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Sara E. Herbek

Shareholder Atlanta

*Currently licensed in Illinois only.

Sara joined our firm's Raleigh office in November 2012. She moved to Atlanta in October 2016 to oversee the firm’s immigration group in that office. In addition, she currently represents multinational corporations in manufacturing, scientific research and information technology fields. She provides strategic immigration advice regarding the movement of professionals throughout the world, including temporary and permanent work visas. Her representation provides cost effective and efficient immigration processes to ensure compliance while meeting client goals. Sara also works with clients to establish corporate immigration policies and procedures. She frequently trains and educates clients through webinars and presentations to Human Resources and Talent & Acquisition Teams to ensure immigration policies consistency are applied consistently. In addition, Sara advises clients during mergers and acquisitions to effectively and efficiently manage these transitions for foreign national employees.

For approximately seven years before joining our firm, Sara developed her expertise as an immigration attorney by assisting technological and scientific-based companies, hospitals, and individual clients with their immigrant and nonimmigrant needs.


  • Manages employment based nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions cases, including: H-1B, H-1B1, H-3, L-1A, L-1B, L-1 Blanket, O-1, J-1, TN, E, PERM, Form I-140 (EB1, EB2 and EB3), Form I-485, Form N-400, responses to RFEs, PERM Audit Responses and PERM Supervised Recruitment.
  • Organizes and participates in I-9 Audits.
  • Communicates with corporate clients and employees to effectively and efficiently move immigration goals forward while complying with relevant immigration laws and regulations.
  • Coordinates with support staff to maintain best practice procedures to ensure efficiency and comply with established client goals.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Mentor in The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Mentoring Program


  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''The Rest of the Iceberg: The Heavy Impact of Informal Immigration Enforcement Shifts'' - Phoenix - May 10, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce Seminar - ''Avoiding I-9 and E-Verification Nightmares'' - Las Vegas - March 09, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''The New Administration: Global Mobility in 2017'' - Birmingham - October 19, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Working Around the World: Avoiding Employment, Benefit, and Immigration Risks When Employing Remote Employees Internationally'' - Atlanta - October 13, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''The New Administration: Global Mobility in 2017'' - Atlanta - May 18, 2017
  • Ogletree Immigration Breakfast Briefing - ''Hot Topics in Compliance and H-1B Cap and Alternative Visa Options'' - Raleigh - April 2015
  • Ogletree Immigration Breakfast Briefing - ''Current Immigration Options and Considerations When Hiring and Retaining Foreign Workers, Students and Trainees'' - Raleigh - March 2014


Published Works


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Media Quotes

December 07, 2017 - SHRM Online - "USCIS Clarifies Criteria for ‘Function Managers’ Under Transfer Visas"
June 30, 2016 - LexisNexis - "Neglected E-Verify Accounts to Be Shut Down"