Sarah Hawk’s strategic mind and extensive understanding of current and emerging immigration legislation and trends have earned her national and international recognition. Sarah provides crucial immigration counsel to domestic and multinational companies in various industries such as healthcare, financial services, hospitality, higher education, and technology, among others.
Sarah brings nearly 20 years of experience helping companies develop and implement immigration policies to secure visas and permanent residence status for executives, managers and critical employees. She also assists physicians, professors, and scientists at universities and research institutions, along with artists, athletes, entrepreneurs, and investors.
Her comprehensive knowledge includes advising on a broad range of immigration petitions, nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applications, consular processing, waiver cases and outbound placement, helping clients manage their global workforce. Sarah provides guidance for even the most complex I-9 and E-verify compliance, audits, investigations, training, and policies for various entities.
Sarah oversees the preparation of employment-based immigration petitions (B, H, L, O, P, TN, E-2), PERM labor certification applications, EB-1 Extraordinary Ability, EB-1 Outstanding Researcher/Professor, EB-2 National Interest Waiver, and immigrant petitions in virtually all preference categories, adjustment of status and consular processing cases and naturalization cases.
With a knack for building and enhancing client relationships, Sarah once served as business immigration legal counsel delegate on a trip to China, providing counsel to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and the Metro Atlanta Chamber.
Sarah is a frequent speaker nationally and regionally on business immigration issues.
Professional and Community Involvement
Member, Georgia Lawyers for the Arts Board
Co-chair, Asian-Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence Board
Board member, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence
Member, Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN) Advisory Board
Former co-chair, GAIN Executive Board
Former president, Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Former vice president of professional development, National Association of Asian American Professionals
Lawyers of Color Wonderful Women List, 2023
Dress for Success Atlanta Women EmpowHER honoree, 2023
The Best Lawyers in America, 2017-2024
Nation's Best, Lawyers of Color, 2020
Chambers USA, 2018-2023
GAIN's William E. Hoffmann, Jr. Service Award, 2017
Who’s Who Legal Corporate Immigration, 2014-2016
International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, 2013
Leadership Atlanta Class, 2013
Named to Georgia Trend Magazine's Legal Elite, 2012, 2021
Most Powerful & Influential Women Award, National Diversity Council, 2012
Who’s Who Legal, 2010
Georgia Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2010
Who’s Who Among Business and Professional Achievers, 2009
Who’s Who in Asian-American Communities, 2007