Recognized by The Washington Post as one of "seven leading lawyers" in Washington, D.C., Ms. Pederson has been dedicated to the practice of immigration and nationality law for over twenty years.
Ms.Pederson has successfully represented thousands of clients - including renowned physicians, Fortune 500 companies, television networks, entertainers, and healthcare providers of all sizes - and is masterful at resolving complex immigration issues.
Ms. Pederson is a leading advocate for the rights of J-1 Physicians in the United States and has been key to the passage of legislation to benefit them. She is also the publisher of J-1 Physician News and lectures nationally and internationally to foreign physicians. She seeks solutions for her clients beyond the immigration laws and does not hesitate to seek assistance from the White House and Congress if necessary. She has been a key advocate on the restoration of the National Interest Waivers for J-1 Physicians and in increasing the Conrad State 20 J-1 Waiver Program within the Conrad State 30 Program.
Ms. Pederson served as president of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA); and as an elected director of the national Board of Governors of AILA for eighteen years. She has served as a chairperson of the Physicians Task Force of AILA for many years and has also served as chairperson of the AILA Visa Office Liaison Committee and Refugee Committee. In 1997, she received the Edith Lowenstein Award for excellence in the advancement of the practice of immigration law.
The national media has recognized Ms. Pederson's expertise in immigration law and called upon her to comment on important issues and legislation. Ms. Pederson has been interviewed by CNN, ABC News, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Washington Times and The Legal Times of Washington, D.C., to name a few. She is the founder and Editor of J-1 Physicians News, a newsletter focusing on issues of concern to J-1 physicians.
Admitted to Practice
- District of Columbia
- United States Supreme Court
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Military Appeals
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- Howard University (J.D.)
- University of Washington (B.A. in Economics, honors)
Professional & Civic Associations
- International Bar Association
- The American Bar Association
- Women's Bar Association
- Bar Association of the District of Columbia
- Consular Corps, Washington D.C.
- American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
- The National Consortium of Immigration Law Firms
- International Medical Graduate Taskforce
- Legal Advisory Board, Tahirih Justice Center
- French-American Chamber of Commerce
- Editor-in-Chief: J-1 Physician News
- Editor: The Visa Processing Guide Contributing
- Author: Consular Processing of Nonimmigrant Visas: A Round Table Discussion
- Author: Representation of Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants at American Embassies and Consulates
- Author: Processing Visas for Iranian Nationals at U.S. Embassies and Consular Posts
- Author: Proper Utilization of the B-1 and H Working Visas
- Author: Adjustment of Status
- Author: Labor Certification: Procedures and Problems
- Author: The Refugee Act of 1980, An Operational Perspective
- Author: Refugee and Asylum Procedures
- Author: Refugee and Asylum Practice: Avoiding Discretionary Denials
- Contributing Author: AILA Monthly Mailing
- Phone: 202-785-1960
- Fax: 202-785-3815