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Lauren M. Hopwood

545 Long Wharf Drive
Ninth Floor
New Haven, Connecticut 06511
Phone:  203.672.1632
Fax:  203.672.1644


Lauren Hopwood leads the firm’s business immigration practice. Lauren focuses her practice on complex employment-based immigration matters, including National Interest Waiver petitions, J-1 Waivers, O-1 petitions and Extraordinary Ability (EB-1) petitions. She represents national and multinational companies and institutions in a broad array of industries, with a particular emphasis in the health care sector.

She regularly represents employers in connection with filing nonimmigrant visa petitions, including but not limited to H-1Bs, L-1s, TNs, E-2s and E-3s. She also regularly files immigrant visa petitions, labor certification applications, adjustment of status and citizenship applications and family-based petitions.

In addition, Lauren counsels clients on I-9 Compliance and the immigration consequences of mergers and acquisitions and other changes in corporate structure.

Lauren has spoken on employment-based immigration topics, by invitation, at many conferences and legal education courses.

Speaking Engagements

  • Presentation to the American College of Physicians, Connecticut Chapter, Visa and Green Card Questions, April 28, 2016
  • Murtha Cullina Annual Employment & Labor Law Seminars, 2011 – 2015
  • Lorman Education Services, Business Immigration Law Presentation, 2013 – 2015

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, New Haven, Connecticut, 2016 – Present
  • Murtha Cullina LLP, New Haven, Connecticut, 2011 – 2016
  • Ma’ayergi & Associates, LLC, Stamford, Connecticut 2006 – 2011

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Immigration Law Association (AILA)
  • Connecticut AILA Chapter: Corporate Immigration Law Committee
  • New Haven County Bar Association: Pro Bono Committee
  • Foreign/International Medical Graduate Taskforce
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • National Italian American Bar Association


  • Chair of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Immigration Committee
  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in the area of Immigration, 2012-2015. For more information on the selection process click here.
  • Graduate, Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Leadership Center, 2012

Related Industries


  • J.D., University of Connecticut School of Law, 2005
  • B.A., Environmental Science and Political Science, University of Vermont, 1999

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut