Jennifer Shanley

Jennifer L. Shanley

(she/her/hers)

Associate

Jennifer L. Shanley

(she/her/hers)

Associate

  • Overview

    Biography

    As a member of Robinson+Cole’s Immigration Group, Jennifer Shanley focuses her practice on U.S. immigration law, with an emphasis on business immigration matters.

    Immigration

    Jennifer helps multinational companies, in particular, companies in the Manufacturing and Aerospace industry, as well as Financial companies, staff their U.S. offices by obtaining appropriate immigration status for employees. Her efforts allow research organizations, academic institutions, and manufacturing, chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology companies, including some Fortune 100 companies, to retain key business people, scientists, researchers, and other professionals. She obtains both temporary and permanent immigration status for key workers. Her practice encompasses all business-related nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions. Jennifer frequently handles multinational intracompany transfers, transfers for individuals with specialized knowledge, as well as petitions for outstanding researchers and individuals with extraordinary ability. She has helped secure immigration approvals for hundreds of employees, helping business clients attract and secure top talented individuals across a range of industries. While doing so, Jennifer uses her Six Sigma Green Belt certification to streamline the immigration process for clients, in order to decrease process variation and increase value.

    Employment Eligibility – Verification and Compliance

    Jennifer counsels employers on the Immigration Reform and Control Act and related issues, including employment verifications, I-9 matters, and E-Verify. She also provides guidance with export control regulations.

    Jennifer regularly writes about immigration-related topics. Her article, "Hiring a Foreign National Worker: What U.S. Employers Need to Know," which discussed the most widely used work authorized categories for U.S. employers and the issues employers may face, appeared in Mobility magazine. She also co-authored the piece “How Fund Managers May Increase the Likelihood That H 1B Sponsorship for Quants and Data Scientist Employees Will Be Approved," published in Hedge Fund Law Report.

    Pro Bono

    Jennifer is committed to pro bono service. She recently assisted with the firm’s successful effort to secure the required immigration status for a dancer from Bolivia by demonstrating that he was one of the top ballet dancers in his field. The successful petition permitted the Bolivian dancer to join a ballet company in New York.

    In addition to her practice, Jennifer is committed to serving her community. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut and is actively involved in Women United, as well as Special Olympics Connecticut. Jennifer is also a member of Robinson+Cole’s Women’s Committee, which promotes the success of women lawyers and its Safety & Health Committee, which promotes the safety and health of the firm’s employees.

    Jennifer was selected as a Rising Star to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list in 2019 and 2020.

    Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Jennifer served as a law clerk to the Honorable F. Herbert Gruendel of the Connecticut Appellate Court. While attending law school, she served as the business managing editor of the Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal. She also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Janet C. Hall at the United States District Court, District of Connecticut.

    Jennifer earned her J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law, summa cum laude, and received her B.A. from Fordham University, also summa cum laude.

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

      • Successfully assisted pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies with securing green cards for outstanding researchers and individuals with extraordinary abilities.

      • In 2016 alone, helped file and secure approval for over 200 L-1 petitions on behalf of a Fortune 100 aircraft manufacturing company, which allowed for intracompany transfers of managers, executives, and individuals with specialized knowledge.

      • Successfully registered multiple companies for E-2 treaty trader status with the U.S. Consulates in Italy, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. 

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      American Bar Association (2013 - Present)

      Connecticut Bar Association (2013 - Present)

      American Immigration Lawyers Association (2015 - Present)
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Selected as a Rising Star to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list from 2019 to 2021.

      Recognized as a New Leader in the Law by the Connecticut Law Tribune, 2021

      Robinson+Cole Community Service Award Recipient, 2021

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut
      Member, Board of Directors (2020)

      Special Olympics Young Professionals Group (2014 - Present)

      Special Olympics Connecticut (2013 - Present)
  • NEWS + PRESS
    • Publications

      Publications

      "H-1B and Beyond: What are the Options for Hiring Foreign Nationals?" published in Industry Week (9/15/2021)

      "How Fund Managers May Increase the Likelihood That H 1B Sponsorship for Quants and Data Scientist Employees Will Be Approved," co-authored with Megan R. Naughton, published in Hedge Fund Law Report (2/6/2020)
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      "U.S. Employers: Is Your Foreign National Employee Internationally Recognized as an Outstanding Researcher? Let’s Find Out — Qualifications for an EB-1B Outstanding Researcher green card case," co-authored with Joshua S. Mirer, published in Mobility, the monthly magazine of Worldwide ERC® (October 2018)
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      "US Employers: Work-authorized Visa Options for Hiring a Foreign National Worker," published in Connecticut Lawyer, co-authored with Joshua S. Mirer (March/April 2018)
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      "H1B Work Visas Under Attack," published in Business New Haven E-News, co-authored with Joshua S. Mirer and Megan R. Naughton (1/31/2018)
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      "Hiring a Foreign National Worker: What U.S. Employers Need to Know," published in Mobility Magazine, co-authored with Joshua S. Mirer (May 2017)
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    • News

      R+C in the News

      • September 20, 2021

        Jen Shanley Authors Industry Week Article on Hiring Foreign Nationals

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      • July 30, 2021

        Robinson+Cole Presents Annual Awards for Outstanding Contributions

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      • May 13, 2021

        Connecticut Law Tribune Honors Seven Robinson+Cole Lawyers During Connecticut Legal Awards

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      • March 4, 2021

        Jen Shanley Featured in United Way Women United Social Media Spotlight

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      • May 18, 2020

        Jen Shanley Appointed to United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut Board

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      • February 11, 2020

        Megan Naughton and Jen Shanley Author Article Published in Hedge Fund Law Report

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      • October 5, 2018

        Josh Mirer and Jen Shanley Co-author Article Published in Mobility Magazine

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      • April 19, 2018

        Josh Mirer and Jen Shanley Co-author Article Published in Connecticut Lawyer

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      • February 6, 2018

        Josh Mirer, Megan Naughton, and Jen Shanley Author Article Published in Business New Haven E-News

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      • May 5, 2017

        Immigration Group Lawyers Publish Article for Mobility Magazine

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      R+C News Releases

      • October 14, 2021

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • October 15, 2020

        47 Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized in Super Lawyers®

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      • October 19, 2019

        52 Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • October 16, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Welcomes New Lawyers

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