Mary E Pivec

Mary E Pivec

Pivec & Associates, PLLC
WOODBRIDGE, VA 22192-2371
Mobile: 410-490-2452
Office: 703-910-6610

Ms. Pivec has over 35 years of experience in the cross-over fields of immigration and employment law. She has worked with litigation attorneys as a consultant and testifying expert in a broad range of civil and criminal cases raising claims of legal malpractice, breach of warranty, I-9 compliance, breach of fiduciary duty, immigration-related employment discrimination, alien harboring, LCA/H-1B fraud, and document fraud. Ms. Pivec is a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Attorney and has been listed in Best Lawyers (Immigration Law) for over 30 years.

Ms. Pivec's experience as a litigator representing employers before arbitrators, administrative law judges, and federal and state court judges, coupled with her brief writing skills, have proven valuable assets to the litigation teams she consults with. Her knowledge of the legislative history and development of immigration and employment law and regulations enables her to quickly grasp the strengths and weaknesses in a dispute and to craft concise, persuasive expert reports. She also brings strong verbal communication skills derived from years of teaching, lecturing, and advocating for clients before agencies, judges, and juries.

Areas of Expertise
  • Immigration
  • Labor Law
  • Legal Ethics
  • Legal Malpractice

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: University of Maryland Law School, 1981 (With Honor)
Johns Hopkins University, Master of Liberal Arts, 1977
Towson University, B.A., English & Spanish, 1972 (Magna cum Laude)
Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Attorneys
The Best Lawyers in America, Immigration Law
AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
“Baltimore and Washington DC’s Top Attorneys,” by The Washington Post
“Washington, DC Super Lawyers” in Employment Litigation-Defense by Super Lawyers magazine
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Member, Fourth Circuit Credentials Committee, 2016 – Present.
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), 1983-Present: Member, AILA Board of Governors (elected positions) (1989-1995; 1996-1999); Member, Document Verification Liaison Committee (appointed positions) (2007-2013, 2016-2017); Chair, OCAHO Liaison Committee (appointed position) (1998-2002); AILA Representative to the ABA Standing Committee on Immigration (appointed position (1998-2000); Member, DOL Liaison Committee (appointed position) (1996-1998).
American Bar Association (ABA), 1981-Present; Member, ABA Labor and Employment (L&E) Section, 1990- Present; Member, ABA L&E Section Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Liaison Committee (appointed position) (1991-1996); Chair, ABA L&E Immigration Law Committee (appointed position) (1992-1996).
Maryland State Bar Association, 1981- 2018.
District of Columbia Bar Association, 1995- Present.
Virginia State Bar Association, 2005- Present.
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: A frequent lecturer at AILA conferences on matters related to business immigration, I-9 worksite compliance, immigration-related discrimination, immigration-related criminal defense, LCA/H-1B compliance, and immigration compliance auditing. See attached CV for a partial listing of speaking engagements from 2007 to the present. Secondary English teacher and speech and debate coach.
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: 7
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Business Immigration Compliance/Legal Malpractice (Claimant Expert)
I-9 Compliance/Breach of Warranty (Claimant Expert)
Immigration Document Fraud
LCA/H-1B Fraud (Defense expert)
I-9 Audit Defense/Legal Malpractice
Immigration-Related Discrimination (Defense Expert)
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 50
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 50
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: 3
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: July 2021
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: 2
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: 1
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: approximately 25 years
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Consulting, Reports, Testimony
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $550
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $550
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $700
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $700
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Travel expenses


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