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Jackson Lewis Continues Expansion of Its Global Immigration Practice

The Immigration Lawyers of the Bae Law Group Join Seattle Office

Date: 9.29.2009

SEATTLE, WA (September 29, 2009) Jackson Lewis LLP, one of the country’s largest and fastest growing workplace law firms, announced the immigration lawyers of The Bae Law Group joined its Seattle office, significantly increasing the capacity and national outreach of the firm’s Global Immigration Practice.  Davis Bae and his team will support corporate clients in their immigration issues with a focus on Jackson Lewis’s offices in Seattle, San Francisco, Portland and Sacramento. With this addition, the firm’s Immigration Practice Group has 41 multi-lingual attorneys, paralegals, and administrative staff serving the immigration needs of JL clients in every geographic region of the United States.  

Davis C. Bae, founder and sole owner of The Bae Law Group, will join the firm as a Partner and will be based in the firm’s Seattle office.  Also joining are Associates Kelsey O’Keefe and Kohei Yamamoto, who previously worked with Mr. Bae.  Jackson Lewis is now one of the largest providers of comprehensive immigration law services in the Pacific Northwest.

“Davis, Kelsey and Kohei are welcome additions to the firm and the Seattle office,” says Wayne Hansen, Managing Partner of the firm’s Seattle office. “Davis and his team are accomplished practitioners and well-established in the legal community. Their expertise will provide great value to our clients in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.”    

“I am excited to join Jackson Lewis and bring a national immigration practice to the Pacific Northwest," says Davis.  “We will bring over 14 years of experience working with hundreds of employers in all types of industries.  Jackson Lewis will provide our clients exceptional resources for both immigration and employment law.  The size and scope of this immigration practice will be unique in the Pacific Northwest and will be a great benefit to employers in the region.” Mr. Bae’s practice focuses on comprehensive immigration planning for multinational and fast growth corporations.  He has established corporate immigration policies, consulted on mergers and acquisitions, and developed recruiting plans for companies throughout the United States. In addition, Mr. Bae actively promotes employer interests through advocacy efforts before the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Labor, and Congress. He regularly speaks to professional associations and companies on a variety of immigration issues including corporate changes, human resources, legal advocacy, foreign recruitment, and employee retention. Likewise, he has published numerous articles addressing a variety of business immigration topics. Mr. Bae is also an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. His achievements have been recognized by government agencies, legal associations and business organizations. Mr. Bae was born in Busan, South Korea and immigrated to the United States in 1971.  He received his B.A. in Psychology from UCLA and his J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where he was an editor for the Entertainment Law Journal. Ms. O’Keefe specializes in working with U.S. and multinational corporations in the temporary hire and transfer of foreign national employees for positions in the United States. This includes filing of nonimmigrant visa applications for intra-company transferees, athletes, entertainers, and professionals in a variety of specialty occupations. Ms. O'Keefe has a B.A. from Gonzaga University and received her J.D. from the University of Washington. As a clinical intern with the UW's Refugee and Immigrant Advocacy Project at the Northwest Justice Project, she successfully assisted refugee clients in obtaining public benefits and resolving a wide variety of immigration issues. She also assisted the Yakima branch of the Northwest Justice Project with its migrant farm worker advocacy efforts, conducting research on constitutional protection for farm laborers and policy issues involved in the investigation of Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act violations. As a native of Seattle, Ms. O'Keefe has been an active volunteer in her community, working with Seattle area homeless youth and served as co-director of the UW School of Law student group Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington. Ms. O'Keefe is admitted to practice in Washington and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyer's Association. Mr. Yamamoto also focuses his practice on nonimmigrant visas, including H-1B, TN, L-1, E-2, and other temporary visa classifications. He also provides representation in a variety of other immigration matters, such as family-based permanent residence and permanent residence for multinational managers/executives, individuals of extraordinary ability and investors. A native of Tokyo, Mr. Yamamoto received a B.A. from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, and earned his J.D. from Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law in Tempe, Arizona, where he was a Willard H. Pedrick Scholar. While in law school, Mr. Yamamoto was active in the Advocacy for the Arts Project and served as Treasurer of the Asian Pacific Law Students Association. Mr. Yamamoto is admitted to practice in Washington and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Firm-wide Managing Partner Patrick L. Vaccaro said “We are pleased to welcome these new attorneys to Jackson Lewis.  They will be a significant addition to our outstanding immigration team, increasing the depth, breadth and the national footprint of our practice group.  Davis and his team, with the support and bench strength of our national group, elevate us to a powerhouse provider of immigration services in the Northwest.  They will be a wonderful resource to our clients in the Pacific Northwest and Northern California as well as placing us in a better position to meet the  immigration needs of U.S. and foreign-based employers.” 

About Jackson Lewis

Founded in 1958, Jackson Lewis is dedicated to representing management exclusively in workplace law with 600 attorneys practicing in 42 cities nationwide.  Jackson Lewis has a wide-range of specialized practice areas, including:  Affirmative Action and OFCCP Diversity Planning; Disability, Leave and Health Management; Employee Benefits, including Complex ERISA Litigation, Workplace Privacy and Executive Compensation; Global Immigration; Labor, including Preventive Practices; Litigation, including Class Actions, Complex Litigation and e-Discovery; Trade Secrets, Non-Competes and Workplace Technology; Wage and Hour Compliance; and Workplace Safety Compliance.  In addition, Jackson Lewis provides advice nationally in other workplace law areas, including:  Reductions in Force, WARN Act; Corporate Governance and Internal Investigations; Drug Testing and Substance Abuse Management; International Issues; Management Education, including e-Based Training; Alternative Dispute Resolution; Public Sector Issues; Government Relations; Corporate Diversity Counseling and College and University Employment Law and Compliance Issues. 

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