Joey serves as Of Counsel in Maynard Cooper’s Immigration and International Trade practices, where he focuses his work in the areas of providing U. S. inbound immigration solutions to clients and assisting foreign individuals and companies in establishing business in the United States. His international background and prior corporate experience serving as General Counsel and Director of Operations for a company servicing the oil and gas industry enhance Joey’s ability to fully understand the business environments in which his clients operate and the day to day challenges they encounter.
A seasoned immigration lawyer, Joey has a significant amount of experience assisting multinational corporations in all aspects of the immigration process, including immigration-related discrimination practices and the challenges surrounding foreign workers when negotiating Mergers & Acquisitions and other corporate restructurings. He works with businesses, large and small from a vast range of industry sectors, to development streamlined preparation of visa petitions and permanent residency applications, as well as to implement efficient and thorough employment verification compliance programs. He helps employers acquire employment-based visas for key employees so that they will be authorized to work in the United States. His experience includes obtaining temporary, nonimmigrant work visas in the E-1, E-2, E-3, L-1, H-1B, TN, J-1, Q-1, O-1, and Blanket L categories and permanent immigrant visas (commonly referred to as “green cards”) based on the multinational executive and manager, investment, PERM labor certification, national interest waiver, extraordinary person, professional employee, and professor/researcher strategies.
Joey counsels businesses in I-9 employment eligibility issues, including self-audits, E-Verifying and government investigations. In addition, he assists U.S. employers with global and outbound employment-based immigration matters.
Joey holds two LL.M. degrees from the University of Alabama School of Law and the University of Minnesota Law School respectively. He has an LL. B. from Université La Sagesse, and he is fluent in English, French and Arabic.