Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP is pleased to announce that Lauren M. Hopwood has joined the firm as a partner practicing in the area of immigration law. Lauren will be based in the firm’s New Haven office.

Lauren’s practice is focused on employment-based immigration matters. Lauren represents a broad array of clients including national and multinational companies and nonprofit institutions in various industries, including the health care, financial services, research and science, information technology and educational sectors.

Lauren’s expertise includes in-depth knowledge of all business immigration, including nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions, as well as the permanent residence process. She specializes in complex physician immigration law matters, including National Interest Waiver petitions and J-1 Waivers, as well as Graduate Medical Education visa processing for academic Hospitals. She regularly represents employers in connection with filing nonimmigrant visa petitions, such as H-1Bs, L-1s, O-1s, TNs, E-2s and E-3s, in order to facilitate companies in hiring and retaining high skilled workers in the U.S.  Lauren also assists employers and self-petitioning individuals in filing immigrant visa petitions, such as labor certification applications, I-140 EB-1 and EB-2 petitions, and adjustment of status applications. Lauren also counsels clients on I-9 Compliance, E-Verify, and immigration related due diligence and compliance arising from changes in corporate structure.

Lauren’s approach to serving clients is pragmatic and business-oriented.  “It is not enough to be knowledgeable about immigration law. To be an effective legal counselor and business partner, I must understand the client’s goals, provide viable options for meeting those goals, and work collaboratively with the client to develop a course of action that provides the desired result promptly and cost-effectively.”

Lauren has spoken on employment-based immigration topics, by invitation, at many conferences and legal education seminars.  She is a member of the American Immigration Law Association (AILA), the Connecticut AILA Chapter: Corporate Immigration Law Committee and International Medical Graduate Taskforce.  Lauren currently Co-Chairs the Connecticut Bar Association’s Human Trafficking Committee, and previously served as Chair of the Immigration Law Committee.

“Lauren’s extensive experience in immigration matters adds depth to our robust – and growing – business services practice,” said Ann Zucker, Managing Partner. “Her addition continues the growth of our firm and particularly, our labor and employment practice.  We are excited to have Lauren join our team of exceptional attorneys.”