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Matthew G. Thompson

Senior Counsel

Houston
Direct: (713) 238-1823
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Matthew Thompson is a Senior Counsel in the Labor & Employment Department in the Firm’s Houston office. Mr. Thompson concentrates his practice on advanced U.S. immigration and nationality law and global business immigration matters, assisting employers with immigration challenges facing international workforces. He has extensive experience in all areas of U.S. immigration law, but primarily focuses in current practice on employment-based immigration for corporate clients, naturalization, and the immigration practices and regulations for foreign employment offshore on the Outer Continental Shelf. Mr. Thompson advised companies on strategies for both nonimmigrant and permanent residency issues, including, but not limited to, L-1, H-1B, TN, O-1 and E-3 visa petitions and, Multinational Manager, Extraordinary Ability and exceptional Ability petitions, National Interest Waivers and Outstanding Researcher immigrant petitions. Mr. Thompson has expertise in managing PERM campaigns for employers and in developing cost-effective strategies for companies and organizations interested in hiring professional foreign workers. He has experience in performing I-9 and Public Access File audits. Mr. Thompson has also developed a Deemed Export/Export Compliance practice, including deemed export licensing and compliance counseling associated with the hiring and deployment of foreign employees in situations that may require export licensure. His clients include both large multinational corporations and regional companies in various industries, as well as smaller companies, individual clients and artistic groups.

Prior to practicing law, Mr. Thompson served in the United States Air Force as a Russian language translator. He also spent time as an Immigration Specialist in refugee resettlement at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. While there, he corresponded with, and informed, Congressional and White House officials on related refugee matters as well as being awarded the Department of State Superior Honor Award for outstanding performance during the attempted Soviet coup of August 1991.

Mr. Thompson is proficient in Russian and French.

Matthew Thompson is a Senior Counsel in the Labor & Employment Department in the Firm’s Houston office. Mr. Thompson concentrates his practice on advanced U.S. immigration and nationality law and global business immigration matters, assisting employers with immigration challenges facing international workforces. He has extensive experience in all areas of U.S. immigration law, but primarily focuses in current practice on employment-based immigration for corporate clients, naturalization, and the immigration practices and regulations for foreign employment offshore on the Outer Continental Shelf. Mr. Thompson advised companies on strategies for both nonimmigrant and permanent residency issues, including, but not limited to, L-1, H-1B, TN, O-1 and E-3 visa petitions and, Multinational Manager, Extraordinary Ability and exceptional Ability petitions, National Interest Waivers and Outstanding Researcher immigrant petitions. Mr. Thompson has expertise in managing PERM campaigns for employers and in developing cost-effective strategies for companies and organizations interested in hiring professional foreign workers. He has experience in performing I-9 and Public Access File audits. Mr. Thompson has also developed a Deemed Export/Export Compliance practice, including deemed export licensing and compliance counseling associated with the hiring and deployment of foreign employees in situations that may require export licensure. His clients include both large multinational corporations and regional companies in various industries, as well as smaller companies, individual clients and artistic groups.

Prior to practicing law, Mr. Thompson served in the United States Air Force as a Russian language translator. He also spent time as an Immigration Specialist in refugee resettlement at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. While there, he corresponded with, and informed, Congressional and White House officials on related refugee matters as well as being awarded the Department of State Superior Honor Award for outstanding performance during the attempted Soviet coup of August 1991.

Mr. Thompson is proficient in Russian and French.

Education

  • 1997, University of Houston Law Center (J.D.)
  • B.A., Southern Methodist University (1989)
    cum laude

Admissions

  • Texas

Affiliations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • AILA Military Assistant Program (MAP)
  • Houston Bar Association (International Law Section)

Publications

  • Co-Author, “Merger and Acquisition Update - New IRS Regulations,” AILA Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook (1998-1999)

Accolades

  • Texas Rising Star, Immigration Law, Texas Monthly Magazine, July 2005
  • The Best Lawyers of America, Immigration Law (2009-2016)