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Sandra Feist  

Grell Feist Prince PLC

Phone: 612-354-2682

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Sandra Feist - 825 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis MN 55402

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Biography

Sandra Feist has been working in the field of immigration law since 2001 and is a well-respected leader in the Twin Cities immigration law community. In 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, Sandra’s colleagues recognized her as a “Super Lawyers Rising Star.” She has been designated by Super Lawyers as a “Top Female Attorney in Minnesota” in 2014 – 2016 and as a “Top Rated Immigration Attorney in Minneapolis, MN” in 2016. She practices exclusively in the area of immigration law, with an emphasis on employment-based immigration matters. Click here for additional testimonials about Sandra’s legal services.

Sandra served for many years on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (MN-ACLU) and on the Executive Committee of the Minnesota-Dakotas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), including as Chapter Chair. She also regularly volunteers her time to local nonprofits, providing pro bono legal services and advice.

Sandra graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in History and Political Science in 1999. She subsequently moved from Wisconsin to Louisiana where she began her career in immigration law in the year 2001 as a Case Manager for the prestigious New Orleans immigration law firm, David Ware & Associates.

Sandra began her legal studies at Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans, still maintaining her position with David Ware & Associates throughout her academic year. In August 2005, during the first week of her second year of law school, Sandra evacuated to visit her family in Minneapolis in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

After evacuation to Minnesota, Sandra was offered a position as a Law Clerk with the preeminent immigration law firm of Aronson & Associates, where she specialized in physician and corporate immigration law. She served as a Law Clerk throughout law school. Upon graduation in 2007, she was admitted to the Minnesota bar and she was offered a position as an Associate Attorney with the firm. More recently, in 2009, Sandra was to practice in the Federal District Court for Minnesota.

Sandra has worked closely with clients in all areas of immigration law, including family-based, employment-based and removal and deportation. She specializes in employment-based immigration with an emphasis on researchers of extraordinary ability and advanced degreed professionals in all fields. In addition, she works with artists in a variety of fields, including broadcast journalism, dance, and visual arts.  Sandra’s extensive experience enables her to advise clients from a multidimensional perspective that takes into account all available options under the immigration laws.

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Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) 2018 Annual Conference Committee, 2017-2018.

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Media Advocacy Committee, 2017-2018.

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) National Law Student Outreach Committee, 2016-2017.

National Mentor, American Immigration Lawyers Association, May 2014 – Present.

Member of the Board of Directors, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Minnesota, September 2009 – March 2017.

Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, ACLU-MN, Spring 2015 – Fall 2016.

Chair, Greater Minnesota Racial Justice Project Committee, ACLU-MN, 2015-2016.

Board of Governors, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), 2015 – 2016.

Board of Governors, Nominating Committee, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), 2016.

Immediate Past-Chair, Minnesota-Dakotas Chapter, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), 2016-2017.

Chair, Minnesota-Dakotas Chapter, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA),  2015 – 2016.

Vice-Chair, Minnesota-Dakotas Chapter, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), 2014 – 2015.

Secretary, Minnesota-Dakotas Chapter, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), 2013 – 2014.

Treasurer, Minnesota-Dakotas Chapter, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), 2012 – 2013.

Member, Minnesota-Dakotas Chapter, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), 2009 – Present.

Member, The Hennepin Lawyer Committee of the Hennepin County Bar Association (HCBA), 2010 – Present.

Chair, The Hennepin Lawyer Committee, 2011 – 2013.

Chair, Annual Conference Planning Committee, Minnesota-Dakotas Chapter, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), 2011 and 2012.

Member, Annual Conference Planning Committee, Minnesota-Dakotas Chapter, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), 2011- 2014.

Member, Minnesota Women Lawyers Public Policy Advocacy Committee, 2008 – 2012 (Co-Chair, 2010 – 2012).

Volunteer Attorney, Volunteer Lawyers’ Network / Immigration Clinic, February 2008 – 2016.

Volunteer Attorney, Advocates for Human Rights.

Volunteer Attorney, Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance.

Member, Minnesota Women Lawyers, 2007 – Present.

Member, YWCA Public Policy Committee, 2007 – 2012.

Name: Sandra Feist
Law Firm: Grell Feist Prince PLC
Address: 825 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis MN 55402
Phone: 612-354-2682

Email Website

Website URL: http://www.grellfeist.com/about-us/sandra-feist/
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