Liam Schwartz is an internationally recognized leader in immigration and consular law. He, along with the dedicated team at LSA, assists a wide range of corporate and private clients to obtain the visas best suited to their relocation or travel purposes.
Liam's professional activities include the following:
Liam has been selected as one of the world's Top 12 most highly regarded corporate immigration lawyers by the International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers.
The Council on Foreign Relations (Washington, D.C.)
Liam chairs the "Innovation in the Visa Process" roundtable series at the Council on Foreign Relations.
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
Public Service (2011 and 2012)
Liam is chair of the Rome District Chapter (RDC) of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Member, AILA's Department of State Liaison Committee.
AILA Consular Affairs Mentor
Public Speaking (2011 and 2012)
Faculty Member, 2012 AILA Annual Conference (Nashville)
Faculty Member, 2012 AILA Global Immigration Forum (Nashville)
Discussion Leader, 2012 RDC Spring Conference (Bucharest)
Discussion Leader, DOS Open Forum 2011 AILA Annual Conference (San Diego)
Faculty Member, Consular Panel, 2011 AILA Annual Conference (San Diego)
Co-organizer and Discussion Leader of the 2011 AILA Consular Processing Event with Current and Former Officials of the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs (Washington, DC)
Discussion Leader, 2011 RDC Spring Conference (Frankfurt)
Faculty Member, 2011 Fall Conference (London)
Faculty Member, 2011 AILA Global Migration Forum
Faculty Member, 2011 Fall Conference (London)
Publications (2011 and 2012)
Author, "Updates to 9 FAM" published in 2012 AILA Consular Practice Handbook
Co-author, "Dos and Don'ts for Attorneys Representing Visa Applicants," published in 2012 AILA Consular Practice Handbook
Co-Author, AILA Liaison Questions for Visa Chief at U.S. Embassy, Athens, Greece (AILA March 2011)
Author, "Consular Q&A Column" When in Rome, the RDC Quarterly Newsletter 2011 -2012
Author, The Consular Practice Problem Solver, RDC 2011 Spring Conference Handbook
Author, 2011-2012 Consular Practice Advisories (topics ranged from criminal grounds of inadmissibility to Blanket L Visas to Visa Appointment Wait Times to B-1 Visa Applications in Mexico)
Other Publications and Internet
Author of the monthly “Consular Corner” column and Administer of the related Facebook community of the same name (http://www.facebook.com/ConsularCorner).
Co-author, "Welcoming Tourists in a Post 9/11 World" The Wall Street Journal January 25, 2012
Selected Past Professional Activities
Past chair, AILA's Department of State Liaison Committee
Past chair, RDC Consular Liaison Committee
Past chair, RDC Communications Committee
Chair, 2009 AILA Rome District Chapter Spring Conference
Organizer, AILA Tours of U.S. Consulate General, Vancouver (2008) and of U.S. Embassy, London (2007 and 2005)
Faculty Member, 2010 AILA Annual Conference
Faculty Member, 2010 RDC Spring Conference
Faculty Member, 2010 AILA Global Migration Forum
Faculty Member, 2009 AILA Rome District Chapter Fall Conference
Discussion Leader, 2009 AILA Teleconference "Current Issues in Nonimmigrant Visa Processing: A Roundtable with Visa Consuls"
Organizer and Moderator of the 2009 "E Visas Made Easy" seminar, co-sponsored by the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce and the Israel Diamond Exchange, and featuring the entire E visa section of the United States Embassy in Tel-Aviv.
Discussion leader, 2009 ILW.COM Department of State three-part seminar series (with the participation of U.S. consular officers from around the world; in-house immigration attorneys from Walt Disney, Nike and McKinsey; and prominent immigration law colleagues).
Moderator, 2008 AILA Teleconference entitled Current Issues in Nonimmigrant Visa Processing: A Roundtable with Visa Consuls
Discussion leader, 2008 ILW.COM Consular Processing for Experts three-part seminar series
Discussion Leader, DOS Open Forum 2007 AILA Annual Conference
Moderator, 2007 AILA Spring Conference Panel entitled DOS - Standards in Visa Processing
Speaker, 2007 American Council on International Personnel Annual Symposium, Current U.S. Consular Practices
Speaker, 2007 Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce Seminar entitled On the Road to Success in the U.S.
