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Gene McNary
Although most recognized for having served as the National Commissioner of the INS, Mr. McNary has dedicated his entire career to providing public service and quality legal representation. Mr. McNary practices extensively in the areas of immigration, litigation, governmental relations, and administrative law.

In 1989 Mr. McNary was appointed to the highest post within the INS by United States President George Bush. Mr. McNary served as the Commissioner of the INS from 1989 until 1993. During this time, Mr. McNary directed the implementation of the most comprehensive reform of United States immigration laws in 25 years.

Mr. McNary returned to the private practice of immigration law armed with a unique knowledge and understanding of immigration law and the operations of the Federal Agency that regulates and administers these laws.  His work has been published in the Duke Journal of International Law and is often published in various other journals and newspapers such as the Washington Post. Mr. McNary is an effective leader and maintains close ties with congressional, labor, legal, and foreign representatives.  He works as an affiliated lawyer of the firm from his home in St. Louis, Missouri.

David M. Morris
David M. Morris manages the firm’s Washington-DC office and is a respected national lawyer in the business immigration field. He holds a particular emphasis in the representation of clients involved in medical research, biotechnology, and information technology. For more then 10 years, Mr. Morris has regularly represented domestic and multinational businesses, as well as professionals, in a wide range of immigration and visa matters.

His insight has been noted on MSNBC television, DC 101 radio, and an array of professional journals and newspapers such as The Labor Lawyer, the American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Journal, the Immigration Advisor, a national journal for human resource managers, the Baltimore Sun, the Boston Herald, the Maryland Daily Record, the Washington Technology Journal, the Immigration Policy & Law Journal, and other publications. Mr. Morris frequently lectures on expedited visa sponsorship strategies, employer immigration compliance programs, and various other immigration related topics for a wide variety of public and private organizations. Prior to founding the firm of McNary, Morris & Smalley (later transformed into the Visa Law Group) Mr. Morris served as the leader of the Immigration Law Section at Baker & Hostetler, one of the largest law firms in the United States.

Fred R. Troncone
Frederick R. Troncone practiced business immigration law for 10 years in Honolulu, Hawaii before returning to the Washington, D.C. area. In Hawaii, Mr. Troncone served as the Chair of the Hawaii Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Since the early 1990s, Mr. Troncone has focused his immigration law practice on the representation of clientele from Japan and the Pacific Rim. He brings with him extensive experience in investment-based and business-related immigration matters.

Mr. Troncone has served as a prominent speaker at a number of business investment and immigration promotion programs sponsored by the State of Hawaii in Honolulu and in Japan. Mr. Troncone works in close coordination with American Life & Business Services, Japan, a U.S. Immigration Consulting Company located in Tokyo. In addition, Mr. Troncone travels frequently to Japan to assist clients who must appear for visa interviews at the U.S. Consular Posts in Tokyo and Osaka. Prior to 1988, Mr. Troncone served as an Attorney Advisor to the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C. He serves as an “Of Counsel” lawyer to Visa Law Group working from Washington, DC and Tokyo, Japan.

Charles W. Pley
Charles Pley is an international immigration attorney who provides United States, Canadian, and international immigration legal services to professionals, businesses, and corporations. He is a former Canadian diplomat and overseas visa officer, and is dual-licensed as a lawyer in Ontario, Canada, and in New York, USA.  He has lived and worked in Detroit, Singapore, Bonn (Germany), Taipei (Taiwan), Ottawa, Vancouver, and Toronto.

Mr. Pley possesses over 15 years of experience as an immigration attorney. Mr. Pley is frequently sought by the media to comment on immigration matters, has published a number of articles on immigration issues, and consults regularly with senior government officials in Canada on immigration policy. He is on a blue-chip Immigration Certificate Program advisory panel to Seneca College in Toronto, and lectures on Canadian Immigration Practice and Procedure at the College.

Mr. Pley is the current President of the Organization of Professional Immigration Consultants, representing over 180 leading immigration attorneys and other practitioners. He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association Citizenship and Immigration Section, the International Bar Association, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Mr. Pley offers immigration legal services in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, German, and French. He serves as an ?Of Counsel? lawyer to Visa Law Group working from Toronto, Canada.

Philip D. Mervis
Philip Mervis has an extremely varied professional background. He gained significant litigation experience practicing with a regionally prominent firm that specialized in the defense of civil actions. His emphasis was in the areas of insurance law, bodily injury, and institutional liability. He administered a substantial trial caseload, making appellate arguments and conducting trials and arbitrations on a first and second chair basis.

Mr. Mervis has also enjoyed a wide array of roles in the electronic research industry. At the international headquarters for Lexis-Nexis, he consulted with the largest law firms in the United States to customize online legal research platforms for their use and educate them regarding complex online applications. In recognition of this expertise, Mr. Mervis was asked to spend one year in Australia and New Zealand lecturing at and consulting with the largest corporations, law firms, law schools, and universities in the Asia-Pacific region. After returning to the United States, he worked to help establish the fledgling eBook industry. In this role, Mr. Mervis had the opportunity to assist university research libraries with the implementation of new research platforms as well as providing lectures to professors and library professionals at universities throughout the Northeast, including Columbia University, Harvard University, Cornell University, and Dartmouth College. Mr. Mervis also served in the eBook industry as a Director of Publishing, negotiating with major commercial, academic and trade presses for electronic content.

Currently residing in Colorado, Mr. Mervis has spent several years within the resort industry there. He has also returned to the practice of law, working with the Fifth Judicial District in Summit County, Colorado. He has been admitted to practice in Colorado and Ohio. He serves as an "Of Counsel" to Visa Law Group from offices in Silverthorne, Colorado.

Sara Lindström
Ms. Lindström started her career as a Foreign Student Advisor and later Assistant Director at George Mason University in 1996, where she worked with all aspects of immigration matters for international students, scholars, and faculty. In addition to her expertise in immigration law as it applies to academe, she brings three years of experience in business immigration from one of the largest immigration practices in the nation.

At Visa Law Group, Ms. Lindström assists with strategizing visa solutions for clients and prepares petitions ranging through almost the entire alphabet of visa categories. Ms. Lindström is a native of Sweden and graduated from George Mason University with a Master’s degree in English. She is fluent in Swedish and has basic proficiency in French and Spanish.

Dorothee Lorenz
A visiting foreign lawyer from Germany, Ms. Lorenz offers an expertise in European legal and corporate matters to assist Visa Law Group clients. She brings both prior government and private law firm experience to help our clients prepare for United States immigration processing. Ms. Lorenz is fluent in German, English and French.

Genie Glymph
A graduate of Coppin State University, Ms. Glymph serves as a Legal Assistant in the law firm where she is responsible for immigrant and nonimmigrant petitions matters under the supervision of the firm lawyers.

Joan Klein
Ms. Klein serves as a Senior Paralegal with nearly ten years of experience in business-based immigration and intellectual properties law. Ms. Klein completed her course work in legal foundation at The School of Paralegal Studies, Atlanta Georgia. Her duties include the preparation and filing of various petitions, legal research and other related tasks as directed by the staff attorneys.

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