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Jennifer D. Cook

Senior Counsel
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Washington, DC

1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Suite 1300 South
Washington, DC 20004
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Education
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC, 2001, Dean’s Award for Service to the Law Center. Staff, Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics. Equal Justice Foundation public interest fellowship recipient.
B.A., magna cum laude, Georgetown University, Washington DC, 1992
State Bar Licenses
District of Columbia
Maryland
Court Admissions
U.S. Supreme Court 2016
U.S. District Ct., District of Columbia 2015

Jennifer D. Cook

Senior Counsel

Jennifer Drugay Cook represents clients ranging from private individuals to Fortune 500 companies in immigration proceedings before federal courts, federal agencies, and administrative agency hearings. 

Jennifer handles complex employment-based, family-based, and naturalization cases before US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the US Department of State. She helps families to obtain immigration benefits – from permanent residence through citizenship – navigating the complexities involved in consular processing abroad, waivers of unlawful presence and “inadmissibility,” and relief from removal. She guides employers on temporary and permanent employment of professionals in a range of fields from healthcare to international trade. She assists international students who seek to remain in the US once their course of study is complete.

Jennifer advises employers on all aspects of employment eligibility verification (Form I-9) compliance, including internal audits, and responding to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) notices of inspection, proposed fines for non-compliance, and government contract debarment proceedings.

In the event of an unfavorable outcome before an immigration agency, Jennifer prepares appeals to the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office, to the US Department of Justice Board of Immigration Appeals or Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer, and has prepared many actions on immigration matters – on behalf of individuals and employers – in federal courts. 

Jennifer is a frequent contributing editor for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) publications and provides pro bono legal assistance to military personnel and families through the AILA Military Assistance Program (MAP). She also serves as an Alumni Interviewer for Georgetown University's Alumni Admissions Program as well as a presenter for Georgetown's Alumni Career Services.

Selected Publications:

  • Editor, “Navigating the Fundamentals of Immigration Law, AILA Annual Conference,” American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2015 through 2021-22 edition
  • 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
  • Co-author (with Thomas K. Ragland), “Litigating Immigration Cases in Federal Court - 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
Awards/Achievements
2021 Business Immigration Law Firm of the Year in Washington DC by Corporate INTL
2020 Business Immigration Law Firm of the Year in Washington DC by Corporate INTL
2020 Business Immigration Law Firm of the Year in Washington DC by GlobalLawExperts
2019 Business Immigration Law Firm of the Year in Washington DC by GlobalLawExperts
2019 Business Immigration Law Firm of the Year in Washington DC by Corporate INTL
2018 Business Immigration Law Firm of the Year in Washington DC by GlobalLawExperts
2018 Business Immigration Law Firm of the Year in Washington DC by Corporate INTL Magazine
2017 Tier 1 Ranking for Immigration Law in Washington DC by US News and World Report
2017 Immigration Law Firm of the Year – USA by Finance Monthly Magazine
2017 Legal Team of the Year - Corporate Immigration by Lawyerissue
Memberships
American Bar Association
American Immigration Lawyers Association
D.C. Bar Association
Maryland State Bar Association
National Lawyers Guild, National Immigration Project
Social Justice Committee, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Georgetown
Experiences

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.

Practice Areas
Immigration Law