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Mira Mdivani

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Mira Mdivani's practice focuses on complex immigration matters, such as corporate immigration compliance, internal I-9 audits, defense of employers in DHS and DOL investigations triggered by allegations of immigration non-compliance, and implementation of employer talent acquisition strategy involving visas for international personnel. 

CORPORATE IMMIGRATION EXPERTISE: Ms. Mdivani serves as immigration law counsel to U.S. and multi-national corporations, providing advice, representation, immigration compliance audits and training.   Ms. Mdivani represents employers in IT, engineering, food processing, construction, manufacturing, healthcare, insurance and banking industries, working closely with executives, in-house counsel and HR professionals to ensure corporate immigration compliance and availability of visas for international personnel. Ms. Mdivani has served as President of the Missouri Bar Association's Immigration Law Committee and Chair of the Kansas Bar Association's Immigration Law Section.  She has written books and articles on corporate immigration law, and has spoken on business immigration issues before attorneys and business leaders across the United States. Ms. Mdivani’s professional work and leadership have been recognized by numerous awards, including the Missouri Bar Association’s President Award, Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City President Award, Business Practitioner of the Year by Missouri Lawyers Media, Best of the Bar by the Kansas City Business Journal, Robert Gernon Award for Excellence in Continuous Legal Education, and pro bono recognition from the University of Missouri - Kansas City Law Foundation, the Kansas Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

 

CORPORATE IMMIGRATION TRAINING: Ms. Mdivani serves as President of the Corporate Immigration Compliance Institute, where she is involved in developing and overseeing training for I-9 Auditors, Corporate Immigration Compliance Officers, I-9 Administrators, employer-based green cards, and the H-1B visa process for employers courses.  

 

PRO BONO PRACTICE: Pro Bono Practice: Representing survivors of domestic violence in applications before USCIS under Violence Against Women Act.

 

ADMISSIONS: U.S. Supreme Court, Missouri Bar, Kansas Bar

 

LAW SCHOOL: University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1999 | Ms. Mdivani serves on the Board of Trustees of her Alma Mater, and has served on the UMKC Law School the Alumni Association's Board of Directors.

 

LAW TEACHING |  Ms. Mdivani has been appointed Adjunct Professor of Law by the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.  She teaches one practical, hands-on credit hour course every year, alternating between Corporate Immigration Compliance and Relief for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence under Violence Against Women Act. 

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP/LEADERSHIP:

 

Missouri Bar Association

 

      Board of Governors, 2011- present

      Chair, MO Bar Immigration Committee, 2010-2012

      Editor, MO Bar Immigration Committee Newsletter

 

Kansas Bar Association

      Board of Governors 2011-present

      President, Immigration Section, 2011-2013

      Chair, CLE Committee, 2013 - present

 

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association

     Executive Committee, Secretary 2014

     Board of Governors, 2010- present

     Co-Chair, International Law Committee

 

Kansas Women Attorneys Association

     President, 2013-2014

 

Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City

    President, 2014

 

Earl O'Connor Inn of Court

    Board of Directors, 2006-present

 

 

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS | RECOGNITION:

 

     Outstanding Service Award

            Kansas Bar Association | 2013

     Pro Bono Publico Award 

            The Law Foundation of the University of Missouri-Kansas City | 2012

     Business Practitioner of the Year

            Missouri Lawyers Media, 2010

     Best of the Bar | Kansas City Business Journal

            2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

     Super Lawyer, Corporate Immigration Law

            2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

     Robert L. Gernon Award for Outstanding Service to Continuing Legal Education

            KS CLE Commission | 2009

     Women Who Mean Business

            Kansas City Business Journal | 2009

     President's Award

            by the Missouri Bar Association | 2009

     Woman of Influence Award

            Midwest CEO Magazine | 2009

     Missouri’s Best Lawyer If the Folks At Immigration Call

            Missouri Lawyers Weekly | 2008 & 2007

     Best Immigration Lawyer

            The Pitch | 2007

     Pro Bono Certificate Award

            The American Immigration Lawyers Association | 2007

     Legal Leaders Award

            Kansas City Daily Record | 2006

     President’s Award

            Association of Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City | 2005

     Firm of the Year Award

            Association of Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City | 2006

     Pro Bono Certificate Award

            Kansas Bar Association | 2005

     American Jurisprudence Awards for Highest Academic Excellence

            in Gender Jurisprudence, 1998 | in Philosophy & Law, 1999

 


BLOG:

 

     Mdivani Corporate Immigration Update at www.I-9seminars.com

 

 

BOOKS:

