Practice and Industry Groups

Marifrances Morrison

Shareholder Raleigh

Ms. Morrison is a shareholder in the firm’s Raleigh office and a member of the firm’s Board of Directors. She provides comprehensive business immigration representation to Fortune 500 companies with an emphasis on technology, semiconductor, financial, 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 20 years of experience in employment-based immigration law, Ms. Morrison provides strategic counsel and advice to employers on a wide array of business immigration matters, including in-house immigration program development and immigration compliance.  Ms. Morrison has extensive expertise with respect to the full range of temporary and permanent visas, including significant experience executing large scale H-1B and PERM labor certification programs for technology companies, information technology service providers, financial institutions, biotechnology firms, and manufacturing entities.

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;
  • Continually innovating with respect to immigration process and program enhancement, as well as recommending measures to promote corporate cost savings; and
  • 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.

 

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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