DeAnne Hilgers is a partner practicing immigration law with Lindquist & Vennum, representing employers of all sizes on a wide variety of immigration-related matters. She has experience in assisting companies with Form I-9 audits and compliance, as well as with enforcement issues by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), including inspections and raids. DeAnne has assisted numerous employers in gaining and improving corporate compliance before ICE becomes involved, and has negotiated several successful results on behalf of her clients when ICE has become involved.
DeAnne also helps companies and individuals secure employment- and family-based immigrant visas, including PERM and marriage-based permanent residency, as well as nonimmigrant (temporary) visas for executives and managers, business visitors, workers in specialty occupations, trainees, entrepreneurs, and religious workers. In addition, the majority of her pro bono practice is devoted to improving the legal system for low-income immigrants through personal representation and systemic change.
She is past chair of the Minnesota/Dakotas chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is a member of AILA’s National Verification and Documentation Liaison Committee, working on Form I-9 and compliance policy issues at a national level. DeAnne is a frequently-sought commentator on immigration topics both general and discrete on the national and state stage, including the Wall Street Journal and Minneapolis StarTribune.
DeAnne also has significant litigation experience, from highly complex antitrust matters to real estate matters such as lease and contract disputes, construction defects and condemnation. Prior to joining Lindquist & Vennum, DeAnne served as law clerk to the Honorable Russell A. Anderson of the Minnesota Supreme Court.
“Without hesitation, I recommend attorney DeAnne Hilgers. She represented my company with a very complex H-1B RFE which we had originally filed in-house. She came up with creative arguments and helped develop and organize the evidence we needed to win. After she filed the Response, our case was approved within days. DeAnne was very professional. She handled the case in a timely manner and she was always available whenever I called. My company will use her services in the future.” – JLB, Company Owner
Presentations and Publications
Panelist, Workplace Enforcement and Immigration Annual Conference, Federal Bar Association, Chicago Chapter, 2011, 2012, 2013
“USCIS E-Verify Web Interface Has Been Redesigned: What You Need to Know,” Lindquist & Vennum, Legal Alert, June 2010
Honors and Awards
- North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2013
- Minnesota Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009
- Adjunct Professor, William Mitchell College of Law
- Board Member, Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota
- MSBA Immigration Council
- MSBA Immigration Section Pro Bono Committee
- Past Chair, Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter, American Immigration Lawyers Association
- Board Member, AILA National Verification and Documentation Liaison Committee