Denyse Sabagh

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Biography

Denyse Sabagh practices in the areas of immigration and nationality law and litigation.

Ms. Sabagh has more than 30 years of experience in representing diverse clients. She helps corporate clients manage both inbound and outbound employment immigration. She is a recognized leader in all aspects of immigration law. She has in depth experience representing individual and corporate clients for all of their immigration needs including E, H, J, L, O, P, and TN non-immigrant and EB-1, PERMs, immigrant visas, EB 5 Immigrant Investor Visa, J-1 waivers and Outbound issues. She also represents clients in I-9 audits, complex immigration cases, consular processing and immigration ramifications of criminal charges. In addition, she represents family based clients. She is a frequently featured speaker at national, state, and local conferences and in national and international media.

She is a recognized leader in developing strategic business immigration programs and policies.

Ms. Sabagh is a former national president and general counsel of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and serves on its Board of Governors. She is the Vice Chair of the National Immigration Forum, the umbrella organization for organizations concerned about immigration. She is also on the Board of the Arab American Institute and Immigrants' List, the only pro-immigration PAC. Ms. Sabagh is also a former member of the Coordinating Committee on Immigration Law of the American Bar Association, former chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the Fairfax County Bar Association and former member of board of directors of the American Civil Liberties Union National Capital Area Chapter. In 2010, Human Resource Executive magazine named her one of their Top 15 for Immigration Law. She has been listed in Washingtonian magazine consistently as best lawyer and in 2009, Washingtonian magazine listed Ms. Sabagh as one of 30 Stars of the Bar in Washington, D.C and in 2012 she featured in the Washingtonian. She is listed in Chambers Global and Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers for 2006 through 2018, and was awarded the first Rose Bouziane Nader Award by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in June 2006. This Award is given to an Arab American who exemplifies civic courage, organizing skills and significant achievement in advancing the just society with its pursuit of happiness, creativity and foresight. She also received the Hala Maksoud Award for Leadership in 2012.

Admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Virginia, Ms. Sabagh is a member of the District of Columbia, Virginia State, Arlington County and Fairfax County bar associations, the 4th Circuit, the D.C. Circuit and the Maryland District Court. She is a 1977 magna cum laude graduate of George Mason University Law School and a graduate of the University of Maryland.

Experience

•Duane Morris LLP
- Partner, 1997-present
•Metzger, Hollis, Gordon & Alprin, Washington, D.C.
- Partner, 1977-1997

Board Memberships

•Board of Governors, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2017
•Board of Directors, American Immigration Council, 2017
•National Immigration Forum - Board of Directors - 2011 to present; Vice Chair - 2013 to present
•Arab American Institute - Board of Directors - 2011 to present
•Immigrants List - Board of Directors 2008-present
•Board of Directors, Association to Invest in USA, The EB-5 Regional Center Investment Program
•American Civil Liberties Union, Board of Directors, National Capital Area Chapter, 2000
•National Multicultural Institute, 1990-present
- President, 2004-present
•Potomac Massage Training Institute, 1990-2001
- President, 1991-1994

Honors and Activities

Honors and Awards

•Named to the 2019 Lawdragon Most Powerful Employment Lawyer Hall of Fame

•Listed in Who's Who Legal: Corporate Immigration 2019

•Listed in 2017 Lawdragon/HR Executive Magazine Leading Employment Lawyers Guide
•Received the Second Annual Duane Morris Pro Bono Leadership Award, which recognizes an attorney who exemplifies the spirit of pro bono. She was recognized for her pro bono aid to low-income immigrants throughout her career.
•Listed in Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders 2017
•Listed in Lawdragon Top 20 Lawyers in Immigration Law, 2016
•Named to Human Resource Executive magazine's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys list, 2016
•Referenced in Legal 500 U.S.- Leading Lawyers for Immigration 2015-2017
•Recognized as one of the world's leading Corporate Immigration lawyers, Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, 2014-2015
•Listed in Lawdragon's Nations' Top Corporate Employment Attorneys-Immigration, 2014
•Eb5 verified by Eb5investors.com

