Whether being quoted in the Wall Street Journal or being named The Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) Pro Bono Lawyer of the Month (May 2013), Katie Chatterton is dedicated to client service. Given the degree of difficulty in traversing the U.S. immigration system, Katie enjoys assisting both companies and individuals in meeting their goals. With firsthand experience as an immigrant to the United States, Katie is well versed in practical, straightforward solutions to immigration issues.
Katie has a wide range of labor and employment experience, with a focus on employment and family based immigration matters. She is skilled in representing clients in obtaining degreed professional visas, intra-company transferee visas, foreign national investor visas, legal permanent resident status, naturalization, and other immigration benefits. She also counsels human resource departments and in-house counsel on immigration practices, including strategies for verification of employment authorization and responding to government investigations. Having successfully negotiated with government attorneys on worksite enforcement sanctions, Katie has directed complex compliance negotiations.
Outside of her day to day practice, Katie enjoys giving back to the community through pro bono activities. She has worked with KIND since 2009 on special immigrant juvenile and U visa cases, and has also assisted on numerous asylum applications for the Human Rights Initiative (HRI), and provided free legal representation for individuals referred through the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program (HVLP). Whether arguing before an Immigration Judge on cancellation of removal proceedings for a juvenile or attending a Saturday morning HVLP pro bono intake clinic, Katie is keen to assist those in need.
- "Infosys and Misuse of Business Visitor Visas: Why Employers Should Closely Monitor Employee Visa Usage," co-author, State Bar of Texas Corporate Counsel Section Newsletter, Spring 2014.
- "Pre-Hire Issues: A First Date from the Perspective of an Employer," Corporate Counsel Section Newsletter of the State Bar of Texas, Spring II, 2013.
- "Noncompete Agreements in the Employment Context," Employee Benefit Plan Review, Co-Author with Dean Schaner and Meghaan C. McElroy, November 29, 2011.
- "Health Care Reform 101: For Employers," Law360 Guest Column, Co-Author with Felicity Fowler and Meghaan McElroy, June 14, 2010.