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Sarah J. Hawk
Partner

Atlanta

3475 Piedmont Road N.E.
Suite 1700
Atlanta, GA 30305-3327

P 404-264-4030

F 404-264-4033

OVERVIEW

Sarah J. Hawk
Partner

Atlanta

3475 Piedmont Road N.E.
Suite 1700
Atlanta, GA 30305-3327

P 404-264-4030

F 404-264-4033

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 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.

OVERVIEW

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 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

Honors

The Best Lawyers in America, 2017-2021

Chambers USA, 2018-2020

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

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

Experience
  • Represented a large private research university for EB-1 Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Professors and Researchers, EB-2 National Interest Waivers, Special Handling and PERM Labor Certification cases
  • Co-led nationwide I-9 audit for 19,000 employees and post-audit remediation and training for compliance
  • Conducted internal I-9 audit and E-Verify training and guidance for electronic I-9 system for leading global financial services firm
  • Obtained O-1 Extraordinary Ability Visas and EB-1 approvals for leading Symphony/Orchestra musicians

*These matters occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg

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