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Michael P. Nowlan

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Detroit, MI 48226
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Education
J.D., University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Detroit, Michigan, 1996
B.B.A., Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan, 1992
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Michigan
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U.S. District Ct., E.D. of Michigan
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
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Michael P. Nowlan

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Michael P. Nowlan is the Co-Leader of Clark Hill's Immigration Practice Group. His immigration practice includes representation of Fortune 100 and 500 companies, scientists and engineers, religious institutions, business executives and entrepreneurs, computer and business personnel, and other professionals and their families as they plan for U.S. entry. Mike’s expertise also includes in depth knowledge of all business and family immigration, nonimmigrant visas, as well as the permanent residence and naturalization processes. He continues to be an advocate for immigrant rights before immigration officials on a regional and national level. 

Honors:

  • Selected as only Michigan Chamber Rated Attorney under Immigration, 2018
  • 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
  • Chambers USA 2017 – Immigration – Only Michigan Attorney Listed under Immigration
  • Lawyers Worldwide Awards Magazine – Global Leading Lawyer 2017
  • Finance Monthly Global Award 2017 – Corporate Immigration – Lawyer of the Year - USA
  • 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.
  • Best Lawyers’ 2017 Detroit Immigration Law "Lawyer of the Year."
  • America's Most Honored Professionals 2017, by American Registry, LLC.
  • The International Who’s Who Legal - Corporate Immigration: Recognized for professional achievement in immigration law in Michigan, (2011-Present).
  • Recognized in "Best Lawyers in America," (2012-Present).
  • Hour Media DBusiness magazine: Named a Best Lawyer (2013-Present).
  • Shortlisted by the Finance Monthly Law Awards for Corporate Immigration Law Firm, 2014.
  • Listed as a “Leading Lawyer” for employment based and family immigration, (2014-Present).
  • Corporate LiveWire’s 2016 Legal Award Winner – Clark Hill – Corporate Immigration Law Team of the Year.
  • International M&A Awards – Corporate LiveWire – Immigration Law Team of the Year – USA in 2015 and 2016.
  • AVVO Rating 10 out of 10.
  • Michigan Top Lawyer – Immigration – 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.
  • Named a 2015 Super Lawyer, published by Law & Politics magazine.
  • AILA Mid-Year Conference Program Chair, “Riding the Waves of Immigration: Tackling Complex Business Issues When There Is No Guidance,” Maui, Hawaii, January, 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, 2015, 2017 and 2018.
  • 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. 
  • Recognized for 2013 Top 500 Lawyers by ICFM LEADING LAWYER 500 – InterContinental Finance Magazine. 
  • President’s Commendation 2012 – AILA: Recognized for outstanding leadership as chair of the National Business Committee.

Publications:

  • The President's Quiet Attacks on Lawful Employment-Based Immigration,” Best Lawyers, January 10, 2018
  • “Practice Pointer: Mergers & Acquisitions – Quick Tips,” AILA Annual Conference, June 2016.
  • “What About The Legal Immigrants?,” Best Lawyers Business Edition Magazine, Winter 2016.
  • “Immigration Changes: New Regulations & Enforcement,” MI Chamber of Commerce Webinar, December 6, 2016.
  • "BALCA Decisions and Current Trends in PERM Processing,” AILA Practice Pointer, October 20, 2016.
  • “The E Visa Process in Canada,” AILA Fall Conference, September, 2016.
  • "The New Normal: Processing Green Cards For Clients Who Did Not or Will Not Receive H-1Bs,” AILA Annual Conference, June 2016.
  • "My Ever Changing Employment: Material Changes As It Relates to H-1B, L-1, E TN and O-1 Status,” AILA Annual Conference, June 2015.
  • “Practice Pointer: Ethical Considerations with PERM and U.S. Workers,” AILA Annual Conference, June 2014.
  • “How to Navigate the Visa Bulletin’s Murky Waters,” AILA Annual Conference, Fundamentals Publication, June 2014.
  • “Practice Pointer: How to Navigate the Visa Bulletin’s Murky Waters,” AILA Annual Conference, June 2013.
  • “Practice Pointer: Immigration Options for Entrepreneurs,” Handout for AILA, Audio Seminar, 2012.
  • “Commuter Green Cards—A Strange Species,” Upstate New York AILA Chapter Annual Conference, 2012.
  • “An Update on Ability to Pay in a Post Recession Economy,” AILA, 2011.
  • Using NAFTA and Other Vehicles to Enter or Depart the United States: Emerging TN, 245(K) and H-B Gap Issues, AILA, 2010.
  • Aliens and Immigration, Michigan Law and Practice Encyclopedia, Matthew Bender & Company, Inc. (Lexis/Nexis), Vol. 1, 2006.
  • Australia, Sydney, The Visa Processing Guide and Consular Posts Handbook, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 1999-2007.
  • Employer Handbook, Immigration, Michigan Manufacturers Association, 2005 and 2006.

