Jennifer D. CookJennifer Cook Clark Hill
Jennifer D. Cook
Jennifer Drugay Cook is Senior Counsel in the Immigration Law practice group in Clark Hill’s Washington, D.C. office. Jennifer has represented individuals and businesses in immigration proceedings before federal courts, federal agencies, and in administrative agency hearings; her previous practice focused on analyzing complex regulatory matters and advising clients subject to state and federal energy and environmental laws. Her clients have included Fortune 500 companies, start-up companies, small businesses, non-profit organizations, families, and individuals.
Jennifer earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center where she received the Dean’s Award for Service to the Law Center. She was on the staff of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, and received an Equal Justice Foundation public interest fellowship. Jennifer earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University. She is licensed to practice in the District of Columbia and Maryland.
Jennifer is listed in SuperLawyers. She is the creator of the web comic Scenes From the Immigration Bar. Prior to practicing law, she had a career in arts administration, art instruction, and professional illustration.
- Editor, Navigating the Fundamentals of Immigration Law, AILA Annual Conference Materials (American Immigration Lawyers Association 2015-2017)
- Contributing Editor, AILA’s Asylum Primer: A Practical Guide to U.S. Asylum Law and Procedure, Seventh Edition by Dree Collopy (American Immigration Lawyers Association 2015)
- Author (with Thomas K. Ragland) of “Litigating Immigration Cases in Federal Court,” book chapter, What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Immigration Law (American Bar Association 2014)
- Co-author, “‘Not Unbounded’: The Reach of State Authority Under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act,” ABA Water Resources Committee Newsletter, January 2011
- Author, “Not Your Grandfather’s Energy Source,” Law360, August 20, 2010
- Co-author, “New Endorsement of State Authority Under the Clean Water Act: S.D. Warren v. Maine Board of Environmental Protection,” Western Water Law & Policy Reporter, July 2006
Selected Speaking Engagements
- Webinar Presenter, “Compliance Issues in the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9: Raising Awareness for Employers,” The Knowledge Group, October 27, 2015
- Discussion Leader, “Petitions for Certiorari in the United States Supreme Court,” American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Federal Court Immigration Litigation CLE Practicum and Webcast, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 5–6, 2012
- Panelist, “Thinking Outside the Box to Defend DREAMers,” American Immigration Lawyers Association National Open House, Washington, D.C., February 17, 2012
- Pro bono legal assistance to military personnel and families through American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Military Assistance Program (MAP)
- Social Justice Committee, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Georgetown
- Georgetown University Alumni Admissions Program, Alumni Interviewer
- Georgetown University Alumni Career Services “Careers for the Common Good,” Alumni Presenter
- 2018 Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award: 'Business Immigration Law Firm of the Year in Washington D.C.'
- Clark Hill receives 2017 Tier 1 Ranking for Immigration Law in Washington, DC by US News and World Report.
- Clark Hill won Immigration - Law Firm of the Year – USA by Finance Monthly Law Awards, 2017.
- Clark Hill won Legal Team of the Year - Corporate Immigration for 2017 by Lawyerissue.
Represented public utilities, non-profit organizations, municipalities, state agencies, and Fortune 500 companies subject to energy and environmental laws, before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and state public utility and energy commissions.
In 2000, N.M. and her family, permanent residents of the United States, were victims of a terrifying human trafficking scheme in India, in which N.M.’s children were held hostage at gunpoint for three days while N.M. and her husband were forced to bring three teenagers to the U.S. and to pass them off as their own children. Many years later, through a combination of poor counsel and miscommunication with U.S. immigration authorities, N.M. was forced to surrender her permanent residence, and was subject to a 20-year bar from returning to the United States.
Today, N.M.’s son is a physician and a U.S. citizen. N.M. requires a lung transplant that she cannot obtain in India. Jennifer Cook, Lindsey Medina, and Thomas Ragland successfully argued that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security should approve N.M.’s application for Humanitarian Parole, which permits otherwise “inadmissible” foreign nationals to enter the U.S. for compelling humanitarian reasons. Last week, shortly after obtaining this very difficult to receive approval, N.M. flew to the U.S. and is currently preparing for her lung transplant surgery and recovery under the care of her son and extended family.
Represented employers before Homeland Security Investigations and the Department of Justice Office of Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) on employment eligibility and verification (Form I-9) compliance matters, including complaints and administrative hearings before OCAHO.
Represented individuals and employers before USCIS in employment-based and immigrant investor petitions, including H, L, O, TN, E2, EB1, EB2, PERM, Schedule A I-140 Petitions, and J1 Waivers before the U.S. Department of State, and in related responses to requests for evidence, notices of intent to deny or revoke petitions, and Department of Labor audits.
Represented individuals and employers in federal courts (including U.S. District Court, U.S. Courts of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court) on appeal, and in Mandamus and Administrative Procedure Act Complaints regarding agency denials and delays of applications and petitions, including adjustment of status, naturalization, and employment-based visa petitions.