MORE ABOUT KATHERINE M. MENDEL
Katherine (Katie) Mendel received her undergraduate degree from Saint Louis University in 2000, graduating magna cum laude with a major in Sociology and Spanish. She spent her sophomore year studying abroad in Madrid, Spain, studying Spanish language, culture, and history. While living in St. Louis, she volunteered as an adult ESL (English as a Second Language) instructor, working with families, individuals, and in the classroom. She volunteered for several years with St. Pius V’s Refugee Support Ministry, working alongside refugee families from Bosnia-Herzegovena as they resettled in the St. Louis area.
Ms. Mendel attended Thomas M. Cooley Law School on a merit scholarship and graduated cum laude in 2007. During law school, she served as Assistant Editor of the Tomas M. Cooley Law Review and was the recipient of the Eugene Krasicky Award for the most valuable contribution to Law Review. As a law student, she enjoyed the opportunity to intern at the Detroit Immigration Court, where she drafted decisions and research memoranda for the judges on asylum, admissibility, and criminal matters. While in law school, she also volunteered with St. Vincent Catholic Charities’ Immigration Law Clinic, where she conducted legal research and interpreted and translated for Spanish-speaking clients.
Upon graduation, Ms. Mendel worked for the law firm Plunkett Cooney, where she gained experience in general civil litigation. She had the opportunity to further develop her research, writing, and litigation skills, argue motions and represent clients in court proceedings, and author trial- and appellate-level motions and briefs. After several years of civil litigation practice, Ms. Mendel returned to the field of immigration law, gaining experience largely in employment-based immigration matters.
In her current role, Ms. Mendel assists clients primarily with employment-based petitions, such as H-1B Specialty Occupation Workers, L-1A and L-1B Intra-Company Transferees, and TN Professionals. She has experience successfully assisting a client obtain an EB-1 visa for Workers of Extraordinary Abilities. She also has extensive experience successfully responding to Requests for Evidence (RFE’s) for a variety of employment-based petitions, covering a wide range of issues including the beneficiary’s educational background, professional occupation, maintenance of status, and criminal matters.
Ms. Mendel speaks basic Spanish. She is licensed to practice law in the state of Michigan and is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.