Presentations:

  • “Immigration for Business in 2018,” S.E. Michigan Employment Conference, May 3, 2018
  • “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
  • Presenter at the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners Community Forum on Immigration, Detroit, MI,  March 30, 2017.
  • “Immigration Changes: new Regulations and Enforcement,” Webinar for the Horton Group’s Clients and Friends, March 3, 2017.
  • “Updates from the U.S. Consulate in Toronto, With Officials from the U.S. Consulate,” Discussion Leader, MI AILA Mini-Conference, Livonia, MI, January 27, 2017.
  • “Resistance is Futile: The Dismantling of the Traditional Law Office,” AILA Solo and Small Firm Practice Management Conference, December 9, 2016.
  • "BALCA Decisions and Current Trends in PERM Processing,” Discussion leader, AILA Web Seminar, October 20, 2016.
  • “Canada Consular Cross Border Practice,” Discussion Leader, AILA Fall Conference, Toronto, Canada, September 23, 2016.
  • “Mind the H-1B Gap: How to Hold on Until Next October,” Discussion Leader, AILA Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, June 23, 2016.
  • “CBP/DOS Conversation,” Discussion Leader, Chicago AILA, Chicago, IL, March 14, 2016.
  • "Handling Immigration in Employment Law Matters," Presenter for this on demand web video for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), January 2016.
  • “Staffing Companies and US Immigration:  I-9s for Offsite Workers, H-1B Sponsorship, and Other Challenges,“ Clark Hill Webinar, November 10, 2015.
  • “What The New Visa Bulletin Means for Employers,” Counsel for Global Immigration and SHRM Presentation, Webinar, October 20, 2015.
  • “An Immigration Update -  I-9 Forms and Independent Contractors, Latest Immigration Updates, and Expected Regulatory Changes,” Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Webinar, September 10, 2015.
  • “Effects of Immigration on Business,” Michigan Association of CPAs, Management Information & Business Show, Novi, MI, June 24, 2015.
  •  “My Ever Changing Employment: Material Changes As It Relates to H-1B, L-1, E TN and O-1 Status,” AILA Annual Conference, June 2015.
  • “Immigration Enforcement, I-9 Compliance & Audits,” Clark Hill Employment Conference, Novi, MI, April 28, 2015.
  • “Turning Your Employer-Client Relationship From A Prickly Pear Cactus Into A Bird Of Paradise,” AILA Mid-Year Conference, Maui, Hawaii, January, 2015.
  • “Ethical and Practice Concerns in the PERM Process,” New Jersey ICLE, Newark, New Jersey, November 12, 2014.
  • “Immigration Enforcement, I-9 Compliance & Audits, Green Cards, and Temporary Visas,” Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Lansing, MI, August 19, 2014.
  • “Ethical Issues in the PERM Process: How to Advise Employers in Shifting Sands,” AILA Annual Conference, Boston, MA, June 20, 2014.
  • “Moving People and Material: Understanding Core U.S. Employment, Immigration and Importation Issues When Moving Foreign Nationals to the U.S.,” Webinar, Clark Hill PLC, May 21, 2014.
  • “Jeopardy: PERM Recruitment,” AILA PERM Conference, August 2013.
  • “The Visa Bulletin: A View from Charlie Oppenheim’s Desk,” AILA Annual Conference, San Francisco, June 2013.
  • “Engaging Foreign Nationals for Contingent Positions,” HR.West, San Francisco, CA, April 22, 2013.
  • “Recurring NIV Issues,” AILA Midwest Conference, Chicago, IL, March 15, 2013.
  • “Immigration Options for Entrepreneurs,” AILA Audio Seminar, Discussion Leader, November, 2012.
  • “Unique Issues for the Border Practitioner,” Upstate New York AILA Chapter Annual Conference, October, 2012.
