Ellen Freeman is partner-in-charge of the Pittsburgh office of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, LLP, a large business law firm serving a worldwide base of clients from seven offices across Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. With 18 years of practice in all facets of employment-based immigration, Ellen works with growing organizations to advise on…

An immigrant herself, Ellen Freeman is dedicated to making Pittsburgh more welcoming for foreign nationals. Immigrating to the United States from her native Ukraine gave Ellen Freeman the chance to follow a dream. Xenophobia forced her to reimagine her path to success. “I really wanted to be a litigator. I’m good on my feet; I…

President Donald Trump issued his “Buy America, Hire America” mandate one year ago with the intention of promoting American industry, but immigration lawyers say that it has instead created a series of stumbling blocks for businesses trying to expand their operations in the U.S. The mandate, issued April 18 last year, outlines goals of reducing…

Columbus, Ohio-based Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP has hired a new partner- in-charge, an 18-year veteran of employment-based immigration law, to spearhead the opening of its new office in Pittsburgh, marking the firm’s first organic growth in three decades. Ellen Freeman, formerly of K&L Gates LLP, opened Porter Wright’s new office on Aug. 30,…

Three out-of-town law firms-Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, Spilman Thomas & Battle and Cozen O’Connor-entered or expanded in the Pittsburgh market as the summer came to a close, keeping up the city’s momentum as a hub for lateral hiring and law firm growth. Porter Wright, a 190-lawyer Am Law 200 firm based in Ohio, opened…

Porter Wright is growing into the Western Pennsylvania market with the opening of an office in Pittsburgh, which will be led by local attorney Ellen Freeman. The expansion marks the firm’s first organic growth in 30 years. Pittsburgh’s thriving business and legal community, coupled with the opportunity to attract talented leadership like Freeman, is what led to the firm’s decision to…

Ellen Freeman is a partner in the Pittsburgh office of K&L Gates LLP. She has practiced for over 16 years in the various aspects of employment-based immigration and supports clients throughout the many steps of operating a business in the U.S., including the formation of a corporate entity, choice of immigration strategy, applications for temporary…

The Spotlight initiative of the WIP committee features a monthly Q&A session with a woman partner at K&L Gates. The November 2013 Spotlight subject is Ellen Freeman, a partner in the Pittsburgh office. Q: Briefly describe the nature of your practice. A: I practice in a very specialized area — corporate or employment-based immigration. I…

Law team helps clients weave through immigration maze Ellen Freeman, born Elena Kutseyko, came to the United States as a refugee from the former Soviet Union in 1993. Since that time, she has married an American, changed her first name to Ellen, and become a lawyer at the Downtown law firm Cohen & Grigsby. “I…