Larry Lataif

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Lawrence P. Lataif, J.D., LL.M., has been practicing federal immigration law exclusively since he joined Jones Day in 1986 to organize and head its firm-wide immigration practice. Larry also headed the firm-wide immigration practice of McDermott, Will & Emery and has headed his own boutique immigration firm for more than 20 years. Among his noteworthy accomplishments, Larry conceived of the Religious Worker law and headed the legal team whose efforts resulted in the enactment of the current R-1 and religious worker law. In the recent years, Larry’s extensive publications have continued in the Palm Beach Post and Daily Business Review. In 2004, Larry was honored for his legal accomplishments as a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Larry is one of the few lawyers in the country who has extensive federal court litigation experience, including federal immigration lawsuits requesting declaratory judgments, APA review, mandamus, Constitutional and injunctive relief.


Professional Experience:

2010 – Present
Lataif, LLC
Federal Immigration Practice Exclusively
National Immigration Boutique Firm with Offices in Boston and Florida

2009 – 2010
Shutts & Bowen, LLP, Senior Immigration Counsel
1995 – 2009
Lataif & Associates, P.A., President
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
1991 – 1995
McDermott, Will & Emery, Partner
Headed Firm-Wide Business Immigration Practice
Boston, MA and Miami, FL
1986 – 1991

Jones Day Reavis & Pogue , Partner
Headed Firm-Wide Business Immigration Practice
Washington, D.C.
1975 – 1985
Lawrence P. Lataif, P.A ., President
Private practice in Virginia and the District of Columbia
specializing in general litigation and business immigration
1971 – 1974
Department of Justice
Assistant U. S. Attorney for the District of Columbia


Areas of Expertise:

  • All business related non-immigrant and immigrant matters (E-1 / E-2, H-1B, H-3, L-1, I-140, employment verification,
  • blanket programs, etc.)
  • Medical cases (Doctors, researchers, J-waivers, etc.)
  • Religious worker cases
  • Citizenship and naturalization matters
  • Administrative appeals
  • Federal court litigation
  • Relinquishment / abandonment of permanent residence
  • Renunciation of US citizenship
  • Deportation and removal matters
  • Consular practice
  • Outbound immigration
  • Waivers of inadmissibility
  • J-waivers
  • O and P petitions for musicians and athletes
  • EB-5 investor cases
  • Re-entry permit applications
  • Immediate relative petitions
  • VAWA cases


  • Bachelor of Arts, 1965..Brown University
  • Juris Doctor, 1968..Georgetown University Law Center
  • Master of Laws, 1970 (Trial Advocacy)..Georgetown University Law Center
  • E. Barrett Prettyman Fellowship, Georgetown University Law Center..(1968 – 1970)


  • District of Columbia Bar, 1969
  • Virginia Bar, 1974
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals – D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals – 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Honors and Appointments:

  • Board of Contributors, Daily Business Review, Florida (2010 – present)
  • Recipient, Ellis Island Medal of Honor (for contributions in immigration law), (2004)
  • Board of Advisors, Immigration Advisor (1995 – 1998)
  • Board of Directors, Symphony of the Americas, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida(1995 -1996)
  • Board of Overseers, Children’s Hospital, Boston (1993 – 1999)
  • Board of Advisors, Corporate Counsel’s Guide to Business Related Immigration (1989-1994)
  • Who’s Who in American Law (1992)
  • Who’s Who in America (1992)
  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (1976 – present)

Representative Publications and Interviews:

  • “Immigration Legislation the New Health Care Reform?” Daily Business Review, January 10, 2011
  • “Successful Policy Depends on Amnesty, Biometric ID Card,” Daily Business Review, October 20, 2010
  • “Electronic Immigration Check Promoted to Catch Illegal Workers in Web,” The Palm Beach Post, September 3, 2010
  • “Why America Needs a National ID Card,” Daily Business Review, June 30, 2010
  • “Undocumented Haitians Likely Targets of Fraud,” Daily Business Review, January 25, 2010
  • “Haitians Say Protected Status Even More Important Now,” Daily Business Review, January 15, 2010
  • “Immigration Solution: E-Verify,” Palm Beach Post, December 29, 2009
  • “New I-9 (Employment Verification) Rule Effective April 3, 2009,” Visa Insights, February 2, 2009
  • “Recipients of Stimulus Monies Not Required to Use E-Verify,” Visa Insights, February 18, 2009
  • “E-Verify Rule Delayed Until May 21, 2009,” Visa Insights, March 16, 2009
  • “Important Alert re H-1B Filings,” Visa Insights, April 1, 2009
  • “New Naturalization Test Starting October 1, 2008,” Visa Insights, September 18, 2008
  • “New Green Card Lottery Begins October 2, 2008,” Visa Insights, September 30, 2008
  • “Period of Stay Increases for NAFTA Professional Workers from Canada and Mexico,” Visa Insights, November 14, 2008
  • “Visa Waiver Program (WPP) Extended to Seven More Countries,” Visa Insights, December 9, 2008
  • “Judicial Review of Administrative Immigration Decisions,” Florida Bar Journal, Vol. LXXVIII, No. 1, January, 2004
  • “Judicial Review of BCIS Decisions: Will There Be Any?” Interpreter Releases, Vol. 80 No. 19, May 12, 2003
  • “Business Visa Information for Employers and Employees,” Immigration Insights, (1998-2000)
  • “A Visiting Worker — When Can an Employee B-1?” Human Resource Executive Immigration Advisor, (September 1996)
  • “To ‘B’ or Not to ‘B’ — Temporary Visas for Business Visitors and Tourists,” Human Resource Executive Immigration Advisor, (July 1996)
  • “Canadians Entering the United States Under NAFTA: A Summary of Procedures You Need to Know,” Human Resource Executive
  • Immigration Advisor, (June 1996)
  • “Ten Rules for Hiring Foreign Nationals,” Human Resource Executive Immigration Advisor, (November 1995)
  • “Business Immigration: Investor Green Cards,” McDermott, Will & Emery, (1992)
  • “Corporate Options in Visa Selection,” McDermott, Will & Emery, (1992)
  • “H-1B Labor Condition Application, Procedures and Requirements,” McDermott, Will & Emery, (1992)
  • Conceived R-1 religious visa law and headed legal team that drafted law passed by Congress, (1990)
  • Seminar: “Business Immigration Update,” American Management Association’s Annual Human Resources Conference & Exposition,
  • San Francisco, April 23-25, 1990
  • Radio interview: “Current Corporate Employment Verification Issues,” Business Radio Network, (March 1990)
  • “U.S. Taxation of Aliens,” co-authored, Corporate Counsel’s International Advisor, (October 1989)
  • “Visa Petition Checklists,” Corporate Counsel’s Guide to Business-Related Immigration, August 1, 1989
  • “Protecting A Foreign Boss From the INS,” The Wall Street Journal,May 11, 1987
  • “Immigration Law May Alienate Your Foreign Professional Staff,” The Wall Street Journal, May 11, 1987
  • “Immigration Reform: Provisions and Sanctions,” Jones Day Labor Seminar, Washington, D.C., (October 1986)
  • “Recent Changes in Non-Immigrant Business Visa Regulations,” Italian American Business, (May 1986)
  • “Immigration and Business Visas,” prepared for and presented at Invest in America’s Cities: Exhibition and Conference, Zuspa, Zurich,
  • sponsored by the United States Conference of Mayors, October 17-20, 1983
  • “U.S. Immigration Laws,” prepared for Invest in America’s Cities: Exhibition and Conference in the Hong Kong Regent Hotel,
  • sponsored by the United States Conference of Mayors, March 17, 1983
  • Interview: “The Lebanese Invasion of America,” Monday Morning, June 2, 1980 Series of Immigration Articles,
  • The Lebanese American Journal, (1977 to 1980)
  • Citations:
  • “Recent Litigation Development: Injunction Granted in Challenge to Denial of H-1B Extension Request,” Interpreter Releases,
  • Vol. 80 No. 9, March 3, 2003
  • “The R-1 Moral: Documented Petitions, Legal Persistence Pays,” Human Resource Executive Immigration Advisor , (June 1996)
  • “New Decisions Issued in Important Religious Workers Litigation,” Interpreter Releases , April 12, 1996
  • “INS Religious Worker Regulations Exceed Statutory Authority, Court Says,” Interpreter Releases , August 14, 1995
  • “Christian Science Foundation Fights INS Trend,” Immigration Policy & Law, September 7, 1995
  • “Christian Science Foundation Takes On INS,” Human Resource Executive Immigration Advisor, (October 1995)
  • “Preliminary Injunction Denied on B-1 Claim for Canadian Bus Drivers,” Interpreter Releases, November 13, 1995

Major Client Seminars and Presentations:

  • Akzo Nobel Chemicals
  • Bell & Howell
  • Bon Secours Health Systems
  • Callenberg Engineering
  • Carat International/Aegis
  • Children’s Hospital, Boston
  • Christian Science Church
  • Computer Sciences Corporation
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Greenwood Mills
  • Greyhound Bus Lines, Inc.
  • Harman International
  • Libbey-Owens-Ford
  • Lubrizol Corporation
  • Meritor Financial Group
  • Missionary Sisters
  • Moorco Inc./Smith Meter
  • Neurosciences Research Foundation
  • Nippon Fire & Marine Insurance
  • Organon, Inc.
  • Pilkington plc
  • Principia College
  • Petroleos de Venezuela
  • Radiant Medical
  • Sandvik/Tamrock
  • Schering-Plough
  • Skip Barber Racing School
  • Superior Propane
  • Symphony of the Americas
  • Telia Swedtel
  • Tenacre Foundation
  • Institute of International Finance
  • Thomson Consumer Electronics
  • United Methodist Church: General Board of Discipleship
  • Waldorf College
  • Visioncare
  • Wyndham Hotel Company