STATE COLLEGE, PA – February 25, 2019 – Leech Tishman is pleased to announce that Immigration partner Sharon Barney was the recipient of a Centre County Bar Association Bar Recognition Award during the Pennsylvania Bar Association Conference of County Bar Leaders held from February 21-23 in State College, PA. Sharon was part of a group of lawyers that were involved in the Centre County Expungement Clinic last fall.
The Expungement Clinic, co-sponsored by the Centre County Bar Association and MidPenn Legal Services, was held on October 25, 2018 in State College, PA. During this clinic, local lawyers met with individuals with a criminal record to assess whether their criminal charges may be eligible for expungement or sealing. Participants were provided with important forms and advice on filing expungement petitions.
Sharon Barney is a Partner with Leech Tishman and a member of the Immigration, Family Law and Employment Practice Groups. Sharon is based in Leech Tishman’s State College office, and focuses her practice in the area of immigration and family law matters.
Sharon regularly advises individuals and corporate clients on immigration issues and has a unique focus on the needs of international students, scholars, and research scientists. She guides corporate clients and foreign nationals on the process to obtain nonimmigrant visas, extend statuses, and ultimately permanent residence in the United States. Sharon also has expertise working with entrepreneurs and start-up companies in the STEM fields and recognizes their unique challenges in hiring workers and exploring immigration and business options.
Sharon advises her clients on permissible B-1 business visitor activities, F-1 CPT/OPT issues, H-1B petitions, L-1A and L-1B petitions, E-1 and E-2 treaty visas, the PERM process, employment-based petitions (EB-1/EB-2/EB-3), National Interest Waiver (NIW) petitions, I-9 compliance, adjustment of status issues, responses to Requests for Evidence, extensions of status and porting, as well as other immigration issues. She is also adept at representing clients in family sponsorship cases, including complicated matters involving criminal histories and previous removal orders; complex naturalization and citizenship matters, such as derived citizenship cases; and humanitarian cases, such as DACA and VAWA petitions.
In addition to her immigration law work, Sharon counsels clients on family law matters including adoption, divorce, alimony and spousal support, equitable distribution, custody (including relocation and modification issues), child support, and Protection from Abuse (PFA) matters. Sharon offers a unique blend of expertise on the intersection of immigration law and family law matters, including guidance on prenuptial agreements and affidavits of support, as well as the impact of divorce on immigration petitions.
Prior to joining Leech Tishman, Sharon was a solo practitioner, where she provided client-centered legal services in family law, immigration law, and victim rights matters. She is an active member of the State College community and headed the first Multicultural Unity Fair in Centre County in 2018. Sharon holds leadership positions within the Pennsylvania Bar Association, is an active member of the Centre County Bar Association, and has been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) since 2013. She regularly educates the community on immigration law issues as a guest speaker.
ABOUT THE CENTRE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
The Centre County Bar Association (CCBA) has approximately 185 members, and includes judges, government attorneys, trial attorneys, corporate attorneys, general practitioners, and in-house counsel. The CCBA’s purpose is to foster and protect excellence in legal services to the Centre region and to promote respect, civility, collegiality and professionalism within the legal community.
The CCBA also sponsors and participates in many programs aimed at public education on the law and legal issues ranging from elementary school students to senior citizens. In addition, the CCBA sponsors Continuing Legal Education programs and other social and professional programs aimed at promoting the highest professional and ethical standards in the practice of law and enhancing the quality of their members’ lives.
ABOUT LEECH TISHMAN
Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl is a full-service law firm dedicated to assisting individuals, businesses, and institutions. Leech Tishman offers legal services in alternative dispute resolution, aviation & aerospace, bankruptcy & creditors’ rights, construction, corporate, employee benefits, employment, energy, environmental, estates & trusts, family law, government relations, immigration, insurance coverage & corporate risk mitigation, intellectual property, internal investigations, international legal matters, litigation, real estate, and taxation. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, Leech Tishman also has offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Sarasota, FL, State College, PA and Wilmington, DE. For more information call 412.261.1600 or visit us at www.leechtishman.com.