|VA||Authorized to practice law||2012||02/13/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Edith Lowenstein Award for Excellence||American Immigration Lawyers Association||1997|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Consular Corps||Member||2008 - Present|
|French-American Chamber of Commerce||Member||1995 - Present|
|IMMLAW/The National Consortium of Immigration Law Firms||Founding Member||1990 - Present|
|International Bar Association||Member||1980 - Present|
|American Immigration Lawyers Association||Member/Elected National Director||1978 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||1975 - Present|
|District of Columbia Bar||Member||1975 - Present|
|District of Columbia Bar||Member||1975 - Present|
|Visa Processing Guide||Strategic Lawyering at Consular Posts||2008|
|Visa Processing Guide||Representing Clients at the American Embassy in Manila||2008|
|Immigration Briefings||Consular Processing of Nonimmigrant Visas||N/A|
|Interpreter Releases||Representation of Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants at American Embassies and Consulates||N/A|
|Interpreter Releases||Processing Visas for Iranian Nationals||N/A|
|Unknown||Proper Utilization of the B-1 and H Working Visas||N/A|
|Unknown||Adjustment of Status||N/A|
|Unknown||Labor Certification: Procedures and Problems||N/A|
|Unknown||The Refugee Act of 1980, An Operational Perspective||N/A|
|Unknown||Refugee and Asylum Procedures||N/A|
|AILA Monthly Mailing||Refugee and Asylum Practice: Avoiding Discretionary Denials||N/A|
|Howard University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1974|
|University of Washington||Economics||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1970|
Posted by anonymous
As a physician, I have been taught to strive for these qualities to be an outstanding professional – availability, affability and ability. Having Jan represent us on a myriad of complicated and time-sensitive immigration issues over the last couple of years, I can confidently state that she not only epitomizes these qualities but goes much further by being an ardent advocate for her clients.
Able – I was introduced to Jan when she was under contract with my wife’s new employer and was working on her H1 transfer. Under the circumstances, the transfer was a sensitive issue for us with possibility of losing AC21 eligibility. Unlike other employer-contracted lawyers, who are often condescending or uncommunicative towards the beneficiaries, Jan and her team treated us as their personal clients. She understood our predicament and personally directed quick preparation of the petition, allowing us to keep the benefits. After this great first experience, we decided to retain her for our H4-EAD and EB2-NIW petitions and she has delivered on all counts. Our H4 and EAD petitions were filed right around the time the rule came into effect and we were served with a difficult RFE. Jen and her partners brainstormed the questions and came up with a very effective reply. I am certain that without Jen’s encyclopedic knowledge of immigration law, commitment and personal attention I would not be able to obtain the EAD and continue to work in the US. Jen not only prepared our EB2-NIW petition but she was personally able to obtain letters from state government which was a key to the petition. Without her help, obtaining those letters would have been a significant investment of our time and efforts. Jen also referred us to her equally outstanding partner, Elizabeth Quinn, regarding EB1EA petition. Both the EB1EA and EB2 petitions have since been approved.
Available – Jan and her team have set the bar for open communication. From day one of our interaction, Jan has been available to us by phone and email, day or night. On urgent matters we had direct access to her and she would often respond within minutes to hours regardless of the time of the day.
Affable – Communicating with Jan has Zen like effects. She is the ‘Yoda’ of immigration law. At every stage of these multiple petitions Jan gave us comfort, encouragement and inspired confidence. Talking to her, I knew she is the person I can totally depend on for the right advice without needing to scour the internet for obscure facts.
Advocacy – Jen truly goes beyond the call of duty. She promptly called and refereed us to another attorney to protect our interests when a conflict developed during her dual representation of my wife and her employer.
I am truly privileged to have her as my attorney and I unreservedly recommend her on all immigration matters.
Posted by Khalida Brohi
I am a social entrepreneur, and this April I was invited to receive an Award in Chicago, where I wanted my mother to join me. This is, of course, a lot to ask because U.S. visas for Pakistanis are usually long and extremely difficult processes. And for my mother who had no job affiliation and less documentation to support her, I knew the task would not be easy. Jan came highly recommended and I reached out to her. I couldn't believe what happened next. Jan made sure she was very clear in her messages to us, about the documentation we need, about the application process, and I will never forget that long phone call to prepare my mother for her interview. We were sitting in a village in Pakistan and the phone connection was really bad, but with her patience and brilliance she prepared my mother for her interview appointment. The following week when my mother gave her interview, she came out of the consulate beaming with a new light on her face. My mother was now able to join me in my speeches in the US and talk about her journey. It has been a big hand in changing many peoples' lives. Thank you so much Jan for doing this for us. My mother has had a great visit. She is soon going to NYC to meet with great world leaders, and going back to Pakistan with great learning and development. I am forever grateful to you.
Sharareh Hoidra, Immigration Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Thank you Ms. Pederson for being who you are - I'm sure you're not aware of this, but you inspired me to become an immigration attorney. Many years ago you helped my father secure asylum. You also helped my family members and I (I was 4 years old at the time) follow to join from Iran. Well fast forward 25 years and here I am practicing law in MD and helping others just like you helped me. Thank you for inspiring me. Your influence has spanned generations.