Mary E. Pivec

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Washington,  DC  U.S.A.
Phone202.719.2061

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Practice Areas

  • Employment Law
  • Wage/Hour
  • Immigration
 
University Towson State University, B.S., magna cum laude, 1972
 
Law SchoolUniversity of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1981
 
Admitted1981, Maryland; 1995, District of Columbia; Virginia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
 
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Memberships

American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment Law
American Immigration Lawyers Association, Documentation and Verification Committee
National Association of Women Lawyers
Women Lawyers Association, Board of Advisors
U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Labor & Employment Committee

 
BornBaltimore, Maryland, July 15, 1949
 
Biography

Mary Pivec has more than 30 years' experience as a management-side immigration and employment attorney.

Mary's immigration practice focuses on the growing intersection between immigration enforcement and immigration-related labor protections. She represents employers in civil and criminal worksite enforcement cases, I-9 compliance counseling and immigration-related discrimination investigations, administrative hearings claims and H1-B/LCA investigations and enforcement proceedings brought by the U.S. Department of Labor wage and hour division.

Mary is also a leading practitioner when it comes to defending employers in both whistleblower matters and hybrid cases involving complex employment, immigration, discrimination and wage and hour issues. Mary has served as first chair in a broad range of administrative and civil whistleblower cases on behalf of corporate, public sector and individual defendants/respondents involving corporate fraud; air, surface and rail transportation safety; food and consumer product safety; energy and environmental safety issues; and in retaliation cases based on alleged protected activity under EEO, wage and hour, and immigration law.

Mary was recently selected to serve on Law360's 2015 Immigration Editorial Advisory Board.

Recent Experience

•Defended a global computer services company in a civil rico class action predicated on alleged violations of the labor condition application requirements and the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.
•Defended a multi-state landscaping company in a broad ranging immigration and wage and hour compliance investigation.
•Represented a multi-state logistics staffing company on appeal of a seven figure I-9 paperwork notice of intent to fine.
•Represented a county school board on appeal of the largest back pay and civil money penalty determination ever issued by DOL in an LCA enforcement action.
•Represented a global mechanical engineering staffing company in contesting debarment for alleged LCA recordkeeping violations.
•Represented a regional supermarket company in multiple DOL whistleblower investigations and administrative hearings and appeals.
•Represented a technology commercialization company in a long-running
Sarbanes Oxley whistleblower matter culminating in dismissal of the complainant's petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Recent Speaking Engagements

• The Implications of the Infosys Consent Decree, 35th Annual AILA South Florida Immigration Conference, February 2014.
• Immigration Worksite Enforcement Update, AILA Midwest Regional Conference, March 2014.
• Assessing the Implications of Immigration Reform for Employers, ABA Annual Labor & Employment Committee Conference, November 2013.
• An Update on I-9 Investigations and Enforcement Activity, 10th Annual American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) New England Immigration Law Conference, March 1, 2013
• How to Protect Employers from Immigration-Related Penalties, American Immigration Lawyers Association Midyear Conference, January 25, 2013

Honors and Awards

•fellow, ABA College of Labor and Employment Attorneys
• Baltimore and Washington DC's Top Attorneys, by The Washington Post
• Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers in Employment Litigation-Defense by Super Lawyers magazine
The Best Lawyers in America - Immigration Law
•AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Publications

U.S. Department of State Announces Two-Thirds of its Consular Posts are Online and Processing Visas June 24, 2015
U.S. Department of State Experiences another World-Wide Delay in Visa Processing June 17, 2015
Resource Update: USCIS Issues Flawed Guidance on Filing Amended H-1B Petitions Post Matter of Simeio June 11, 2015
New DHS Rule Extends Eligibility for Work Authorization to H-4 Dependent Spouses of Certain H-1B Workers Starting May 26, 2015 March 3, 2015
Can Federal Immigration Law And AB 60 Be Reconciled? February 25, 2015
OCAHO Finds PEO Liable for Near Maximum I-9 Fines for False Employer Attestation Violations: Is Your Business Similarly Exposed? February 17, 2015
Employers Should Prepare Now for Filing H-1B Visa Applications January 21, 2015
Heads Up - The ACA Employer Mandate Is Now In Effect: Beware of Actions that Could Result in ACA Whistleblower Liability January 12, 2015
DOL Administrative Review Board Nixes Greedy H-1B Worker's Front Pay Appeal Based on New H-1B Employer Petition Approval January 5, 2015
Appeals Court Vacates DOL Rule Authorizing Use of Skill-Based Private Wage Surveys in H-2B Temporary Labor Certification Application Proceedings December 10, 2014
How Will Obama's Immigration Actions Impact Employers? November 24, 2014
Brand Protection: The Case for Franchisor Auditing and Enforcement of Franchise Agreement Compliance Clauses October 3, 2014
Is Your Business At Risk for Damages and Civil Money Penalties Based on Violations Stemming from Improper I-9 and E-Verify Procedures? May 15, 2014

