Law: LAURA FOOTE REIFF
CO-MANAGING SHAREHOLDER — NORTHERN VIRGINIA OFFICE, GREENBERG TRAURIG LLP, McLEAN
Reiff shares the job of managing more than 45 attorneys at Greenberg Traurig’s Northern Virginia office, a regional hub for the global firm. Her practice focuses on business immigration, advising and representing companies in compliance issues and government investigations. She also co-chairs the firm’s international employment, immigration and workforce strategies group.
Reiff, who joined the firm in 1999, co-founded the Essential Workers Immigration Coalition, which pushes for immigration reform to address the shortage of unskilled, essential workers in the United States.
Recently, she’s been involved in lengthy litigation over the EB-5 program, which grants green cards to foreign investors who create at least 10 full-time jobs. The program expired in June 2021, and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services deauthorized EB-5 regional centers, which meet the program’s job creation requirements. In June, Reiff was among a team of lawyers who won a temporary injunction against USCIS, forcing the agency to reauthorize the centers. “We are so happy to win for EB-5 again!” she says.