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Lakshmi Challa Joins LeClairRyan


Lakshmi Challa has joined LeClairRyan as senior counsel on the firm’s Immigration and Naturalization and Labor and Employment Teams. She will be resident in the national law firm’s Richmond office.

Challa represents clients in various facets of immigration law, including corporate/university immigration, EB-5 immigrant investor petitions, Department of Labor investigations, and I-9 compliance. She regularly assists entrepreneurs and companies in the expansion of their businesses to the U.S. through the transfer of global employees and identifies strategies for complex or high-volume situations.

Skilled in all nuances of business immigration, Challa represents companies in a variety of industries, including information technology, pharmaceuticals, hospitality, healthcare, professional services, entertainment and insurance. In addition, she secures work authorization for prominent sports professionals, representing individuals and teams. She also works with lauded restaurants across the U.S. on obtaining visas for world-renowned culinary talent.

Through her service as immigration counsel to various institutions of higher learning, Challa has gained particular insight into issues facing universities and academics. As such, she has spoken on immigration issues before the Virginia State Bar, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, and colleges and universities nationwide. Her speaking engagements have also taken her abroad, with federal and state agencies, most recently to several cities across India through the U.S. Department of Commerce SelectUSA India Roadshow in 2016 and 2017 speaking alongside U.S. Department of State consular officers.

A graduate of the University of Richmond School of Law (J.D) and Andhra University in India (B.A.), Challa is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and Virginia State Bar. She is admitted in Virginia.