April 30, 2015In the News

Olivieri Featured in Law360 Q&A


Law360 featured Michael Best Attorney José A. Olivieri in a Q&A article on April 30, 2015.

"José A. Olivieri is a partner in Michael Best & Friedrich LLP’s Milwaukee office. Olivieri is chairman of the firm's labor and employment relations practice group and co-chairman of the firm's government and public policy group. An attorney at Michael Best for 33 years, Jose founded the firm’s business-focused immigration and international migration practice and developed the higher education law practice. Both have become important assets and strategic niche service areas for the firm. Olivieri has taught the advanced employment law seminar at Marquette University Law School and is a frequent speaker on an array of employment and immigration-related topics.

Q: What is the most challenging case you have worked on and what made it challenging?

A: A recent case that was very challenging involved an H-1B petition for a security analyst. The beneficiary had a three-year degree in African studies and extensive military experience. It was difficult to obtain a detailed description of the military service. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services challenged us on the specialty occupation classification for a security analyst. We provided expert evidence regarding how the security analyst position is a specialty occupation even though there are very few institutions of higher education that offer bachelor degrees in security management. We were able to piece together an argument regarding how the military service of the beneficiary when combined with his formal education qualified him as having the equivalent of a bachelor's in security management and therefore made him eligible for H-1B status."

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