Fausta Albi, Partner
P: (858) 642-0420 x 369
F: (858) 642-0431
As one of three Co-Managing Partners of LARRABEE | MEHLMAN | ALBI | COKER, LLP, Ms. Albi shares responsibility for all aspects of Firm management, direction and oversight; provides legal counsel on immigration matters to corporate clients, universities, research institutes, and individuals; monitors changes in immigration laws and agency regulations and policies; and liaises and corresponds with various U.S. government agencies.
A child of immigrants from the region of Calabria in Southern Italy, Ms. Albi had first-hand experience in the challenges and benefits of assimilating traditional Italian culture and familial expectations with the independent culture and diverse opportunities of the United States. An appreciation of other languages and cultures fostered since childhood developed into an interest in international human rights, global socio-economic and political issues, and social service. Experience in social work with at-risk teenagers led to an interest in law school, with a goal of obtaining the tools to make a difference at the policy level. In law school, Ms. Albi participated in an Immigration Clinic, where she discovered a field which requires a commitment to social justice and human rights concerns, as well as an understanding of international affairs and economic and political concerns. Ms. Albi’s practice in the field of immigration law over the past 15 years expanded into a heavier focus on the significance of the interplay of a global economy and a globally mobile workforce, to which the Firm dedicates its energies today.
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Ms. Albi is a dual U.S. and Canadian citizen.
Ms. Albi provides legal counsel on immigration matters as primary attorney to over 50 corporate clients, research institutes and universities, predominantly in the Information Technology, Biotechnology, and Scientific Research sectors.
Advises on legal issues related to procuring all types of employment-based nonimmigrant visas (including B-1, H-1B, L-1A/B, TN-1/2, O-1, E-1/2, E-3); labor certifications (PERM and special handling); employment-based immigrant visa petitions (Extraordinary Ability, Multinational Executive/Manager, Outstanding Researcher, National Interest Waiver, and labor certification-based petitions); and adjustment of status and consular processing issues, for both employment-based and family-based cases.
Advises on immigration consequences of mergers, acquisitions, and reductions in force.
Advises on compliance with I-9, E-Verify, and worksite enforcement issues.
Provides guidance on admissions issues, including security issues; Customs and Border Protection procedures and policies, Trusted Traveler Programs; and NSEERS/ Special Registration requirements.
Monitors changes in immigrations laws and agency regulations and policies; researches complex legal issues; disseminates information to clients.
Liaises and corresponds with various U.S. Government agencies (Department of Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, Department of Labor, and Department of State, including U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad).
Visits client sites and make presentations to executive teams, management and foreign national employees.
Ms. Albi is also a frequent speaker on immigration issues both in the San Diego community and nationally; is active in liaison groups with government agencies; and is active in national and community-based immigration advocacy organizations.
Juris Doctor, University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, California (1996)
Certificate, International Human Rights Law, Institut International des Droits de l’Homme, Strasbourg, France and Institut Henri Dunant, Geneva, Switzerland (1994)
Bachelor of Arts, Sociology/Anthropology Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon (1991)
Certificate, French Studies, Institut Supérieur Interrégional d’Education Permanente,
Strasbourg, France (1989)
Spanish and French- Proficient in speaking, reading and writing
State Bar of California, California Supreme Court
United States District Court, Southern District of California
United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
American Bar Association
Lawyers Club of San Diego
Italian-American Lawyers Association
Athena San Diego
American Bar Association, Immigration Justice Project
Appointed to Advisory Board (2010-2012)
Executive Committee Member, Secretary (2010)
American Immigration Lawyers Association, National Office, Washington, D.C.
Chair, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Liaison (2007-08, 2008-09)
Member, Planning Committee, AILA Spring CLE Conference, Washington, D.C. (April 2008, April 2009)
Committee Member, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Liaison (2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07)
Mentor, providing mentorship and advice in the area of Business Immigration and NSEERS (National Security Entry and Exit Registration System) to fellow AILA attorneys nation-wide (2004 -- Present)
American Immigration Lawyers Association, San Diego Chapter
Chair, Nominating Committee for Executive Committee (2007-08)
Member, Planning Committee, 20th Annual AILA California Chapters Conference, San Diego, California (November 2007)
Chair, Executive Committee (2006-07)
Vice Chair, Executive Committee (2005-06)
Secretary, Executive Committee (2004-05)
Chair, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Liaison, San Diego Port of Entry (2004-05, 2009-10, 2010-11)
Committee Member, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Liaison, San Diego Port of Entry (2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2008-09)
Committee Member, Consular Corps Liaison (2005-06)
Participant, AILA and Casa Cornelia Law Center Pro Bono Program for Immigrant and Refugee Children (2002 -- 2006)
Day Coordinator, 2003 AILA California Chapters Conference (November 2003)
Chair, Congressional and Media Liaison (2002-2003)
Committee Member, Congressional and Media Liaison (2001-2002)
Athena San Diego
Member, Nominating Committee for Pinnacle Awards (2010-12)
Member, Forum For Executive Women Group (2010-11)
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated* in Martindale Hubbell
Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America ® 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 in the field of Immigration Law (Copyright 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, respectively, by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC)
Listed in the International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers 2010, 2011, 2012
Selected as Super Lawyer in Immigration for San Diego, California 2011
Listed as Star Individual in Chambers USA 2010 – Immigration: California
Listed as Star Individual in Chambers USA 2009 – Immigration: California
Listed as a Top Lawyer in the field of Immigration Law by San Diego Magazine, April 2009
Finalist, San Diego County's "Top Attorneys 2011," The Daily Transcript
Nominated as one of San Diego County’s “Top Attorneys 2007,” The Daily Transcript
Faculty Member, "Nonimmigrant Visas: Part I," 2012 AILA Annual Conference, Nashville, TN (June 13-16, 2012)
Faculty Member, "But I Thought I Just Needed a Letter! Coping with Tricky TN Visa Issues at the Border," AILA Webinar (July 14, 2011)
Faculty Member, “Consular Processing Part II, Border Posts,” 2011 AILA Annual Conference, San Diego, California (June 15 – 18, 2011)
Faculty Member, “EB-1 Extraordinary Ability and Outstanding Researchers,” 2011 AILA Midyear Conference, Puerto Vallarta, MEXICO (January 28, 2011)
Faculty Member, “EB-1 Extraordinary Ability and Outstanding Researchers,” 23rd Annual AILA California Chapters CLE Conference, Monterey, CA (November 11 – 13, 2010)
Faculty Member, “Requests for Evidence in Immigrant Visa Cases: Multinational Managers and PERM-Based Petitions,” AILA National Annual Conference, National Harbor, MD (June 30 – July 3, 2010)
Faculty Member, “Alternatives to PERM – ‘Star Wars’,” AILA California Chapters Conference, Marina Del Rey, California (November 12-14 2009)
Faculty Member, “The American Dilemma: A Transparent Immigration Policy and Border Security – Is It Possible?,” American Bar Association Section of International Law 2009 Fall Meeting, Miami Beach, Florida (October 27-31, 2009)
Faculty Member, “TN’s for Management Consultants,” AILA Webinar/ Live Seminar (July 30, 2009).
