Thompson Coburn is pleased to announce that immigration attorney Fatima Khan has joined the Firm as a partner in our St. Louis office. Fatima was previously an associate in the St. Louis office of Lewis Rice.
Fatima has practiced exclusively in the area of immigration and nationality law for nearly two decades, helping employers in a broad range of sectors address the immigration status of foreign national employees, including I-9 compliance and the E-Verify program.
She works closely with HR personnel, managers, and executives, providing business immigration services for a wide variety of clients, ranging from large multi-national corporations, publicly traded and closely held corporations, nonprofits and religious institutions, hospitals and universities, to small employers and start-ups. Fatima provides immigration services across diverse sectors of industry, including engineering, information technology, health care, education, finance, scientific research, architecture, construction and manufacturing companies.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Fatima to Thompson Coburn to lead our immigration offerings for clients across the country and abroad,” said Laura Jordan, vice chair of the Firm’s Labor & Employment Group. “Fatima has extensive experience in all areas of immigration law, and shares our practice group’s commitment to providing high-quality, cost-effective counsel to our business clients. We can’t wait for her to hit the ground running for our numerous immigration clients.”
“I’m happy to join Thompson Coburn and continue their excellent regional and national reputation in the immigration field,” said Fatima. “I look forward to collaborating with my new colleagues across Thompson Coburn’s seven offices and helping our clients navigate the complex regulations that affect their ability to recruit and retain talented foreign national employees, professionals and researchers.”
In her representation of corporate clients on workplace compliance and due-diligence issues, Fatima assists with I-9 matters as well as audits conducted by the Department of Labor or the Department of Homeland Security. She also assists corporate clients involved in mergers and acquisitions to ensure that foreign employees involved in a corporate reorganization maintain their immigration status. Additionally, Fatima assists with applications for family-based sponsorship, including marital and K-1 filings, as well as naturalization matters. She also has experience with the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), waivers of inadmissibility, asylum, and removal proceeding matters.
Fatima earned her law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University. She obtained a B.A. in Political Science and German Studies from Saint Louis University.
Following law school, Fatima was selected for a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship, a distinguished transatlantic program with work placement in the German Ministry of Justice in Berlin and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Sub-Office in Nuremburg.
Fatima is the current president of the South Asian Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. She is a member of the Immigration Committee of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
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