Attorney Lesley Guyton brings 30 years of experience in immigration law, and more than 40 years of experience as a practicing attorney, to each case we open. She has practiced exclusively in immigration law since opening Guyton Thuente, P.A. in 1989 and has successfully represented clients with family-based and employment-based petitions, asylum, naturalization, and court proceedings. She currently focuses primarily, though not exclusively, on matters related to employment-based immigration, including petitions for temporary workers, permanent labor certifications (PERM), National Interest Waivers, and petitions for Outstanding Researchers and persons of Extraordinary Ability.
She assists businesses and organizations across a broad spectrum, including those in the areas of education, law, technology, manufacturing, health care, fashion, and retail. She represents individuals from diverse professional and national backgrounds. She often works with companies and beneficiaries from their first temporary visa through the permanent labor certification and green card process.
Ms. Guyton is a Board Member of Advocates for Human Rights and has acted as a Consulting Attorney for that organization since 1992. She also acts as a mentor to new immigration law practitioners and other private practitioners regarding immigration law issues. She is past Chairperson of the Immigration Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) and is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
Ms. Guyton received her Juris Doctor degree from Antioch School of Law (now the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law) in 1975. She worked for the National Treasury Employees Union from 1975 to 1978. She then worked for Northern Indiana Legal Services from 1978 to 1985. She launched her private practice in Lafayette, Indiana in 1986 and concentrated on immigration cases for Chinese exchange visitors, Iranian students, and applications for legalization.
She was admitted to the Minnesota State Bar in 1989. She previously practiced in the District of Columbia and Indiana.
She has presented at a number of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) lectures on immigration-related issues.
Recent CLE Presentations:
- Keys to Strategic Writing, 2014 Upper Midwest Immigration Law Conference, organized by the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and Advocates for Human Rights, St. Paul, MN, May 9, 2014
- Plan B: Alternative Forms of Relief to Asylum, Advocates for Human Rights 2013 Asylum Conference, Minneapolis, MN, November 8, 2013
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