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Agnna Varinia Guzman to Join WHGC June 1, 2012

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that Agnna Varinia Guzman has joined WHGC as an associate of our Immigration and Employment Practice Group. Agnna graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations and earned her J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California.

Agnna has had over 15 years of professional experience in immigration law with an emphasis on business immigration. She has been responsible for a wide variety of nonimmigrant visas, labor certification applications, immigrant visas, adjustment of status applications, conditional residence petitions and consular processing applications. In particular, Agnna is very experienced in overseeing the preparation and submission of E, H-1B, L-1 and TN nonimmigrant visas, PERM labor certification applications, and immigrant visa petitions from the first through third preference categories.

Agnna advises U.S. employers on I-9 employment eligibility verification, corporate compliance, employer sanctions and I-9 audits. Her background in human resources for two multinational companies in an in-house legal capacity has provided her with insight into the immigration needs of large companies. She utilized her knowledge of employment law to support the human resources departments of both companies.

While earning her legal degree, Agnna served as a Judicial Extern to the U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office of Immigration Review, Immigration Court in San Diego. She has also received numerous awards for excellence, namely the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Immigration Law, the State Bar of California Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services, and the Outstanding Law Graduate Award from the National Association of Women Lawyers. Agnna is fluent in Spanish and German. Her family immigrated to the United States from El Salvador during the Salvadorian Civil War, which sparked her early interest and passion in immigration law.

WHGC is an elite intellectual property and international law firm with offices in Newport Beach, Beijing and Taipei. WHGC caters to domestic and international clientele and is known for advising companies of all sizes in complex IP and business litigation, international arbitration, technology licensing, security, immigration, corporate transactional matters, and patent, trademark & copyright applications. Our broad technical knowledge and entrepreneurial approach can provide you with holistic and cost-effective solutions in our interconnected world. We are honored to welcome Agnna to our team!