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Leigh P. Cole

Immigration Counsel

Leigh, known nationally for her experience in immigration for educational institutions, has extensive experience with employment-based immigration matters and advises on immigration compliance, best practices, audits and self-audits, applications for immigration benefits and international student and scholar services for institutions, nonprofits and NGOs, and businesses.  

Leigh advises clients on issues including:
  • Best practices in immigration compliance.
  • Employment-based immigration status
  • I-9 self-audits - are your I-9 records as compliant as you think they are?
  • Ongoing support for immigration questions that arise at your organization.
  • Immigration sponsorship opportunities for international personnel.
  • Legal support for International Student and Scholar Services at schools.
She works with general counsels, executives and investors, human resources directors, international education advisors, recruiters and others responsible for immigration compliance for institutions, organizations and businesses.

Representative Matters

  • L-1 applications for executives managers and specialized knowledge employees at multinational corporations
  • H-1B and permanent residency applications for faculty and researchers
  • Establishing new U.S. business entities for international companies
  • Advising general counsels and HR directors on day-to-day immigration questions for employees, executives, students and scholars
  • I-9 self audits for HR departments
  • Immigration training on campus for staff involved in recruiting and hiring 
  • Review of immigration sponsorship policies for hospitals and schools
  • Applications for F-1 certification and J-1 designation for schools to sponsor international students and exchange visitors

Other Distinctions

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Vermont Bar Association
  • Member, New York Bar Association
  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)
  • Member, NAFSA: Association of International Educators
  • Best Lawyers (2010-2014)

Professional and Civic Involvement

  • The Dinse Blog: Issues and Insight: 
  • Chair, Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew PC’s Social Responsibility Committee
  • Co-Instructor, NACUA online course, "The ABCs of F, J and H-1Bs: Immigration Basics for Colleges and Universities" (2011 and 2013)
  • Board of Directors, VT Council on World Affairs (2013 to present)
  • Leadership Champlain, a division of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce (Director, August 2007 to 2014, and Board Chair)
  • Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce (2011 to 2013) 
  • Director, Wake Robin Corporation, member, Finance Committee (2007 to 2011)
  • Director Emeritus, Far Post Soccer Club, Inc. 
  • Creator and leader, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) Circle of discussion group on socially responsible business practices (2007 to 2008)
  • Director, Lake Champlain Land Trust, 2001 to 2007 (term limit)
  • Founding Director, South Hero Land Trust, 1996 to 1998
  • Leadership Champlain, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, Class of 1998
Leigh P. Cole
Office: Northern California
Phone: 415-835-9001
Fax: 415-834-0443
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  • J.D. - Albany Law School of Union University - 1991
  • B.A. - Cornell University - 1985
  • Philips Exeter Academy - 1981

Bar/Court Admissions

  • New York Appellate Division, Third Department
  • State of Vermont Supreme Court
  • U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Vermont
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York