Mr. Wheelwright handles routine and complex immigration matters for companies and individuals with particular emphasis on the following:
Temporary and Permanent Work Visas – Secures work visas for United States companies in the high tech, medical, academic, research, hospitality, agriculture, construction, and other sectors that need to employ foreign workers temporarily and permanently in the United States. Advises companies about how to comply with obligations related to employing foreign workers.
Worksite Enforcement – Advises companies about all aspects of complying with federal and state employment eligibility verification laws (Form I-9 and E-Verify), employer sanctions, and Social Security “No-Match” letters. Conducts internal and independent audits for companies, evaluates their compliance with such laws, and helps them develop and implement workable compliance plans, training programs, and “Best Practices” to employ a legal workforce. Represents companies that are being investigated and targeted by the United States government for compliance audits and other worksite enforcement actions, including administrative, criminal, and federal contractor debarment proceedings. Has successfully negotiated lower administrative and criminal fines, lower criminal penalties, and alternatives to debarment.
Foreign Investors – Secures temporary and permanent visas for foreign investors through their investments in the United States. Collaborates with other attorneys in the firm who have expertise in those areas of law that a foreign investor is likely to confront when investing in the United States, such as intellectual property, banking, corporate & securities, employment, real estate, tax & estate planning, etc.
Educational Institutions – Advises charter schools, school districts, colleges, universities, and foreign students regarding immigration-related issues.
Individuals – Helps individuals and their family members who are seeking immigration benefits through family, those who are facing deportation, and those who need special waivers to return to or remain in the United States, including United States citizenship.
International and Domestic Adoptions – Helps United States citizens adopt children internationally and secure immigration-related paperwork for their adopted children. Also represents clients in private-placement, agency, and step-parent adoptions before the Utah State Courts.
Although he no longer practices in these areas, Mr. Wheelwright also has substantial experience in employment law, commercial and probate litigation, and general business transactions.
Mr. Wheelwright’s main office is in Salt Lake City, but he also represents clients in the firm’s other offices in Ogden, Provo and St. George.
Tim Wheelwright featured in KSL and Deseret News Articles on immigration reform:
- “Utah joins states suing over Obama action on immigration“
- “Utah one of 17 states suing over executive actions on immigration“
- Mr. Wheelwright has presented extensively on immigration and nationality law, worksite enforcement, I-9 forms, E-Verify, and related topics at national and local conferences, seminars, webinars, and workshops for trade associations, companies, HR personnel, attorneys, and community groups.
- American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) [Member (1995-present); OCAHO Liaison Committee (2012-13); Business Immigration Committee (2005-07); Nebraska Service Center Liaison Committee (2005-06); Chapter Chair Orientation Committee (2005-06); Chair, Utah Chapter/National Board of Governors (1998-2000; 2004-06); Vice-Chair, Utah Chapter (2003-04)]
- Utah Commission on Immigration and Migration (appointed by Gov. Gary Herbert; 2011-present)
- Ogden-Weber Chamber of Commerce [Board of Directors (2010-present): Vice-Chair (2013-present), Secretary-Treasurer (2012); Immigration Task Force, Vice-Chair]
- Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce [Immigration Taskforce, Chair (2010-present)]
- Davis Chamber of Commerce [Immigration Subcommittee, Chair (2012-present)]
- Second Judicial District Court for Weber County, State of Utah [Judge Pro Tempore (2001-07)]
- North View Fire District [Board of Trustees (2010-present): Chair (2010-present)]
- Pleasant View City [Mayor (2006-08); City Council (2004-06); Planning Commission (2003); Board of Adjustments (2002)]
- Utah Youth Soccer Association [Protest & Appeals Chair (2012-present)]
- La Roca Futbol Club [President (2012-present); Board of Trustees (2012-present)]
University of Utah, S. J. Quinney College of Law – J.D. (1997)
Brigham Young University – B.A., Political Science, cum laude (1994)
United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
United States Supreme Court