Joan-Elisse Carpentier - McDermott Will & Emery


Joan-Elisse Carpentier provides legal representation in all areas of immigration and nationality law affecting individuals, corporations and other businesses. She has worked on evaluations of immigration practices of corporations, development of corporate policies and procedures for handling immigration matters and obtaining immigrant and non-immigrant visas, as well as citizenship and expatriation. Joan-Elisse assists businesses with I-9 compliance programs and provides representation during government audits and in settlement negotiations. She also provides advice concerning immigration issues during mergers and acquisitions.

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  • Represented an institutional client in a Blanket L petition to transfer 20 employees to the United States on an expedited basis to assist in transitioning technology following a merger
  • Represented a manufacturing business in an I-9 audit, successfully negotiating a more favorable settlement after receiving a government fine
  • Represented a dancer in an extraordinary ability visa petition to enable her to remain in the United States and perform with a prestigious dance company

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  • The Best Lawyers in America, Immigration Law, New York, 2023 and 2024
  • The Legal 500 United States, 2010 to 2023
  • Chambers USA, 2008 to 2023, including being short-listed at the 2014 Women in Law Awards for Outstanding Contribution: Pro Bono Work


  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, New York Chapter, current member of the National Member Engagement Committee, past co-chair of the Corporate Practice Committee, past member of the National Pro Bono Services Committee and the liaison subcommittee on Unauthorized Practice of Law, and past member of the National Business Immigration Response Team


Boston University School of Law, JD, Paul J. Liacos Scholar
St. Lawrence University, BA, cum laude

New York

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