In Depth Analysis

USCIS Issues Flawed Guidance on Filing Amended H-1B Petitions June 11, 2015

Presentations

Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman Teleconference Series: H-1B Changes in Worksite Locations April 30, 2015
10th Annual National Employment Practices Liability Insurance ExecuSummit - Uncasville, CT April 14 - 15, 2015
Is Your Company Due For an I-9/E-Verify Compliance Check-Up? - Complimentary Webinar July 15, 2014
2014 Symposium of the Council for Global Immigration - Alexandria, VA June 4, 2014

Media Coverage

U.S. Department of State Announces Two-Thirds of its Consular Posts are Online and Processing Visas June 24, 2015
Law360 Announces 2015 Immigration Editorial Advisory Board June 19, 2015
U.S. Department of State Experiences another World-Wide Delay in Visa Processing June 17, 2015
Resource Update: USCIS Issues Flawed Guidance on Filing Amended H-1B Petitions Post Matter of Simeio June 11, 2015
Q&A With Greenberg Traurig's Laura Reiff June 5, 2015
Legal 500 Recognizes FordHarrison as a Top Firm for Immigration June 3, 2015
USCIS Site Change Ruling Could Harm Businesses, Attys Say May 1, 2015
Four DC-Based FordHarrison Partners Named to the 2015 Super Lawyers List April 23, 2015
Four DC-Based FordHarrison Partners Named to the 2015 Super Lawyers List April 23, 2015
New DHS Rule Extends Eligibility for Work Authorization to H-4 Dependent Spouses of Certain H-1B Workers Starting May 26, 2015 March 3, 2015
OCAHO Finds PEO Liable for Near Maximum I-9 Fines for False Employer Attestation Violations: Is Your Business Similarly Exposed? February 17, 2015
Employers Should Prepare Now for Filing H-1B Visa Applications January 21, 2015
Heads Up - The ACA Employer Mandate Is Now In Effect: Beware of Actions that Could Result in ACA Whistleblower Liability January 12, 2015
DOL Administrative Review Board Nixes Greedy H-1B Worker's Front Pay Appeal Based on New H-1B Employer Petition Approval January 5, 2015
Practitioners Provide Tips on Preparing For Site Visits, Investigations by USCIS, DOL January 5, 2015
Appeals Court Vacates DOL Rule Authorizing Use of Skill-Based Private Wage Surveys in H-2B Temporary Labor Certification Application Proceedings December 10, 2014
How Will Obama's Immigration Actions Impact Employers? November 24, 2014
Brand Protection: The Case for Franchisor Auditing and Enforcement of Franchise Agreement Compliance Clauses October 13, 2014
Brand Protection: The Case for Franchisor Auditing and Enforcement of Franchise Agreement Compliance Clauses October 3, 2014
Forty-Seven FordHarrison Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 August 24, 2014
Forty-Seven FordHarrison Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 August 18, 2014
Is Your Business At Risk for Damages and Civil Money Penalties Based on Violations Stemming from Improper I-9 and E-Verify Procedures? May 15, 2014
Ford & Harrison Adds Immigration Partner in DC Office May 13, 2014
Four DC-Based FordHarrison Partners Named to the 2014 Super Lawyers List May 7, 2014
Mary Pivec May 6, 2014

 
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U.S. Department of State Announces Two-Thirds of its Consular Posts are Online and Processing Visas
Geetha Nadiminti Adinata,Vivien Fang Peaden,Mary E. Pivec,Charles A. Roach, June 26, 2015
Executive Summary: On June 23, 2015, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) updated its alert regarding the technical problems that resulted in world-wide delays in visa processing, announcing that 39 consular posts, representing more than two-thirds of the agency's normal capacity, are now online and...

U.S. Department of State Experiences another World-Wide Delay in Visa Processing
Geetha Nadiminti Adinata,Mary E. Pivec,Charles A. Roach, June 24, 2015
Executive Summary: On June 15, 2015, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced that it is experiencing technical problems with its visa system, which have resulted in delays in printing visas and may require rescheduling some visa interviews.

Resource Update: USCIS Issues Flawed Guidance on Filing Amended H-1B Petitions Post Matter of Simeio
Geetha Nadiminti Adinata,Vivien Fang Peaden,Mary E. Pivec,Charles A. Roach, June 19, 2015
Executive Summary: USCIS recently published Guidance purporting to rely on Matter of Simeio Solutions, addressing when employers must file an amended H-1B petition on behalf of H-1B workers who are transferred to a new work location not listed in the original approved petition. Although the...



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