Biography

As a member of the firm's Labor & Employment Department and Immigration Practice Group, Catherine focuses her practice exclusively on immigration law. Since 1995, she has been representing clients in nearly all types of immigration law matters.

Catherine's practice primarily comprises representation of employers and professional level workers in:

  • Health Care
  • Commerce and Industry
  • Academia

She assists employers in seeking temporary work statuses for new hires and existing employees such as:

  • H-1B temporary workers
  • L-1 intracompany transferees
  • O-1 aliens of extraordinary ability
  • TN professionals
  • E-1 Treaty Traders and E-2 Treaty Investors
  • E-3 Australians
  • F-1 Students with OPT, CPT and STEM issues
  • J-1 trainees and interns
  • Visitors for business

On behalf of employers and individuals, Catherine also assists in securing US permanent residence through:

  • PERM labor certification applications
  • National interest waiver I-140 petitions
  • Outstanding professor or researcher petitions
  • Alien of extraordinary ability petitions
  • Multinational executive or manager petitions
  • Investment/entrepreneurship petitions

In addition, Catherine handles:

  • J-1 waiver applications
  • Immigration compliance

Before Fox Rothschild

Before joining Fox, Catherine was counsel in the labor and employment practice group at Spilman Thomas & Battle.  Her immigration law practice began as the first associate for the former immigration law boutique firm, Deasy & Whitehill PC.  Prior to that, Catherine worked in insurance litigation.

Active in community issues, Catherine has:

  • Trained volunteer lawyers to represent foreign nationals trying to secure U.S. citizenship
  • Helped counsel Muslim individuals from 26 countries who were required to register with the former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in the wake of the events of September 11, 2001
  • Volunteered to provide pro bono advice as part of the City of Pittsburgh citizenship day effort

Beyond Fox Rothschild

From 2010 to 2015, Catherine served on the Athena Award Program Host Committee (Pittsburgh Chapter). In 2012 and 2013, she published an interview with the prior year’s Athena Award recipient in a special Athena program insert in the Pittsburgh Business Times. In addition, from 1998 to 2003, she was a member of the Asian Women's Institute Steering Committee.

Catherine is also a regular speaker and blog author on a variety of immigration topics.

Honors & Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America Business Edition, Women in the Law Special Edition for Immigration Law (2016)
  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for Immigration Law (2010-2017)
  • Named the “Most Read Contributor in the United States” by Mondaq (April 2016)
  • Named the “Second Most Read Contributor in the United States” by Mondaq (September 2014, January 2015, February 2015, March 2015, April 2015, May 2015)
  • Named the “Third Most Read Contributor in the United States” by Mondaq (October 2014, February 2015, April 2016)
  • Named the “Fourth Most Read Contributor in the United States” by Mondaq (April 2016, May 2016)
  • Named the “Fifth Most Read Contributor in the United States” by Mondaq (May 2015, November 2015)
  • Noted as the author of the second most popular Mondaq article for the topic of Immigration Law (May 2015, June 2015, July 2015, August 2015, September 2015)
  • Noted as the author of the fourth most popular Mondaq article for the topic of Immigration Law (April 2014)
  • Noted as the author of the fifth most popular Mondaq article for the topic of Immigration Law (June 2014, May 2014)
  • Noted as the author of the sixth most popular Mondaq article for the topic of Immigration Law (April 2014)
  • Noted as the author of the seventh most popular Mondaq article for the topic of Immigration Law (May 2015, July 2015)