Office Managing Attorneys
Chad Graham’s practice encompasses all aspects of business immigration, including mergers and acquisitions, E-Verify compliance, non-immigrant visas, immigrant visas, I-9s and E-Verify, consular practice, and naturalization. Mr. Graham earned his law degree from the University of Iowa, graduating with highest honors for service, and worked as Managing Editor for the law journal, Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems. Mr. Graham also worked for two years in the legal clinic at the University of Iowa working with nonprofit corporations. From October 2005 – December 2009, Mr. Graham was employed by one of the largest immigration practice groups in the United States.
• Invited early contributor to AILA Wiki.
• Associate Editor, Understanding Immigration Policy – Practicing It Effectively: 2006 AILA Fall CLE Conference Handbook, with Ted J. Chiappari and Romulo E. Guevara, Editors (AILA 2006).
• Defeating an Invisible Enemy: The Western Superpowers’ Efforts to Combat Terrorism by Fighting Illegal Immigration, 14 Transnat’l L. & Contemp. Probs. 281, 307.
• Colorado Among Leading States to Enact Immigration Enforcement Laws on Employers, The Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 38, No. 4, April 2009.
• Avoid L-1B RFEs Through Careful Case Preparation, ILW.com, Immigration Daily, June 3, 2011.
• Congress Needs to Up Number of H-1B Visas, San Jose Business Journal, May 25, 2012, available at: http://bit.ly/JJqBGq.
Sam Adair was awarded his J.D. from Arizona State University College of Law. Mr. Adair has been actively practicing immigration law for most of the past decade. While he has broad experience with most areas of immigration law, his practice is primarily focused on employment based immigration ranging from visa processing, permanent residence, employer compliance issues, and mergers and acquisitions. While in law school Mr. Adair completed internships at the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project and on the staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee on capital hill.
Prior to joining Graham Adair, Mr. Adair worked with one of the largest immigration practices in the U.S. From 2006 to 2008 Mr. Adair set-up and managed the India support office for this firm and he has extensive experience in Indian immigration and business practices.
Mr. Adair has given numerous presentations on immigration law and has authored and edited multiple publications on U.S. and global immigration issues. Mr. Adair is a member of the Arizona Bar and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project and Dart Music International.
Russell assists public and private employers, large and small, in developing value-added, efficient, effective immigration policies, strategies, and personnel movement throughout the globe. He assists multinational corporations, universities, and non-profit organizations in the recruitment, maintenance, and retention of international personnel, and partners with these organizations to develop, implement, and enhance existing compliance programs with regard to the Immigration Reform and Control Act, Immigration and Nationality Act, E-Verify, and export controls. Russell is adept at all nonimmigrant and immigrant visa categories with an affinity for atypical and difficult matters such as Q-1s, H-3s, J-1 waivers, Ps, O-1s, NIWs, EB-1As, and EB-1Bs. In addition, he assists employers in conducting and handling I-9 audits and compliance. He provides detailed I-9 training to clients to assist in developing comprehensive completion and retention programs.
Russell’s education practice builds upon his strong immigration foundation. He represents public and private colleges, universities, and related non-profit organizations in the recruitment, maintenance, and retention of international personnel. He partners with these organizations to develop, implement, and enhance existing immigration compliance programs including SEVIS, I-9s, and E-Verify. Russell assists these organizations with all relevant nonimmigrant and immigrant visa categories including J-1s, O-1s, NIWs, EB-1As, and EB-1Bs. In addition, he assists these organizations in obtaining SEVIS designation for J-1, M-1, or F-1 as well as post-designation SEVIS counseling and compliance.
Russell’s accomplishments and skill in the fields of immigration, education and employment law have been recognized by multiple attorney ranking organizations.
- American Immigration Lawyers Association
- National Association of College and University Attorneys (Editor, Journal
of College and University Law)
- American Bar Association
- Atlanta Bar Association (Litigation Section, Employment Law Section)
- Georgia Bar Association (Higher Education Law Section)
- Sports Lawyers Association
Tulane Law School (J.D., 1999)
Boston University (M.Ed., 1996)
Stonehill College (B.A., 1995)
New York, 2000
Selected by peers for inclusion as a Rising Star in Georgia Super Lawyers in 2005 for Immigration, Employment and Education
Selected as an “Atlanta Lawyer of Distinction” by Jezebel Magazine
for Immigration and Higher Education Law
Selected by the National Association of College and University Attorneys
(NACUA) for the First Decade Award