  • “Immigration Risks: How to Bring the Best Talent from Overseas,” 2012 CW Risk Forum, Staffing Industry Analysts, San Diego, CA, September 2012.
  • “Making it Work, the Building Blocks of a Comprehensive Compliance Program,”  2012 CW Risk Forum, Staffing Industry Analysts, San Diego, CA, September 2012.
  • “AILA Hot Topics Strategy Session with AILA Superstars,” AILA Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, June 2012.
  • "How to Survive an I-9 Audit/Raid," Clark Hill Annual Employment Conference, May 2012.
  • “My PERM was Denied! Now What? A Practical Guide to Next Steps,” Michigan AILA 2012 Annual Conference, Detroit, MI, April 2012.
  • “Play Your Cards Right – E-Verify,” NALS, Detroit, MI, April 2012.
  • “Pardon the Interruption:  Advanced Tips and Tricks for Tackling the Absurd,” AILA New England Chapter’s Annual Conference, Boston, MA, March 2012.
  • “BALCA Appeals: What’s happening Now” – Ohio AILA Chapter – Columbus, Ohio, November 11, 2011.
  • “International Student Retention,” Moderator, Conference on Immigration and Michigan’s Economic Future, New Michigan Media and Global Detroit, Detroit, MI, July 2011.
  • “My PERM was Denied! Now What? A Practical Guide to Next Steps,” AILA 2011 Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, June 2011.
  • "Ask The Experts: E-1 and E-2 Visas,” Michigan AILA Chapter, March 18, 2011.
  • "Temporary Assignment of Executives Across Borders: Immigration and Tax Consequences," Globalaw Americas Regional Meeting, New York City, New York, March 2011.
  • "The Economic Effects on Immigrant Visa Petitions - Rough Ride on Stormy Water," AILA 2011 Mid-Year Conference, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, January 2010.
  • "The DOL is Coming! The DOL is Coming! No, It’s Just the PERM Process: Part 1," AILA 2010 Annual Conference, Washington DC, June 2010.
  • "Bringing Foreign Employees to Germany and the US," Moderator, Globalaw, April 28, 2010.
  • "What Every Employer Needs to Know About Hiring Physicians in J-1 or H-1B status," Webinar, Clark Hill PLC, February 24, 2010.
  • "Moving Employees to Hong Kong, Greater China and the United Kingdom – What Every Employer Needs to Know," Moderator, Webinar, Clark Hill PLC, February 3, 2010.
  • “Using NAFTA to Enter the US, The Impact of Global Migration on Business Immigration Practice,” AILA Midyear CLE Conference, January 2010.
  • “I-9 and E-Verify Update,” Clark Hill PLC Annual Employment Conference, April 2009 and May 2010.
  • “I-9 and E-Verify Update,” in Partnership with nowHIRE, 2009 through 2013. 
  • “I-9s, Social Security ‘No-Match’ Letters and E-Verify,” Webinar, Clark Hill PLC, July 17, 2008.
  • State of Michigan Senate and House of Representatives Talent Caucus on Immigration Issues, April 2008.
  • "Hidden Pitfalls When Dealing with International Workers," Institute for Continuing Legal Education, April 2008.
  • State of Michigan Senate Transportation Committee on Immigration Issues and Michigan Driver's Licenses, January 2008.
  • “Why Can’t I Get A Date: Understanding Green Card Priority Dates and Employment Based Green Card Delays,” Webinar, Clark Hill PLC, December 2006.
  • "Non Employment Based Nonimmigrant Visas," AILA 2006 Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas, June 2006.
  • "Strategic Options for Dealing with the H-1B Blackout," Webinar, Clark Hill PLC, March 2006.
  • "PERM- The New Process for Foreign Employee Certification," Clark Hill Annual Employment Conference, October 2005.
  • "PERM Strategies," Michigan Manufacturing Association, April 2005.
  • Moderator, Michigan Bar Association Conference, International Law Section, "Visa Delays," 2003.

