Elizabeth BakerAttorney Team Leader
Indiana University, B.A. 1998
University of San Diego, Certificate in Paralegal Studies, 2002
Western Michigan Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 2013
State of Michigan, 2013
Elizabeth Baker enjoys helping businesses and their employees navigate through the nuances and complexities of the immigration petitioning process. “I’m always impressed,” she says, “by the sheer determination, work-ethic, and outstanding contributions made by our clients.” She has been dedicated to immigration law throughout her career, from paralegal to lawyer, and has helped many clients to achieve their talent mobility goals. “I get very excited when I see the fruits of a complicated case evolve into an approval,” she avers, “knowing many times that we are fighting an uphill battle. I’ve learned that success is a team approach.”
At FGI, Elizabeth has focused on H-1B and L-1A visa categories, as well as PERM labor certification, I-140 EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 immigrant visa petitions, adjustment of status filings, and N-400 naturalization applications; she works mainly with clients in the IT consulting and health care domains, and has also acquired experience with such visa categories as B-1, J-1, L-1B, O-1, R-1s, and TN. She also has helped people with Consular Processing, and family-based immigration services including I-130 filings. Her passion comes from her empathetic concern for her clients and from her intellectual interest in immigration law, which she describes as “a field that requires a great deal of legal research and writing, which have always been my favorite areas of the law.”
Elizabeth completed a Bachelor’s degree at Indiana University before earning her J.D. at the Western Michigan University Thomas W. Cooley Law School, graduating cum laude. She also has a certificate in paralegal studies from the University of San Diego.
Prior to joining FGI, she clerked with the Hon. Jeffrey L. Sauter of the 56th Circuit Court in Eaton County, Michigan. While in law school, Elizabeth received two Certificate of Merit awards in Advanced Writing and Pretrial Skills. She also held externships with the Washtenaw County Public Defender’s office in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and with St. Vincent Catholic Charities, Immigration Clinic in Lansing, Michigan. Elizabeth is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and the Michigan Bar Association. She loves international travel, having visited numerous countries like Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Germany, and Austria, among others, as well as spending time with her niece and nephews and her dogs.