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Kelly R. Rourke

Associate

Overview

Kelly assists employers with administrative law matters, focusing her practice primarily on employment-based immigration.

She regularly helps clients meet critical staffing needs by obtaining nonimmigrant status for foreign workers and securing and maintaining legal permanent residence for foreign nationals. To this end, she handles an array of nonimmigrant petitions, applications for labor certification, adjustment of status and naturalization filings, consular processing matters, motions to reopen, and motions to reconsider. She also counsels clients on immigration compliance issues such as Form I-9 and E-Verify matters.

 

In addition, Kelly offers management analytical, practical and timely advice on a range of employment matters, including occupational safety and health, employment-related discrimination complaints and Wisconsin’s Concealed Carry Law.

Experience

Recent representations include:

  • Assisted an information technology company in obtaining multiple EB-2 PERM labor certifications and I-140 approvals for staffing of complex technology positions
  • Assisted a university in obtaining EB-1 Outstanding Professor green card approval for a young professor with limited teaching experience
  • Assisted a paper-products manufacturer and distributor in obtaining PERM labor certification approval after previous Department of Labor denial, using BALCA appeal process
  • Assisted a manufacturer and distributor of appliances in obtaining PERM labor certification approval for a marketing professional with Spanish-language fluency
  • Assisted a dairy products producer in obtaining E-2 visa and L-1 petition approvals for managers and executives working intermittently in the United States for various company subsidiaries
  • Counseled religious institutions and employers in the healthcare, higher education and retail industries in regard to employment-related provisions of Wisconsin’s Concealed Carry Law
  • Defended religious institutions and employers in the healthcare, higher education and retail industries in discrimination claims based on race, sex, national origin, age and disability status
  • Defended manufacturers and retail businesses against claims of occupational safety and health violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Professional Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Immigration Lawyer’s Association
  • Member, State Bar of Wisconsin

Education

Admission

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, Fondy Food Center
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