Lauren A. Skompinski is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office and a member of the firm's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group as well as the Immigration, Nationality and Consular Team. Ms. Skompinski advises and represents businesses and individuals in all aspects of U.S. immigration law, with a focus on helping individuals secure temporary nonimmigrant (H-1B, L, O, F, TN) and immigrant visas (immediate relative, family-sponsored and employer-sponsored), adjustment of status (permanent residency) and citizenship.
Ms. Skompinski also represents detained and non-detained clients in removal proceedings before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Skompinski served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Richard J. Arcara of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York. In addition, Ms. Skompinski gained extensive immigration experience while practicing at a regional New York nonprofit, where she represented individuals in removal proceedings before the U.S. Immigration Court. She has successfully obtained asylum grants and other forms of relief from removal for clients originating from Syria, Nigeria, Russia, Mexico, Jamaica and others.
Ms. Skompinski also gained experience as a former staff member for the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton (2016) and Joe Biden (2020), where she worked on voting rights and election law issues. Ms. Skompinski also periodically deploys to Eastern Europe and Central Asia as an international election observer with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). She has assessed elections in Ukraine as well as the Republics of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan.
Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Skompinski was selected to serve as a judicial law clerk for the U.S. Immigration Court as part of the DOJ Attorney General's Honors Program.
During law school, Ms. Skompinski was elected managing editor of the Buffalo Law Review and the executive publications editor of the Buffalo Human Rights Law Review. She also interned for the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Western District of New York and the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF). Ms. Skompinski was also a member of the law student team that won first place nationally in the 2012 New York Redistricting Project.
Not yet admitted to District of Columbia Bar; admitted to New York Bar only and practicing under supervision of lawyers licensed to practice in District of Columbia.
- University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D., International Law
- Fordham University, M.A., Elections and Campaign Management
- University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, B.A., International Studies (Middle East and Africa)
- New York
- American Bar Association
- International Human Rights Law Fellow, University of Buffalo School of Law, 2012