Melissa O. NonakaMelissa Nonaka Clark Hill
Melissa O. Nonaka
Melissa O. Nonaka is a Senior Attorney in the Immigration Business Unit at Clark Hill’s Washington, DC office. Melissa counsels U.S. employers on options relating to hiring and retaining foreign national employees through sponsorship for employment-based nonimmigrant visa status, including both cap-subject and cap-exempt H-1B, L-1, E-3, TN, and O-1; and employment-based permanent residence through adjustment of status or consular processing, including EB-1 Extraordinary Ability, EB-2 National Interest Waivers, and EB-2/EB-3 PERM labor certifications. She has represented a variety of institutional clients, including both public and private companies, multinational corporations, global nonprofit research organizations, international consulting firms, industry associations, newspaper publications, local government agencies, health centers, and start-ups. She also represents individuals and their family members in matters involving family-sponsored permanent residence and naturalization. Melissa represents clients before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and the U.S. Department of State (DOS).
Melissa has been dedicated to the exclusive practice of U.S. immigration law since 2011. She received her J.D. and a Certificate in Comparative and International Law from The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law, where she was a Senior Student Articles Editor for The Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy, and published in Michigan State University College of Law’s Journal of Medicine and Law. Melissa served as a Legal Extern for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA), where she drafted appellate-level decisions for PERM labor certification matters, and was a Student Attorney for her law school’s Families and the Law Clinic, where she represented victims of domestic violence in civil protection order hearings before DC Superior Court as well as in filings of VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) self-petitions before USCIS. She has also volunteered at the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center conducting intake interviews for Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Hispanic Studies from Boston College. She is fluent in both the English and Japanese languages.
Melissa is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is licensed to practice in the District of Columbia and Maryland.