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Ogletree Trial Loss Is A Conflict Warning For Immig. Attys

Law360 (March 30, 2018, 5:46 PM EDT) -- A nearly $2 million verdict against Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC over a junior associate’s forgery of visa document signatures highlights an inherent risk of dual representations in employment immigration work, experts say.

While the suit brought against the firm by a wildlife photographer fired by National Geographic focused largely on attorney Brandi Knox's bogus signatures, the firm’s failure to oversee her was also especially egregious because of the well-recognized conflict dangers that exist when immigration lawyers represent both employer and employee.

“In employee-based immigration, there is always the dual nature of the representation, so you have to be...

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