Eileen Scofield, Counsel
Alston & Bird LLP
Eileen Scofield has decades of experience concentrating on immigration law and related legal matters for global, U.S. and foreign-based clients. She provides strategic visa related guidance, has worked with and litigated against the U.S. DHS, CIS, ICE, HIS, U.S. DOL, U.S. DOJ Civil Rights Division, etc. on various wage, verification and worksite enforcement issues, fraud matters; managed over 50 workforce-related government agency subpoenas, audits and investigations; advised on federal and state legislation; and been active pro bono activities. She regularly advices on compliance standards, privacy/security, electronic systems, internal audits, external audit response, internal processing, third -party, outsourcing, contracts, M&A/restructure and other corporate issues. Finally, she regularly advises global investors, professional athletes, and individuals on immigration related issues, including data sharing, tax and estate planning, and personal global issues.
Kate Kalmykov, Shareholder
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Kate Kalmykov focuses her practice on business immigration and compliance. She represents clients in a wide-range of employment based immigrant and non-immigrant visa matters including students, trainees, professionals, managers and executives, artists and entertainers, treaty investors and traders, persons of extraordinary ability and immigrant investors.
Kate leads Greenberg Traurig’s Immigration & Compliance practice group in the New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia offices. She works with clients of all sizes in understanding and complying with the immigration laws relating to the hiring and retention of foreign talent. Specifically, her practice focuses on supporting clients and advising them on temporary and permanent residency immigration options for multi-national executive, business, scientific, and information technology personnel. In addition, her practice provides support to companies in the global transfer of personnel. Kate often assists in developing immigration options and strategies in the most unique circumstances, responds to complex Requests for Evidence (RFEs), Notices of Intent to Deny (NOIDs), and appeals denied cases. She has lead the development of employer compliance programs for DOL related filings including H-1Bs and PERMs, as well as for I-9 employment eligibility verification. She develops and conducts nationwide I-9 compliance trainings and policy manuals for human resources personnel, advises on best practices for EVerify employers, provides guidance on avoiding immigration-related unfair employment practices claims and has successfully defended and minimized penalties in immigration-related government audits.
Diane L. Hernandez, Attorney
Diane Hernandez concentrates her practice on employment-based immigration law. She has helped many companies sponsor foreign workers for temporary or permanent employment in the U.S., including H-1Bs, intra-company transfers, and extraordinary ability petitions, as well as waiver applications for international J-1 medical graduates and their placement at healthcare facilities in underserved areas. She has extensive experience with filing for outstanding professors, researchers, multinational managers and executives; advanced degree professionals, registered nurses, and physical therapists. She has filed successful petitions for foreign investors starting companies in the U.S. with initial investments of $500,000 to $1 million. Ms. Hernandez provides guidance to employers regarding I-9 compliance and audit readiness; corporate immigration policies; training related to the E-Verify; and the pursuit of appeals and motions to reopen with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. Department of Labor.