Martha J. Schoonover: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Martha J. Schoonover

Co-Chair, Business Immigration & Compliance Practice
McLean,  VA  U.S.A.
Phone703.749.1374

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Practice Areas

  • Business Immigration Group
     
    Contact InfoTelephone: 703.749.1374
    Fax: 703.714.8374
    http://www.gtlaw.com/People/Martha-J-Schoonover
     
    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)
     
    Memberships 

    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
     
    Biography

    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 Control Act 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, The Best Lawyers in America, Immigration Law, 2011-2015

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

    •Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2009-2014

    •Listed, The Legal 500 United States, 2009-2014

    •Listed, The Washingtonian magazine, Washington's Top Lawyers, 2009 and 2013

    •Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 AV, 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.

    Articles, Publications, & Lectures

    Articles

    #8226;Author, Nonimmigrant Visas for Employment: Specialty Workers (H-1B), Intracompany Transferees (L-1), NAFTA Professionals (TN), and Treaty Traders and Investors (E-1 and E-2), ALI-ABA Course of Study, Immigration Law: Basics and More, Washington, DC, May 8-9, 2008

    #8226;Author, Termination of Foreign Nationals: A Refresher on Due Diligence from an Immigration Perspective, October 2008

    #8226;Author, H-1B Blackout for 2009: Planning for Brighter Days in Business Immigration, April 2008

    #8226;Author, Announcement Impacting Employers Made Today by the Department of Homeland Security (eAlert), August, 2007

    #8226;Author, Department of Homeland Security Issues FINAL Regulations on Social Security Number No-Match Letters, August 2007

    #8226;Author, USCIS Reached FY 2008 H-1B Cap - What Now?, April 2007

    #8226;Author, Corporate Restructuring: The Due Diligence Required from an Immigration Perspective, November 2006

    #8226;Author, Travel Advisory for the Western Hemisphere, October 2006

    #8226;Author, Employment Authorization Regulations and I-9 Compliance, ALI-ABA Course of Study, Immigration Law: Basics and More, sponsored with the cooperation of the America Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law's Immigration Law Committee. Washington, DC, May 4-5, 2006

    #8226;Author, Employment Authorization Regulations and I-9 Compliance, ALI-ABA Course of Study, Immigration Law: Basics and More, sponsored with the cooperation of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law's Immigration Law Committee. Washington, DC, May 12-13, 2005#8226;#8226;

    #8226;Author, Change of Nonimmigrant Status, Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook, Volume 2, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2004-2005

    #8226;Author, Treaty National (TN) Status, Seventh Annual ALI-ABA Course of Study, Immigration Law: Basics and More, sponsored with the cooperation of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law's Immigration Law Committee. Washington, DC, May 6-7, 2004

    #8226;Author, Employment Authorization Regulations and I-9 Compliance, ALI-ABA Course of Study, Immigration Law: Basics and More, sponsored with the cooperation of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Washington, DC, May 4-5, 2000

    #8226;Associate Editor, Immigration Options for Doctors, American Immigration Lawyers Occupational Guidebook, 1995

    #8226;Author, Immigrant Visa Processing Following Enactment of New Adjustment of Status Provision, The Visa Processing Guide, 3d Edition 1995

    #8226;Co-Author, Immigration Provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement, Immigration Briefings, March 1994

    #8226;Author, Avoiding Tax and Immigration Traps, The Complete Lawyer, published by the American Bar Association Section on General Practice, Fall Edition 1993

    #8226;Co-Author, Hong Kong Provisions of the Immigration Act of 1990, Regulatory Overview: Putting the Pieces Together, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 1992

    #8226;Author, Employment Authorization Regulations and I-9 Compliance, American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law, Papers, 1992

    #8226;Co-Author, Hong Kong Provisions of the Immigration Act of 1990, 1991-92 Immigration & National Law Handbook, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 1991

    #8226;Co-Author, Employment Issues Facing the Investor/Entrepreneur, Selected Writings on Immigrant Investors, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 1991