•Listed in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers for Immigration, 2007-2017, 2019

•Listed in U.S. News/Best Lawyers The Best Lawyers in America, 1995-2019

•Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, 2006-2018 editions

•Listed in Human Resource Executive's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys - Immigration , 2010-2014
•Listed as one of 30 Stars of the Bar in Washington, D.C. by Washingtonian magazine, December 2009

•Listed in Chambers Global: Global Leading Lawyers for Business, 2006-2019 editions

•Recipient of first Hala Maksoud Award by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee for Leadership in the community - 2012
•Recipient, first Rose Bouziane Nader Award by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee for exemplifying civic courage,organizing skills and significant achievement in advancing a justsociety, 2006
•Listed in The International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, 2000-present
- Included on list of Most Highly Regarded Individuals for Washington, D.C., 2005
•Listed in The Washingtonian as one of the top immigration lawyers in Washington, D.C., 2004 and 2009
•Recipient, Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for Excellence in Advancing The Practice of Immigration Law at the American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, 2003
Lawyers World Global Award, 2011
•AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Activities

•American Bar Association
- Coordinating Committee on Immigration Law, 1997-2001
•The District of Columbia Bar
•The Virginia State Bar
•Arlington County Bar Association
•Fairfax County Bar Association
-Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1982-1984
•American Immigration Lawyers Association
- Member, Board of Governors, 1988-present
- Chair, Legislative Advocacy Committee, 2001-present
- General Counsel, 2003-2005
- Former Chair, EB-5 Liaison Committee
•Chair, Enforcement Liaison Committee with the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1999
- Member, Board of Governors, 1988-present
- President, 1996-1997
- President Elect, 1995-1996
- First Vice President, 1994-1995
- Second Vice President, 1993-1994
- National Secretary, 1991-1992
- Chair, 1990 Annual Conference
- Co-Chair, Business Immigration Conference, 1998
- Chair, Second Annual Capital Conference, 1987
- Chair, First Annual Capital Conference, 1986
- Co-Chair, National Committee on Legislation, 1985-1986
President and Secretary, Washington, D.C. Chapter, 1983-1985
•American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
-Recipient of First Legal Award, 1994
•American Civil Liberties Committee
- Chair, National Capital Chapter, Civil Liberties Summit Committee, 1999
•Middle East Asylum Project, 1994-present
•Human Rights Delegations, 1993, 1987
•Adviser to Presidential Transition Team Immigration Group, 1992
•Expert Witness, Commonwealth of Virginia vs. Regina Magalena Buzan, Case No. CR 54205, Circuit Court for Prince William County, Virginia, 2004

Civic and Charitable Activities

•D.C. Rape Crisis Center
- President, 1979-1981
- Board Member, 1978-1981
•Washington Peace Center
- Advisory Council, 1992-1995

Publications

Selected Publications

•Quoted, This Obama-Era Agency Is Trying to Speed Immigration Under Trump’s Nose, Bloomberg Businessweek, December 10, 2018

•Co-author, Interpreting the Stop-Time Rule in Pereira v. Sessions , Law360, April 30, 2018

•Quoted, Access to Skilled Visas Could Become Even More of a Long Shot, BNA Bloomberg News, February 13, 2018

•Quoted, 4 Ways GCs Can Cope With Immigration Uncertainty, Law360, March 15, 2017
•Author, Federal Appeals Court Denies Government's Request to Reinstate Travel Ban , Duane Morris Alert, February 10, 2017
•Quoted, A New State Department Order to Revoke Visas Could Have Far-Reaching Effects, Pro Publica, February 2, 2017
•Quoted, Donald Trump's Latest Argument For His Immigration 'Ban' Is Bunk, Huffington Post, January 30, 3017
•Author, Executive Order Restricting Immigration from Certain Countries , Duane Morris Alert, January 30, 2017
•Co-author, DHS Issues Final Rule to Further Retention of High-Skilled Immigrants , Duane Morris Alert, December 19, 2016
•Co-author, Increased USCIS Filing Fees Looming for Employers , Duane Morris Alert, October 27, 2016
•Co-author, USCIS Publishes Proposed Regulations Codifying Many of Its Existing Administrative Policies with Some Modifications: Comment Period Ends on February 29, 2016 , Duane Morris Alert, January 22, 2016
•Co-author, USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2016 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions Via Computer-Generated Process , Duane Morris Alert, May 4, 2015
•Co-author, Long-Awaited Work Authorization Rule for H-4 Spouses Published February 24, 2015: First Day to File Applications Is May 26, 2015 , Duane Morris Alert, February 25, 2015
•Quoted in Revamped Immigration System Could Help Employers in War for Talent , Employee Benefit News, November 21, 2014
•Co-author, EB-2 Visas for China and India Move Five Months and Other Immigration Law Updates , Duane Morris Alert, June 21, 2011
• U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Already Nearing 2011 Cap for H-1B Petitions , Duane Morris Alert, January 11, 2011
• Suspension of Implementation of Part 6 of the Updated Form I-129 Regarding Export Control Questions , Duane Morris Alert, December 23, 2010
• Export Control Compliance for Employers and Other Immigration Law Updates , Duane Morris Alert, December 20, 2010
•Co-author, Immigration Fees Increase; November Cut-Off Dates See Little Movement , Duane Morris Alert, November 2, 2010
• India EB-2 Cut-Off Date Jumps Forward and Other Immigration Law Updates , Duane Morris Alert, June 28, 2010
•Co-author, FY2010 H-1B Cap Reached and Other Immigration Law Updates , Duane Morris Alert, December 28, 2009
• Significant Jump in H-1B Visa Petitions and Other Developments in Immigration Law , Duane Morris Alert, November 17, 2009
•Co-author, Availability of EB-3 Visas and Other Developments in Immigration Law , Duane Morris Alert, October 20, 2009
• E-Verify Rule for Federal Contractors Will Take Effect September 8, 2009 , Duane Morris Alert, September 3, 2009
• U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Serves 652 Businesses with Notices of Inspection for a Form I-9 Audit , Duane Morris Alert, July 9, 2009
• Premium Processing of Certain I-140 Petitions to Resume on June 29, 2009 , Duane Morris Alert, June 25, 2009
• E-Verify Requirement for Federal Contractors Delayed Again , Duane Morris Alert, June 2, 2009
• Department of Homeland Security Announces Shift in Focus to Criminal Prosecution of Employers That Hire Undocumented Workers , Duane Morris Alert, May 5, 2009
• Implementation of E-Verify Requirement for Federal Contractors Delayed for the Third Time , Duane Morris Alert, April 20, 2009
• The Impact of TARP Funding on H-1B Employers , Duane Morris Alert, March 16, 2009
• Effective Date Requiring Employers to Use New I-9 Form Delayed , Duane Morris Alert, February 3, 2009
• Implementation of E-Verify Requirement for Federal Contractors Delayed , Duane Morris Alert, January 30, 2009
• New Form I-9, E-Verify and Social Security No-Match Letters Update for Employers , Duane Morris Alert, January 15, 2009
• H-1B Cap for Fiscal Year 2010 - Employers Should Consider Planning Ahead , Duane Morris Alert, January 13, 2009
• President Amends Executive Order to Require All Federal Contractors to Use E-Verify System , Duane Morris Alert, June 17, 2008
• Recent Developments in Immigration Law , Duane Morris Alert, March 2008
• U.S. Immigration Requirements and Procedures for the Permanent Hire of Foreign Nurses, Medicom International, Long Term Care Interface, Volume 5 (12), pages 50-52, December 2004
•Editor-in-Chief, AILA's Handbook on Waivers and Relief from Removal-Practice Guidance on Protecting Rights in Proceedings, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 1999
• Section 212(c), Immigration Law and Procedure, Volume 8, Gordon, Mailman and Yale-Loehr, 1996
A Practitioner's Guide to INA 212(c), Federal Publications, Inc., Immigration Briefings, 1993