Faculty Member, “Customs and Border Protection Open Forum,” AILA National Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada (June 3-6, 2009)
Faculty Member, “Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Open Forum,” AILA 2009 Spring CLE Conference, Washington, D.C. (March 20, 2009)
Faculty Member, “CBP Update,” AILA California Chapters Conference, San Francisco, California (November 13-15, 2008)
Faculty Member, “Employment-based Immigrant Visas – Part II (Alternatives to Labor Certifications,” AILA Fall Fundamentals Conference, Memphis, Tennessee (October 21, 2008)
Faculty Member, “U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Open Forum,” AILA National Annual Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (June 26, 2008)
Faculty Member, “TN’s: Strategies for Difficult TN’s,” AILA 2008 Northwest Regional Immigration Law Conference, Seattle, Washington (February 7-8, 2008)
Faculty Member, “Updates, Trends and Forecasts in Visa Issuance and Entry into the United States: From Post to Port,” AILA 2008 Midyear CLE Conference, Kohala Coast, Hawaii (January 18, 2008)
Speaker, “CBP Update,” AILA San Diego Chapter Monthly Meeting, San Diego, California (January 16, 2008)
Faculty Member, “CBP Update,” 20th Annual AILA California Chapters Conference, San Diego, California (November 8-10, 2007)
Faculty Member, “Land Ho! Consular Applications and Admission to the U.S.” AILA 2007 Fall CLE Conference, Lake Tahoe, Nevada (September 28, 2007)
Speaker, “Immigration: Its Economic Impact on U.S./ Mexico Relations,” League of Women Voters of San Diego, San Diego, California (September 25, 2007)
Faculty Member, “U.S. Customs and Border Protection Open Forum,” AILA National Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida (June 13-16, 2007)
Faculty Member, “Moving Around in North America,” AILA National Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida (June 13-16, 2007)
Speaker, “Beware the Rising Tide!” CommNexus San Diego, San Diego, California (March 27, 2007)
Speaker, “Business Immigration/ Employment Law Issues for California Employers,” Lorman Education Services, San Diego, California (January 9, 2007)
Faculty Member, “Consular Processing – Part of the Admission Equation,” AILA National Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas (June 22, 2006)
Faculty Member, “U.S. Customs and Border Protection Open Forum,” AILA National Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas (June 22, 2006)
Faculty Member, AILA National Fall Fundamentals Conference, Scottsdale, Arizona (October 6, 2005)
Faculty Member, “Through the Virtual Border: Impact of Security Measures on Business and Travel,” AILA National Fall CLE Conference, Chicago, Illinois (October 15, 2004)
Speaker, “Employment of Foreign Nationals in the Biotechnology Field,” Biotech Employee Development Coalition, Human Resources Annual Conference, The Salk Institute, San Diego, California (September 22, 2004)
Faculty Member, NAFTA session, “By Air, Land and Sea – When the Port of Entry Becomes a Brick Wall,” ILW.COM Tele-seminar (January 14, 2004)
Speaker, “Rolling Back Immigrant and Refugee Rights in the United States: the Aftermath of 9/11,” The Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California, San Diego, CCIS Research Seminar (November 4, 2003)
Faculty, “Nuts and Bolts Seminar for New Practitioners: An overview of the most common employment based nonimmigrant visa categories,” AILA San Diego Chapter Young Lawyer’s Division, San Diego, California (October 8, 2003)
Speaker, “Visa Stamp Renewal and Travel Issues, 2003 Update,” The Scripps Research Institute, International Office, San Diego, California (September 15, 2003)
Speaker, “Know Your Rights,” San Diego Coalition for Human and Civil Rights, Islamic Center of San Diego (February 21, 2003)
ALBI, Fausta M., “The ‘Offer of Employment’ in a Growth-Challenged Economy,” American Immigration Lawyers Association 2011 Midyear CLE Conference Handbook, Ed. _______, January 2011
ALBI, Fausta M., “Resolving Admissions Challenges: Practice Pointers for Problem Resolution with U.S. Customs and Border Protection,” 20th Annual AILA California Chapters Conference Handbook, Ed. Robert G. Nadalin and David A. Schlesinger, November 2008
Co-Editor, Changing Times for Immigration: The Practice After INS Reorganization, 16th Annual AILA California Chapters Conference Manual, San Diego, California, November 2003
*Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.