Education

University of Michigan

B.A., 2000

Wayne State University Law School

J.D., 2004

Bar Admission

Michigan

Suzanne K. Sukkar

Of Counsel

Overview

Suzanne Sukkar has years of experience in all areas of immigration law, including, obtaining non-immigrant employment-based visas (such as H, L, E, O, P, R, TN, NAFTA visas), immigrant employment-based visas (EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, EB-5 and PERM labor certifications), outbound (global) immigration, family-based immigration, and naturalization.

She is experienced in conducting I-9 and LCA file audit training. She has also developed a niche expertise in the area of E-1/E-2 (treaty trader/investor) visa applications, consular processing, and start-up ventures. Suzanne services a multiple array of employment and business related industries including: automotive, healthcare, education, financial services, hospitality/food, IT/technology, engineering, religious, and not-for-profit. She has a solid foundation in various areas of the law which strengthens her ability to represent immigration clients.

Suzanne represents clients before government agencies including the Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of State, and Department of Labor. She renders expert strategic and tactical counsel to a broad clientele base including visa matters for client’s employees at all levels of the corporate organizational structure, from the high-profile CEO or President, to the entry-level business professional. Suzanne has represented high-profile companies in the process of changing its executive-level leadership. Through strategic planning and by offering creative solutions, she has assisted with the seamless transfer of numerous executives and professionals to U.S. subsidiaries or affiliates. Additionally, Suzanne has counseled and offered immigration advice to a CEO Search Committee composed of Board Members of two public companies merging.

Professional Involvement

  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, President
  • American Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC), Board Treasurer
  • Arab American Professionals Network, AACC, Chair; 2010-2014
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Past Chair of Conferences Committee, Michigan Chapter
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association
  • University of Michigan Alumni Association
  • Women’s Exchange
  • National Association of Women Lawyers

Community Involvement

  • Appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to the Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs, Commissioner/Secretary
  • Host of television program “Immigration Today," broadcast by Comcast, Verizon and other cable carriers, 2011-2012
  • Mistress of Ceremonies, American Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC), American Arab Professionals Network Banquet (AAPN), 2010-2014
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association, Bias Awareness and Inclusion Week Committee, 2011
  • Contest Coordinator and Judge for the American Immigration Council (AIC) “Celebrate America” Creative Writing Contest for 5th graders, 2009-2011
  • AILA Citizenship Day: Participant by offering pro-bono legal advice to immigrants seeking to obtain naturalization
  • Washtenaw County Bar Association Law Day: Participant offering pro-bono legal advice regarding all areas of immigration law

Publications/Presentations

  • Presenter, “Global Mobility and Immigration Seminar,” Global Chamber Nashville, Nashville, Tennessee, December 2016
  • Presenter, “Immigration Lunch and Learn,” UHY Advisors Inc., Sterling Heights, Michigan, November 30, 2016
  • Presenter, “Doing Business with NAFTA,” University of Toledo Export Success & Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, Toledo, Ohio, September 30, 2016
  • Presenter, “U of M Entrepreneur Clinic Immigration Primer,” University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, September 1, 2016
  • Presenter, “Going Global: Direct Foreign Investment Immigration Options,” Dickinson Wright Webinar, April 27, 2016
  • Panelist, “Roundtable with U.S. Consular/E-Visa Officers,” U.S. Consulate General in Toronto, April 8, 2016
  • Presenter, “Cross-Border Business Travel: Best Practices for Travel between Canada and the United States,” United States Consulate General Toronto and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Webinar, March 21, 2016
  • Presenter, “15th Annual Great Lakes Women's Business Conference,” Women's Business Empowerment Center - Great Lakes, September 29, 2015
  • "Retaining Foreign Nationals," Kalamazoo and Troy, Michigan, April/May 2014 
  • "I-9 Audit Training," Kalamazoo, Michigan, July 2013
  • "Immigration Reform," Ann Arbor Democratic Party, March 9, 2013
  • “Naturalization in a Nutshell,” Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, Michigan, March 2012
  • “Impact of Immigration Laws on Women and Children,” Moderator, Washtenaw County Bar Association and Women Lawyers Association of Michigan co-sponsored event for Bias Awareness and Inclusion Week, Ann Arbor, Michigan, October 2011

Languages

  • Arabic
  • Spanish
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Acknowledgements

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Immigration Law, 2015-present
  • Michigan Super Lawyers "Rising Star," Immigration, 2012-present
  • National Association of Professional Women, National Woman of the Year Award, 2011
  • Arab American National Museum, Recognition of Prominent Arab American Women
  • DBusiness Top Lawyers