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Kathleen Saenz Poppenger

Partner, Detroit
t: 248.540.6197
f: 248.540.8059


Kathleen Poppenger has extensive experience in the field of immigration and citizenship law since 1986.  She focuses her practice in the area of employment-based immigration matters, including H-1B workers, L-1 Intra-Company transfers, E 1/E2 Treaty Traders/Investors, NAFTA visas, Multinational Managers, PERM processing, Employment-Based Permanent Residence, as well as I-9 Compliance, Family-Based Green Card matters and Hardship Waivers.  Kathleen is a specialist in the field of healthcare-related immigration matters as well as complex citizenship issues.

She speaks fluent Spanish and Italian, and some French.

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America (2013 – 2021)
  • Lawyer of the Year (Best Lawyers Troy 2018)
  • dbusiness 2018 Top Lawyers - Immigration Law
  • Lawyer of the Year (Best Lawyers Detroit 2016)
  • Women in Law Top Peer-Nominated Lawyers
  • Best Attorneys in Michigan
  • Leading Lawyers for Immigration Law: Employment
  • Metropolitan Registries Professionals Who’s Who, Top Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs
  • International Women's Leadership Association, Outstanding Leadership

Professional Activities

  • State Bar of Michigan (since 1994)
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Member since 1994)
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, Michigan Chapter (Member since 1994, past Michigan Department of Labor Liaison Committee member, past Technology Committee member)
  • Livonia Bar Association (Member since 2000, President 2010-2013, Secretary)

Community Activities

Foreign Language/Cultural Societies:  Michigan Chapter of the Dante Alighieri Society (Member); La Dolce Lingua (Co-Organizer); and Volare Via (Member)




Author, "The Rise and Fall of the H-1B Worker," Best Lawyers, Woodward/White Inc [US], February 18, 2018



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