O'Keefe, ILG's Director, has over two decades of
experience in all areas of immigration law,
especially with employment-based corporate
matters. His areas of focus include all varieties
of nonimmigrant visas for foreign workers, the
labor certification process, alternative methods
by which foreign workers may become permanent
residents, and Department of Labor and USCIS (INS)
audits. He lectures and writes regularly on
immigration issues for national publications,
including those of the American Immigration
Lawyers Association (AILA), of which James is a
longstanding and active member.
James is also an Adjunct Professor at the
University of Maine School of Law, where he
lectures in his area of expertise.
James has been selected as one of The Best Lawyers in America
in the speciality of Immigration Law. For a
quarter of a century, Best Lawyers has been
regarded -- by both the profession and the public
-- as the definitive guide to legal excellence in
the United States.
James earned his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard
Law School, where he was the winner of the Ames
Moot Court Competition. He received his B.A.,
summa cum laude, from Saint Thomas University and
was awarded an M.F.A., summa cum laude, from the
University of Maryland. James is a veteran of the
United States Navy, where he was responsible for
and taught radiation safety and chemistry control
in the naval nuclear power program.
While his practice is decidedly national in scope
and includes clients in virtually all 50 states,
James is admitted to practice law in Maine,
Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. Prior to founding
ILG, James was associated with the immigration
departments of law firms in Washington, D.C.,
Portland and Boston.