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Over 15 years of experience in all aspects of family and employment-based immigration, from strategy to immigration compliance, including IRCA, I-9, LCAs, high volume of employment-based petitions, PERM/alien labor certification applications, immigrant/preference visa petitions, consular processing and adjustment of status filings. Ellen excels at J-1 waivers for foreign medical graduates and "outstanding researcher and professor," "extraordinary ability," and "national interest waiver" priority worker preference petitions. Ellen supports clients through all steps of operating business in the U.S.: from the formation of a corporate entity, the choice of immigration strategy, application for a temporary visa and through permanent residence. Ellen counsels permanent residents during their temporary assignments abroad, international relocation, citizenship process, complex family matters, including marriages to foreign nationals. Advise investors and escrow agents on all aspects of Eb-5 regional centers investment opportunities. Bialingual in Russian & English. Counsel escrow agents, financial institutions, pharma, biotech, R&D, non-profits, academia, and hospitals on all aspects of the US immigration.
Visas: H-1B, H-3, B-1, B-2, E-1, E-2, E-3, P-1, P-3, R-1, L-1, O-1, K-1 & TN
• PERM Labor Certifications
• Green Cards through work, family, marriage or investor (EB-5)
• Naturalization & Citizenship
• Due Diligence in Corporate Reorganizations
• Devise Corporate Immigration Strategy and Compliance Methodology,0625-freeman.shtm


Languages spoken: Russian, Ukrainian

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    17 years



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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K&L Gates LLP

K&L Gates Centre
210 Sixth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA, 15222


NYCurrently registered 200903/07/2016
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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Corporate ImmigrationWho's Who Legal2015
Pittsburgh Best LawyersPittsburgh Best Lawyers2012
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Order of BarristersUniversity of Pittsburgh Law School1999
Best OralistNiagara International Moot Court1998
Best Argument for the ApplicantNiagara International Moot Court1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerK & L Gates2013 - Present
Of CounselK&L Gates LLP2010 - 2013
CounselBuchanan Ingersoll & Rooney2006 - 2010
AssociateCohen & Grigsby, P.C. 1999 - 2006
Summer AssociateMorgan Lewis1998 - 1998
ClerkBankruptcy Court1997 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2000 - Present
Allegheny County Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Pittsburgh Human Resources AssociationLPD Committee Member2009 - 2011
NAFSAMember2008 - 2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Pittsburgh School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
University of Pittsburgh, PittsburghPublic and International AffairsMPIA1999
Odessa National UniversityRussian Language and LiteratureMA - Masters1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Immigration Law WeeklyPERM for The Beginners2010
AILA WebinarWorking with Educational Institutions and Designated School Officials: Back to School2010
AILA 2010 Annual ConferenceNational Visa Center and Consular Processing2010
Pittsburgh Human Resources AssociationE-verify and Employment Eligibility2009 Understanding the PERM ProcessUnderstanding the PERM Process2009 PERM Sticky IssuesPERM Sticky Issues2009
Buchanan Ingersoll 2009 Spring L&E Seminar2009 Immigration Update2009
AILA Annual ConferencePreserving Permanent Residence2009
AILA 2009 Fall CLE ConferenceImmigration Consequences of Corporate Restructuring & Reorganization2009
Sterling CLEIntroduction to US Immigration Law2008
Hospitality Human Resources Management AssociationRecent Developments and Hot Topics2008
Great Decisions 2007: MigrationImmigration and Migration2007
Buchanan Ingersoll Spring L&E SeminarE-Verify & Employer Compliance2007
American Society of Women AccountantsImmigration Post 9/112004