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Carol A. Friend

Leader, Business Immigration Practice Group


Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D.
  • summa cum laude
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law Review, Assistant Editor, 1994
Oakland University, B.G.S.
  • General Studies, Concentration in Business

Prior Employment

  • Howard & Howard Attorneys P.C., Shareholder, 1999-2000; Associate, 1996-1999
  • Oakland County Friend of the Court, Support Specialist Supervisor, 1985-1992

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

Professional Affiliations

American Immigration Lawyers Association, 1998-present

American Bar Association, 1996-present

Oakland County Bar Association, 1999-present

Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, 2009-present

National Association of Women Lawyers, 2013-present

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Ms. Friend is a highly skilled attorney with a concentration in the area of employment-based immigration and represents national and international companies in complex business immigration matters.

  • Represents numerous Canadian and U.S. affiliated companies at the Detroit border in obtaining work authorization for Canadian employees to work in the U.S.
  • Assists U.S. companies in evaluating Form I-9 and E-Verify compliance programs, including the evaluation and selection of electronic I-9 and E-Verify vendors
  • Serves as a national and regional conference speaker on Form I-9 and E-Verify compliance
  • Successfully obtains O-1, alien of extraordinary ability status for highly talented employees during H-1B cap droughts
  • Manages the L-1 and permanent resident process for a significant number of high-level executives employed as President, Executive Vice President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Marketing Officer for major U.S. employers
  • Brings to clients a substantially high success rate in the filing of EB-1 Outstanding Researcher and International Executive/Manager immigrant petitions


Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts

  • Board of Trustees, 2011-present


  • Board of Directors, 2008-present
    • Vice chair, 2013-2014
    • Chair Elect, 2014

Women Lawyers of Interlaw

  • Co-chair, 2012-present

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Seminars & Events


  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2009-2017
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2010-2016
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2010-2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Oakland County Circuit Court Outstanding Public Service Award, 1988