Stephen H. Smalley

Shareholder || Raleigh

Mr. Smalley is the Managing Director of Emigra Ogletree Worldwide, a partnership of two leading firms, Ogletree Deakins and Emigra. Emigra Ogletree Worldwide provides a single-source for global and U.S. immigration services. Emigra Ogletree Worldwide brings unique advantages to our clients while providing seamless and consistent immigration services throughout the world. As Managing Director, Mr. Smalley oversees the day to day management of the organization, including oversight of work visa preparation to more than 100 countries worldwide.

In addition to his role as Managing Director of Emigra Ogletree Worldwide, Mr. Smalley is a Shareholder with the law firm of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak and Stewart. Mr. Smalley’s global immigration practice emphasizes the representation of clients in the information technology, healthcare, life sciences, and hospitality fields; professional athletes; and other business professionals. He possesses extensive experience with temporary and permanent visas, administrative and appellate litigation, and has particular experience with overseas consular processing and the representation of clients in Asia. Mr. Smalley advises clients regarding immigration compliance, including I-9 audits and defense, discrimination, social Security no-match issues, and identity theft. He represents employers in government enforcement actions brought by the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Department of Labor.

Mr. Smalley has been named to Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite*. He has a Yellow Belt certification from Legal Lean Sigma. Mr. Smalley is a frequent lecturer and presenter, and has served as a speaker regarding international recruiting in the software and high technology fields, employer compliance, and I-9 and immigration compliance.

Prior to his position with Emigra Ogletree Worldwide and Ogletree Deakins, Mr. Smalley was an attorney with an immigration and nationality law firm in Washington, D.C., where he practiced in the area of business-related immigration law in partnership with the former Commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. Other previous experience includes handling civil litigation and trial matters.

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Professional Activities

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Alabama Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Law360 2015 Immigration Editorial Advisory Board


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