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Salman Cheema ’01

Global Immigration Attorney

What has been the greatest challenge you have faced in your work?
The biggest challenge I face as an attorney is dealing with ethical dilemmas. There have been times when I have been forced to withdraw my representation because I knew a client was not being truthful, and disclosing the nature of his or her representations would force me to violate the attorney-client privilege which I cannot do.  Most new lawyers find mandatory classes on ethics to be very boring until they wind up in a situation where it could end their careers. To that end, being well versed in the ethics rules and applying them day in and day out is paramount to my practice.

What inspired you to work in immigration?  
I actually started off as a general practice solo attorney for a few years, taking on any clients that walked through my door. Over time more and more of my work wound up being immigration, first with family cases and then small businesses and investors seeking permanent migration to the U.S. After seven years of practicing exclusively immigration law, I took my practice to a boutique bi-coastal immigration firm. Our clients are mainly large well-known technology companies, and I help them with their global migration needs. Being from an immigrant family myself it's very exciting to be able to help families and companies chase their dreams around the world. I practice in many international jurisdictions now and get to deal with a wide variety of immigration systems globally. Every day brings new challenges, which makes it an exciting area of the law to practice.

What is one of your favorite memories of your time at SSSAS?  
My favorite memories from SSSAS are all from spending time with the friends I grew up with. Having been a Saint from second thru twelfth grades, the kinds of friendships you create last a lifetime. My best friends from growing up are my best friends even now, no matter how far and wide we may have moved. I always tell people the best thing about SSSAS was learning how to interact with people and finding common ground. A lot of the education that lasts with you for life isn't necessarily in the classroom… it's in the hallways, at the lunch tables, and in the locker rooms. Those memories and experiences build and shape us more than we can know at the time.

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    Alexandria, Virginia 22304
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