CHARLESTON, SC—Womble Bond Dickinson attorneys Jennifer Cory and Ashley Kutz Kelley were invited to speak at the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern US Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) Skills Conference.

Jennifer and Ashley spoke on immigration and hiring international employees and workers. Their discussion, which took place May 6 in Charleston, also included best practices for finding the right candidates in empty labor markets.

In addition, Womble Bond Dickinson Client Service Director Stephanie Hinrichs and Marketing & Client Resources Manager Lisa Lindquist also represented the firm at the conference.

The SME Business Development Conference (formerly Southern SME Forum) is an annual gathering of small and medium enterprise business executives that are interested in cutting edge topics that impact everything from supply of goods to hiring and managing a workforce to the future of manufacturing. Around 250 participants attended the 2019 event. Womble Bond Dickinson is a sponsor of this annual conference.

The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern United States, Inc. (GACC South) was founded in 1978 to promote and support bilateral trade between Germany and the US. The GACC South serves eleven Southern states - Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, two U.S. Territories - Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as the Bahamas.

Jennifer Cory leads the Womble Immigration Solutions team. She navigates the complexities of U.S. immigration law to design efficient, effective visa routes for her clients, who include educators, entrepreneurs, executives, innovators, and investors in key industry sectors such as academia, automotive, financial, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and technology.

Ashley Kutz Kelley represents companies in the manufacturing, shipping, healthcare, financial services, professional services and property management sectors. She is an experienced litigator with a broad-ranging practice in federal and state courts, including employment, business, commercial, financial, and product liability matters. Ashley serves as Chair of Charleston Women in International Trade (CWIT) as well as Chair of the South Carolina Bar’s Employment and Labor Law Section.


immigration and employment

immigration and employment