Gail A. Goeke

Gail Goeke, a partner in the firm, has practiced immigration law since 1998, advising businesses on immigration law compliance and employment of foreign workers and assisting individuals obtain naturalization and immigration benefits. Gail has wide experience guiding employers of foreign national executives, managers, professionals, and other workers in a variety of businesses and fields. She has successfully obtained temporary and permanent labor certifications, as well as national interest waivers, extraordinary ability alien, outstanding researcher and multi-national manager immigrant cases. She joined the McCrummen Immigration Law Group in 2006, after nine years with Lathrop & Gage in Kansas City, Missouri where she concentrated on business immigration and employment law.

Gail served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Ronnie L. White, then Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court, before entering private practice. Prior to law school she was a teacher and school counselor.

Gail is a regional speaker and conducts training on various immigration and employment law topics for individual employers.

  • J.D., Cum Laude – University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, 1995
  • M.A., Counseling – Northeast Missouri (now Truman) State University, 1982
  • B.A. summa cum laude, with honors in Political Science-William Jewell College, 1975

  • Managing Editor of Missouri Law Review 1994-95
  • Judge Shepard Barclay Prize for senior with highest standing in scholarship and moral leadership 1995
  • Order of the Coif 1995

  • Member, Missouri Bar Association
  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association

Represent employers and investors in employment based immigration cases including:

  • Temporary work visas for professionals (H-1B), intracompany transferees (L-1), NAFTA professionals from Mexico and Canada (TN), Australian professionals (E-3), treaty-based traders and investors (E1/2), extraordinary ability aliens (O-1), business visitors (B-1), student visas and work authorization (F-1), exchange visitors (J-1), temporary trainees (H-3), etc.
  • Applications for Employment Based Permanent Residence (Green cards), including alien labor certification with the Department of Labor (PERM), special handling for college and university teachers, national interest waivers, outstanding researchers and professors, extraordinary ability aliens, multinational managers, etc.
  • Consular processing issues for workers traveling and obtaining visas abroad.
  • Employer I-9 compliance and audits, avoiding unfair immigration-related employment practices, employer sanctions, and federal E-verify system.
  • Representation of employer in DOL investigation of Labor Condition Application (LCA) compliance.
  • Guidance to employers regarding ICE audits and DHS site visits.
  • Administrative Appeals with the Board of Alien Labor Certification (BALCA), Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), and similar bodies
  • Advise employers on compliance with immigration and DOL requirements for employment based nonimmigrant and immigrant programs.

Assist and represent individuals in immigration related issues including:

  • Family petitions on behalf of spouses, family members, affidavits of support, work cards, travel documents, consular processing issues, driver’s licenses, etc.
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival applications.
  • Naturalization applications.

  • State of Missouri
  • State of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Kansas

  • Substantive and Procedural Due Process for Unaccompanied Alien Juveniles, 10 Mo. L. Rev. 221 (1995)
  • Panel Speaker for the 2010 Annual Conference of the American Immigration Lawyers Association in Bar Harbor, MD.
  • Presenter for: Council on Education in Management Personnel Law Update, Lorman Seminars; Associated Industries of Missouri Occupational Safety & Health Annual Conference and seminars; Missouri School Board Association’s Annual Conference; Society for Human Resource Management Association-Greater Kansas City and Topeka chapters; Missouri Hospital Association; Kansas City Area Healthcare Recruiter Association.
  • Continuing legal education presenter for: Kansas Department of Administration government lawyers, Kansas Bar Association, Missouri Bar Association, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, and Missouri-Kansas Chapter of American Immigration Lawyers Association.