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With over 20 years of immigration law experience, Ms. Pilcher has a breadth and depth of experience that enable her to provide an unparalleled level of service to her immigration clients, whether they be large-scale business enterprises or individuals.  Prior to entering private practice in 2002, Ms. Pilcher was a full-time member of the faculty at the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  As an Assistant Professor of Law from 1992 to 1999, she taught overview courses and specialized seminars in Immigration Law and other subjects, including writing and advocacy.   After six years of private business practice with a Burlington, Vermont commercial law firm, where Ms. Pilcher’s business practice focused on immigration, intellectual property, health care and commercial litigation, she chose to devote her practice fully to immigration as Of Counsel with Carroll & Scribner, P.C.  In August 2013, she joined Bernstein Osberg-Braun P.L. as Senior Counsel. 


                Ms. Pilcher’s business immigration practice with the commercial firm served primarily large corporate and institutional clients, including hospitals, health care facilities, manufacturers, school districts and utilities, many of whom remain clients today.   She is widely recognized as a leading practitioner in the highly technical area of EB-5 visas for Immigrant Investors.  She has successfully represented clients in a broad range of immigration matters, including H-1B, L, TN, H-2B, E-1, E-2, O, J-1 waivers (physician, hardship and no objection), B-1/B-2 (including in lieu of H-1B), F-1 (including cap gap, OPT and reinstatement matters), J-1 (including scholars, medical residents, au pairs, trainees), PERM labor certifications and permanent residence cases (EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, and EB-5), VAWA, U, K-1, K-3, humanitarian and port paroles, international adoptions and family-based matters of all kinds.   She has represented businesses before ICE in worksite enforcement matters, conducted I-9 audits, and provided in-house training on employment eligibility verification and related matters.  She counsels business owners and HR professionals regarding compliance and employment issues.  She has extensive experience with consular processing, Northern U.S. border practice, and agency adjudications.    


                Ms. Pilcher has published and lectured extensively on immigration law topics, and she is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.



Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    14 years



Hourly ($250-400/hour)

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Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP

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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Hilmer Oehlmann Jr. AwardStanford Law School1990
J.D. with DistinctionStanford Law School1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior CounselBernstein Osberg-Braun P.L.2013 - 2014
Of CounselCarroll & Associates PC (formerly Carroll & Scribner, P.C.)2007 - 2013
Associate AttorneyPrimmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC (formerly Eggleston & Cramer Ltd.)2001 - 2007
Assistant Professor of LawUniversity of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville1993 - 1999
Instructor, Legal WritingUniversity of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville1991 - 1993
Law Clerk to Hon. John S. RhoadesUnited States District Court, S.D. Cal.1990 - 1991
Managing EditorStanford Law Review1989 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
EB5 Investors MagazineEditorial Board2015 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember; VT-DHS Liaison 2007-2012, SSA Liaison 20071994 - Present
Colchester Community Food ShelfBoard of Directors2012 - 2013
Vermont Bar AssociationN/A2002 - 2013
Publication nameTitleDate
AILA's Immigration Forms Toolbox (2015 ed.)Practical Guidance in Preparing I-526 Petitions (with Elsie Hui Arias)2015
AILA's Immigration Forms Toolbox (2015 ed.)Completing Form I-829, Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions (with Elsie Hui Arias)2015
EB5 Investors MagazineLoan Proceeds as Capital: Practice Advisory on USCIS "Indebtedness" Policy2015
IIUSA Regional Center Industry Weekly ReportInvesting Cash from Loan Proceeds: A New Interpretation of "Indebtedness" (with Lincoln Stone)2015
Immigration Options for Investors and Entrepreneurs (AILA, 3d Edition)Preserving the EB-5 Option for the Entrepreneur: Strategic Considerations for Startup Counsel2014
AILA's Immigration Forms Toolbox (2013-14 edition)I-526, Immigrant Petition for Alien Entrepreneur (with Elsie Arias, Esq.)2013
AILA's Immigration Forms Toolbox (2013-14 edition)I-829, Petition to Remove Conditions (with Elsie Arias, Esq.)2013
Immigration Options for Investors (AILA, 2d Edition)Permanent Residence Without Labor Certification2010
Immigration Options for Investors & Entrepreneurs (AILA, 2d Edition)Practical Guidance in Preparing I-526 and I-829 Petitions (with Elsie Arias, Esq.)2010
Vermont Bar JournalAre Your Clients Ready for the ICE? (with J. Newman, Esq.)2007
Lobbying, PACs, and Campaign Finance: 50 State Handbook (State Capital Global Law Firm Group)Chapter 47: Vermont2005
Arkansas Law ReviewJustice Without a Blindfold: Criminal Proceedings and the Alien Defendant1997
Federal Sentencing ReporterAssessing Collateral Immigration Consequences of Criminal Justice Decisionmaking When the Defendant is an Alien1997
American Criminal Law ReviewIgnorance, Discretion and the Fairness of Notice: Confronting "Apparent Innocence" in the Criminal Law1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stanford Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Smith CollegeN/AA.B.1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
IIUSA Webinar SeriesLoan Proceeds as Qualifying Capital for EB-5 Investment2015
5th Annual EB-5 Market ExchangeEB-5 Litigation: The Latest from Court Proceedings Relevant to Policy2015
4th Annual California EB-5 ConferenceInvesting Loan Proceeds as Capital2015
16th Annual AILA New York Chapter Immigration Law SymposiumAboard the Luxury Cruise Liner: EB-52013
The EB-5 WorkshopCurrent Issues with Investor Petitions2012
The EB-5 Summit for Attorneys and DevelopersI-829 Removal of Conditions2012
EB-5 Investors & Regional Centers - A Practice Skills WorkshopWinning the End Game: Removal of Conditions2012
EB-5 101 CLEEB-5 Investor Immigration: Regional Centers and Removal of Conditions2012
EB-5 Investors & Regional Centers: Navigating Through New Challenges & Building a Sound PracticeWinning the End Game: Removal of Conditions2011
EB-5 Investors & Regional Centers - Emerging Issues & Winning StrategiesCountry-Specific Issues in EB-5 Practice2011
Investing in America - Making EB-5 Work for Your Clients and Your PracticeCountry-Specific Issues in EB-5 Practice2010
Investors for ExpertsRecurring Problem Issues for EB-5 Investment2009
Investor Options for BeginnersOptions for Entrepreneurs2009
EB-5 Investors - New Opportunities For Your Clients and Your PracticePreparing the EB-5 Case2009
VBA Mid-Year MeetingBusiness, Borders & the Vermont Lawyer2008
Immigration Law in the WorkplaceImmigration Law and Business2003
Immigration 101Introduction to Immigration Law for Attorneys2003
Boston Early Music FestivalVisa Processing for Musicians in the Post-9/11 Era2003