Jan Pederson is a partner at Wright, Constable & Skeen in the firm’s Immigration Law group. She has been recognized by The Washington Post as one of “seven leading lawyers” in Washington, D.C., due to her dedication to the practice of immigration and national law for over twenty years. Her Immigration Law specialties include: Foreign Medical Graduates, J-1 Physicians, 0-1 Visas, Consular Practice, National Interest Waivers, and Investor Visas. Ms. Pederson is masterful at resolving complex immigration issues and she has successfully represented thousands of clients, including renowned physicians, Fortune 500 companies, television networks, entertainers, and healthcare providers. Ms. Pederson is fluent in English and Spanish. In 1997, Jan was honored to receive the most prestigious national award for excellence in the advancement of immigration law, The Edith Lowenstein Award.
Ms. Pederson is a leading advocate for the rights of J-1 Physicians in the United States and has been key to the passage of legislation to benefit them. She is the publisher of J-1 Physician News and lectures nationally and internationally to foreign physicians. Ms. Pederson seeks solutions for her clients beyond the immigration laws and does not hesitate to seek assistance from the White House and Congress if necessary. She has been a key advocate on the restoration of the National Interest Waivers for J-1 Physicians and in increasing the Conrad State 20 J-1 Waiver Program within the Conrad State 30 Program.
Ms. Pederson served as president of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA); and as an elected director of the national Board of Governors of AILA for 18 years. She has served as a chairperson of the Physicians Task Force of AILA for many years and has also served as chairperson of the AILA Visa Office Liaison Committee and Refugee Committee
The national media has recognized Ms. Pederson’s expertise in immigration law and called upon her to comment on important issues and legislation. Ms. Pederson has been interviewed by CNN, ABC News, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Washington Times and The Legal Times of Washington, D.C., to name a few.
Ms. Pederson has recently joined the Board of Directors for the Blue Tulip Human Rights Center. Ms. Pederson states, “I am so excited to be a part of Blue Tulip’s Board of Directors. I am an impassioned and tireless advocate for women and children victims of trafficking, human slavery, and forced marriage. By working with Blue Tulip, I want to contribute to bring the plight of exploited women in Turkey to the world stage.”
* Practice limited to immigration matters only. Admitted in DC, but not admitted in Maryland.