Michelle BurnsAttorney - Client Team Leader
Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 2010
Grand Valle State University, B.S. Political Science 2007
State Bar of Michigan
Michelle Burns sees immigration law as bringing together two of her abiding passions – innovation and all things international. Moreover, she enjoys the challenge of crafting compelling arguments for her clients’ petitions and helping them to navigate the immigration law process. Her background in customer service and with a previous immigration firm taught her how to work with a variety of clients across multiple backgrounds. Practicing immigration law gives Michelle the satisfaction of knowing “that each individual I help is getting the opportunity to live and work in a new country and likely fulfill a long-term goal they may have had.”
At FGI, Michelle handles immigrant and non-immigrant petitions for clients in the IT, engineering, chemical, medical, and banking domains. She prepares non-immigrant petitions for H-1B, H-1B1, L-1, O-1, and T-1 visas, and PERM Labor Certification cases, Adjustment of Status (AOS), as well as EB-1 (C), EB-2, and EB-3 petitions for immigrants. She sees her clients as strategic partners in the petitioning process and utilizes FGI’s streamlined methods “for timely and efficient processing of each individual petition so that my clients can meet their business needs and remain in compliance with the laws.”
She earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Grand Valley State University and her J.D. from the Wayne State University Law School. She has been admitted both to the Michigan State Bar and the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan. She has also developed her international experience both through travel (China, UK, Germany) but also through supplementary coursework in private international law at the Hague, Netherlands, and in international arbitration in Cologne, Germany. She is a member of the Wayne State University Law School Alumni Association, the Wayne Lawyers Network, and the Detroit Passport to the Arts. In addition, she loves photography, learning about new technologies, social media and being with her friends and family.