Leigh N. Ganchan: Lawyer with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Leigh N. Ganchan


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    Immigration Law
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Labor and Employment,Franchise and Distribution,Employment Litigation,Counseling and Training,Labor and Employment Issues in Business Transactions,International,Brazil,Spain,U.S. Inbound Investment
University University of Alabama, B.A., cum laude, 1991; University of Vienna, Austria, Post Graduate Degree, 1992; Université de Paris-X, Diploma, European/International Legal Studies, 1996
Law SchoolAmerican University, Washington College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1996
Admitted2002, Texas
Memberships State Bar of Texas; American Immigration Lawyers Association.
LanguagesEnglish, French and German

Selected Professional Activities and Honors: Chair, SBOT Immigration & Nationality Section; General Counsel, HR Houston; Texas Super Lawyer, 2012; Editor-in-Chief for the 2007 edition of "Handbook on Immigration for Entertainers, Artists, Athletes"; International Who's Who in Immigration Law for 2007; American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Member; Committee Member, World Trade Supervisory Board, Greater Houston Partnership, 2012. Recognized by Chambers USA as one of the leading practitioners in the United States for Immigration, 2009-2011.

Recent Publications: "Managing U.S. Immigration Risks - Key Concepts for a Global Workforce," Texas Bar Journal, July 2012; Nonimmigrant Waivers Under INS § 212(d)(3), The Consular Practice Handbook, AILA 2012; "Missed Chance: Immigration Reform on Hold" was featured on pg. 38 of the Dec. 1, 2006 edition of the Houston Business Journal; "Certification of Foreign Allied Health Care Professionals," The Houston Medical Journal (March 2005); "New Paperless I-9 Law: Compliance Made Easier," Workforce Management (January 2005); "One-Year Waiver Extension of Healthcare Certification Requirement for Limited Group of Foreign National Nonimmigrant's," Health Lawyers Weekly, Vol. 2, Issue 33 (August 6, 2004); "Staying Out of Harm's Way: Employment Eligibility Verification Challenges," AILA Texas Chapter Conf. (2004); "Important Considerations for Employers Using the H-1B Nonimmigrant Visa for Foreign Nationals in Specialty Occupations," Corporate Counsel Review, Vol. 22, No. 2 (2003); "Immigration and Naturalization Service Worksite Enforcement Operations Re-Emerge as National Security Priority," 40 The Houston Lawyer 4 (2003) (received Outstanding Legal Article award from the Houston Bar Foundation); "Protecting Your "L's" During a Reduction in Force," 7 Benders Immigration Bulletin 99 (2002).

Recent Speeches: "Business Immigration For Beginners," 2011 Gulf Coast Symposium on HR Issues, May 11-12 in Houston, Texas; "U.S. Immigration Reforms and International Trade Laws," The French-American Chamber of Commerce-Houston; "Changes to the H-1B Professional Nonimmigrant Visa Category," Houston Forum of Advisors to Internationals Semi-Annual Meeting; "Employer Sanctions Update," AILA 2006 Annual Conference; "Business Basics: Employment Based Nonimmigrant Status," University of Texas 30th Annual Conference on Immigration and Nationality Law, 2006; "Employment Eligibility Verification Compliance Update," AILA Texas Chapter Spring Conference, 2006; "Immigration Issues for Employment Lawyers," University of Houston Employment Law CLE Seminar, 2006; "Strategies for Addressing I-9 Compliance Issues," American Payroll Association, Houston Chapter, 2005. (Board Certified, Immigration and Nationality Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization)

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Leigh N. Ganchan

500 Dallas Street, Suite 3000
HoustonTX 77002


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