Speaking Engagements

Selected Speaking Engagements

•Speaker, “Anticipating Suing the Government: 'Game On!' 2019 AILA Spring Federal Court Litigation Conference, Chicago, March 12, 2019

•Speaker, School’s Out - J-1 (Exchange Visitor), F-1(Student) and M-1 Panel - Best Practices for International Students, Interns, and Trainees, South Florida Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association 40th Annual Immigration Law Update, Miami, March 1, 2019

•Speaker, Don’t Stop Bellievin’ - How To Build, Maintain And Strengthen Your Practice, South Florida Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association 40th Annual Immigration Law Update, Miami, February 28, 2019

•Speaker, “FBI and Law Enforcement: Why They Want Your Client, What to Do and How to Turn the Tables,” The American Immigration Lawyers Annual Conference, San Francisco, June 13-16, 2018

•Speaker, “The Sting: What To Do When ICE Surprises You with an I9 Audit” and “Dangerous Liaisons: Representing the High-Risk Client,” American Immigration Lawyers Association, 39th Annual South Florida Chapter Immigration Conference, Miami, March 22, 2018

•Interviewed, Al Arabiya Television News Channel regarding the Supreme Court Decision on blocking the injunction on the President's latest travel ban, December 5, 2017

•Speaker, Ethical Issues in I-140 Employment Based Visa Petition and I-485 Applications for Permanent Residency Application Scenarios, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education Advanced Corporate Immigration Seminar-Don’t Cross That Line! Ethics For Immigration Practitioners, Newark, NJ, November 15, 2017

•Speaker, Overview of Recent Developments in Immigration Law, AILA Central Florida Chapter Annual Conference, Orlando, October 27, 2017
•Appeared on AlJeezera's London Newshour Television Show to Discuss the Latest Supreme Court Decision to Accept the Travel Ban Case, June 30, 2017
•Speaker, Cultural Awareness: How to Promote Diversity and Inclusion, Annual American Immigration Lawyer's Conference, New Orleans, LA, June 21, 2017
•Speaker, Immigration and Visas in Today's Environment, Human Resources Think Tank Forum at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, DC, May 12, 2017
•Speaker, Changes in Business Immigration, The New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education-17th Annual Immigration Conference, Newark, NJ, April 26, 2017
•Speaker, Sweeping New Immigration Regulations for Highly Skilled Workers, Webinar, March 15, 2017
•Panelist, The US Immigration Scene Post Election Day, Global Immigration Law Summit, London, February 28, 2017
•Interviewed on Al Jazeera Arabic News Show on The Trump Era, the President's Executive Order Banning Certain Countries and Suspending the U.S. Refugee Program, February 5, 2017
•Panelist, Takoma Park Sanctuary City Ordinance, Takoma Park Community Center, Takoma Park Maryland, February 4, 2017
•Appeared on the NPR Show 1A on the Executive Order Barring Entry nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen into the U.S., January 31, 2017
•Appeared on Al Jazeera News Show on Executive Order Barry Entry of nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen into the U.S., January 31, 2017
•Panelist, American Values at a Crossroads: An Examination of Immigration Law and Policies, Washington D.C. October 1, 2016
•Panelist, Advanced Issues in Representing Individual Investors, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Washington, D.C. October 24-25, 2016
•Speaker, Conversations with American Immigration Lawyers Association EB 5 Committee, Teleconference, Wednesday, March 16, 2016
•Panelist, The New Face of US Immigration: 2015 and Beyond - Higher Walls, Wider Gates? 7th Biennial International Bar Association Global Immigration Conference, London, November 18-20, 2015
•Panelist, Who's Watching? What the Government Knows About Your Client, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Advanced Corporate Immigration Law Conference: Issues for Attorneys, In-House Counsel & Human Resources Personnel, Newark, New Jersey, November 11, 2015
•Speaker, Representing Entrepreneurs Interested in Investing in the USA, American Immigration Law Association, Washington D.C. Chapter Webinar, November 10, 2015
•Speaker, Hot Topics, Legislative Update, and Open Q&A Panel, 2015 EB-5 Investors Summit: Representing EB-5 Investors and Regional Centers in a Time of Change, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), August 27-28, 2015
•Panelist, Understanding Investors' I-526 and I-829 Petitions and Processes, Second Annual Las Vegas EB-5 Conference, hosted by eb5 Investors Magazine, January 16-17, 2015
•Moderator, Advanced Issues in Representing Individual Investors and Program Chair, 2014 American Immigration Lawyers Association EB-5 Investors and Regional Centers Conference, Chicago, August 22-23, 2014
•Speaker, Duane Morris' Developments in Workplace Law & Practice 2014, New York, May 6, 2014
•Moderator, Prospects of Immigration Reform 2014, Immigrants' List Tele-Townhall Meeting, January 16, 2014
•Speaker, Global Immigration Trends National Association Of Foreign Student Advisors Embassy Dialogue Committee's Annual Fall Workshop, Embassy of France, Washington, D.C., October 16, 2013
•Speaker, Challenging Business Denials in Federal Court, American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Hilton Hotel, San Francisco, CA. June 28, 2013
•Speaker, Immigration and You, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee's National Convention, Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C., June 16, 2013
•Speaker, Stateside Provisional Waivers, Developments in Immigration Law and Removal Defense seminar, Boston University School of Law, May 2, 2013
•Speaker, The Hottest Issues and Developments in Immigration Law and Advanced Issues in Adjustment of Status, AILA South Florida 34th Annual Immigration Law Update, Miami Beach, February 7, 2013
•Speaker, Out of Time or Out of Numbers: Solutions For H-1Bs (Professional Workers), AILA Mid-Year Conference in Panama City, Panama, January 25, 2013
•Speaker, How Best to Prepare For and Deal with Federal Investigations of Employers of Foreign Nationals, American Immigration Lawyers Association, D.C. Chapter Fall Conference, University of Maryland, November 14, 2012
•Speaker, Litigating the Employment Based Visa Petitions, Immigrant Investor Visa Petitions and Adjustment of Status to Permanent Residence in District Court, Immigrants List First Annual CLE Immigration Litigation Seminar, Jungle Island, Miami, Florida, October 26, 2012
•Speaker, Turning Your Treaty Investor Visa Into a Green Card Immigrant Investor Visa, 26th Annual American Immigration Lawyers Association, Central Florida Chapter Seminar, Sheraton Sand Key, Clearwater Beach, Florida, October 5-6, 2012
•Speaker, How Can I Miss You if You Won't Go Away? Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Residence, American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, June 14, 2012
•Speaker, Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility, ILW.com EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Workshop, Nashville, Tennessee, June 13, 2012
•Speaker, Regional Centers, U.S. Pan Asian Chamber of Commerce, Bethesda, Maryland, June 5, 2012
•Speaker, EB 5- Immigrant Investor Visas For Beginners, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education Advanced Corporate Immigration Law Conference, Newark, New Jersey, November 9, 2011
•Moderator, H-1B Surprise Visits, DOL and LCA Audits and ICE and I-9 Audits, American Immigration Lawyers Association, D.C. Chapter 2011 Fall Conference, University of Maryland, Rockville, Maryland, November 4, 2011
•Speaker, E-2 and L-1 Visas: Alternative Choices in Today's Economy, American Immigration Lawyers Association Central Florida Chapter Annual Conference, Clearwater, Florida, October 21, 2011
•Moderator, Taming the Wild Horses: Learning to Lasso Labor Law Issues, American Immigration Lawyers Association National Fall Conference, Denver, Colorado, September 16, 2011
•Panelist, EB-5 Lore vs. EB-5 Law and Ethical Issues and Minimizing Risks, American Immigration Lawyers Association's EB-5 Investors & Regional Centers-Emerging Issues & Winning Strategies for Your Clients and Your Practice, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 14, 2011
•Speaker, Causes of Action & Pre-filing Considerations, American Immigration Lawyers Association's Federal Court Immigration Litigation CLE Practicum, Atlanta, Georgia, March 3-4, 2011
•Speaker, EB-5 Lore v. EB-5 Law, American Immigration Lawyers Association 2010 EB-5 Investors CLE Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, August 27, 2010
•Speaker, Blast from the Past: The Impact of Old Laws on Present-Day Practice, American Immigration Lawyers Association annual conference, National Harbor, Maryland, June 30-July 3, 2010
•Speaker, Duane Morris' Developments in Workplace Law & Practice 2010, New York, May 12, 2010
•Speaker, Duane Morris' Developments in Workplace Law & Practice 2010, Washington, D.C., May 11, 2010
•Speaker, Practical Guidance When Defending Aliens on U.S. Criminal Charges, D.C. Bar CLE program, Washington, D.C., December 14, 2009
•Panelist, How to Respond to Requests for Evidence in Employment-Based Visa Petitions, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education Advanced Corporate Immigration Law Conference, Newark, New Jersey, November 4, 2009
•Speaker, EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Conference-New Opportunities for Your Clients and Your Practice, National American Immigration Lawyers Association Conference, San Francisco, California, October 19, 2009
•Speaker, EB-5-Immigrant Investor Visa Update, Central Florida Chapter Conference of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Clearwater Beach, Florida, October 16, 2009
•Speaker, The New Form I-9, Business 21 Publishing webinar, July 21, 2009
•Speaker, Immigration Law and Policy, How the Law Is Implemented, Immigration Reform and the Latest Political Climate, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, American University Katzen Arts Center, June 25, 2009
•Speaker, Interplay Between Immigration Law and Labor/Employment Law, American Immigration Lawyers Association audio seminar, June 16, 2009
•Panelist, Breakfast with the Experts, American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 3-6, 2009
•Speaker, FBI Washington Field Office's Special Agent Conference, Quantico, Virginia, May 7, 2009
•Speaker, New Office Subsidiary or Affiliate: Investment Alternatives for Immigrant Entrepreneurs, DC Bar, International Law Section Seminar, Washington, D.C., April 22, 2009
•Speaker, Advanced Issues in F-1 Student Processing, New Jersey Immigration Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Newark, New Jersey, March 11, 2009
•Speaker, Employer Liability for Undocumented Workers, Managing Risk and Avoiding Prosecution in an Era of Heightened Enforcement, Strafford Publications teleconference, June 17, 2008
•Speaker, Immigration Law: Basics and More, ALI-ABA course of study, The Madison Hotel, Washington, D.C., May 8-9, 2008
•Speaker, Best Practices for Responding to a DOL Audit and the Latest Guidance from the Department of Labor on the Attorney's Role in the Recruitment Process, Sponsorship of Foreign Workers Under Heightened Scrutiny, Strafford Publications teleconference, September 11, 2008
•Speaker, New Border Systems, Security Checks and Visa Processing, The Latest in Business Immigration - Ensuring Compliance When Hiring Foreign Nationals seminar, Baltimore, Maryland, April 29, 2008
•Speaker, Immigration Law and Policy and the Current Political Climate, UnitedDemocrats of Frederick, Maryland, Central Committee seminar, April 7, 2008
•Speaker, Introducing Your Own Documentary and Testimonial Evidence, National Immigration Project's AnnualConference on Evidentiary Issues In Immigration Proceedings, Washington, D.C., October 31, 2007
•Speaker, Update on Employment Enforcement, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education's 8th Annual Immigration Conference, Seton Hall Law School, Newark, New Jersey, February 27, 2008
•Speaker, Raids and Criminal Prosecution, I-9 Compliance, Contractor Declarations, Compliance Policies and Audits, and Trends and Outlook for Employers, Legal Publishing Group of Strafford Publications teleconference, Employer Liability For Undocumented Workers - Strategies for Managing Risk and Avoiding Prosecution in an Era of Heightened Enforcement, October 23, 2007
•Panelist and speaker, Investment Visas: Treaty Investors (E-1 and E-2), Employment Creation Green Card Investments (EB 5,) Multinational Executives/Managers'/SpecializedKnowledge(L-1), and Tax Issues for Investors, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Central Florida Chapter's 21st Annual Fall Conference, Clearwater, Florida, October 12-13, 2007
•Speaker, Unlawful Presence For the Business Practitioner, American Immigration Law Association seminar, March 27, 2007
•Speaker, What To Do When The Government Knocks At Your Door: Dealing with Trouble, Council on Education Management's Immigration Law Update 2007, Ensuring Compliance to AvoidCostly Fines and Minimize Liability Risks, Baltimore, Maryland, March 3, 2007
•Panelist, Update on Employment Enforcement, New Jersey Institute For Continuing Legal Education's Seventh Annual Immigration Conference, Seton Hall University School of Law, New Jersey, March 2007
• Immigration Law Issues in Criminal and Divorce Matters, Fairfax County Bar Association's Immigration Law for the Busy Practitioner seminar, Fairfax, Virginia, September 28, 2006
•Moderator, Will Your Filing Trigger an NTA(beginning of deportation proceedings) or Arrest, AmericanImmigration Lawyers Association, July 25, 2006

