February 07, 2013

Jill Marie Bussey has over fifteen years of experience in business and business immigration law, spanning a broad sector of industries including Fortune 500, government and private sector commercial entities, as well as non-governmental organizations.

Jill was formerly a Partner with Goel & Anderson, where she headed the Global Immigration Practice Group. Prior to joining Goel & Anderson, she was an Associate with Baker & McKenzie’s Global Migration and Executive Practice Group in Washington, D.C.

Jill is well known for her ability to integrate her clients’ business culture into the development of highly customized business and global immigration solutions. She distinguishes herself by developing dynamic approaches and customized strategies throughout the business cycle. She is a highly effective manager of complex immigration matters from large-scale multijurisdictional projects to individualized solutions. She is adept at identifying and analyzing requirements to assist her clients navigate through new and emerging compliance requirements. Jill has masterfully developed relationships at all levels of an organization in order to effectively identify and address risk. She has a successful record for delivery of a broad range of client advocacy services, including direct negotiation with a range of multijurisdictional entities.

Jill graduated from the American University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law & Society. While working as a Legal Assistant in the Immigration Department at a large US law firm, she earned a post-graduate Certificate from the George Washington University’s Center for Professional Development (4.0 GPA). She later earned a Juris Doctor with a concentration in Business Law, cum laude, from the University of Baltimore School of Law. During her tenure as a law student, Jill received a Dean’s Citation for Service in recognition of her outstanding service to the community of the School of Law. Additionally, Jill served as a Maryland Rule 16 Student Attorney with the Law School’s Community Development Clinic, assisting local community-based organizations in non-profit establishment and governance.

Jill is deeply committed to pro bono and community service. She joined the Board of Directors for FIRN, a non-profit organization that serves the foreign-born community in her region, in 2008. In June 2011, she was elected to Vice President of the Board and has served as Chair of the Fundraising Committee and on the Marketing Committee. She has successfully organized several pro bono immigration clinics at FIRN in partnership with AILA’s D.C. Chapter and has assisted the organization with outreach initiatives. She has recently been named as President of the Board for FIRN and is an active and contributing member of the Howard County (MD) Executive’s Ethnic Community Roundtable.

Jill is also an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), including its Washington D.C. Chapter, Global Migration Section, and Rome District Chapter. She currently serves as Sr. Vice Chair of AILA’s Global Migration Section’s Global Immigration Forum Committee for 2013. She is Vice Chair of AILA’s Consumer Protection & UPL Committee and serves on the Distance Learning Committee. She is also a member of the American Bar Association, the International Bar Association, and the Maryland State Bar Association. Jill has numerous published articles and presentations in the area of immigration law.

For a more detailed look at Jill’s book of work, please visit our website and her biography.