Ms. Freeman has practiced for over 17 years in all aspects of employment-based immigration, from strategy to immigration compliance, including IRCA, I-9, LCAs, high volume of employment-based petitions, PERM labor certification applications, immigrant visa petitions, consular processing and adjustment of status filings. She excels at J-1 waivers for foreign medical graduates and "outstanding researcher and professor," "extraordinary ability," and "national interest waiver" priority worker preference petitions. Ms. Freeman supports clients through all steps of operating business in the U.S. from the formation of a corporate entity, the choice of immigration strategy, application for a temporary visa and through permanent residence. Ms. Freeman’s practice focuses on employment-based immigration for scientists, researchers and medical professionals, primarily in the areas of biotech, health care and education. She also advises start-up and foreign companies/investors in corporate entity formation and establishment of U.S. operations.
Ms. Freeman is highly active in various local and national committees on immigration. She plays a key role within the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), currently serving as Chapter Chair and as a member of its Global Immigration Executive Committee and Business Immigration Committee. As part of her membership, she organizes and selects speakers for AILA’s annual Global Forum, among other projects. Ms. Freeman is also a member of the Welcoming Pittsburgh Advisory Council to the Mayor of Pittsburgh. Within this role, she helps shape the important work of the initiative, which aims to attract immigrants to Pittsburgh.
While in law school, Ms. Freeman served as a teaching assistant for the Legal Analysis and Writing Program. She won the 1998 Niagara International Moot Court in Chicago.
While living in the former Soviet Union, Ms. Freeman assisted an international humanitarian organization with the distribution of aide and resettlement of civil war refugees who were displaced during a conflict in Moldova in 1992.
As an avid supporter of arts, Ms. Freeman regularly secures O-1 and P-1 visa status on behalf of individual musicians, conductors, actors, singers, performing artists, as well as large entertainment groups for their tours in the U.S. In 2008 and 2011, she received a certificate of achievement from the American Immigration Lawyers Association for her dedication to public service in the field of immigration law and in honor of her pledge to provide pro bono legal assistance to immigrant communities.
Martindale-Hubbell® has given Ms. Freeman an AV Preeminent® peer review rating, the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubbell®. In 2012, she was recognized in Pittsburgh’s Top Rated Lawyers publication by LexisNexis® and Martindale-Hubbell® for her work in immigration law. Ms. Freeman was featured in the 2013 Top Rated Lawyer publication in labor and employment law by the American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell®. More recently, Ms. Freeman was named to the ABA Section of International Law’s Who's Who Legal 100 2015 for her work in Corporate Immigration.