Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius has added an immigration practice to its San Francisco office, hiring three attorneys from Cooley Godward. Partners Lance Nagel and A. James Vazquez-Azpiri made the leap, bringing over sixth-year associate Amy Reinhorn, eight paralegals and such clients as Toyota Motor Corp. and Fujitsu Ltd. The group complements Morgan, Lewis’ three-lawyer immigration practice based in Washington, D.C. “Adding a preeminent West Coast practice would enhance our abilities to serve our national clients and be available to them in real time in their own time zone,” said partner Eleanor Pelta, who heads the East Coast practice. The firm focuses on comprehensive immigration management for multinational companies. “In this world of telecommunication, you can e-mail or video-conference or share files,” said Pelta. “But if you want to bring a colleague to the U.S. to collaborate, it is almost a Byzantine process.” Nagel said that the Bay Area is rich in opportunities for immigration law because of its proximity to Asia and because Silicon Valley attracts so many foreign nationals. “They create a tribal trading pattern, going home to their own countries where they develop manufacturing and design centers,” said Nagel. He said Morgan, Lewis’ employment practice also dovetails nicely with his work. Immigration practices have historically resided in boutique firms, although larger firms such as Baker & McKenzie have gotten into the business, noted Marc Van Der Hout, a partner with Van Der Hout, Brigagliano & Nightingale. Morgan, Lewis also hired partner David Bohrer to join the firm’s intellectual property group in the Palo Alto office. Bohrer was formerly with Dechert’s Palo Alto office.

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]

Reprints & Licensing
Mentioned in a Law.com story?

License our industry-leading legal content to extend your thought leadership and build your brand.


ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2021 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.