Speeches:

  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''As The World Turns: Immigration Prospects and Pitfalls Under the New Administration'' - San Diego - May 04, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''“Headline News”—The Perfect Start to Your Workplace Strategies'' - San Diego - May 04, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''A New Era in Immigration Compliance'' - Austin - October 09, 2009
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Employing Foreign Nationals in a Down Economy'' - Miami - May 07, 2009
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Immigration in the Spotlight: Is the Future as Scary as the Present?'' - Austin - October 03, 2008
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''U.S. and Expatriate Immigration Processes-Examining Your Options'' - New Orleans - May 08, 2008
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