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 technology, financial services, 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 over 20 years of experience in employment-based immigration law, Ms. Morrison specializes in managing large multinational corporations with high volume immigration programs. Ms. Morrison has extensive expertise with respect to the full range of temporary and permanent visas, which allows her to develop unique strategies for complex immigration matters.

Ms. Morrison is a frequent presenter and regularly addresses professional and industry groups. She was recently named to Law360’s 2019 Immigration Editorial Advisory Board. 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.

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

  • Analyzing large corporate immigration programs to identify process improvements aimed at improving time-to-market and reducing costs while maintaining quality work and increasing end user experience.
  • Providing consultative services to clients to analyze their internal processes and procedures to ensure a compliant, efficient, cost certain, and best-in-class immigration program.
  • Leveraging technology for automation, data analytics, and reporting. Proactively providing clients with analytical reporting aimed at reducing overall costs and increasing success rates for temporary and permanent visas.
  • 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.
  • Leveraging extensive experience regarding the immigration consequences of mergers, acquisitions, corporate restructuring, and divestitures to guide clients involved in corporate change.
  • Partnering with corporate law departments, human resources, and government affairs to continually analyze corporate immigration programs to align immigration law developments with employee hiring and retention strategies.

 

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, New England School of Law, 1994
  • B.A., (Business Administration, Concentration in Finance) University of Massachusetts, 1990

Admittance to Practice

  • Massachusetts
  • North Carolina

Professional Activities

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association

Speeches

  • Council for Global Immigration 2018 Symposium - "Defining Immigration Strategy” – “Ensuring Compliance in an Era of Interagency Cooperation: Navigating the Intersection of Immigration & Employment Law" - Arlington - June 11, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "As The World Turns: Immigration Prospects and Pitfalls Under the New Administration" - San Diego - May 4, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "“Headline News”—The Perfect Start to Your Workplace Strategies" - San Diego - May 4, 2017

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