Speaker, 2006 American Council on International Personnel Annual Symposium, Applying for Visas & Admission - Being Practical & Prepared
Faculty Member, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, AILA Annual Conferences
Faculty Member, AILA – International Bar Association Global Business Immigration Conferences 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009
Author, "Inadmissibility to the US: The Hidden Cost of Criminal Convictions" (Israeli Bar Association 2010)
Co-author, 99 State Ten Years On: Is the Relationship Between Consular Officers and Immigration Attorneys Advancing the Visa Application Process? Published in Immigration and Nationality Handbook, 2009-10 Ed.
Author, Relocating to America – Tips for Navigating the U.S. Visa Procedure published in ESRA Magazine, Fall 2009
Co-author (Israel), AILA Going Global: Trends in Outbound Immigration (2009)
Author, "Consular Processing of E-1 Visas at the U.S. Embassy in Tel-Aviv, Israel", The International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers 2008.
Co-author, The Attorney and the Consul: Fostering Good Relationships when Representing Visa Applicants, Immigration Law Today July/August 2008
Author, Stand and Deliver: Practice Tips on Preparing Your Client for an NIV Interview, Immigration and Nationality Handbook, 2004-05 Ed.
Author of the chapters on the US Embassy, Tel-Aviv and the US Consulate
General, Jerusalem for the AILA Visa Processing Handbook 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 editions.
Author, U.S. Visas for Corporate Relocation (Globes Financial Publishers)
Author, United States Entry and Work Permits (Kluwer Law Publishers)
Liam holds a J.D. degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School and a B.A. degree from Johns Hopkins University. He is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey and Israel. Liam can be reached at Liam@lsa-law.com.
Shanni Alexandrovitz, Esq.
Shanni helps lead our U.S. corporate immigration practice, with sub-specialties in visas relating to extraordinary ability employees, investors and artists and entertainers. She is admitted to practice law in both Israel and New York, and is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) as well as the Israeli Bar Association. Shanni holds an LL.B. from the Israel College of Management.
Shanni's professional activities and awards have included:
Peer selection as one of the most highly respected practitioners of U.S. corporate immigration (International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers and Best Lawyers International). 2010, 2011.
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
Chair, Ethics Committee, AILA Rome District Chapter (2011-2012)
Member, DHS Liaison Committee, AILA Rome District Chapter (2010-2011)
Member, Ethics Committee, AILA Rome District Chapter (2009-2010)
Member, Consular Liaison Committee, AILA Rome District Chapter (2009-2010)
Faculty Member, 2012 RDC Spring Conference (Bucharest)
Speaker, AILA Podcast on Consular Processing – “When Does ‘Preparation’ Become ‘Coaching’” (2011).
Discussion Leader, ILW.COM Consular Processing for Experts 3-part series (2010-2011).
Speaker, ILW.COM Consular Processing for Beginners (2009).
Faculty member and Organizing Committee Member, 2009 AILA RDC Spring Conference.
Lecture – “Opening US Sales Offices and Subsidiaries” at the Export Institute in Tel Aviv.
Author, Practice Pointer on L visas, When in Rome, the RDC Quarterly Newsletter.
Chapter contributions to the book “Visas to the U.S. – Relocation” – Globes Library Publishing (in Hebrew)
Jennifer Schear, Adv.
Jennifer leads our Israeli work visa practice, assisting multinational firms to successfully relocate managers and key workers to Israel . She is the co-author of "Israeli Work Visas" in AILA Going Global: Trends in Outbound Immigration (2009).
Jennifer is also responsible for the U.S. visa portfolios of innovative Israeli start-ups in the Silicon Valley and beyond. She works closely with 's venture capital community in procuring U.S. work visas for the country's most promising start-up companies.
Jennifer is a member of the Israel Bar Association.
Dr. Michal Schwartz
Michal manages our Finance Department. A graduate of the Weizmann Institute in Israel, Michal has worked for LSA and our predecessor office for the past 10 years.
Principal Bookkeeper, with over 35 years of experience. Ora oversees the firm's financial activities. Much loved by all who know her, Ora has been employed by LSA (and its predecessor law office) for three years.
Lily, a former resident of Los Angeles, graduated from North Hollywood High School. Returning to Israel, she served at the operational headquarters of the Israel Defense Forces. Following her discharge, she acquired rich experience with the travel industry and the visa application process. Lily is the focal point for the proactive management, administration, and smooth running of our office.
Julie Steigerwald, a native of Indiana, graduated from Indiana University in 2010 with a degree in International Communications. She relocated to Israel in November 2010.