    #8226;Associate Editor, Understanding the Immigration Act of 1990, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 1990

    #8226;Author, U.S. Immigration Law Provisions Relevant to FMGS, Texas Medical Jurisprudence Manual, 1994, 1996 and 1998 Editions

    Speeches

    #8226;Speaker, ICE Initiatives: What Employers Should Know About the Current Landscape, The Federal Bar Association, Chicago Chapter, presents: What You Should Know About Workplace Enforcement and Immigration, at Loyola University Chicago, School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, November 17, 2008

    #8226;Speaker, Nonimmigrant Visas for Employment: Specialty workers (H-1B), Intercompany Transferees (L-1), NAFTA Professionals (TN), and Treaty Traders and Investors (E-1 and E-2), ALI-ABA Course of Study, Immigration Law: Basics and More, sponsored with the cooperation of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Washington, DC, May 8-9, 2008

    #8226;Speaker, Obtaining Permanent Residence through Labor Certification: Processing under PERM, ALI-ABA Course of Study, Immigration Law: Basics and More, sponsored with the cooperation of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Washington, DC, April 26-27, 2007

    #8226;Speaker, What You Should Know About Workplace Enforcement and Immigration, Co-sponsored by the Federal Bar Association, Chicago Chapter and the Immigration Policy Center, American Immigration Law Foundation, Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, November 20, 2006

    #8226;Speaker, Workforce Enforcement Inspections: The ICEman Cometh, American Immigration Lawyers Association Teleconference, July 11, 2006

    #8226;Speaker, Consular Processing - Part of the Admission Equation, American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, June, 2006

    #8226;Speaker, Protecting the Employer, ALI-ABA Course of Study, Immigration Law: Basics and More, sponsored with the cooperation of the America Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law's Immigration Law Committee. Washington, DC, May 4-5, 2006

    #8226;Speaker, Employment Authorization Regulations and I-9 Compliance, ALI-ABA Committee on Continuing Professional Education, Immigration Law Basics, Washington, D.C., May 2005

    #8226;Speaker, Protecting the Employer, ALI-ABA Course of Study, Immigration Law: Basics and More, sponsored with the cooperation of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law's Immigration Law Committee. Washington, DC, May 12-13, 2005#8226;

    #8226;Speaker, Change of Nonimmigrant Status, American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 2004

    #8226;Speaker, Treaty Nationals and E Visa Categories, ALI-ABA Committee on Continuing Professional Education, Immigration Law Basics, Washington, D.C., May 2004

    #8226;Speaker, Nonimmigrant Visas for Employment, Seventh Annual ALI-ABA Course of Study, Immigration Law: Basics and More, sponsored with the cooperation of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law's Immigration Law Committee. Washington, DC, May 6-7, 2004#8226;#8226;#8226;#8226;

    #8226;Speaker, The Final Step for Employment-Based Workers, American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, June 2002

    #8226;Speaker, Emerging Corporate Issues and H-1B Requirements Under The American Competitiveness in the Workplace Improvement Act of 1998, 23rd Annual Immigration Law Update, sponsored by The Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee, the American Lawyers Association (AILA), South Florida Chapter, and the International Law Section. Miami, Florida, February 14-15, 2002

    #8226;Speaker, Prevailing Wage Challenges, American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, June 2001

    #8226;Speaker, H-1Bs: Recent Statutory Changes, American Immigration Lawyers Association Spring Conference, Washington D.C., March 2001

    #8226;Speaker, H-1Bs, American Immigration Lawyers Association 2001 Washington Spring Forum. Washington, DC, March 22-24, 2001

    #8226;Speaker, Business Immigration Law Today, Federal Publications Seminars, San Francisco, CA, October 2000

    #8226;Speaker, Business Immigration Law Workshop, Federal Publications Seminars, Hilton Head, SC, July 2000

    #8226;Speaker, Nonimmigrant Roundtable, American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, June 2000

    #8226;Speaker, Tax Issues in Immigration Cases, American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington, June 1999

