As an immigrant herself, Associate Yan Y. Goodwin knows that the journey to build a new life, raise a family, or pursue a career in America is not always an easy one. It can and often does involve a host of legal hurdles and challenges. With determination and a passion for helping her clients achieve their goals, Yan is a steadfast ally and assertive advocate for individuals, families, and companies needing help to achieve their immigration goals, as well as for clients with intellectual property issues and concerns.
Before joining the firm, Yan helped Chinese clients immigrate to the U.S., dealing primarily with family/marriage-based immigrant and non-immigrant visa and green card applications and naturalization matters. She has since expanded her practice to all areas of employment and family-based immigration law, priding herself on finding creative solutions and tailoring her representation to best address each client’s unique issues, circumstances, and concerns.
Yan counsels employers and individuals with regard to employment-based immigration applications involving H-1B, L-1, and employment-based green cards, including the PERM labor certification process and I-140/I-485 Adjustment of Status. Her ability to serve clients from diverse backgrounds is enhanced by her knowledge of different legal systems and her adaptability to a constantly changing immigration law landscape.
An experienced intellectual property attorney as well, Yan also is adept at advising and assisting her clients with the adoption, selection, and registration of new trademarks. She carries out thorough searches and prepares office action responses to secure and defend trademarks.
Yan received her undergraduate and law degrees from Soochow University in Suzhou, China before earning an LL.M degree from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. When not serving her clients, Yan enjoys spending time with her family and recharging herself by traveling, hiking, and exploring new restaurants.
- Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, L.L.M., 2014
- Soochow University - Kenneth Wang School of Law, L.L.B., 2013
- New York, 2018
- American Bar Association (ABA)
- New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)
- American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
- International Trademark Association (INTA)
Immigration and Naturalization:
Family/Marriage based immigrant visa and green card applications (I-130/I-485), Conditions Removal (I-751)
Family/Marriage based non-immigrant visa (F-1/B-1/B-2), fiancé visa (K-1/K-3)
Consulate processing (DS-160)
Employment based nonimmigrant visas including H-1, L-1, TN and other nonimmigrant visas
Employment based green cards including the PERM labor certification process and I-140/I-485 Adjustment of Status
I-90 Renewal/Replacement of green cards
Adoption, selection, filing and registration of trademarks
Trademark clearance reviews and investigations
Prosecution and maintenance of domestic and foreign trademarks
Research and office action response to secure and defend trademarks
Trademark oppositions, revocations, invalidations and assignments
Trademark infringement defense
- Mandarin Chinese