Reilly Ward

Reilly WardEducation

  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Alabama School of Law, 2013
  • B.A. (Politics), magna cum laude, Washington and Lee University, 2009

Admitted to Practice

  • Colorado
  • Alabama
  • Wyoming* (pending)
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern, and Southern Districts of Alabama

I was born and raised in “The Port City” of Mobile, Alabama, where I developed a deep understanding of the integral role that international trade, cross-border mobility, and the foreign-born workforce plays in strengthening and growing our nation’s economy. In my twenties I developed a passion for international travel and cross-cultural exchange. These influences and passions led me to the practice of immigration law. My desire to develop as an immigration law practitioner, coupled with my “mountain soul,” led me from Alabama to Colorado, and finally to Jackson Hole.

I am an immigration lawyer whose practice focuses on helping employers secure temporary or permanent work visas for non-US workers, and helping foreign-born individuals attain more secure status in the US through family-based immigration channels.

My expertise is in helping employers secure seasonal workers (for a period of months) and temporary workers (for a period of a few years), as well as attaining permanent (“green card”) work authorization for qualified employees. To this end, I have worked with hospitality and resort organizations, engineering and manufacturing firms, banks and financial services firms, sporting and athletic organizations, software and technology firms, hospitals and healthcare services organizations, international investors, farmers and ranchers, as well as individuals of extraordinary ability in the arts, sciences, and athletics. Examples of positions that I have helped employers fill with foreign-born workers range from seasonal agricultural workers, hotel housekeepers and lift attendants, to world-renowned rodeo cowboys and ski competitors, to equine specialists and veterinarians, big data scientists, software developers, nurses, accountants, and engineers in a variety of disciplines. I also had the opportunity to assist employers of non-US workers in navigating the immigration compliance issues associated with corporate restructuring, such as spin-offs, mergers and acquisitions. Through this work, I have developed expertise in the following nonimmigrant visa categories:

  • H-1B, H-1B1 and E-3 “specialty occupation” applications
  • -2A and H-2B “temporary and seasonal need” employment
  • H-3 “trainee” petitions
  • NAFTA-based TN visas
  • E-2 “treaty trader and investor” applications
  • L-1 “multinational transferee” visas
  • O-1 “exceptional ability” petitions
  • PERM-based EB-2 and EB-3 green cards
  • EB-1 “extraordinary ability” green card applications.

This expertise also enables me to assist employers in navigating increasingly-common worksite interactions with ICE and other immigration-related law enforcement.

On the individual side, I value the opportunity to use my immigration law expertise to assist foreign-born individuals living in the US in navigating the ever-changing immigration landscape. I work with individuals wishing to join and/or to stay with their family members in the United States, assisting with family-based green card applications, naturalization cases, and DACA renewals. I am also prepared to advise on immigration issues that arise as a result of traffic stops, ICE actions, and other law-enforcement activities.

In addition to immigration, I have substantial experience practicing in the areas of: Financial Services, Estate and Trust Litigation; Banking, Financial and Fiduciary Advisory Services; Commercial, Environmental and Mass Action Litigation; Entity Formation and Corporate Governance; Technology and “Startup” Law; and Real Estate Law.

Outside of the office, I do my best to explore as much of Jackson Hole as possible —hiking, mountain biking, rafting, kayaking, and skiing, while always looking for creative new ways to get outside and enjoy this beautiful landscape. Arthur, my five-pound shih tzu, is often a semi-willing companion on these adventures (though he much prefers the days when he is lucky enough to sleep under my desk at the office!).