Martha J. Schoonover: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Martha J. Schoonover

Co-Chair, Business Immigration & Compliance Practice
McLean,  VA  U.S.A.

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  • Business Immigration Group
    Contact InfoTelephone: 703.749.1374
    Fax: 703.714.8374
    University University of Richmond, B.A., History/French, summa cum laude, 1975 Phi Beta Kappa
    Law SchoolHarvard Law School, 1975-1976; University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1980
    Admitted1980, District of Columbia. (Not admitted in Virginia)

    Professional & Community Involvement

    •Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association State Department Liaison Committee, 2004-2006

    •Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association INS General Counsel Liaison Committee, 2001-2003

    •Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association Taskforce on Governance, 2001-2003

    •Vice Chair, American Immigration Lawyers Association INS Adjudications Policy/Benefits Liaison Committee, 2000-2001

    •Vice Chair, Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, Northern Virginia Technology Council International Committee, 2002-2003

    •Past Chair, American Bar Association, General Practice Section, Immigration Law and Administrative and Government Law Committees

    •Past Chair, District of Columbia Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section

    •ABA's Coordinating Committee for Immigration Law, 1992-1996

    •Secretary, Board of Trustees of the Foundation of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, 1997-2001; Member, 1997-2006

    BornWashington, D.C., July 9, 1953

    Martha J. Schoonover focuses her practice on business immigration matters and assists employers in obtaining temporary, nonimmigrant visas for business persons, managers and executives, treaty investors and traders, professionals (including physicians, researchers and scientists, nurses, physical therapists, engineers, computer scientists, and business professionals), exchange visitors, students, and crew members working on the Outer Continental Shelf. In addition, Martha assists in obtaining labor certifications and permanent resident status for professionals, researchers, multinational managers and executives and other priority workers and in obtaining and relinquishing U.S. citizenship.

    Martha represents companies facing U.S. government investigations or audits for immigration violations and prepares immigration and visa compliance programs for clients. She counsels employers on the employer sanctions and anti-discrimination provisions of the Immigration Reform and ControlAct of 1986 and represents employers being audited by the U.S. Government. In addition, she assists foreign companies in obtaining vessel exemptions from the U.S. manning requirements of the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and in obtaining determinations from the Coast Guard that persons are not a part of the regular complement of the crew. Her practice involves appearances before and filing petitions/applications with the U.S. Department of State and its overseas posts, The U.S. Department of Labor, and the Department of Homeland Security, including U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. Coast Guard. Martha is a frequent lecturer and author for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and ALI-ABA. She headed AILA's Labor Certification Task Force from 1993 to 1995 and has served on its State Department and INS/CIS General Counsel Liaison Committees.

    Areas of Concentration

    •Business Immigration law

    Awards & Recognition

    •Listed,Chambers Global, Immigration: Business, 2012-2014

    •Listed,The Best Lawyers in America, Immigration Law, 2011-2014

    •Listed,Chambers USA Guide, 2009-2014

    •Listed,TheWashingtonianmagazine, Washington's Top Lawyers, 2009 and 2013

    •Listed,The Legal 500 United States, 2009-2013

    •Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5AV , BV , AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.


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    Office Information

    Martha J. Schoonover

    1750 Tysons Boulevard, Suite 1200
    McLeanVA 22102


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