Dyan Williams is a managing attorney at Igbanugo Partners Int'l Law Firm, PLLC. She is admitted to the bar of the State of Minnesota, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh and Eighth Circuits. Born and raised in Jamaica, she has a multicultural background and a deep understanding of one's desire to study, work and live in a foreign country. As an immigration attorney, she draws from her firsthand experience with navigating a new culture and immigrating to the United States.
At Igbanugo Partners, Ms. Williams focuses on employment-based immigration (including EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, EB-4 & EB-5 preference categories), family-based immigration, naturalization, and nonimmigrant visas such as H-1B specialty occupations, L-1 intra-company transferees, O-1 oustanding researchers, and E-2 treaty investors. She brings petitions, applications, motions and appeals before the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), Executive Office for Immigration Review (immigration courts), and Board of Immigration Appeals. She litigates complex immigration matters before the federal circuit courts and federal district courts. Her areas of expertise include I-601 hardship waivers, challenging marriage fraud findings, appealing denials of naturalization applications, and federal court litigation.
Previously, Ms. Williams was a consultant in the Communication Practice Group of Watson Wyatt Worldwide (now Towers Watson), a global human resources consulting firm. She worked with clients ranging from international corporations to local non-profit organizations to develop employee communication strategies and materials on human resources issues, including market-based compensation, global employee relations, organizational change management, online employee benefits enrollment, and various benefit plans. She consulted with employee benefits lawyers and employment lawyers to ensure that compensation and benefits plans, as well as communication materials, were in compliance with COBRA, HIPAA, and general business law. Through her work experience and formal education, Ms. Williams is highly knowledgeable on employment discrimination laws and discriminatory practices in hiring, promotion, job assignment, termination, compensation, and various types of harassment.
Ms. Williams obtained her Juris Doctor degree at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was a member of the William Mitchell Law Review, a lead member of the William Mitchell Trial Advocacy Team, and a scholarship recipient for her high academic credentials. In addition, Ms. Williams holds a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the Curtis L. Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, where she was awarded a fellowship for her academic achievement. Ms. Williams graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism & Mass Communication and Political Science and a minor in Speech Communication from the University of Minnesota. She received five merit-based scholarships from the School of Journalism & Mass Communication for her academic performance and potential for a career in mass communication.
Ms. Williams is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and serves on the Board of Directors of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (Minnesota's Lawyers' Assistance Program). She is an immigration columnist for Mshale, an African community newspaper in the Twin Cities, as well as the managing editor of Igbanugo Partners' website and Enforcement Advisor email newsletter. An adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas, School of Law, she teaches students on navigating professional challenges, building mentor relationships, and personal marketing. A business coach, life coach, yoga teacher and tai chi form instructor, she coaches, speaks and writes on stress mastery, authentic leadership, productivity, and other professional growth topics.
Befriending Time: Breaking Free From Busyness or Stuckness
The Practice of Being: Mastering Stress and Finding Meaning as a Lawyer (Bench & Bar of Minnesota, March 2010)
U.S. Immigration & Nationality Law
Senate Set to Introduce Immigration Reform Bill
Stateside Provisional Waiver Program Begins March 4
Immigration Reform: A Top Second-Term Priority for Obama
Morton Memo: Valid Reprieve from Removal or Hollow Policy?
Things to Know About the Expedited Removal Order Process
Provisional I-601 Waivers Likely to Streamline Visa Application Procedure and Reduce Separation of Families
False Claims to U.S. Citizenship: Hidden Pitfalls and Potential Defenses
Unintentional Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status: Causes, Consequences and Prevention
Immigration Court Backlog Rises; Obama Administration Instructs DHS to Focus on Terrorists, Serious Criminals and National Security Threats
EB-5 Immigrant Visa Program: An Option for Foreign Investors to Invest in the U.S. and Obtain Permanent Residence for Themselves and Their Immediate Relatives
The DREAM Act: A Proposed Bill for Motivated, Undocumented Youths to Become Legal Immigrants
Marriage Fraud: Definition, Consequences & Solutions
U.S. Supreme Court Rules that Non-Citizen Defendants Must Be Advised of Immigration Consequences of Criminal Charges
Comprehensive Immigration Reform - Inevitable Solution or Unlikely Possibility? (Nexus - A Journal of Opinion, Chapman University School of Law, Vol. 13, 2007-2008)
U.S. Supreme Court Preserves Judical Review for Foreign Nationals Seeking to Reopen Removal Proceedings (Mshale, The African Community Newspaper, February 2010)
Federal Court Litigation In the Aftermath of the Real ID Act
Criminal Convictions in the Immigration Context: What You Don't Know Might Hurt You
Immigration Debate Still Simmers Amid Economic Crisis
When Marital Bliss Becomes Domestic Abuse
Immigration Consequences of Criminal Offences
You Need To Be "Good" To Become A Naturalized U.S. Citizen
ICE Steps Up Worksite Enforcement Efforts
Anatomy of Marriage Fraud Cases: Fighting the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (CIS) to the Finish and Winning
Expedited Removal Process
Alternatives to Detention: The Pros and Cons
110th Congress Set to Take on Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Priority Dates: What They Are and How They Determine When You can Get Your Green Card
Backlogs in Immigration Security Checks Causing Delays
Focus and Flow: Accomplishing More by Decluttering and Single-Tasking
Failures, Screw-ups and Unknowns (and why they can be good for you)
Opening up to Difficulties & Disappointment: How to Get Unstuck and Recover from Setback
This Time It's About Us: Risk Management for Lawyers
Embracing Change: Overcoming Resistance and Getting Unstuck
Immigration in the Workplace
Managing Stress and Avoiding Burnout
The Principles of Recovery and the Practice of Law
The Engaged Lawyer: Paying Attention & Thriving in the Midst of Chaos and Uncertainty
Befriending Time: Breaking Free From Busyness or Stuckness
The Practice of Being: Mastering Stress and Finding Meaning as a Lawyer
The Practice of Being: Mastering Stress and Finding True Meaning in the Legal Profession
The New Lawyer Experience - Maintaining the Work-Life Balance: How Busy Lawyers Stay Sane (Panelist)