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Merged Montgomery Co. law firm sharpens immigration focus

Becki Young

Becki Young

In an effort to respond to increasing demand for representation in complex immigration cases, Hammond Young Immigration Law and Grossman Law have merged to better serve both businesses and individuals clients, the firms announced Tuesday.

Operating under the name Grossman Young & Hammond, the firm has two offices in Montgomery County. The Silver Spring office is focused on providing business immigration and corporate services and the Bethesda office offers litigation, deportation defense, and family-based services.

Even though they officially merged last week, Attorneys Becki Young and Sandra Grossman established a “strategic alliance” three years ago where they would refer cases to each other or work together. Young handles the business cases while Grossman takes care of matters involving individuals and humanitarian issues.

“The idea behind it was to be able to provide a more comprehensive, holistic service to our clients,” Grossman said.

The merger of their two firms formalizes that partnership and provides a unique brand of immigration law services, the attorneys said.

“Most immigration law firms tend to be either business-focused and corporate-focused or focused on humanitarian work,” Grossman said. “We were finding that our clients really had the need for this more broad variety of immigration services.”

The newly merged firm represents a wide range of clients, including those with inadmissibility concerns and people in deportation proceedings, and also advises activists, persecuted individuals, and other attorneys on human rights issues, asylum and Interpol matters.

Sandra Grossman

Sandra Grossman

Attorneys from both firms have also provided thousands of hours of pro bono representation, including in asylum proceedings, educating other lawyers on best practices in immigration cases and representing undocumented individuals, and will continue to do so with the merger, the firm said.

Seven attorneys from Grossman’s and Young’s firms are coming on board with the merger, including Denise Hammond as senior counsel.

“Our combined attorneys are tenacious, yet compassionate and recognized for their experience in immigration law and business, criminal, and human rights law, allowing us to address even the most difficult of client issues in the most effective way possible,” Grossman said.

On the individual representation side, Grossman is working to find creative solutions in removal or deportation proceedings as the Trump administration restricts options for defenses in those cases. Her practice has also handled cases related to family separation at the U.S.-Mexico border and represented clients from Central America fleeing domestic violence and gang-based persecutions.

“Those kind of cases definitely keep us busy,” she said.

On the business representation side, Young is trying to stay on top of immigration policy changes happening by executive order, such as the travel ban, and repercussions for highly skilled workers coming to the U.S., such those under the H1B visa.

“It’s really keeping us on our toes,” Young said. “The change has happened a lot faster than I had expected.”

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