Elise Fialkowski has practiced immigration law for over twenty-five years and she handles all aspects of employment-based immigration. Her clients run the gamut from multinational corporations and their employees to universities, startups, entrepreneurs and private individuals.
In addition to employment-based immigration work, Elise has particular experience in working with venture capital and startup companies through all phases of growth. She has obtained all types of visas for startup clients including for example, J-1 visas, temporary work visas, and immigrant visas/green cards for startup clients. She also regularly presents at conferences and other forums regarding effective immigration options and programs for startups and entrepreneurs.
Elise also has a particular expertise in worksite enforcement and leads our worksite compliance group. Elise regularly counsels clients regarding I-9 compliance, E-Verify and H-1B Labor Condition Application (LCA) compliance. Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Fialkowski’s practice also included advising employers in traditional employment and labor law matters, including litigation as well as advice regarding proactive action to avoid and minimize claims. With her immigration clients, she has provided counseling, training and policy development services to employers in a diversity of industries including, for example, pharmaceutical, financial, university, food and beverage, manufacturing, healthcare, e commerce, and technology.
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Elise has long been active in the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and currently serves on AILA’s National Online Course Committee, AILA’s 2021 Annual Conference Committee, AILA’s Verification and Documentation Liaison Committee, the Philadelphia Customs and Border Protection Liaison Committee, Nationalities Service Center’s Nominating and Governance Committee, Women Owned Law Steering Committee, and is a Board Member of John F. Peto Studio Museum. She has served on many other committees at the local and national levels.
Elise was named 2022 “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America©, has been listed in Best Lawyers in America© since 2018, included annually in The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers and the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, and named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyer list in 2010.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, (B.A.1987), she received her law degree from the Villanova University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1991).
Elise A. Fialkowski Presents at 22nd Annual Employment Law Institute
Elise recently presented at the 22nd Annual PBI Employment Law Institute. She was a Discussion Leader and Panelist for the seminar entitled “U.S. Immigration Workplace Compliance and Enforcement: What Every Employment Lawyer Needs to Know.” She discussed increased I-9 enforcement and penalties, criminal enforcement, strategies employed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), E-Verify enforcement and data mining, information sharing agreements between the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) Directorate, ICE and the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), OSC discrimination claims, FDNS investigations, the new “whistleblowers” as well as practical strategies and best practices to protect employers in an era of Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
Partners Named to 2016 International Who’s Who Legal of Corporate Immigration Attorneys
H. Ronald Klasko, Willliam A. Stock, and Elise A. Fialkowski have again been named the world leading Corporate Immigration Lawyers by clients and peers in Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Immigration 2016 Who’s Who Legal 2017 – Compendium Edition. We congratulate Ron, Bill and Elise on once again being selected and honored as the world’s leading Corporate Immigration Lawyers. To review the listing on the Who’s Who Legal website, click here
Elise A. Fialkowski Presents at NAFSA Region VIII Conference
At the NAFSA Region VIII Conference Mrs. Fialkowski presented as a panelist for the session “Advanced H-1B Topics,” at which she and her co-presenter discussed the impact of location change and the Simeo decision, prevailing wages, export control issues, AC21 extensions, travel, intermittent and part-time employment, policy development, fee payment as well as document retention and compliance.
NAFSA (The Association of International Educators) is an association of individuals worldwide advancing international education and exchange and global workforce development. NAFSA serves international educators and their institutions and organizations by setting standards of good practice, providing training and professional development opportunities, providing networking opportunities, and advocating for international education.
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