Katia D. Bowman is a Taylor Porter partner who practices primarily civil and appellate litigation. She has defended the interests of public and private clients in personal injury, insurance defense, contract disputes, public utilities, unfair trade practice, civil rights, education, retaliation, defamation, wrongful termination, discrimination, and general tort matters. Katia’s litigation practice includes experience with electronic discovery, pre-trial motions, trials, appeals, and settlements.
Katia is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She advises U.S. employers regarding compliance with the employment eligibility verification process (Form I-9 process). She also advises employers of foreign workers on the employment-based visa petition process (EB visa categories). Katia also assists not only U.S. employers, but also foreign workers and students desiring to enter the U.S. workforce legally, in connection with the nonimmigrant worker visa process (including H visas). A native of Haiti, Katia herself came to the United States on a student visa (F-1). Her transition of status from F-1 to legal permanent resident and, ultimately, naturalized citizen uniquely qualifies her to help U.S. companies and foreign workers and students navigate the complex and often lengthy immigration process. Driven by her own experience and passion to facilitate and empower the employment of foreign labor in the United States within the guidelines provided by law, Katia proudly devotes her career to assisting American companies and foreign workers with their immigration needs. On the individual side, Katia handles CPT/OPT applications and extensions, petitions for adjustments of status (I-485) and related applications for employment authorization (I-765) and travel authorization or advance parole (I-131).
Expressing herself in her maternal tongue (i.e., French), Katia relates that:
“Ma passion concernant la loi d’immigration provient de ma propre experience en tant qu’etudiante haitienne instruite dans une universite, et par la suite, une ecole de droit, americaines. Je comprends bien la situation des professionels immigrant de pays etrangers pour travailler aux etats-Unis. En effet, j’ai moi-meme du surmonter des epreuves en ce qui a trait a ma transition de statut d’etudiante et graduee post-universitaire a celui de residente permanente legale des etats-Unis. Puisant de mon experience personnelle et de celles de parents et amis etrangers ayant vecu les memes realites penibles en termes d’immigration en Amerique, je consacre ma carriere a representer et informer les compagnies americaines voulant employer des etrangers legalement. La loi americaine fournit un eventail d’options et opportunites pour ces professionels voulant immigrer aux etats-Unis. J’ai l’experience et la passion necessaires pour assister les employeurs americains avec ce processus. En particulier, mon travail profite aux institutions americaines et travailleurs internationaux de deux manieres. D'une part, je leur offre une representation legale d’un calibre superieur; et d'autre part, je leur apporte des informations precieuses decoulant de ma condition d'immigrante ayant du passer par les etapes d'un processus souvent long et complexe.”
Also conversant in Spanish, Katia adds:
“Siendo yo misma una inmigrante extranjera, tengo la experiencia y la pasion para ayudar a los empleadores americanos deseando contratar legalmente a trabajadores extranjeros con el proceso de inmigracion.”
Professional/Community Contributions, and Accolades
Katia is admitted to practice in all Louisiana state and federal courts, as well as the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Baton Rouge Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, and Defense Research Institute.
In 2016, Katia was named among the Top Forty Under 40 by the Baton Rouge Business Report.
Katia is fluent in English, French and Haitian Creole. She is a registered Haitian Creole Language Court Interpreter for the Louisiana Supreme Court. Katia is also conversant in Spanish.
Within Taylor Porter, Katia serves as Chair of the Diversity Committee. Katia also serves as a member of the Diversity Committee of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC). Katia has served on the DRI Planning Committee for the Annual Diversity for Success Seminar and Expo..
Katia received her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the Southern University Law Center in 2008. She was an editor of the Southern University Law Review and a member of the Business and Entrepreneur Leadership Association. She also received CALI Excellence Awards in Legal Writing, Legal Research, Corporations, and Admiralty Law. Following law school, Katia volunteered as a writing fellow through Southern University Law Center’s Supplemental Bar Review Program for students preparing to take the Louisiana Bar Exam. Katia graduated summa cum laude from Southern University and A&M College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2005.
In the community, Katia is a board member of IDEA Public Schools Louisiana, Inc.
In her spare time, Katia enjoys spending time with her family, listening to music, and traveling to discover new cultures, particularly in tropical climates.
Articles and Publications
Form I-9 Compliance: An Overview of the Process and Its Heightened Significance for U.S. Employers
Employers' Best Practices for I-9 Compliance
Prohibited Immigration-Based Employment Practices Under IRCA
Top Forty Under 40 - Baton Rouge Business Report, 2016
Professional Organizations and Associations
Louisiana State Bar Association
Baton Rouge Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) - Diversity Committee
IDEA Public Schools Louisiana, Inc.
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