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Brian E. Schield

Los Angeles

P 213-689-0404
F 213-689-0430


Brian E. Schield is a Principal in the Los Angeles, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has more than 25 years of experience in business-related immigration matters.

Mr. Schield works with clients ranging from large international companies and organizations to individuals and families, with a particular focus on Europe and the Pacific Rim. His immigration work has involved executives, managers, financial personnel, students, research scientists, engineers and other technical and professional occupations, doctors, medical and legal personnel and their families.

Mr. Schield advises clients on all types of business, professional and family-related immigration and visa matters, including labor certification processing through the Department of Labor, non-immigrant and immigrant petitions filed with the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, and visa applications filed with U.S. consulates abroad. He assists clients in developing their immigration strategy, prepares documentation and oversees processing through U.S. consulates and government agencies. He also represents U.S. businesses in connection with I-9 audits and in defending fines proceedings and prosecutions under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. He has lectured extensively on U.S. immigration policies and procedures over the course of his career.

Representative Experience

  • Representing a multinational India-based IT consulting company in processing more than 300 H-1B non-immigrant visas for U.S. facilities in one year.
  • Representing large aerospace organizations in processing H-1B and H-2B non-immigrant petitions.
  • Representing numerous non-U.S. airlines with processing organizational blanket L-1 visa petitions and subsequent consular applications for transfer of personnel to U.S. facilities.
  • Representing several computer-peripheral product manufacturers in processing various non-immigrant work visas including E, H, L, TN and the U.S. residency applications for their employees.
  • Representing Fortune 500 companies in the U.S. merger and acquisition matters that affect their non-U.S. workers.
  • Representing non-U.S. companies with their E-1/E-2 registration at U.S. consular posts.
  • Representing multinational pharmaceutical companies in obtaining non-immigrant and immigrant visas based on occupation and profession.
  • Representing a Fortune 500 apparel manufacturer on processing visas for non-U.S. designers and unique talent including O-1 visas for aliens of extraordinary ability.
  • Representing agents and studios in obtaining O and P visas for performing artists, athletes and entertainers.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Honorable Benjamin Aranda III Outstanding Public Service Award (2011)
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, 2004-2016

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International
  • State Bar of California

See AllBrian E. Schield in the News

September 25, 2017
La Opinión

Brian Schield Discusses the Recent Immigration Case Victory of Jose Freddy Picarrera Rodriguez

September 25, 2017

Brian Schield discusses representing Jose Freddy Picarrera Rodriguez as he has struggled for asylum in the U.S. for more than 37 years in "Cuban Immigrant with HIV Achieves Citizenship After 22-Year Veto," published by La Opinión. Subscription may be required to view article. English version available in PDF attachment below.... Read More


See AllBlog Posts by Brian E. Schield

Significant Retrogression Because of Continuing High Demand for Visas, State Department Announces
July 17, 2019

The Department of State (DOS) has announced a significant retrogression from the July 2019 Visa Bulletin to the August 2019 Visa Bulletin of at least 3 years in many of the employment-based categories. Read More

Full Enforcement of REAL ID Act Set for October 1, 2020
April 12, 2019

Because some of the 9/11 terrorists used fraudulent driver’s licenses to travel, Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005 to comply with the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the federal government establish minimum standards for the issuance of forms of identification, such as state driver’s licenses. Read More

State Department Warns of China Exit Bans
February 5, 2019

Chinese authorities have been using “exit bans” to prevent U.S. citizens from leaving China. In response, the U.S. Read More