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About Alison J. Brown

Alison J. Brown is a recognized authority on many facets of immigration law, and has been recognized by The Washington Post and The Washingtonian magazine as one of the area’s top immigration lawyers.  Ms. Brown began practice in 1987. Prior to opening The Law Office of Alison J. Brown in 2006, LLC. Ms. Brown was Senior Attorney at Maggio & Kattar, a Washington, D.C. immigration boutique where she concentrated on complex immigration matters including removal defense and appellate litigation, litigation, waivers of inadmissibility as well as employment petitions for individuals in the sciences and arts, J-1 waivers, and representation to ensure I-9 compliance for employers.

Ms. Brown lectures frequently for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Federal and D.C. Bar Associations, universities, organizations, and employer groups. She has provided commentary on immigration issues for the news media, including Fox45 TV in Baltimore, and The Washington Post.  She is active in AILA, currently serving as liaison to the Office of Chief Counsel in Baltimore, and in immigrant rights and community organizations. The U.S. Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review Pro Bono Program honored Alison in February 2002 for her "Outstanding Contribution to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Pro Bono Project 2001". Alison is a 1986 graduate of American University's Washington College of Law, and received her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from the University of Georgia in 1982. She is fluent in Spanish.

Alison's publications include “Pitfalls in the Bewildering Legal World of the ‘Criminal Alien’” (w. Mark Shmueli), The Maryland Bar Journal (July/August 2006); "Please, Sir, Give Us More H Visas", Legal Times (August 23, 2004); "Basic Law and Procedures Relating to I-130 Family Visa Petitions," Federal Bar Association (2004); "Vertigo: The Dizzying Rules Governing Waivers For J-1 Physicians" (w. R. Aronson and D. Ware), AILA Immigration Options for Physicians (2003); "Current Options and Strategies for Obtaining J-1 Waivers" (with M. Maggio), Exceptions to the Rule: Winning INA Waivers (1994).