Areas of Practice (1)

  • Immigration and Nationality Law and Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
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www.duanemorris.com/attorneys/denysesabagh.html
Law School Attended:
George Mason University School of Law, J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 1977
Year of First Admission:
1977
Admission:
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; Supreme Court of Maryland; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; Supreme Court of Virginia; 1982, District of Columbia; 1977, Virginia; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia; U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
Memberships:

Professional Activities

•American Bar Association
- Coordinating Committee on Immigration Law, 1997-2001
•The District of Columbia Bar
•The Virginia State Bar
•Arlington County Bar Association
•Fairfax County Bar Association
-Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1982-1984
•American Immigration Lawyers Association
- Member, Board of Governors, 1988-present
- Chair, Legislative Advocacy Committee, 2001-present
- General Counsel, 2003-2005
- Former Chair, EB-5 Liaison Committee
•Chair, Enforcement Liaison Committee with the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1999
- Member, Board of Governors, 1988-present
- President, 1996-1997
- President Elect, 1995-1996
- First Vice President, 1994-1995
- Second Vice President, 1993-1994
- National Secretary, 1991-1992
- Chair, 1990 Annual Conference
- Co-Chair, Business Immigration Conference, 1998
- Chair, Second Annual Capital Conference, 1987
- Chair, First Annual Capital Conference, 1986
- Co-Chair, National Committee on Legislation, 1985-1986
President and Secretary, Washington, D.C. Chapter, 1983-1985
•American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
-Recipient of First Legal Award, 1994
•American Civil Liberties Committee
- Chair, National Capital Chapter, Civil Liberties Summit Committee, 1999
•Middle East Asylum Project, 1994-present
•Human Rights Delegations, 1993, 1987
•Adviser to Presidential Transition Team Immigration Group, 1992
•Expert Witness, Commonwealth of Virginia vs. Regina Magalena Buzan, Case No. CR 54205, Circuit Court for Prince William County, Virginia, 2004

