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Lindsey M. Medina

Associate
Office

Detroit

500 Woodward Ave
Suite 3500
Detroit, MI 48226
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Education
J.D., magna cum laude, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan, 2012
B.A., with Honors, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 2009
State Bar Licenses
Michigan

Lindsey M. Medina

Associate

Lindsey M. Medina is an associate attorney in the Immigration Practice Group in Clark Hill’s Detroit, Michigan office. Lindsey represents corporate clients in various industries on all types of nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applications and petitions, providing extensive planning and guidance throughout the immigration process. Her immigration practice includes representation of Fortune 100 and 500 companies, staffing companies, scientists and engineers, religious institutions, business executives and entrepreneurs, computer and business personnel, outstanding professors and researchers, and their families as they plan for entry into the United States. Lindsey is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Lindsey earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Pre-law from Michigan State University in 2009, with Honors. Lindsey attended Thomas M. Cooley Law School, graduating Magna Cum Laude and in the top 2% of her class. At TMCLS, Lindsey received the Certificate of Merit Award in Research and Writing for outstanding academic achievement. She was also awarded the Atticus Finch Award by her peers for exemplary professional conduct. Lindsey served as the Vice President of the Criminal Law Society at TMCLS and as a Senior Associate Editor on the Thomas M. Cooley Law Review.

Presentations

  • “Hot Topics in Immigration,” The State Bar of Michigan NEXT Conference, September 28, 2017.
  • "Immigration Changes and I-9 Updates Under the New Administration," Clark Hill Labor and Employment Law Conference, May 4, 2017
  • “Immigration Changes: New Regulations and Enforcement,” Webinar for the Horton Group’s Clients and Friends, March 3, 2017.
  • “Employers, It's Time To Do Your Homework: New STEM Extension Rules for F-1 Employees,” Clark Hill Webinar, May 2016.
  • "Immigration Enforcement: I-9’s, ICE Fines, and More," Webinar for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, September, 2015.

Specialties and Experience

  • Responds to complex Requests for Evidence (RFE) for a variety of immigration matters, including H-1B, Immigrant Visa Petitions (I-140s), TN, L-1A, L-1B, O-1, and Exceptional Ability petitions.
  • Counsels clients on STEM OPT regulation compliance and preparing a Form I-983, Training Plan for STEM OPT Students.
  • Represents staffing companies on immigration issues specific to their industry,  including filing H-1B, TN, L-1A, PERM, I-140, and Adjustment of Status applications; responding to employer/employee RFEs; and completing Form I-983, Training Plan for STEM OPT Students in the staffing context.  

Honors

  • Selected as one of the "10 Best Immigration Law Attorneys" in Michigan by the American Institute of Legal Counsel, 2018

Clark Hill Immigration Practice Awards

  • Global Award Winner for Immigration Law Firm of the Year 2018, Corporate LiveWire
  • ACQ Law Awards – Immigration Law Firm of the Year Award, 2017 and 2018
  • Corporate Immigration – Law Firm of the Year – USA – Finance Monthly Law Awards, 2018
  • Clark Hill won Immigration – Law Firm of the Year – USA by Finance Monthly Law Awards, 2017 and 2018.
  • Clark Hill won Legal Team of the Year - Corporate Immigration for 2017 by Lawyerissue.
  • The Clark Hill Immigration Practice Group in the Detroit office is the only law firm rated nationally in 2017 for immigration law in Michigan, by Best Lawyers.
  • Corporate LiveWire’s Legal Award Winner – Corporate Immigration Law Team of the Year in 2016.
  • International M&A Awards – Corporate LiveWire – Immigration Law Team of the Year – USA in 2015 and 2016.
  • Winner in the category of “Immigration Law” by Corporate LiveWire – Global Awards 2015.
  • Clark Hill PLC received an Award for Excellence in Immigration Law – Michigan by AI Global Immigration & Logistics 2015.
  • Clark Hill PLC was listed as Tier 1 Nationally for Immigration Law in 2015 by U.S. News.
  • Clark Hill PLC was listed as US – Regional Immigration Law Firm of the Year in the ACQ Law Awards 2014.
  • Clark Hill PLC was listed as US – Immigration Law Firm of the Year in the ACQ Law Awards 2014 and 2015.
  • Acquisition International – 2014 Global Mobility and Immigration Awards.
    • Clark Hill PLC won the Best Immigration Specialist for Fortune 500 Companies – Michigan.
  • Acquisition International – 2014 Legal Awards.
    • Clark Hill PLC won the Best International Immigration Team – Michigan.  
Memberships
State Bar of Michigan
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Michigan and National Sections
Experiences

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. 

Practice Areas
Immigration Law