    #8226;Speaker, Taxes and Business Immigration, American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Houston, Texas, June 1998

    #8226;Speaker, INS vs. IRS, American Immigration Lawyers Annual Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, June 1996

    #8226;Speaker, Immigration Issues for Research Institutions, Associate of Independent Annual Meeting, Research Institutes, Washington, D.C., September 1995

    #8226;Speaker, Medical Professionals, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Fall Business Conference, Chicago, Illinois, October 1994

    #8226;Speaker, Labor Certification, American Immigration Lawyers Annual Conference, San Francisco, California, June 1994

    #8226;Speaker, Immigration Issues for Foreign Medical Graduates, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Fall Business Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio, October 1993

    #8226;Speaker, Proposed Legislative and Administrative Changes in Immigration Law Under the Clinton Administration, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, New York, NY, August 1993

    #8226;Speaker, Labor Certification Roundtable, American Immigration Lawyers Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, June 1993

    #8226;Speaker, Employment Authorization Regulations and I-9 Compliance for Employers, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, August 1992

    #8226;Speaker, Tax Issues for Nonresidents, American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, June 1992

    #8226;Speaker, Second Preference Employment Based Immigrant Visas Under the Immigration Act of 1990, Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Conference, Washington, D.C., February 1992

    #8226;Speaker, The Second Preference Employment Based Category: Advanced Degree Professionals and Aliens of Exceptional Ability, Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Seminar, February 1992

    #8226;Speaker, Investor/Employment Creation Immigrant Visa Category, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Fall Business Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 1991

    #8226;Speaker, Employment Based Immigrant Visas Under the Immigration Act of 1990, American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, June 1991

    #8226;Speaker, Immigration Practice in Large Law Firms, American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., June 1989

    #8226;Speaker, Immigration Issues for Employers, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, August 1988

    #8226;Presenter, Employment Authorization Regulations and I-9 Compliance, Immigration Law: Basics and More, ALI-ABA Committee on Continuing Professional Education, May 1999, 2000 and 2001

    #8226;Speaker, Employment Authorization Regulations and I-9 Compliance, ALI-ABA Committee on Continuing Professional Education, Immigration Law Conference Washington, D.C., May 1999 and May 2000

    Associated News & Events

    Press Releases

    09.08.14 Greenberg Traurig Labor & Employment Practice Receives Multiple Recognitions

    08.27.14 Five Greenberg Traurig EB-5 Attorneys Author Chapters in AILA's Immigration Options for Investors and Entrepreneurs Book

    08.27.14 Greenberg Traurig Business Immigration Attorneys Serve as Editors for ABA 'What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Immigration Law' Book

    07.15.14 Greenberg Traurig Ranked in 2014 Legal 500 United States Guide

    06.05.14 Five Greenberg Traurig Northern Virginia Attorneys Recognized in 2014 Chambers USA Guide

    05.23.14 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Included in 2014 Chambers USA Guide

    03.18.14 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Worldwide Recognized by Prestigious Chambers Global Guide

    08.15.13 6 Greenberg Traurig Northern Vriginia Attorneys Listed in 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers in America

    06.21.13 Greenberg Traurig Ranked in 2013 Legal 500 United States Guide; Recommended as 'Top Tier' Firm in Real Estate

    05.28.13 Chambers USA Guide 2013 Includes 175 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, 33 Practice Areas

    Alerts

    04.09.12 Immigration Observer, March/April 2012

    11.01.11 Immigration Observer

    07.08.09 Immigration Observer

    10.17.08 Termination of Foreign Nationals: A Refresher on Due Diligence from an Immigration Perspective

    04.14.08 H-1B Blackout for 2009: Planning for Brighter Days in Business Immigration

    12.01.07 What All Arizona Employers Need to Know About January 1, 2008

    11.02.06 Corporate Restructuring: The Due Diligence Required from an Immigration Perspective

    10.13.06 Travel Advisory for the Western Hemisphere

     
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    Martha J. Schoonover

    1750 Tysons Boulevard, Suite 1200
    McLeanVA 22102




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