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Awards/Achievements
Selected by Marquis Who's Who in the World, 2018
2018 International Advisory Experts Award: Immigration Lawyer of the Year in Michigan
US Gamechanger of the Year, ACQ Law Awards, 2018
2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, Marquis Who's Who
Selected by the American Institute of Legal Counsel as one of the Top 10 Best Immigration Attorneys for Michigan
Memberships
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Michigan and National Sections
State Bar of Michigan
AILA National Future of Immigration Law Practice Task Force, Member (2016-2017)
AILA National Business Committee, Member (2015-2016)
AILA National Business Committee, Chair, (2011-2015)
AILA National Nebraska Service Center Liaison Committee, Vice Chair (2010-2011)
AILA National US Customs and Border Protection Committee (2009-2010)
AILA National Expanded Business Committee (2009-2011)
AILA National Nomination Committee (2009)
AILA Michigan Chapter Chair (2007-2009)
AILA Michigan Chapter Treasurer (2005-2007)
AILA Michigan Chapter Section Chair on Technology Issues (2004-2005)
AILA Michigan Chapter Member of the Department of Labor Liaison Section (2004-2005)
GLOBALAW - Cross Border Labour Initiative Plan, Deputy Coordinator (2008-2011)
Dearborn Public Library Foundation, Treasurer (2006-2007)
Newsletter Alerts
The H-1B CAP Has Been ReachedInsight on Immigration UpdatesImmigration Law UpdateImmigration Law UpdatePractice Alert: President Trump Issues New Travel RestrictionsPractice Alert: President Trump Terminates DACAHawaii District Court Clarifies Scope of Travel BanSupreme Court Agrees to Hear Travel Ban Case, Continues Allowing Entry of Most Visa-Holders from Designated Countries"Buy American, Hire American" Executive OrderUpdate to March 6, 2017 Travel Ban Executive OrderThe H-1B CAP Has Been ReachedUSCIS Publishes Rule for International EntrepreneursUpdate: President Trump's Revised Executive Order on Travel is Temporarily BlockedMarch 2017 Executive Order on Immigration: Revising the Travel Suspension for Designated Countries USCIS Temporarily Suspending Premium Processing of All H-1B PetitionsSecretary of Homeland Security Issues Memos to Implement President Trump's Immigration Enforcement OrdersUpdate Regarding the January 27th Executive Order on ImmigrationUpdate Regarding the January Executive Order on ImmigrationExecutive Order Restricting Immigration From Certain CountriesPresident Trump Signs Two Executive Orders Calling for Aggressive Enforcement of U.S. Immigration Law Along the Southern Border and in the Interior of the United StatesImmigration Law Update: USCIS Publishes Final Rule, New AAO NIW StandardEmployers Must Begin Using New I-9 Form by January 22, 2017Immigration Law Update: The New Administration, DACA, Enforcement Priorities and Employment-Based ImmigrationUSCIS Proposes a New Rule for International Entrepreneurs, October Visa Bulletin, and More...CAP H-1B Rejections Starting to Arrive, June Visa Bulletin - Heightened Demand for Employment-Based Adjustments of Status Causes Retrogression and MoreH-1B Cap Season, Denial of STEM OPT Rule, Amendments to Visa Waiver Program, March Visa BulletinDOJ Settles with McDonalds, Quickstuff ICE Fines, I-9 Audits Down,DHS Releases Proposed STEM OPT Rule, Canadian Government Issues New Immigration Regulations, Update on Work Authorization for H-4 Spouses, November Visa BulletinVisa Bulletin Dates RetrogressEADs for Certain H-4 SpousesI-94, November Visa Bulletin, Diversity Visa Lottery2015 H-1B Cap Has Been ReachedH-1B Filing Season To Begin April 1, 2014, Lottery is Anticipated
Articles
Michael P. Nowlan Quoted in Crain's Detroit Business: Amid Tough Talk on Immigration, Fewer Companies Apply for H-1B Visas, April 2017Michael P. Nowlan Quoted in Crain's Detroit Business: Trump Rhetoric Expected to Spark Uptick in Visa Applications, April 2017Michael P. Nowlan Quoted in MLive: Detroit Police 'Never Ask Immigration Status,' That's Not Our Job, Chief Says, March 2017Michael P. Nowlan Quoted in Crain's Detroit Business: Metro Detroit Companies, Universities Weigh Fallout From Immigration Order, January 2017Michael P. Nowlan Featured in Macomb County Legal News: Fresh Start - Immigration Attorney Guides Clients to New Life in U.S., June 2016