Birth Information:
Washington, D.C., September 27, 1948
Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: Represented a scholar employed at Atlantic Council, a leading D.C. Think Tank, in a federal district court mandamus complaint to force the Immigration Service to adjudicate his long-pending green card application. After filing, the case was immediately scheduled for interview, approved, and the green card was issued within two months, which allowed the scholar to travel freely for his work and reside permanently in the United States with his family.; Represented major corporation and obtained approval of complicated H-1B petition for a Computer Systems Analyst.; Obtained naturalization for complicated Syrian client.; Represented well-known Think Tank in obtaining complex H-1B visas.; Represented technology company in obtaining H-B visas for IT professionals.; Obtained O1 visa for Extraordinary Ability in the Arts for two architect/designers.; Conducted immigration due diligence for a buyer in an acquisition of 11 Montessori schools, including analysis of how one school being partially owned by immigrant investors affected the transaction.; Obtained an EB5 Immigrant Visa, which involved a very difficult and elaborate tracing of funds from Iraq.; Obtained an I-601A waiver on an expedited basis for a Mexican citizen stuck outside of the U.S. who was married to a disabled USC spouse.; Obtained approval of a complicated L1A Intracompany Transferee for a Brazilian Public Affairs Consulting Firm with a small US office.; Obtained a J-1 visa waiver, which is based on exceptional hardship to her two-year-old U.S. citizen daughter, on behalf of a Greek physician living in the United States on a J-1 visa for her fellowship in hematology and oncology.; Represented Unilife Corp. (NASDAQ: UNIS / ASX: UNS) in connection with its announced effort to seek strategic alternatives, culminating in a strategic collaboration with Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ: AMGN) for Unilife's wearable injectable drug delivery systems to use with Amgen's biologics and other medicines. The deal provides Unilife with investments of up to $90 million from Amgen and restructures Unilife's existing debt with OrbiMed.; Obtained the approval of 212(i) waiver of inadmissibility from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for a very complex case, the purpose of which is to provide humanitarian relief and promote family unity.; Represented a Boston based fund in reviewing a number of EB-5 documents in connection with a real estate construction project at a western resort.; Represented a regional center in connection with full documentation of an EB-5 project to finance the development of a hotel in Boston.; Represented a mid-west nursing home chain to review and revise EB-5 documentation for an EB-5 financing to construct a new nursing home as part of a chain of nursing homes.; Prepared an emergency motion to reopen deportation proceedings and an emergency stay of deportation that was granted by the Board of Immigration Appeals in a complex political asylum case.; Obtained a victory before the Arlington Immigration Court, securing a waiver of deportation under 212(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.; Counsel to Palestinian pulmonary and critical Fellow at the George Washington University Hospital who was denied a green card based upon allegations that he provided material support for terrorism, even though the Israeli Military Court previously dismissed the charges. Successful outcome in Immigration Court where the Judge granted his application for a green card. He will now be able to finish his medical fellowship and remain in the U.S. with his U. S. citizen wife and children.; Counsel to information technology companies for all immigration matters including H-1B and TN visas; labor certifications, green cards and consular processing; complex and difficult issues successfully resolved.; Counsel to large Health Care organization for all immigration matters including H-1B and TN visa, labor certifications, green cards, and consular processing; complex and difficult issues successfully resolved.; Counsel to a company in an I-9 Audit from the Immigration & Naturalization Service. Negotiated settlement favorable to client.; Secured asylum for a pro bono client, a young Iraqi journalist who is in the United States as an exchange student at American University. His asylum status allows him to stay in the United States indefinitely, be able to work, and apply for a green card after one year.; Obtained the approval of an O-1 visa, reserved for individuals with extraordinary ability, for a Canadian citizen to accept a high level executive position with Aramark.; Counsel to a long-term permanent resident with a very large family of U.S. citizens/permanent residents who own businesses in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area in a deportation proceeding on a difficult cancellation of removal case. Result allowed client to maintain his permanent residence and reside in the United States.; Counsel to individuals in post 9/11/02 secret hearings and material witness warrant cases before the Immigration Court and the U.S. District Court in Eastern District of Virginia.; Counsel to Jordan-born client in rare federal court challenge to denial of application for naturalization. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services accused client of lack of good moral character and alleged affiliation with Muslim organizations adverse to the U.S. Won case; in 90-page decision, the court ordered the client qualified for citizenship.; Counsel to a company for immigration issues regarding foreign nurse recruitment in the Philippines, Canada and other countries; assistance in obtaining permanent residence and non-immigrant visas.; Counsel to multinational company for all immigration matters including L-1 transfer of foreign nationals, H-1B, E - treaty visa and permanent residence and complex immigration issues.; Counsel to foreign embassies regarding immigration and international dispute issues.; Counsel regarding religious worker visas.
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