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Matt Martinez is a Principal in the Phoenix, Arizona, office of Jackson Lewis P.C

His practice focuses on representing employers in all matters of business immigration.  He represents companies from a broad spectrum of industries, ranging in size from sole proprietorships to Fortune 500 companies, including several listed on the NYSE and NASDAQ. 

Matt’s clients include major healthcare providers, multinational corporations, government agencies, sports franchises, professional athletes, and performers in the entertainment industry.  He is fluent in Spanish and advises Latin American companies in setting up operations in the U.S. and transferring key employees. He also assists Canadians and Mexicans in obtaining work authorization through NAFTA.  Matt counsels companies on complex immigration issues that arise in mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations, and he assists companies with I-9 and E-Verify issues, including internal audits and government investigations. 

In particular, Matt provides counsel to companies navigating the H-1B application process, including preparing for the H-1B lottery and extensions of F-1/OPT for STEM graduates.  He represents investors applying for E-2 treaty investor and E-1 treaty trader visas at various U.S. consulates throughout the world.  He handles PERM labor certification applications, J-1 Conrad Waiver applications, National Interest Waiver applications, and Schedule A petitions.  Matt also assists clients with EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 permanent residence petitions.

Matt is a frequent speaker on immigration matters affecting employers, and he also lectures international students at major universities regarding their post-graduation employment options. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Latin America and Caribbean Chapter.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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  1. Immigration: 100%
    14 years



Fixed (always)

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    Matt is an excellent immigration attorney and when I have questions relating to investment visa's, or any other employment based visa or immigration issue, I know he is one of the few attorneys who will have the answer. I fully and unreservedly endorse Matt for his immigration knowledge, skillful and effective representation of his clients and his professional integrity.


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  • Brian John Holmes

    Matthew is a tremendous asset to the legal community. His vast knowledge of immigration law sets him apart as one of the best in the industry. He is respected by all who know him, and he is, without a doubt, an expert in his chosen field. I recommend and endorse Matthew without any reservation whatsoever.


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Contact info

Jackson Lewis P.C.

2398 E. Camelback Road
Suite 1060
Phoenix, AZ, 85016


AZActive 200903/30/2016
KYAuthorized to practice law199907/09/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Valley LawyerNorth Valley Magazine2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerJackson Lewis P.C.2015 - Present
PartnerFennemore Craig, PC2006 - 2015
AttorneyGoldberg & Simpson, PSC2005 - 2006
AttorneyGreenebaum Doll & McDonald, PLLC1999 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Latin America Chapter)CBP Liaison Committee2012 - Present
State Bar of ArizonaMember2009 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2003 - Present
Kentucky Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
United States Equestrian FederationMemberN/A
United States Citizenship and Immigration Service California Service Center Liaison CommitteeMember2008 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
L-1A for Mexican Business ExecutiveL-1A visa obtained.
NACARA for GuatemalanSpecial Rule Cancellation of Removal: Lawful Permanent Resdiency
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
Brigham Young UniversityFinanceB.S1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National Association of Foreign Student Advisers (NAFSA) Annual Conference - Houston, TexasCrimes and Punishment: How do Misdemeanors Affect Immigration Status2012
Maricopa County Bar Association - Phoenix, ArizonaWhere is SB1070 Now and Who are the “Dreamers?2012
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Arizona State University College of Engineering and Computer ScienceDegree to H-1B: Immigration Options After Graduation2012
Arizona Commerce Authority - Mexico City, MexicoInvest in the Southwest “Como Hacer Negocios en Arizona”2012
Annual Statewide Career Services Conference - Mesa, ArizonaAdvising and Hiring International Students: Unraveling the U.S. Immigration System2012
Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Commerce Authority - Mexico City, MexicoInvest in Arizona Seminar2011
National Conference on Equine Law - Lexington, KentuckyImmigration Compliance Program for Employers in the Equine Industry2011
National Association of Foreign Student Advisers - Houston, TexasCrimes & Punishment How do Misdemeanors Affect Immigration Status2011
Arizona International Educators State Meeting - Flagstaff, ArizonaMisdemeanors, Felonies, and International Students: Impact on Status and What to do About It2011
Maricopa County Bar Association - Phoenix, ArizonaTop Ten Things You Need to Know When Advising Employers on Immigration Matters2010
Home Builders Association of Central Arizona - Scottsdale, ArizonaImmigration Compliance and Workplace Enforcement in Arizona2010
Arizona International Educators State Meeting - Phoenix, ArizonaArizona International Educators State Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona2010
Arizona International Educators State Meeting - Phoenix, ArizonaOptions for Staying in the U.S. After Completion of Studies2010
Lorman Seminars - Tucson, ArizonaEmployer's Guide to Workplace Enforcement Issues in Arizona2009
Southern Arizona Home Builders Association (SAHBA) Seminar, Arizona Builders' Alliance -Tucson, ArizonaImmigration Compliance: How to Avoid the Business Death Penalty2008
National Business Institute (NBI) Seminar - Phoenix, Arizona,Critical Updates for Immigration Law Practitioners2008
Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association's 2nd Annual Healthcare Workforce Summit, Phoenix, ArizonaThe Riddles of the Sphinx are Child's Play Compared to the U.S. Immigration Laws2008
American Institute of Architects, Southern Arizona Chapter Annual Meeting - Tucson, ArizonaIssues in Managing a Foreign Workforce in Arizona2008
2008 Minority Bar Convention - Phoenix, ArizonaThe Border War2008
Tucson Utility Contractors Association (TUCA) - Tucson, ArizonaImmigration Enforcement and Immigration Reform2007
Southern Arizona Home Builders Association (SAHBA) Seminar - Tucson, ArizonaHow to Keep Your License, Avoid the Business Death Penalty, and Sail into the Social Security No-Match Safe Harbor2007
National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association (NHBPA) - Hot Springs, ArkansasImmigration Reform Under a New Congress and How It Will Impact Horsemen,2007
Labor and Employment Law Institute - Tucson, ArizonaImmigration Policy and Employment Law2007
Annual Fall Seminar - Sedona, ArizonaABA Employment and Labor Law Section2007
University of Louisville Law School - Louisville, KentuckyThe PERM Process2006
Associated Industries of KentuckyEmploying Foreign Workers in Kentucky: American Subcontractors (ASA) and Associated Specialty Contractors (ASC)2006
American Subcontractors (ASA) and Associated Specialty Contractors (ASC) - Tucson, AZImmigration Issues Impacting Construction Employers2006
Jefferson County Teachers Association - Louisville, KentuckyOptions for the J-1 Trainee2005
Human Resource Management & Executive Training Series - Northern KentuckyEmployment Eligibility Verification2004
Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers’ Club - Lexington, KYImmigration Update and Employment Eligibility Verification2003
9th Annual Beyond the Basics in Employment Law - Phoenix, Arizona, NovemberImmigration Compliance and Workplace Enforcement in ArizonaN/A