Jessica T. Cook
Jessica Cook is a partner in the Atlanta office and a member of the firm's Global Immigration Practice Group. Jessica's practice focuses on immigration and nationality law.
Jessica has extensive experience representing and advising employers in all areas of business immigration, including temporary employment visas, labor certifications, permanent residency, and outbound visas.
She advises employers regarding compliance with the Form I-9, including government audits of I-9 forms. She conducts I-9 and E-Verify compliance training, performs I-9 audits and frequently speaks on immigration topics.
Jessica represents local, national and multi-national companies with regard to their immigration needs in such industries as higher education, health care, information technology, manufacturing, and other fields.
Jessica is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
She was selected for inclusion in The Legal 500 – Immigration in 2015. She was also selected to Daily Report's "On the Rise" Class of 2016.
- Permanent residence cases for Aliens of Extraordinary Ability and Outstanding Researchers (including scientists, and internationally-recognized academics) and University and College faculty (special handling cases).
- 0-1 non-immigrant visas for individuals who possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics.
- Representation of employers in connection with U.S. governmental agency audits and investigations, including H-2B U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division audits/investigations and Form I-9 compliance audits by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Honors & Leadership
- Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association
- Member, National Employment Law Council
- Member, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys
- Member, State Bar of Georgia, Immigration Law Section
- Member, Atlanta Bar Association
- Member, Southern Society of Adventist Attorneys
- Board of Directors, Oliver White Hill Foundation
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- "Immigration Reform in the Southeast" - Hilton Head, SC
- "Understanding the Georgia E-Verify Requirement and How It Impacts My Business"- Waco, GA
- "Employer Obligations: Georgia Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011" - Atlanta, GA
- "Stay One Step Ahead of the Government - Immigration Compliance" - Columbus, GA
- "Creating an International Workforce: Use Visas to Get the Job Done" - Atlanta, GA
- "Form I-9 Compliance: How to Prepare for an I-9 Audit" - Atlanta, GA
- "Complying with Immigration Laws" - Atlanta, GA
- "Immigration Update – What Every Employer Should Know" - Atlanta, GA
- The Federal Government and Immigration Enforcement in 2010: I-9 Audits, Site Visits and a Big Push for E-Verify12.1.09
- The New Trend Continues – ICE Audits the I-9 Forms of 1,000 Businesses
- Cross Border Employer Blog10.10.13
- Cross Border Employer Blog8.21.13
- Cross Border Employer Blog6.5.13
- Cross Border Employer Blog4.16.13
- Cross Border Employer Blog11.13.12
- Cross Border Employer Blog7.31.12
- Cross Border Employer Blog7.5.12
- Cross Border Employer Blog2.28.12
- Cross Border Employer Blog11.8.11
- Cross Border Employer Blog6.21.11
- Mandatory E-Verify, Boosted Enforcement Among Priority Requests5.25.17
- William and Mary School of LawJ.D. 2004
- Oakwood CollegeB.A. 2001, summa cum laude
- Georgia Supreme Court
- Supreme Court of Virginia
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia