Melissa Nolan’s primary practice areas are immigration and estate planning and tax planning.

Ms. Nolan’s immigration practice focuses primarily on employment-based cases, including the representation of individual employees and employers of all sizes, from small, closely-held companies to large, multinational companies.  She represents companies in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, information technology, hospitality, international sales, arts, entertainment, and education.  She assists companies to file petitions for labor certification.  Ms. Nolan has a reputation for working with universities and their researchers and professors to obtain temporary and permanent immigration status in the U.S. In addition to assisting U.S. companies to hire foreign workers, she also helps employers comply with federal laws regarding employment eligibility issues.  Ms. Nolan conducts audits of companies’ I-9 forms and advises those companies about their I-9 obligations and workforce enforcement.

Ms. Nolan not only works with companies that desire to employ foreign workers, she also represents extraordinarily talented individuals, including scientists, artists, and athletes, to petition for immigration status based upon their accomplishments and their national and international recognition. Finally, Ms. Nolan’s immigration practice includes providing assistance to foreign entrepreneurs to obtain immigration status based upon their investment in a U.S. company.

Ms. Nolan’s estate and tax planning practice includes the preparation of estate planning documents such as wills, revocable trusts, powers of attorney, and health care declarations.  In addition, she assists clients with designing and implementing planned gifting strategies, estate tax minimization strategies including irrevocable trusts, and life insurance planning. Ms. Nolan works with her clients to design an individualized estate plan with the goal of providing certainty and comfort for the clients and their families, while at the same time incorporating strategies to avoid probate, minimize estate tax, and establish clarity about the clients’ wishes.

Ms. Nolan was named a Rising Star in the field of immigration law by Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers in both 2013 and 2014. She is a member of Washington University’s Institutional Review Board, and served as an adjunct professor at the Washington University School of Law, teaching a course titled Representation of Non-US Citizens in Immigration Court Proceedings, which she co-created.

Along with Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal attorneys Alisse Camazine and Pete Gianino, Ms. Nolan is a co-author of a Missouri Bar Guidebook titled Divorce and Immigration, which supplements the Missouri Bar Family Law Deskbook.  Ms. Nolan co-authored an appendix to the 2nd edition of Ms. Camazine and Mr. Freed’s book titled Divorce in Missouri.   In addition, Ms. Nolan has presented the following seminars:

  • “Alternatives to the H-1B Visa” [Massachusetts Institute of Technology]
  • “Essential Immigration Issues for Non-immigration Attorneys” CLE [nationwide seminar]
  • “Immigration, Taxation and Business” [Missouri Bar Association]
  • Presentations to International students at universities throughout Missouri and Illinois
  • Presentation at the Corporate Counsel Institute, co-sponsored by the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and the Association of Corporate Counsel St. Louis Chapter
  • Presentation at the International Education Consortium
  • “Deportation/Removal Defense” CLE [nationwide seminar]
  • “Immigration Law and Family Law Collide” [St. Louis County Bar Association]
  • Presentation to MBA Career Services Council Annual Conference – Keystone, CO
  • “Immigration and Divorce” [Annual meeting of National Association for Legal Professions]
  • “Strategies for Responding to I-9 Audits and Inspection Notices” [nationwide teleconference, NBI, November 2012]
  • Presentations to law firms throughout the St. Area advising them about a variety of immigration issues

Bar Admissions

  • Missouri, 2004

Education

  • Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
    • J.D. – 2004
    • Honors: Dean’s List
    • Honors: Webster Society Scholar
  • Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois
    • B.S. (Summa Cum Laude) – 2001
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Political Science

Classes/Seminars

  • Essential Immigration Issues for Non-Immigration, National Business Institute, 2009

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Missouri Bar Association, Member
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Member
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association

Pro Bono Activities

  • The Voluntary Income Tax Assistance program (V.I.T.A.), Volunteer, 2003 – Present

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Alpha Phi Omega