Presentations
Webinar: Staffing Companies and US Immigration: I-9s for Offsite Workers, H-1B Sponsorship and Other ChallengesWEBINAR: "The First 100+ Days of President Trump’s Administration - The Impact on U.S. Immigration"WEBINAR: Immigration Reform Under the Trump AdministrationWebinar: Moving People and Material: Understanding core US employment, immigration, and importation issues when moving foreign nationalsWebinar: Life After Training: Options for J-1 And H-1B Physicians
Videos
Michael P. Nowlan Speaks on Radio Sputnik About H1B Visas & President Trump's Executive Order to Hire American, April 2017
News
143 Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2019 Edition of Best Lawyers in AmericaClark Hill Attorneys Named 2018 “Leaders in their Field” by Chambers USASixty-Seven Clark Hill Attorneys Named 2018 Leading LawyersClark Hill Attorneys Named to DBusiness Magazine's 2018 Top Lawyers ListState Bar of Michigan NEXT Conference in Detroit, Michigan on September 28, 2017 Will Feature Immigration Topics - Clark Hill Attorneys Michael P. Nowlan and Lindsey M. Medina to Present Sixty-Six Clark Hill Attorneys Named 2017 Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising StarsSeventy-Four Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers in AmericaClark Hill Attorneys Named 2017 “Leaders in their Field” by Chambers USAClark Hill Attorney Michael P. Nowlan to Present at the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners Community Forum on Immigration March 30, 2017Clark Hill Attorney Michael P. Nowlan Published in 2016 Winter Business Edition of Best Lawyers MagazineClark Hill Attorney Michael P. Nowlan to Present “Immigration Changes: New Regulations & Enforcements” Webinar on December 6, 2016Twenty-Eight Clark Hill Attorneys Named to DBusiness Magazine's 2017 Top Lawyers ListClark Hill’s Immigration Law Team Recognized for Talent and Client Satisfaction by Corporate LiveWire Legal Awards 2016Sixty Clark Hill Attorneys Named 2016 Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising StarsSixty-Four Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers in AmericaClark Hill Attorneys Michael P. Nowlan, Thomas K. Ragland, and Patrick Taurel to Present at Annual American Immigration Lawyers Association Conference From June 22-25, 2016 in Las Vegas, NevadaClark Hill PLC’s Immigration Law Team Recognized for Excellence in Immigration Law in the 2016 Global Awards by Corporate LiveWireClark Hill Attorney Michael P. Nowlan Co-Presents On-Demand Webcast “Handling Immigration in Employment Matters” for the Institute of Continuing Legal EducationSixty-Six Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for the 2015 Super Lawyers Business EditionTwenty-Eight Clark Hill Attorneys Named to DBusiness Magazine's 2016 Top Lawyers ListClark Hill Attorney Michael P. Nowlan to Present the Webinar "The New Visa Bulletin: What It Means and What Employers Should Consider Going Forward"Sixty-Five Clark Hill Attorneys Named to Michigan Super Lawyers 2015 ListSixty-Two Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers in AmericaClark Hill PLC Named a 2015 Winner in Global Mobility, Immigration and Logistics Awards for "Excellence in Immigration Law - Michigan" by Acquisition InternationalClark Hill PLC's Immigration Law Team Named "Immigration Law Team of the Year - USA" in the 2015 M&A Awards by Corporate LivewireClark Hill Attorneys Michael P. Nowlan and Karen M. Kett to Present at the MICPA Management Information & Business Show on June 24, 2015Clark Hill PLC Named "US - Immigration Law Firm of the Year" in Acquisition Finance Magazine's 2014 Law AwardsFifty-Seven Clark Hill Attorneys Named 2014 Leading LawyersThirty-Seven Clark Hill Attorneys named DBusiness Top Lawyers for 2015Fifty-Nine Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2015 Edition of Best Lawyers in America Clark Hill PLC and Clark Hill Thorp Reed Receive National Tier 1 for Immigration Law in the 2014 Edition of U.S. News-Best Lawyers, “Best Law Firms”Twenty-Three Clark Hill Attorneys named DBusiness Top Lawyers for 2014Fifty-Seven Clark Hill Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in the 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers in America