Shannon Napier Barnes

high contrast ShannonThe energetic visionary… An experienced attorney who believes that every client has unique business needs deserving of a client-centric partnership with their immigration legal team.

PHONE | 858.412.6300
EMAIL | shannon@mehlmanbarnes.com

Partner & Attorney at Law

Shannon Napier Barnes is an experienced, energetic and forwarding-thinking attorney who is driven by the desire to provide every client with a customized legal services experience through establishment of a collaborative partnership that will far surpass the industry standard.

In her employment-based immigration practice, Shannon has represented large multinational organizations ranging from Fortune 500 all the way to smaller privately held organizations, as well as non-profit research institutions.  She has represented industry leaders spanning high technology, biotechnology, computer gaming, and higher education with respect to the temporary and permanent hiring of foreign national workers.  Shannon has managed intracompany programs for large multinational organizations (transfers, trainees, and business visitors), has developed corporate immigration policies and advised with respect to issues associated with consular practice.  Shannon was ranked as a Rising Star to the field of immigration law by Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, in 2015 and 2016.

Shannon is an active member of the immigration bar at the local and national levels through publications, speaking and committee involvement.  Locally, Shannon has served as the AILA San Diego Chapter Secretary from 2014-2015, and assumed the role of Chapter Treasurer for the 2015-2016 term.  Shannon also Co-Chairs the AILA San Diego CBP Liaison Committee as well as the AILA San Diego SSA/DMV Committee.  Shannon has served in a vital capacity as the California Chapters Liaison for DMV licensing issues stemming from immigration policies in the State of California.  Nationally, Shannon served as a member of the SSA/DMV/SAVE Taskforce from 2014-2015, assuming the role of Chair of the SSA/DMV/SAVE Taskforce for 2015-2016.  Shannon has published with AILA on various employment-based immigration topics.

The Individual

Shannon is a proud military spouse and owner of two English bulldogs, Laila and Trident, whom she has grown to nickname “the monsters.” She has a passion for fitness and spends her spare time practicing yoga and long distance running.

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    Education
    • Juris Doctor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 2009
    • Bachelor of Arts in English (Practical Writing), Magna Cum Laude, Western Michigan University Lee Honors College, 2005
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    Memberships
    • Member, California State Bar
    • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
    • San Diego Society for Human Resource Management
    • Society for Human Resource Management
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    Recognition
    • SuperLawyer’s Rising Stars, San Diego 2016
    • SuperLawyer’s Rising Stars, San Diego 2015
    • AVVO.com Superb Attorney Rating
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    Selected Immigration Bar Service
    • Treasurer, AILA San Diego Chapter, 2015-2016
    • Chair, AILA SSA/DMV/SAVE National Task Force, 2015-2016
    • Co-Chair and Committee Member, AILA San Diego Chapter, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Committee, 2015-2016
    • Co-Chair and Committee Member, AILA San Diego Chapter, SSA and DMV Committee, 2015-2016
    • Secretary, AILA San Diego Chapter, 2014-2015
    • Co-Chair and Committee Member, AILA San Diego Chapter, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Committee, 2014-2015
    • Co-Chair and Committee Member, AILA San Diego Chapter, SSA and DMV Committee, 2014-2015
    • Committee Member, AILA MAP (Military Assistance Program) National Task Force, 2014-2015
    • Committee Member, AILA SSA/DMV/SAVE National Task Force, 2014-2015
    • Committee Member, AILA MAP (Military Assistance Program) National Task Force, 2013-2014
    • Co-Chair and Committee Member, AILA San Diego Chapter, SSA and DMV Committee, 2013-2014
    • Committee Member, San Diego Chapter, Donations Committee, 2011-2012
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    Advocacy
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    Publications, Blogs & Presentations

     

    Selected Publications

    • Co-Author, “Mastering the Art of Translation: Translating “Real World” Job Requirements into PERM “Minimum Requirements””, AILA’s PERM Labor Certification Survival Guide, 2015-2016 Ed., ISBN 978-1-57370-393-1, July 2015.
    • Co-Editor, AILA’s PERM Labor Certification Survival Guide, 2015-2016 Ed., ISBN 978-1-57370-393-1, July 2015.
    • Author, “HR Outlook: Play to Win this H-1B CAP!”, San Diego SHRM’s The Resource, Vol. 35, Issue 2, February 2015.
    • Co-Author, “Coping with a PERManent Headache: Best Practices for Responding to DOL Audits”, AILA’s 27th Annual California Chapters Conference Handbook, November 2014.
    • Co-Author, “Risky Business: Assumptions in the Hiring Process”, Bender’s California Labor and Employment Bulletin, November 2014.
    • Contributing Editor, AILA’s Immigration Practice Toolbox, 4th Edition, July 2013.
    • Co-Author, “Qualifying Senior Managers or Executives for the L-1A or H-1B Visa,” AILA’s 25th Annual California Chapters Conference Handbook, November 2012.
    • Contributing Editor, AILA’s Guide to PERM Labor Certification: Strategies, Samples, and Guidance for Achieving Success, ISBN: 978-1-57370-301-7. Available in print, December 2011.
    • Co-Author, “It Ain’t Over till BALCA Sings: Carrying your PERM through the Final Act of Appellate Review,” AILA’s Guide to PERM Labor Certification: Strategies, Samples, and Guidance for Achieving Success, ISBN: 978-1-57370-301-7. Available in print, December 2011.
    • Co-Author, “Knowing What to Do and When to Do It: A Step-by-Step Guide to Successful PERM Labor Certification Practice,” AILA’s Guide to PERM Labor Certification: Strategies, Samples, and Guidance for Achieving Success, ISBN: 978-1-57370-301-7. Available in print, December 2011.
    • Author, “Supervised Recruitment: A Journey Back to the Future,” AILA’s Guide to PERM Labor Certification: Strategies, Samples, and Guidance for Achieving Success, ISBN: 978-1-57370-301-7. Available in print, December 2011.

     

    Selected Presentations, As a Panelist or Discussion Leader

    • “Real World vs. PERM: Reconciling the Employer’s Job Requirements with DOL Regulations”, AILA 2015 PERM Conference, Miami, Florida, August 2015.
    • “Ports of Entry – Border Ahoy!”, AILA 2015 Annual Conference, National Harbor, Maryland, June 2015.
    • “TN and L-1 Updates at the Border”, AILA Web Seminar, May 2015.
    • “Coping with the PERManent Headache”, AILA’s 27th Annual California Chapters Conference, San Jose, California, November 2014.
    • “L-1B Visas in the Era of RFE’s”, AILA’s New Members Division, San Diego, California, February 2014.
    • “PERM for Experts: Coping with Alternate Job Requirements; Strategy Development for Prevailing Wage, Unique Work Site, and Travel Issues; and, Audits and Supervised Recruitment,” ILW.com’s PERM Seminar Series, January through March 2013.
    • “Nonimmigrant Visa Hurdles for Small Employers,” AILA’s 25th Annual California Chapters Conference, San Diego, California, November 2012.
    • “What’s New in Business Immigration?” San Diego County Bar Association, Immigration Law and Business and Corporate Law Sections, Monthly CLE, San Diego, California, November 2012.
    • “Do I Need a Visa For That? Answer: You Just Might!” Association of Corporate Counsel, May Brown Bag Program, San Diego, California, May 2012.

     

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