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Sharon Cook Poorak

Senior Counsel

Atlanta
Direct: (404) 885-6754
Fax: (404) 724-1754
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Ms. Poorak is senior counsel in the Immigration practice group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. With over thirty years of immigration law experience, she focuses her business immigration law practice primarily on H, L, PERM,  I140 and related  I485 issues.  Ms. Poorak represents corporate clients in a wide variety of industries, developing comprehensive immigration plans  to ensure consistency among filed applications and compliance with all applicable regulations.
 
Ms. Poorak served as Director of Education for the American Immigration Lawyers Association in Washington, DC, where she developed the educational programs for the association's 10,0000+ members based upon the latest immigration law developments from Congress and federal agencies, and represented indigent individuals in immigration custody as Director of the Detention Project for Catholic Social Services. She has been a frequent speaker at various immigration conferences nationwide,  a guest lecturer on business immigration law at  University of Georgia School of Law and Georgia State University School of Law, as well as business law presentations at Emory University, University of Florida and a panel member representing practitioners debating the impact of the new Georgia immigration laws with various law makers, law school professors and law enforcement officials at the University of Georgia School of Law. She appeared before the US Supreme Court with her previous law partners on an immigration related case involving EAJA fees.
 
Ms. Poorak has been named as a “Leading Immigration Attorney” by International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers; International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, and is consistently recognized by her peers in Chambers USA as being among the “Best Lawyers in America” and most recently Recipient of Lawyer Monthly Magazine – Women in Law Awards 2017 Publication Award
Ms. Poorak is senior counsel in the Immigration practice group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. With over thirty years of immigration law experience, she focuses her business immigration law practice primarily on H, L, PERM,  I140 and related  I485 issues.  Ms. Poorak represents corporate clients in a wide variety of industries, developing comprehensive immigration plans  to ensure consistency among filed applications and compliance with all applicable regulations.
 
Ms. Poorak served as Director of Education for the American Immigration Lawyers Association in Washington, DC, where she developed the educational programs for the association's 10,0000+ members based upon the latest immigration law developments from Congress and federal agencies, and represented indigent individuals in immigration custody as Director of the Detention Project for Catholic Social Services. She has been a frequent speaker at various immigration conferences nationwide,  a guest lecturer on business immigration law at  University of Georgia School of Law and Georgia State University School of Law, as well as business law presentations at Emory University, University of Florida and a panel member representing practitioners debating the impact of the new Georgia immigration laws with various law makers, law school professors and law enforcement officials at the University of Georgia School of Law. She appeared before the US Supreme Court with her previous law partners on an immigration related case involving EAJA fees.
 
Ms. Poorak has been named as a “Leading Immigration Attorney” by International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers; International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, and is consistently recognized by her peers in Chambers USA as being among the “Best Lawyers in America” and most recently Recipient of Lawyer Monthly Magazine – Women in Law Awards 2017 Publication Award

Education

  • J.D., Georgia State University College of Law (1986)
  • B.S. in Criminal Justice, Georgia State University (1982)
    magna cum laude

Admissions

  • Georgia

Affiliations

  • Member of AILA National Distance Learning Committee 2016-present
  • Chair of AILA Advocacy Committee, Atlanta Chapter 2015-2016
  • Member of AILA CBP Committee, Atlanta Chapter 2011-2014
  • Member of AILA Advocacy Committee, Atlanta Chapter 2011-2012
  • Member of AILA Lobbying Team for past twenty five years
  • AILA Board of Governors, 1993-1995 
  • TSC/AILA Liaison committee member and Chair
  • Founding member of the AILA Georgia-Alabama chapter Pro Bono Committee

Presentations

  • Guest Lecturer, H-1B visa issues, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, GA (February 2017)
  • Challenges with L-1 visas and start-up companies, AILA Georgia-Alabama Chapter Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA (February 2017)
  • Advanced Issues related to Perm Applications and Roving Employees”, AILA National Conference, Las Vegas, NV (June 2016)
  • Advanced Issues with PERMs, AILA Chicago Chapter Conference (March 2016)
  • Advanced Issues with L-1 visas, AILA Georgia-Alabama Chapter Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA (February 2016)
  • PERM program, AILA National Conference, Washington, DC (June 2015)
  • CBP Update: Discussion of Admission Issues with CBP officials, AILA Georgia-Alabama Chapter Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA (February 2015)
  •  “Perm Program”, AILA National Conference, Boston, MA (June 2014)
  • “Updates on RFEs, NOIDs and NOIRs”,Counsel for Global Immigration 2014 Symposium, Washington, DC, (June 2014)
  • “RFEs and Denials for NIV and IV cases”, AILA Georgia-Alabama Chapter Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia (March 2014)
  • “Challenges in Global Mobility,” Georgia Indo-American Chamber Of Commerce, Atlanta, GA (October 9, 2013)
  • Guest Lecturer, “Business Immigration,” Georgia State University Law School (Fall 2011)

Accolades

  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for Immigration Law (2017)
  • Recipient of Lawyer Monthly Magazine – Women in Law Awards 2017 Publication Award
  • Recipient of the Catholic Social Services Pro Bono Award
  • Recipient of AILA National Pro Bono Award
  • Named as a Leading Immigration Attorney by International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, and Chambers USA.