William J. Benos focuses his practice on strategic legal planning for internationally-based companies and individuals seeking to enter the United States market. Bill uses over 30 years of experience to assist international companies with their foreign direct investments (FDI), the formation and capitalization of business entities, the coordination of immigration strategy with investment plans and related business planning.
Given that several of Bill’s clients provide services to or do business with U.S. government agencies, he also counsels companies on matters related to government contracting and on planning their business and immigration affairs to conduct such business successfully.
As founder of the firm’s Immigration Practice Group, Bill combines his business and immigration experience to advise international clients on matters involving the cross-border movement of personnel.
Bill’s extensive experience in the immigration field includes representing business professionals with nonimmigrant visas, intracompany transfers, and investor visas. He assists businesses and individuals with permanent residency matters, including labor certifications, employment-based petitions, and investment-based petitions.
He also helps businesses with immigration compliance matters such as I-9 programs and ICE inspections. Since 2004, Bill has served as honorary consul in Virginia for the Canadian government. A native Canadian, he has coordinated several diplomatic trips connecting Canadian enterprises with business leaders in the U.S.
Bill has been an adjunct professor at the University of Richmond School of Law for the past 24 years, and he currently teaches an externship in International Business Practice and a course in Immigration Law. Bill has served as a member of the Multi-Jurisdictional Practice Task Force for the Virginia State Bar and as legal advisor to the Illegal Immigration Task Force for the Virginia State Crime Commission.
Prior to joining the firm, Bill practiced corporate, business and real estate law in London, Ontario, Canada. He received his LL.B. degree in 1982 from the University of Western Ontario School of Law in London, Ontario, Canada and his Juris Doctor degree in 1988 from the University of Richmond School of Law. Bill is fluent in Greek, which enables him to assist Greek companies expanding into the U.S.
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