Western Michigan University 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


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Carol 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 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


Prior Experience

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



  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2009-2022
    • Recognized in practice area of Immigration Law
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2010-2020
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2010-2021
  • Leading Lawyers Magazine Michigan, 2017
    • Recognized in practice area of Immigration Law: Employment
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Oakland County Circuit Court Outstanding Public Service Award, 1988

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association, 1998-present
  • American Bar Association, 1996-present
  • Interlaw
    • Board of Directors, 2019-present
    • Diversity, Inclusion and Community
      • Global Chair, 2017-2019
    • Women Lawyers of Interlaw
      • Co-chair, 2012-2017
  • Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts
    • Board of Trustees, 2011-2020
  • InForum
    • Board of Directors, 2008-2021
      • Vice Chair, 2013-2014
      • Chair Elect, 2014
  • Detroit Riverfront Conservancy
    • Board of Directors, 2019-present

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