Overview

Feige M. Grundman is a Senior Associate in the Firm’s Philadelphia office and has focused exclusively on immigration and nationality law since 2006.

As the daughter of an immigrant parent, Feige is acutely aware of how valuable and reassuring the guidance of a knowledgeable hand is in navigating this major life transition. In her practice, Feige has represented clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies with high volume employment-based immigration needs to self-petitioners seeking the most exclusive immigrant and non-immigrant classifications.

Taking a personalized approach to practicing the complex area of law, Feige aligns her client’s ultimate goals with a customized strategic solution informed by her nuanced understanding of U.S. immigration law. This knack for preparing successful, tailor-made petitions has led Feige to specialize in immigrant and non-immigrant applications based on a person’s contributions, including EB-1, O-1, and National Interest Waiver petitions.

Feige’s experience extends beyond these hyper-individualized petition types to nearly all corners of immigration practice. She has considerable experience advising clients on PERM applications and denials, strategies for employing foreign nationals, I-9 compliance, worksite enforcement, and E-Verify compliance. Audits are daunting tasks to confront and clients often rely on Feige’s guidance on performing self-audits and represents those facing large audits. She frequently represents companies before the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Feige also prepares filings for individuals seeking to invest in the United States via various visa programs, and counsels those facing 221(g) issues at U.S. Consulates. She takes particular interest in working with companies in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and life sciences fields, enabling world-changing innovations by allowing her clients to hire the best talent regardless of national origin.

Feige believes citizenship is a fundamental right for intercountry adoptees. She provides pro bono counsel to the Adoptee Rights Campaign, an organization working to close a legal loophole that has left an estimated 35,000 intercountry adoptees without U.S. citizenship. She assists in extensive lobbying efforts aimed at legitimizing the legal status of adopted individuals who grew up as Americans but, through a failure of the system, aren’t protected by the same codified rights.

A member of the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Florida Bars, Feige is active in the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She is a past Board member of the Support Center for Child Advocates and served as an Executive Committee Liaison to the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division.

Feige is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (J.D. 2005), and received her undergraduate degree, with Honors, from Carnegie Mellon University (B.S. 2000). While in law school, Feige served as an Intern for the Honorable Christine A. Ward of the Allegheny Court of Common Pleas.

INDUSTRIES SERVED

  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical
  • Computer Consulting
  • Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Maritime
  • Medical Devices
  • Mining
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Research Institutions
  • Self-sponsored individuals
  • Transportation
  • Universities

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Background

EDUCATION

  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law (J.D. 2005)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (B.S. 2000)

PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC ACTIVITIES

  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (2006 – Present)
  • Board member, Support Center for Child Advocates (2011 – 2014)
  • Executive Committee Liaison, Young Lawyers Division, Philadelphia Bar Association (2011 – 2014)

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • Florida

PERSONAL INTERESTS

  • Horticulture

  • Biology

  • Volunteering

  • Animal Rescue

  • Sci-fi and Comic Con


Representative Matters

Her practice focuses on:

  • Assisting with immigration and compliance issues raised by corporate restructuring, including successor-in-interest (nonimmigrant visa holders and individuals at all stages of the green card process)
  • Advising IT companies with off-site placement at client sites in various visa strategies in H and L status
  • Developing green card strategies for employee’s challenging matters
  • Creating policies for institutions hiring foreign nationals
  • Advising companies that hire contractors on remaining in compliance
  • Representing companies facing I-9 audits
  • Negotiating I-9 fines with government counsel
  • Developing creative strategies for scholars, academics, researchers, business persons or artists who are capped out of H-1B