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Garvey Schubert Barer has had a sophisticated international practice since the early 1970s. In 1973 we were one of the first U.S. law firms to place an attorney in Japan. In 1979 our firm’s attorneys helped negotiate the reopening of shipping relations between the United States and the People's Republic of China after a hiatus of nearly 30 years. Since the 1980s we have represented the Canadian federal and provincial governments before the U.S. Supreme Court and the federal appellate courts litigation involving transboundary environmental and natural resource issues. Today our clients and attorneys continue to work at the forefront of expanding Pacific Rim trade and investment, including opportunities for our clients in the markets of China, Japan and Canada.

We represent clients coming from or going to countries in Asia, Europe, South America, Africa, Oceania and the Middle East as well as our neighbors in North America. Our international team helps our clients achieve their cross-border objectives through a wide array of services and in a number of diverse industries. We combine legal skills, personal relationships, language abilities and cultural understanding to address legal issues and provide practical solutions for our clients. The firm's language capabilities include Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, French, and Spanish. Since many of our attorneys have lived and worked overseas, including in various Pacific Rim countries, we have a deep appreciation of the cultural context in which business is conducted and the associated legal requirements.

We have over 40 years of experience dealing with the unique challenges faced by enterprises engaging in cross-border activities and individuals seeking to live and work abroad. The experience and capabilities of our international practice team spans the types of legal and tax services our clients need – from the start-up phase to successful conclusion, and all stages in between.

Garvey Schubert Barer is a member of Globalaw, a worldwide network of over 100 independent law firms with over 4,500 lawyers in 160 cities. The firm also enjoys long-standing relationships with numerous well-established law firms in Japan, Canada, European, and major financial centers throughout the world. Our lawyers are active in international bar associations, which keep us abreast of important legal developments in significant foreign jurisdictions.



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  • Gregg Rodgers, Immigration Attorney at Garvey Schubert Barer, discusses the Intracompany Transferee visa.  This visa makes it possible for two related business entities to transfer executives, managers, and people with specialized knowledge into the U.S. for a total of up to five years.

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