HOUSTON – LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – Haynes and Boone, LLP announced Thursday that Leigh Ganchan will join the firm’s Houston office to lead its immigration practice group.
Ms. Ganchan will advise clients across a vast array of industries on employment visa strategies and citizenship matters, including employment eligibility compliance and preparing individuals for U.S. Consulate interviews. She also helps clients perform immigration due diligence in preparation for mergers, acquisitions or restructurings. Ganchan is certified in Immigration and Nationality law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
“Ms. Ganchan is uniquely qualified to shepherd our clients through the complex immigration environment,” said Tim Powers, head of Haynes and Boone’s International Practice Group and a member of the firm’s board of directors. “Leigh has experienced immigration issues from a variety of angles. She’s held positions in government, in the government affairs office of a major airline, with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and in private practice.”
From 1996 to 1999, Ganchan gained insight into the enforcement side of immigration law during her tenure as an Assistant District Counsel for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. She currently serves as chair for American Immigration Lawyers Association Liaison Committee to the Texas Service Center and sits on the AILA National Liaison Committee to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services headquarters. She’s also editor-in-chief for the 2006 edition of “Handbook on Immigration for Entertainers, Artists, Athletes” and was selected for the International Who’s Who in Immigration Law for 2007.
Ganchan, a 1991 graduate of the University of Alabama, earned her law degree at American University’s Washington College of Law and holds a diploma from the Universite Paris X in European and International Legal Studies. She also earned a post-graduate degree from the University of Vienna.
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