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06/30/14 Morgan Lewis Named Washington, D.C. Labor & Employment Litigation Dept. of the Year: The National Law Journal Salutes Firm for Depth and Variety of Matters
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06/23/14 Morgan Lewis Partner Honored by the American Immigration Lawyers Association
Morgan Lewis is pleased to announce that Labor and Employment Practice partner and Chair of the Immigration and Nationality Practice Eleanor Pelta was awarded the 2014 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) on June 21.
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03/03/15 Executive Action on Immigration: A Guide for Employers
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Now Available: AILA's Focus on Immigration Practice Under AC21


Written by Eleanor Pelta and A. James Vázquez-Azpiri

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practice accolades

Immigration & Nationality Services

Recognized as a leading firm for immigration law in Chambers USA (2014)

Ranked in Band 2 for Immigration: Business, London, Chambers UK (2014)

Labor & Employment

The American Lawyer Magazine's Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment Law Finalist 2004, Winner 2006, Finalist 2008, Finalist 2010, and Finalist 2012

Listed in the highest tier for National Labor and Employment Practice in Chambers USA 2014

Ranked in the top tier by The Legal 500 for Labor and Employment Litigation, ERISA Litigation, Labor-Management Relations, and Workplace and Employment Counseling (2014)

Named Employment Practice Group of the Year by Law360 (2014)

Named a top 5 firm for employment in BTI's Litigation Outlook 2014 report

Ranked, National Tier 1: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor & Employment by U.S. News and Best Lawyers (2011-2012) 

Ranked #1 for "Most Prestigious" Labor and Employment Practice, Vault 2012 Associate Survey

honors + affiliations

Winner, The National Law Journal’s Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment (2014)

Recipient, American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) 2014 Edith Lowenstein Award for Excellence in Advancing the Practice of Immigration Law

Past President, AILA

Recipient, Award for Service Provided as a Trustee of the American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF)

Trustee, American Immigration Law Foundation, Chair, Immigration Curriculum Project

Invited Speaker, conferences sponsored by AILA, the Society for Human Resource Management, The American Payroll Association, The American Society for Payroll Management, the Practising Law Institute, the State Bar of Texas

Listed, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2006–2014)

Listed, Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers (2006–2014)

Noted in The Legal 500 for Labor and Employment – Immigration (2014)

Listed, Human Resource Executive, Most Powerful Employment Attorneys (2013–2014)

Listed, International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers for 2013 and 2014; also included in both lists’ Most Highly Regarded Individuals roster

Listed, Washingtonian magazine "Best Lawyers" (2013)

Listed, The Best Lawyers in America (2007–2011)

Selected, Top 10 Immigration Lawyers in Washington, D.C., Legal Times (2006)

bar admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
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Eleanor Pelta

Washington, D.C.
1111 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004-2541
United States
Phone: +1.202.739.5050
Fax: +1.202.739.3001

Eleanor Pelta is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Labor and Employment Practice. With her practice focused on immigration and nationality law, Ms. Pelta assists corporate clients in various industries with the international transfer of key personnel. She is particularly knowledgeable about managing high-volume employee transfers, as her background includes assisting employers in gaining temporary and permanent visas for all types of business, scientific and executive personnel. Additionally, she advises clients on strategic issues involving movement of staff internationally, including the use of blanket visa programs and qualification of companies as "treaty investor" or "treaty trader" entities.

Ms. Pelta provides further support on the immigration implications of corporate changes, including mergers and acquisitions, downsizing, reductions in force and salary level changes. Likewise, she has developed corporate immigration policies and procedures. Ms. Pelta counsels clients on employer obligations related to temporary transfers, employment eligibility verification and avoiding immigration-related unfair employment practices. She has also developed and performed nationwide I-9 compliance training for human resources personnel, and has assisted clients during I-9 and H-1B audits. In particular, Ms. Pelta frequently counsels tax and payroll managers regarding U.S. tax obligations of foreign nationals.

From Washington, D.C., Ms. Pelta is part of our cross-practice Global Workforce team that provides integrated cross-border advice, counseling, and strategic planning across the spectrum of labor, employment, benefits, and immigration issues.

Ms. Pelta received the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) 2014 Edith Lowenstein Award for Excellence in Advancing the Practice of Immigration Law, one of AILA’s highest annual honors. Established by AILA in 1980 to recognize outstanding immigration law practitioners, the award honors the memory of Edith Lowenstein, a pioneer in the practice of immigration and nationality law and a former president of AILA.

From 2007 through 2014, Chambers USA recognized Morgan Lewis as a leading firm for immigration law, based on the views of clients, peers and other industry professionals. From 2006 through 2014, Chambers ranked Ms. Pelta in Band 1, its highest honor, calling her "the backbone" of the firm's immigration practice and crediting her with "really driving the practice forward." Chambers has also noted that clients appreciate that Ms. Pelta "remembers every individual and knows their story" and praise her as "a tremendous resource, whose level of service is outstanding."

In 2013 and 2014, Who’s Who Legal listed Ms. Pelta among the International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, and the publication named her one of the Most Highly Regarded Individuals among those lawyers.

Ms. Pelta helps clients think and work proactively by providing them with traditional compliance policy reviews and audits, case management and litigation technology and international executive travel and foreign resident worker visa processing.

Ms. Pelta is a contributing author to Getting the Deal Through — Labour and Employment, an annual series of deskbooks that provide international analysis in key areas of employment law and policy for corporate counsel, cross-border legal practitioners, and global team leaders. Ms. Pelta has authored feature chapters in Getting the Deal Through — Labour and Employment 2008–2010.

Ms. Pelta is also a prolific writer on Immigration issues. She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania.


  • Harvard Law School, 1986, J.D., Cum Laude
  • Princeton University, 1982, A.B., Cum Laude