 

Corporate Immigration Compliance Plans, Policies and Procedures, 2010

Immigration Law and Violence Against Women Act, Hope for Survivors, with Emily Haverkamp and Samara Nazir Zaman, Vertex Press, 2009

I-9 Self-Audits: The Best Way to Prevent I-9 Disasters, Vertex Press, 2008


 

ARTICLES:

 

Employer Prosecutions Triggered by Allegations of Immigration Law Violations: Legitimate Law Enforcement or A Misguided Policy Tool?, 79 UMKC L. Rev. (2011), with Pat Mack

Business Immigration Law Chapter in the Kansas Bar Association’s Annual Law Survey, 2010 & 2009

Immigration Law Update for Employment, Corporate, and Business Lawyers with Kathleen Harvey and Al Hupp, Journal of the Kansas Bar Association, Volume 74 No. 9, October 2005

A Note to Employers on How to Comply with Immigration Law Without Engaging in Employment Discrimination, Immigration Lawyer’s Weekly, www.ilw.com, August 15, 2005

How to Comply with Immigration Law Without Engaging in Employment Discrimination," AWL Link, Volume 17, No.3, August 2005

RICO-Enhanced Liability Versus Discrimination Issues With the Noncitizen Worker, with Kathleen Harvey, Journal of the Kansas Bar Association, Volume 73, No. 10 November/ December 2004

H-1B Dependent Employer: Wake up and Act OR What Do You Do After You Have Been Hit on the Head, Immigration Lawyer’s Weekly, www.ilw.com, February 21, 2003



Continuous Legal Education Faculty

 

Corporate Immigration Update, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, June 2014

Construction Law Section Immigration Law Update, with Emphasis on Contractor Immigration Compliance, Kansas Bar Association, September 2013

Employer Immigration Issues and Immigration Reform, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association,  2013

Employer Immigration issues, Missouri Bar Association, 2013

Corporate Immigration Update, Kansas Bar Association 2012

Corporate Immigration Compliance in the Age of Increased ICE Enforcement, Corporate Counsel Institute, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, June 22, 2011

Immigration Law, What is Hot and What is Not (Business Immigration), University of Missouri - Kansas City, June 16 and 23, 2011

Immigration Law for Non-Immigration Practitioners (Corporate Immigration Issues), Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Jun 24 and 30, 2011

Corporate Immigration Compliance: On the Back Burner Until Too Hot to Handle, June 10, 2011, Kansas Bar Association Annual Meeting

Business Law Update (Corporate Immigration Issues), Missouri Bar Association, May 26, 2011

Business Immigration Law: Law, Regulations and Cases, Kansas Bar Association Bench-Bar Annual Conference, Overland Park, KS, June 18, 2009

Immigration Law Update, University of Missouri - Kansas City 8+4 CLE, Overland Park, KS, June 18, 2008

Immigration Issues (Corporate Immigration) phone CLE, Kansas Bar Association, March 1, 2011

Corporate Immigration Compliance, Enforcement Against Employers, and Other Corporate Immigration Issues, phone CLE, Kansas Bar Association, March 8, 2011

From ICE's Best Employment Practices to E-Verify, Plus Overview of Hot Federal and Kansas Issues, phone CLE for the Kansas Bar Association, May 14, 2009

Update on Business Immigration Law Issues, Missouri Bar Spring Conference, Immigration Law Committee, Springfield, MO, May 8, 2008

Federal and Missouri Contractor Immigration Compliance, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Kansas City, February 17, 2009

Breaking Immigration Law News for All Employers: New I-9 Employment Eligibility Form and List of Acceptable Documents, Phone CLE for the Kansas Bar Association, February 20, 2009

Immigration Law Overview for Lawyers and Judges, Sam Crow Inn of Court, October 2, 2008, Topeka, KS

Plenary Panel on Missouri Immigration Law, Missouri Bar Annual Bench-Bar, Conference, September 19, 2009, Kansas City, MO

What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Immigration Law, Missouri Bar, September 19, 2008, Kansas City, MO

How To Series: Immigration Law, Missouri Bar, Telephone Seminar, June 18, 2008, Overland Park, KS

Employer Immigration Compliance: So You Thought All You Need Was I-9s, A Cutting Edge Update on How To Bring Your Organization in Compliance with Federal and State Immigration Laws, International Personnel Management Association (IPMA) Central Region Conference, June 3, 2008, Kansas City, MO

From Baseball to Boardroom and Employer Immigration Compliance: Immigration Law for Employment Lawyers,: Johnson County Bar Association CLE, June 4, 2008, Overland Park, KS

