HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - Jun 28, 2012) - FosterQuan, LLP, one of the nation's largest immigration law firms, announced that 26-year veteran immigration attorney and former associate general counsel for Microsoft Corporation, Lydia G. Tamez, has joined the firm as partner.
Prior to joining FosterQuan, Tamez served as associate general counsel for the global IT leader where she provided strategic planning, direction and management of the company's immigration programs, policies and practices in more than 60 countries. Tamez has more than two decades of experience handling corporate policies related to immigration issues and corporate compliance. Leading one of the nation's largest in-house immigration legal groups, Tamez developed and implemented global corporate compliance initiatives and conducted complex legal analysis concerning family and employment immigration issues. She led an international team of professionals that provided a full spectrum of legal services for thousands of employees covering a wide variety of categories on a sustained basis, obtaining both temporary and permanent work authorization for employees and their dependents. She has been board certified in immigration and nationality law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for 19 years.
Tamez has expertise in a wide range of immigration legal matters including I-9 compliance and audits, E-Verify compliance, employment-based nonimmigrant visas and immigration issues related to acquisitions. She served as a corporate spokesperson for Microsoft on immigration-related legislative and regulatory concerns, both nationally and internationally, and has been called upon to testify as an expert on immigration issues before the Washington state legislature. She is a frequent speaker at national and international immigration conferences.
Tamez also spearheaded pro bono immigration initiatives during her corporate career. She developed and implemented an organization called Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice (VAIJ), now in its eighth year, to represent asylum seekers and other immigrants in Seattle-area detention facilities. She was also instrumental in the establishment of KIND, Inc. in 2008, a project jointly founded by Microsoft and film star Angelina Jolie to promote the need for pro bono counsel to unaccompanied children in immigration proceedings. The program has since expanded to eight cities with more than 2,000 pro bono attorneys representing over 2,700 children.
Tamez received her J.D. from the Yale Law School and her undergraduate degree from Yale University with cum laude honors. She is admitted to practice in Texas and Washington before the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S District Court. In 2010, she received the Keepers of the American Dream Award given by the National Immigration Forum for tremendous positive impact in the field of immigration. She is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the American Immigration Council board of trustees.
About FosterQuan, LLP
FosterQuan, LLP offers a full spectrum of U.S. and global immigration legal services to assist corporations with the strategic and compliance issues involved in the employment and movement of key personnel across international boundaries. The firm's comprehensive suite of services includes a patented I-9 auditing and compliance process. With a team of attorneys operating from Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Washington, D.C., the Rio Grande Valley and Mexico City, the firm is also the nation's largest minority-owned immigration law firm and has more attorneys board certified in immigration and nationality law than any other Texas law firm. FosterQuan utilizes the most current technology to help its clients efficiently manage immigration issues. For more information, visit fosterquan.com.