About Grant

Building efficient, effective business immigration programs for employers

Grant Sovern practices immigration law, focusing on business-based immigration. Addressing the needs of both employers and employees in the pharmaceutical, biotech, high tech and other industries, Grant advises on:

  • Global mobility programs
  • Immigration compliance (I-9) programs
  • International transferee programs to the U.S.

Grant and his team examine the full range of their clients’ human resources needs and develop and manage immigration programs to enable employers to move employees where they need them, on the timetable they need them. Grant works to create programs that human resources teams can administer simply and efficiently, making their lives easier and enabling their foreign national employees to trust that their immigration goals are being achieved fully and effectively.

Committed to pro bono legal service and meeting the legal needs of immigrants who cannot afford counsel, Grant serves as president of the board of the Community Immigration Law Center, one of the first organizations in the country to develop a publicly funded public defender program for immigrants threatened with deportation. Grant helped develop a statewide network of pro bono attorneys to prepare and file asylum and special immigrant visa applications for Afghan refugees.

Grant is chair of the firm’s national immigration practice.

Experience in Action

  • Representing employers and employees in petitions for work visas such as the H-1B, L-1, O-1, and TN and related work permits.
  • Advising employers and employees on petitions for immigrant visas (permanent residence or green cards) through employment means such as outstanding researcher, extraordinary ability and labor certification.
  • Assisting employers and employees with PERM Labor Certification filings to obtain permanent residence.
  • Developing, maintaining and defending I-9 compliance and enforcement programs for employers.
  • Representing scientists and others in pursuing J-1 waivers through the no-objection process and interested U.S. government agencies.
  • Representing pharmaceutical, biotech and high-tech companies to implement overall immigration policies and procedures.
  • Counseling health care systems, hospitals and physicians to navigate the immigration regulations related to waivers of the J-1 home residency requirement through the Conrad state programs, H-1B visas, O-1 visas and permanent resident (green card) options.

Professional Recognitions

  • Recognized as Best Lawyers® 2012, 2018, 2020, 2023 Madison Immigration Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Gonring Pro Bono Award Recipient (2022)
  • Recognized as a Most Powerful Employment Attorney - Up and Comer by Human Resource Executive/Lawdragon (2011-2019)
  • Who's Who Legal (Corporate Immigration 2013-2018, 2020)
  • Listed in Human Resources Executive Magazine edition on "Most Powerful Employment Lawyers" (2012–2014)
  • Listed in Chambers USA® (2010–present: Labor & Employment: Immigration)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2008–present: Immigration Law)
  • Awarded the John and John Quincy Adams Pro Bono Publico Award by Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (2005), for outstanding work in the area of asylum law for pro bono clients
  • Selected to list of Massachusetts Lawyer Weekly's Massachusetts Best Lawyers Under 40 years old (2005)
  • Mintz Levin Pro Bono Award (1999)

Professional & Civic Activities

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Member of the Social Security Administration (SSA) Taskforce, former member of Interagency Taskforce, member of E-Verify Legislative Taskforce, member of Employer Verification Liaison Committee, and Chair of National Liaison Committee to the U.S. Social Security Administration)
  • Second Harvest of Southern Wisconsin (Former Chair of the Board of Directors)
  • Community Immigration Law Center (President of the Board of Directors)
  • Quarles & Brady Diversity Committee (Representative)
  • Has served the U.S. Department of State and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) as an International Elections Supervisor in Bosnia and Hercegovina, as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, and as a pro bono attorney working with asylum-seekers in the US
  • University of Wisconsin Law School, adjunct professor, immigration law

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