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James E. Morrison


Washington, DC

1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Suite 1300 South
Washington, DC 20004
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J.D., Pace University School of Law, White Plains, New York, 2001
B.S., Radford University, Radford, Virginia, 1996
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James E. Morrison


James E. Morrison is the co-leader of Clark Hill’s Immigration Practice.  He focuses his practice on business immigration matters.  He advises clients in a variety of industries on the employment of foreign national employees in the United States.  The advice and guidance that James provides includes: long and short term planning for corporate sponsorship of all types of nonimmigrant and immigrant visas; immigration-related issues involved in mergers & acquisitions and corporate restructuring; the international movement of personnel including E Treaty designation and Blanket L approvals; issues related to the hiring and retention of foreign medical graduates within the healthcare industry including J-1 waivers, National Interest Waivers, and cap-exempt H-1Bs; I-140 Schedule A nurses; and foreign investment options including EB-5 and E-2.  James represents individuals and companies of all sizes.  His clients include: Fortune 100 companies, start-up companies and new offices, large international clients, hospitals and behavioral health care facilities, investors, private clients, professional athletes, musicians, artists, entertainers, and celebrities.

James represents clients in the following industries:

  • Academic Institutions
  • After Market Automotive
  • Automotive Production
  • Automotive Sales
  • Banking
  • Behavioral Health Facilities
  • Building Maintenance
  • Capital Management
  • Construction
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Mining
  • Data Protection
  • Distribution
  • Educational Institutions
  • Financial Institutions
  • Graphic Arts and Design
  • Grocery Store Chains
  • Hedge Funds
  • Hospitality
  • Hospitals
  • Importers of Consumer Packaged Goods
  • Information Technology
  • International Hauling
  • Investment Banking
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Material Handling
  • Media
  • Nanotechnology
  • Nutrition
  • Oil & Gas
  • Online Academic Institutions
  • Pay Day Lenders
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Private Equity
  • Radio
  • Real Estate Development
  • Reservation Systems
  • Restaurant Management
  • Robotics
  • Snack Food Production
  • Supply Chain
  • Television
  • Trucking
  • Universities
  • Wearable Technology
  • Website Design and Maintenance


  • Trump immigration changes problematic for firms planning to hire Irish people," The Irish Times, 2019.
  • “US Immigration - What to Expect Under President Trump,” Webinar 2017.
  • “Options for Employing J-1 Physicians,” Webinar 2016.
  • “Hiring Foreign Medical Graduates and Related J-1 Visa Waiver Issues,” Webinar 2016.
  • “EB-2 v. EB-3, PERM and the Visa Bulletin Backlog” Webinar 2015.
  • “I-9 Audits, Achieving Best in Class,” Presentation 2015.
  • “Hiring Foreign Medical Graduates and Related J-1 Visa Waiver Issues,” Webinar, 2014.
  • “Life After Training, Options for J-1 and H-1B Physicians,” Presentation, 2014.
  • “US Immigration and the Healthcare Industry,” Webinar, 2013.
  • "Immigration Compliance Requirements and Challenges,” Inside the Minds: Employing International Workers, West Thomson/Aspatore Books, 2010.
  • “Immigration Law and Employer Compliance: What Every Business Should Know to Protect Itself in the New Era of Enforcement,” CLE seminar, 2008.
  • “Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Compliance and Immigration Enforcement," Bryant Park Capital: Middle Market Update, 2007.


  • GlobalLawExperts: 2019 Business Immigration Law Firm of the Year in Washington D.C.
  • 2019 Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award: Business Immigration Law Firm of the Year in Washington D.C.
  • GlobalLawExperts: 2018 Business Immigration Law Firm of the Year in Washington D.C.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Al 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.
2020 Corporate INTL Magazine Global Award: Business Immigration Law Firm of the Year in Washington D.C.
GlobalLawExperts: 2020 Business Immigration Law Firm of the Year in Washington D.C.
American Bar Association, Member of Advisory Panel, Labor and Employment Law Section, Immigration Law Committee, International Law Section
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Federal Bar Association
Society for Human Resources Management
Board of Directors, The Children's Heart Fund of Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY
Board of Directors, Resources, Inc. of the Diocese of Brooklyn

Represents foreign nationals with demonstrated national or international acclaim for designation as persons of extraordinary ability for both nonimmigrant status and permanent residence in the United States including actors, models, music groups and musicians, artists, entertainers and corporate leaders.

Leads targeted corporate compliance audits of I-9 processes and procedures as well as visa-specific retention policies for corporate clients throughout the United States including: pre and post audit compliance training; new or revised policy implementation; and on-going compliance counseling

Leads the performance of immigration-related due diligence for merger and acquisition projects counseling clients in varying industries and types of deals. Recent engagements range from preliminary to deep due diligence

Represents corporate clients in all types of nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applications and petitions, providing extensive planning and guidance throughout the immigration process

Lead immigration counsel for a nationwide Fortune 500 hospital management company with more than 300 facilities

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 DACAImmigration Law Update - August 2017Hawaii District Court Clarifies Scope of Travel BanSupreme Court Agrees to Hear Travel Ban Case, Continues Allowing Entry of Most Visa-Holders from Designated CountriesUpdate: President Trump's Revised Executive Order on Travel Ban Remains Blocked"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 StandardImmigration 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 Retrogress