Recognized as leading firm for immigration law in Chambers USA (2011–2012)
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 2012
Ranked in the top tier by The Legal 500 for Labor and Employment Litigation, ERISA Litigation, Labor-Management Relations, and Workplace and Employment Counseling (2012)
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
Immediate Past President, American Immigration Lawyers Association (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, The Best Lawyers in America (2007–2011)
Listed, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2006–2012)
Listed, Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers (2006–2012)
Selected, Top 10 Immigration Lawyers in Washington, D.C., Legal Times (2006)
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Washington, D.C.
1111 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004-2541
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.
From 2007 through 2012, 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 2012, 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."
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