Susan M. Imerman

Susan Imerman


Susan Imerman is an immigration attorney in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office where she focuses her practice on providing global immigration representation to businesses, universities and individuals. She represents clients in administrative law matters, investigations of workplace compliance with immigration laws, and matters related to asylum and humanitarian relief from removal. Ms. Imerman has extensive appellate and federal litigation experience, as well as experience working with refugees abroad.

Ms. Imerman's recent representative matters include:

  • preparing applications for Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for nationals of Venezuela and Haiti
  • drafting mandamus complaints on behalf of clients to challenge the government's extensive (and undue) delays in the adjudication of their immigration benefits
  • assisting with and preparing applications for employment-based green cards
  • preparing an application for naturalization for a multinational corporate chief executive officer (CEO)
  • drafting a motion to reopen in response to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) unfounded denial of a noncitizen's application for F-1 student status
  • preparing applications for nonimmigrant student visas and for nonimmigrant L-1 intracompany transferee visas

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Imerman was a trial attorney for the Office of Immigration Litigation, District Court Section (OIL-DCS) at the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Civil Division. In this position, Ms. Imerman provided litigation risk assessments to executive branch agencies, and represented these agencies in federal courts around the country on matters related to immigration and administrative law. Ms. Imerman represented the U.S. government in federal circuit and district court matters, successfully litigating cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She also led civil immigration litigation on behalf of the federal government, including representation of the DOJ, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and U.S. Department of State. In this capacity, Ms. Imerman argued extensively in multiple federal appellate circuit courts and numerous federal district courts around the U.S. In addition to litigation, Ms. Imerman also assisted her client agencies in drafting immigration regulations and advised agencies on the litigation risks for proposed new immigration policies.

During law school, Ms. Imerman served as a case manager for the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), where she led case strategy and drafted all case-related documents for refugees abroad. In this position, Ms. Imerman traveled to Amman, Jordan, where she consulted on legal matters and assisted refugees with their applications for refugee status in the U.S. Ms. Imerman additionally gained business-related immigration experience while clerking for a Washington, D.C.-based law firm with a focus on a business and corporate immigration. Ms. Imerman assisted attorneys on applications for permanent residence in employment-based green card categories for multinational corporate employees.


  • American University, Washington College of Law, J.D.
  • DePaul University, B.A., International Studies; Minor in French and Arabic, cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • District of Columbia
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
Spoken Languages
  • French
  • Russian