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Michael H. Neifach

Principal
Washington, D.C. Region

P 703-483-8300
F 703-483-8301
Michael.Neifach@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Michael Neifach is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is a recognized leader on immigration, visa and border security matters, and he is Co-Leader of the firm's Immigration practice group.

Mr. Neifach has held senior positions at the White House Homeland Security Council, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He served as General Counsel at ICE from July 2007 through January 2009. Following his government service, Mr. Neifach oversaw the Immigration, Compliance, and Homeland Security practice at a boutique immigration law firm until joining Jackson Lewis.

Mr. Neifach's practice focuses exclusively on immigration law. He specializes in advising corporate and individual clients on a broad range of issues, including maintaining strict workplace law compliance in an era of heightened government enforcement targeting employers, assisting clients who may encounter difficulties or delays in the visa process at United States Consular posts abroad, and government relations activities to enable business community dialogue with agency policymakers. He represents a variety of clients, ranging from large companies to private equity funds, and law firms to high profile individuals with specific ongoing immigration or visa problems.

Mr. Neifach has been a frequent speaker and invited participant at business and professional associations, including the American Bar Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and is frequently interviewed for national publications and journals.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Secretary of Homeland Security Award for Exceptional Service
  • U.S. Department of Justice Federal Service Award

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May 31, 2017
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Jackson Lewis Recommended in The Legal 500

May 31, 2017

WHITE PLAINS, NY (May 31, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and its attorneys have been recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2017 in the following practice areas falling under the Labor and Employment designation: Employee health and retirement plans,... Read More

May 18, 2017
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Immigration Attorney Marcela A. Mendoza Joins Jackson Lewis in Denver

May 18, 2017

DENVER, CO (May 18, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Marcela A. Mendoza has joined the firm’s Denver office as a Principal. Ms. Mendoza, who joins Jackson Lewis from Ogletree Deakins, has more than 16 years of experience in business-related immigration matters. “We... Read More

May 10, 2017
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Michael Neifach Comments Implications of Bakery Protests

May 10, 2017

Michael Neifach comments on immigrant workers protested layoffs after ICE audits the companies' I-9 work authorization forms in "With Tom Cat Bakery Protests, An Audit Gets Politicized," published by Law360. Subscription may be required to view article  Read More

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June 13, 2017

Supreme Court: Gender-Based Distinctions in Immigration Law Violate Equal Protection

June 13, 2017

A federal citizenship statute setting different residency requirements for U.S. citizen fathers and mothers seeking to transmit birthright citizenship to their non-marital children born outside the U.S. violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. Sessions v. Morales-Santana, No. 15-1191 (... Read More

April 18, 2017

H-1B Visa Executive Order

April 18, 2017

In the wake of the lowest number of H-1B visa petitions filed in five years (199,000), President Donald Trump has signed an Executive Order dubbed “Buy American, Hire American.” It is focused on reform of the H-1B non-immigration visa program, as well as the elimination of waivers and exceptions that are central to international trade... Read More

March 29, 2017

What Employers Need to Know About Immigration Raids on Their Premises

March 29, 2017

Restaurateurs and other employers usually are not experts in conducting forensic evaluations of work authorization documents — nor are they expected to be. According to some Pew Research Center estimates, 20 percent of cooks in restaurants nationwide and at least 30 percent of dishwashers who may be undocumented nevertheless... Read More

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Supreme Court Allows Partial Effect to Trump Travel Ban, Will Review Case in October
June 26, 2017

It comes as no surprise that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the travel ban case and will do so in early October. Read More

USCIS May Request I-9
June 19, 2017

The USCIS is requesting some applicants for Adjustment of Status to submit copies of the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification forms that they (and their employers) completed for current or former employment. These requests are coming as RFEs or from local USCIS field officers. Read More

Trump Administration Rescinds DAPA Program
June 16, 2017

DHS Secretary Kelly has rescinded DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanents).  DAPA was meant to 1) provide undocumented parents of U.S. citizens or Green Card holders with a way to remain in the U.S. Read More