Best Hiring Practices and Non-Discrimination Under Elite Logistics, Missouri Bar Association CLE October 5, 2007 Kansas City, MO

Hot Topics in Immigration Law for the Non-Immigration Attorney, Business Immigration Issues, Missouri Bar Association Phone CLE, August 28, 2007 Overland Park, KS

"Immigration in the Bushes," Missouri Bar Association CLE, August 10, 2007 Lake of the Ozark, Missouri

2007 Business Immigration Law Update, University of Missouri - Kansas City CLE, June 4, 2007 Overland Park, KS

Annual Business Update: Employer Immigration Compliance, Missouri Bar Association CLE, October 6, 2006; St. Louis, MO, and October 13, 2006 in Kansas City, MO

"Immigration in the 21st Century," The Missouri Bar’s Fifth Annual Labor & Employment Law Symposium, November 5, 2006, Columbia MO, October 13, 2006, Kansas City, MO

Policies and Procedures for Employer Immigration Compliance, How to Handle the Contractor Issue; Work Visa Shortages, and DHS Regulation on Social Security Mis-Match Letters, Missouri Bar Annual Business Law Institute, October 6, 2006, St. Louis, MO and October 13, 2006, Kansas City, MO

Immigration Compliance for Employers and Work Visas, Sterling Educational Services CLE, August 2, 2006, Kansas City, MO

Why I-9s are Not Enough for Employer Immigration Compliance, Annual CLE Conference, Association of Kansas Women Attorneys, July 21, 2006, Lindsborg, KS

Employment-Based Visas and Business Immigration Compliance Issues Hispanic Bar Association of Greater Kansas City May 26, 2006 Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, MO

Employer Immigration Compliance, Case Update, Earl O’Connor Inns of Court CLE, May 9, 2006, Mission Hills, KS

Immigration Compliance Systems for U.S. Businesses, Overland Park Chamber of Commerce Business Education Series, April 18, 2006; Overland Park, KS

Outsourcing, International Outsourcing, and Domestic Alternative, Annual Business Law Institute CLE, The Missouri Bar, October 7, 2005; Kansas City, MO

11 Million Dollar Question on Immigration Law Compliance, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association CLE, Labor and Employment Law Section, September 22, 2005; Kansas City, MO

2005 Annual Update on Business Immigration Law, Kansas Women Attorneys Association Annual CLE Conference, July 23, 2005; Lindsborg, KS

What Business & Employment Lawyers Should Know About Immigration Law, Hispanic Bar Association of Greater Kansas City, CLE June 20, 2005; Leawood, KS

Employment Verification Issues: Addressing Immigration Law Liability Through Comprehensive Compliance Plans, Missouri Bar Association, Phone CLE, April 20, 2005; Kansas City, MO

Overview of Federal Immigration Law Applicable to U.S. Businesses, Shook, Hardy & Bacon In-House CLE, November 12, 2004; Kansas City, MO

Immigration Law for Employers, Kansas Women Attorneys’ Association 2004 Annual Conference, July 16, 2004; Linsborg, KS

Addressing the Unexpected Exposure Through Employer Immigration Law Compliance Plans, Annual Corporate Counsel Institute, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association CLE, June 11, 2004; Overland Park, KS

Immigration Issues in Business & Employment Law, Wichita Bar Association, CLE, June 4, 2004; Wichita Marriott, Wichita, KS

Relief for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence Under the Violence Against Women Act, Shook, Hardy, & Bacon In-House CLE, March 5, 2004; Kansas City, MO

SSA & IRS Mismatch Letters & RICO: Solutions Through Company Immigration Compliance Plans, Conference on Immigration Law for Employers, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, February 28, 2004 Kansas City, MO

A Ray of Light: Relief for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence Under the Violence Against Women Act, American Immigration Lawyers Association Kansas/ Missouri AILA CLE, November 13, 2003 Kansas City, MO

Overview of Immigration Law Applicable to U.S. Businesses, Annual Labor and Employment Law Institute, Wichita Kansas Bar Association, October 24, 2003, Wichita, KS

Business Immigration Update: IRCA & RICO, Annual Conference & CLE, Kansas Women Attorneys’ Association, July 19, 2003; Bethany College, Lindsborg, KS

Overview of Immigration Law Applicable to U.S. Businesses, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, CLE, November 12, 2004; Kansas City, MO

Terra Incognita: Thou Shalt Know Your Immigration Law, Annual Corporate Counsel Institute, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, June 11, 2002; Overland Park, KS