Julianne Opet is an Associate in the Firm’s Philadelphia office devoted to the practice of business immigration. Julianne represents corporations and individuals seeking counsel on a wide range of employment-based matters, both immigrant and non-immigrant, with special focus on foreign investors, multi-national managers and executives, and persons who have achieved a high degree of professional success in the arts, sciences, manufacturing, architecture, technology and business.
Julianne’s immigration approach is multi-faceted, bringing knowledge and experience handling a diversity of complex cases to an integrative corporate practice. Julianne has also been successful preparing family-based petitions, applications for permanent residency and naturalization, VAWA petitions for victims of spousal abuse, removal defense and asylum claims, criminal and non-criminal waivers of inadmissibility, and filing for alternative relief for childhood arrivals and victims of violent crimes under the DACA and U-Nonimmigrant Visa programs, respectively. Julianne appears on behalf of clients before the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Prior to practicing law, Julianne worked with leading policy institutes in Washington, DC to monitor foreign policy developments in regions of critical interest, and provide analytical resources to members of Congress and the U.S. intelligence community. She graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s Degree in Arabic Studies and Political Science, and earned her J.D. at Villanova Law School, where she was awarded a Dean’s Merit Scholarship and served as Associate Editor of the University’s Environmental Law Journal.
Julianne is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association – Philadelphia Chapter and the AILA Pro Bono Committee, and serves as a founding member and mentor of the Berks Pro Bono Collaborative in support of detained immigrant families and children in Pennsylvania. Julianne is a Co-Chair of the 2016 AILA Philadelphia Chapter Conference and CLE, and is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania.