Melissa Harms

Melissa Harms

Melissa Harms started her legal career at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, where she advised Fortune 500 companies, large financial institutions, and government entities. Additionally, Ms. Harms has worked in business development at a high technology media organization, before she joined a private immigration firm specializing exclusively in immigration law. She has advised large public universities, private research entities, multinational corporations, as well as small start-up ventures on a variety of immigration issues.

Her expertise and experience includes obtaining non-immigrant and permanent residency status for foreign national employees, ensuring document compliance with immigration laws and export control regulations, and recommending policies and procedures for employing foreign nationals. Additionally, Ms. Harms has represented individuals in family-based permanent residence, naturalization, asylum applications, and waivers of the two-year return requirement for J-1 visa holders.

Ms. Harms has served in a number of leadership positions on the American Immigration Lawyers Association Northern California Executive Board, most recently serving as the liasion with the California Employment Development Department which issues prevailing wage obligations for non-immigrant visa petitions and labor certifications. Ms. Harms teaches courses on immigration law at both the University of California and California State University. She has been invited to speak locally and nationally at conferences and presentations on various immigration subjects. 

Melissa Harms graduated cum laude from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts in both History and Public Policy. Additionally, Ms. Harms participated in a scholar exchange program studying international relations and government at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Ms. Harms earned her law degree from the University of Georgia where she received a merit tuition scholarship and served on the Editorial Board of the Georgia Law Review.

Melissa Harms offers personalized attention to each of her client’s needs. All cases are treated as priority and are handled expeditiously with a careful eye towards the ever-changing trends in immigration law.