CIP'S FOUNDING PARTNERS
B.A., Cum Laude, University of Calif., Los Angeles
Addie has over 15 years of experience advising clients on all aspects of US-based business immigration law and moving foreign talent around the world. She counsels employers on complex immigration policies and processes and helps them set up comprehensive immigration programs globally. Addie’s experience managing teams of attorneys and paralegals who prepare various employment visas and permanent residence matters give her deep insight into the role managers play within the corporations she counsels.
Addie also holds a designation of Global Mobility Specialist (GMS®) from WorldwideERC, and she is a frequent contributor to MOBILITY magazine on the topic of business traveler compliance. Additionally, she leads the firm’s Pro Bono efforts, earning the prestigious Super Lawyers Pro Bono Award for herself and her colleagues.
B.A., Tufts University
Brendan possesses ten years of experience managing the complicated corridors of immigration law. He specializes in global Immigration, managing a practice group focused on supporting and advising corporations on international immigration strategy. Brendan ensures that businesses remain in compliance with jurisdictions around the world.
Brendan has assisted a diverse set of clients of all sizes to expand and solidify their international footprint. He uses critical and creative thinking to help businesses implement efficient operational improvements that save them time and money. Brendan makes his considerable experience and knowledge available to companies daily to help them meet their immigration goals in the US and abroad.
B.A., University of California, Berkeley
Christy has always been passionate about immigration all her life. This passion inspired her to dedicate all of her professional and volunteer efforts to this field. She has been helping foreign nationals since 1997 and practicing business immigration law with prominent law firms since 2001.
Over the course of her professional career, Christy gained extensive experience partnering with corporate clients of all sizes, from startup companies to Fortune 500 companies. She is trained and certified by Worldwide ERC as a Global Mobility Specialist (GMS®), which serves as the base of her keen understanding of a wide range of global mobility issues facing clients. This holistic approach to her practice addresses immigration's multifaceted nature, from relocation resources to cross-cultural considerations.
B.A., University of Texas, Austin
Elizabeth, or “Liz” as she prefers, is known as a passionate legal advocate and immigration strategist. She leverages her 14 years of experience to deliver comprehensive solutions to clients seeking a trusted hand to guide them through the entirety of their corporate immigration processes.
She takes an active role in helping her clients strategize, implement, and comply with mobility program management and talent research initiatives. These are the crucial components of any modern company’s expanding global footprint. Liz currently sits on the Bay Area Mobility Management board and is certified as a Worldwide ERC – Global Mobility Specialist (GMS®). She is frequently cited as a legal expert in national publications thanks to her reputation and knowledge in the immigration field.
B.A., University of California, Berkeley
With eighteen years of corporate immigration law experience, Yvonne's practice encompasses both nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions. She maintains a particular focus on PERM Labor Certification applications, J-1 research scholar programs, petitions in the multinational manager, outstanding researcher, and extraordinary ability categories. Yvonne also advises corporate clients on best practices and I-9 compliance.
Yvonne practiced at one of the largest corporate immigration law firms in the United States for eight years. While with the firm, she developed internal templates and processes to increase efficiency, trained and mentored colleagues, and was regarded as the firm's EB-1 expert. Yvonne was also an attorney at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she developed and managed an in-house immigration program and the J-1 exchange visitor program.
Today, we mark the beginning of our story and are proud to announce the opening of Corporate Immigration Partners, LLP.
Immigration is a fundamental ingredient to so many of our stories. It shapes economies, borders, laws, governments, businesses, and so much more. It can also lead to an opportunity for personal and professional growth. The stories of Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State who moved to the U.S. from Prague as a child, and Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai, who arrived in the U.S. from India on an H-1B visa, are just a few examples of how immigration has shaped our world’s history. Every day, thousands more rely on immigration systems for growth, opportunity, and change.
Given the current challenges we all face, some may wonder why we would choose to start a new venture in an industry facing unprecedented scrutiny. We agree that the challenges ahead for many are daunting. We also believe that these challenges bring an incredible opportunity for change. With over 20 years’ worth of experience and knowledge in corporate immigration, our award-winning lawyers are looking forward to ushering our clients through these trying times and building a better future together. Combining extensive industry knowledge and a compassionate approach, we are ready to help our clients achieve their personal and professional goals.
As a business and as individuals, we have learned so much over the last several months as we’ve weathered some of the most challenging global problems of our time. Most importantly, we have learned that moving freely around the world is a gift to be cherished. Ever the leaders in innovation, we welcome the opportunity to help the international corporate community stay connected and flourish during these unpredictable and uncertain times.
We are so thankful for our community of immigration professionals, clients, co-workers, families, and friends who have supported us in this new beginning.
We look forward to working with you!
Addie, Brendan, Christy, Liz, and Yvonne