Rebecca’s experience in the area of immigration law began almost 20 years ago in 2001 as a paralegal at a nationally recognized law firm in San Francisco, California. Since then, she has developed a wide range of substantive and practical knowledge in the field of immigration law through various progressive roles, including law clerk and certified student attorney during law school, associate attorney following law school, and now as Special Counsel at NJL. Rebecca’s practice focuses primarily on business immigration, working with and advising employers on employer-sponsored nonimmigrant (H, L, O, TN, E) and immigrant petition matters. She has a particular passion and acumen for this area in light of her sharp attention to detail, strength in writing, and strong interest in assisting employers and individuals with traversing the complexities of the immigration system and achieving their objectives. Rebecca has worked with clients in a wide range of industries, including healthcare, engineering, marketing and advertising, tourism, retail, and others.
Rebecca received her J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law in 2009, a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999, and is licensed to practice in the State of Minnesota. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Rebecca has studied abroad in the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica, and is fluent in Spanish.
Key Practice Experience
- Nonimmigrant visa petitions (H-1B, H-1B1, L-1, O-1, TN, E-2, E-3, B-1)
- PERM labor certification applications
- Immigrant visa petitions (including EB-1 extraordinary ability, EB-1 outstanding professor and researcher, EB-1 multinational manager or executive, and National Interest Waiver applications)
- Adjustment of status applications
Key Industry Experience
- Marketing and Advertising
Publications and Presentations
- Panelist, Immigrants of Extraordinary Ability, 2021 AILA Upper Midwest Immigration Law Conference
- Panelist, The ABCs of Employment-Based NIV Options, 2019 AILA Upper Midwest Immigration Law Conference
- Moderator, “Best Practice and Current Litigation Trends in H-2A/H-2B Visas,” 2016 AILA Upper Midwest Immigration Law Conference
- Co-Author, “Do All Violations of Restraining or Protection Orders in Minnesota Have Immigration Consequences?”, WLG Newsletter, February 2016 (co-author Erica Davis, Esq.)
- La Accion Deferida Para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA): un Año Despues y el Futuro, La Matraca Magazine, Edition 196, Week 51/2013, December 20, 2013
- Case Note: Orozco v. Mukasey When an Entry May Not be an “Admission” and the Fundamental Problems with the Ninth Circuit’s Analysis, 35 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 68 (2008) (co-author Ilyce Shugall, Esq.)
- American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
- AILA Upper Midwest Immigration Law Conference
- Co-track Manager (Employment-based track), 2016 & 2017
- Everything You Need for the 2023 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2023)
- The Premium Processing Roller Coaster: What is the Fee Now, and Has it Been Expanded to Other Types of Immigration Benefit Requests?
- The Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act and What USCIS Furloughs Could Mean for U.S. Businesses
- U.S. Supreme Court Rules to Uphold DACA Protections
- Nilan Johnson Lewis Adds Corporate Immigration Law Expertise to Its Labor and Employment Law Practice