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Sara Fleming

Senior Immigration Counsel

Sara came to immigration law with an appreciation of her own family history – including her great grandfather who came to the United States when he was 16 and worked tirelessly to help Italian American immigrants settle in his new hometown of Stamford, Connecticut.

Inspired to help immigrants find their place in our national ethos, Sara focuses on the needs of highly skilled workers and their employers. She has worked with clients in a wide variety of industries, including pharmaceutical and biotech, computer sciences and higher education.

Sara’s favorite part of her work at FordMurray is talking to interesting people from around the world. In one case, it can be a neuroscientist from Canada, in another, an entrepreneur from Armenia with plans to build industry disrupting web platforms. In all cases, there is a common thread – a desire to add their unique skills and professional aptitude to healthcare agencies, businesses and start-ups in the United States.

Sara points to one exemplary case to illustrate the talent and opportunity in business immigration. “I was working on an extraordinary ability visa for a young computer scientist from India,” Sara explained. “The case was going to be a stretch because he just received his PhD, but I worked with him very closely, went over documentation with a fine-toothed comb, and framed the case very carefully.” The man received his green card based on the successful EB-1 petition and went on to form his own artificial intelligence company, hiring Sara as immigration counsel as he expanded his workforce with international workers. A few years later, the company was purchased by a large multinational corporation for $400 million – where the man now oversees AI operations. Sara, a perpetually ego-free and client-minded attorney, says simply, “It’s a great feeling that I had a small role in making that happen for him.”

She has also assisted many individual physicians, researchers, engineers and international government officials through the permanent residence process. Before joining FordMurray, Sara practiced at a boutique immigration firm in Boston and gained a reputation for exceptional client service.

In her free time, Sara enjoys playing with her kids, running and enjoying the Maine outdoors through hiking and swimming in Sebago Lake. Sara ran the NYC Marathon in 2011, raising more than $250,000 with her running team for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Sara’s words to live by: Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you. – Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Education:

  • Northeastern University School of Law, JD 2007
  • Trinity College, BA 2001

Bar Admission:

  • Massachusetts 2007

Memberships:

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • International Medical Graduate (IMG) Taskforce
  • Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association

Recognition:

  • Named Rising Star in Immigration by Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2013-2016