Joycelyn L. Fleming

Of Counsel
Atlanta,  GA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Healthcare
  • Immigration
University Georgia State University, B.A., with honors, 1975
Law SchoolUniversity of Georgia School of Law, J.D., 1978
Admitted1978, Georgia; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; Supreme Court of Georgia


American Bar Association, International Committee of Labor and Employment Section

American Immigration Lawyers Association

Latin American Association

BornSan Antonio, Texas, 1946

Joyce Fleming is a partner in the Business Immigration Department of FordHarrison.

She meets the ongoing immigration needs of corporations located all over the United States and abroad that transfer or hire foreign employees, including temporary employment visas, labor certifications, permanent residency (Green Cards) and outbound visas for other countries. She handles visa work for businesses relocating entire offices and clients with high volume immigration needs, as well as those with one-time hiring requirements.

Joyce frequently consults with corporate and labor lawyers during due diligence regarding the immigration implications of mergers and acquisitions, and handles the necessary visa work for individuals affected by such changes. Her practice consists of national and international commercial, industrial and technology clients, but also focuses on immigration issues for allied healthcare workers such as nurses, physical therapists, and other shortage occupations. She regularly writes and speaks on business immigration topics.

Joyce counsels clients on compliance with ever-changing employment laws regarding foreign workers, including I-9 training and audits and she has defended immigration-related government investigations related to the employment of undocumented workers.

Joyce has been involved in leadership roles in numerous civic organizations including the Latin American Association and the Emory University Board of Visitors. She has served on the boards of directors of the United Way of Metro Atlanta and Planned Parenthood of Georgia. She has also served as Chair of the International Section of the State Bar of Georgia. Of Mexican descent, she is fluent in Spanish.

Recent Experience

•Defended major staffing agency against government in I-9 audit and negotiated reduced fines.
•Developed strategy for British construction company to obtain visas for managers and technical specialists critical for joint venture with complementary American electric contractor for major electrification upgrade in Northeast United States.
•Led roll-out of firm's client education program on E-verify, the USCIS electronic employment confirmation system, and new rules for government contractors.
•Taught How to Avoid Labor Certification seminar for Georgia Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE in Georgia).


Legal Alert: Act Now to Begin the Application Process for H-1B Visas for FY 2011
February 23, 2010

Immigration Laws Target Employers
Atlanta Business Chronicle
July 13, 2007

Businesses Can't Ignore Immigration Plan
Atlanta-Journal Constitution
May 29, 2007

Immigration Legal Alert: Act Now to Begin the Application Process for H-1B Visas for FY 2008
January 22, 2007

Legal Alert: Employers Should Act Now to Obtain Schedule A Immigrant Visas for RNs and Physical Therapists
March 29, 2006

Legal Alert: Act Now to Begin the Application Process for H-1B Visas for FY 2007
March 3, 2006

Legal Alert: DHS Provides Temporary Respite from I-9 Requirements for Hurricane Victims
September 7, 2005


NATERA's 2010 Annual Conference: Transforming Economic & Regulatory Challenges Into New Workplace Opportunities - Savannah, Georgia
October 24 - 26, 2010

Media Coverage

Legal 500 Recognizes FordHarrison as a Top Firm for Immigration
June 30, 2014

People in the News
July 13, 2012

Super Lawyers 2012 List
March 1, 2012

People in the News
September 30, 2011

People in the News
March 18, 2011

Nine Atlanta-Based Ford & Harrison Attorneys Selected to Super Lawyers/Rising Stars 2011 List
March 17, 2011

Bench & Bar
August 1, 2010

People in the News
July 16, 2010

Five Atlanta-Based Ford & Harrison Attorneys Selected to Super Lawyers 2010 List
March 5, 2010

Ford & Harrison Attorneys Make 2009 Super Lawyers - Corporate Counsel Edition Rankings
January 25, 2010

Firms Scramble to Comply With E-Verify Regulations
September 11, 2009

Racing the Clock to E-Verify
September 8, 2009

Businesses Rush to Enroll in E-Verify Program
September 4, 2009

Ford & Harrison Attorneys Named to the 2010 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America
August 4, 2009

Bench & Bar
August 1, 2009

2009 Chambers USA
August 1, 2009

July 5, 2009

Policy Puzzle: Employers Seek Solutions to Immigration Impasse
July 1, 2009

People in the News
April 3, 2009

Georgia Super Lawyers/Georgia Rising Stars
April 1, 2009

Seven Atlanta-Based Ford & Harrison Attorneys Selected to Super Lawyers 2009 List; Two Attorneys Selected to Rising Stars List
February 23, 2009

Immigration Issues Employers Should Watch
January 29, 2009

57 Ford & Harrison Attorneys Named to the 2009 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America
October 15, 2008

Ford & Harrison Named Among the Top Labor and Employment Law Firms in the U.S.
June 13, 2008

Ford & Harrison Named Among The Top Labor and Employment Law Firms in the Country By Chambers USA
June 25, 2007

Immigration Fight Moves to Workplace
May 27, 2007

47 Ford & Harrison Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America
September 5, 2006

Ford & Harrison Tops Chambers List as Top Employment Law Firm in Florida
June 29, 2006

Jittery Employers Check Paperwork
June 9, 2006

44 Ford & Harrison Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America
September 12, 2005


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Joycelyn L. Fleming

271 17th Street, N.W., Suite 1900
AtlantaGA 30363


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