Elizabeth Espín Stern, a partner in Mayer Brown's Washington DC office, leads the firm's Global Mobility & Migration practice, which forms part of the Employment & Benefits group. She is a seasoned veteran who has advised companies through every major immigration policy change since 1986. Liz is consistently ranked as a leading business immigration lawyer by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Who's Who Legal, The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, and national and local publications. In addition, she has been named in Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and "Women in Law Awards 2014" by Lawyer Monthly and named one of National Law Journal's "Outstanding Women Lawyers 2015." Liz spearheads Mayer Brown's market-leading global worksite management initiative, which addresses US and global immigration compliance, HR functions and mobility services. This proprietary Mayer Brown Global People Solution™ offers multinational clients in a variety of sectors, including financial services, consulting, IT, defense, consumer goods, telecommunications and multimedia, a comprehensive compliance and management program in connection with their mobile workforce. Liz regularly speaks and writes about immigration policies and contributes to major news agencies and publications, including Law 360, for which she serves on the Immigration editorial advisory board; Quartz.com; Global Business News and a host of global HR publications.
Liz focuses on issues that are unique to dynamic commercial entities with a global work force. She helps companies establish global compliance and management programs to move their executive and professional work corps to various locations around the world. Liz is knowledgeable in global HR disciplines and transactions, including visas, work permits and compliance and how immigration transactions interface with tax, employment, compensation and benefits, corporate formation, data privacy, export controls, and anti-corruption and anti-bribery regulation.
- Advising multiple companies on best practices to establish a managed services program to oversee the hiring and mobility of talent across borders, the required employment, benefits and immigration processes to optimize the program and the impact of export control, FCPA, and data protection regulations on their immigration and mobility programs.
- Representing a global financial services organization in reductions in force impacting a substantial percentage of the work force and including the organization's visa holders and residency candidates.
- Advising a financial services company on the compliance requirements to maintain the visa and work authorization for global workers encompassed by the company’s acquisition of new entities.
- Developing the strategies for mobility of global pools of professional workers for a global IT company to meet the company’s staffing demands in locations throughout EMEA, Asia Pacific and the Americas.
- Leading the global team managing a defense supplier's global migration program, coordinating the immigration requirements in multiple countries, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Spain, Italy, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Taiwan and United Kingdom, and securing work authorization for assignees pursuant to government and commercial services agreements.
- Counseled a government agency on the creation of a training program to facilitate international exchanges with similar entities around the world.
- Counseled a major transportation corporation on immigration and employment compliance to prepare for its Congressional hearing on a multibillion dollar funding bill.
- Facilitating the seamless transfer of employees in over 50 countries in the course of a major reorganization involving divestiture and transfer of a major business segment of a FTSE 100 financial services company.
- Assisting a leading entertainment celebrity to enter the United States in an expedited manner to facilitate filming of a major motion picture during a 5-day production period in New York City.
- Assisting the CEO of a leading IT company with dual citizenship, US residency and related tax planning, over the course of changes in primary residency to three different countries.
University of Virginia School of Law, JD
University of Virginia, BA, magna cum laude
- District of Columbia
- US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- Supreme Court of Virginia
- Member of the Board of Advisors, New American Leaders Project (NALP)
- American Bar Association - Fellow
- District of Columbia Bar
- Virginia State Bar Association
- American Immigration Lawyers Association
- Society for Human Resource Management
- United States Chamber of Commerce - Labor & Immigration
- Atlantic Council
- Tech America