Telephone:  612-354-2682
Email Address: sfeist@grellfeist.com

fav-photo-sandra-bwSandra 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 is the immediate Past-Chair of the Minnesota-Dakotas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), serving on the organization’s Executive Committee. She also regularly volunteers her time to the Volunteer Lawyers Network/Advocates for Human Rights Immigration Clinic.

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.

Education

Law School: William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Juris Doctor, cum laude, May 2007.

College: University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.

Bachelor of Arts, August 1999.
Major: History and Political Science

Employment

  • Grell Feist Prince PLC – Minneapolis, Minnesota – Partner – 2010-Present.
  • Aronson & Associates, PA – Minneapolis, Minnesota – Associate Attorney – 2007-2010. Law Clerk – 2005-2007.
  • William Mitchell Immigration Law Clinic – St. Paul, Minnesota – Certified Student Attorney – 2006-2007.
  • David Ware & Associates – New Orleans, Louisiana – Legal Assistant – 2001-2005.

Awards and Recognition

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), National Advocacy Award, 2016.
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), National Platinum Award for Chapter Excellence, 2016 (Awarded to the Minnesota-Dakotas AILA Chapter for Sandra’s year as Chapter Chair).
  • Super Lawyers: “Top Female Attorney in Minnesota,” 2014 – 2016.
  • Super Lawyers: “Top Rated Immigration Attorney in Minneapolis, MN,” 2016.
  • Super Lawyers: “Rising Star,” 2013-2016.

Publications

  • Letter to the Editor:  Against the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, Sun Focus, December 15, 2016.
  • A Practical, Tested Solution for Our Undocumented-Immigrant Puzzle, The Pioneer Press, December 9, 2016 (with Michelle Rivero).
  • Establishing the Employer-Employee Relationship in NIV Third-Party Placements, Waegrich, Feist, Bauerle and Pestaina, AILA Annual Conference Publications, 2016.
  • The Benefits of Volunteering Go Beyond the Client, Leadership Blog of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, February 26, 2016.
  • The Many Benefits of Volunteering, The Hennepin Lawyer Magazine, Official Publication of the Hennepin County Bar Association, September/October 2015, Volume 84, Number 5.
  • An Inside View from the Issue Editor, The Hennepin Lawyer Magazine, Official Publication of the Hennepin County Bar Association, November 2014, Volume 83, Number 9.
  • An Inside View from the Issue Editor, The Hennepin Lawyer Magazine, Official Publication of the Hennepin County Bar Association, September 2013 Volume 82, Number 8.
  • Where Immigration Law Intersects with Other Practice Areas: Tips for the Non-immigration Attorney, The Hennepin Lawyer Magazine, Official Publication of the Hennepin County Bar Association, May 2012, Volume 81, Number 5.
  • An Inside View from the Issue Editor, The Hennepin Lawyer Magazine, Official Publication of the Hennepin County Bar Association, March 2012, Volume 81, Number 3.
  • A Morning at the State Capitol: The MWL Public Policy Advocacy Committee Teams up with Girls in Action, With Equal Right, the official journal of the Minnesota Women Lawyers, March 2012.
  • Editorial: Pay Equity Act, co-authored with Kelly Francis, Bench & Bar of Minnesota, Official Publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association, April 2011, Volume 68, Number 4.
  • An Inside View from the Issue Editor, The Hennepin Lawyer Magazine, Official Publication of the Hennepin County Bar Association, November 2010, Volume 79, Number 10.?
  • The Intersection of Immigration and Criminal Law in the Wake of the Padilla Decision, the MSBA New Lawyers Section online publication, Fall 2010.
  • Immigration Obstacles in Times of Economic Downturn, Hearsay, the MSBA New Lawyers Section online publication, Summer 2009.
  • MWL Public Policy Advocacy Committee Focus, Girl Empowerment, With Equal Right, the official journal of the Minnesota Women Lawyers, January, 2009? The Expanding Sphere of Immigration Enforcement, Hearsay, the MSBA New Lawyers Section online publication, Winter 2008-09.

Professional Activities

  • 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.

Presentations

  • “Finding What’s Special in Specialty Occupation,” National Conference of the American Immigration Lawyers Association in New Orleans, Louisiana, June 21, 2017.
  • “Overview of the Changes Under the New High-Skilled Non-immigrant Rule and How They Affect Your Clients,” American Immigration Lawyers Association, January 13, 2017.
  • “Employment-based U.S. Visas and Green Card Options,” ProHuddle.com, December 20, 2016.
  • “Annual Conference Re-Cap on Employment-Based Immigration Developments,” American Immigration Lawyers Association, June 28, 2016.
  • “Establishing the Employer-Employee Relationship in NIV Third-Party Placements” (Advanced Panel), National Conference of the American Immigration Lawyers Association in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 25, 2016.
  • “Building Your Reputation” for New Immigration Lawyers, Upper Midwest Regional Conference, Fundamentals Conference, American Immigration Lawyers Association, May 12, 2016.
  • “Federal Immigration Litigation – The Visa-gate Case / Business Litigation,” American Immigration Lawyers Association, December 4, 2015.
  • “Tips and Trends for Extraordinary Ability-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Cases,” Upper Midwest Regional Conference of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, April 24, 2015.
  • “Employment-Based Immigration Law: A System in Dire Need of Reform,” William Mitchell College of Law, February 5, 2015.
  • “How to Be the CEO of Your Own Career,” William Mitchell College of Law, October 29, 2014.
  • “212(d)(3) Nonimmigrant Waivers: The Legal and Procedural Framework,” American Immigration Lawyers Association, August 13, 2014.
  • “Derivative Citizenship,” National Conference of the American Immigration Lawyers Association in Boston, MA, June 20, 2014.
  • “Strategic Immigration Writing,” Upper Midwest Regional Conference of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, May 9, 2014.
  • “H-1B Trends and Practice Tips on Avoiding and Responding to Requests for Additional Evidence (RFEs),” Minnesota State Bar Association, April 29, 2014.
  • “Preparing the H-1B Cap Season,” American Immigration Lawyers Association, February 20, 2014.
  • “The Basics of Employment-based Immigration,” Minnesota State Bar Association, November 20, 2013.
  • “Ethics and Professional Responsibility for Newer Immigration Practitioners,” American Immigration Lawyers Association, March 28, 2012.
  • Invited Speaker, Constitution Day,  ACLU, September 17, 2010.
  • Invited Lecturer, St. Cloud State University, February 2010 and March 2010.
  • Presenter and organizer of CLE collaboration between the University of Minnesota Institute of Race and Poverty and the YWCA on the topic of Early Childhood Education and Racial Equality, January 2010.
  • Invited Lecturer, St. Thomas School of Law, International Law Society, March 4, 2008.
  • Invited Lecturer, Hamline University, April 2008.