Jacquelyn E. Stone


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  • Harvard Law School, JD, 1985
  • University of Virginia, BA, 1980
  • Virginia

Member, Business Law Section, 1985-present; National Bar Leadership Conference Team, 1991-1992; Chairman, Richmond AOP Host Committee, 1991, American Bar Association

Member; Millennium Diversity Initiative, 2001; Faculty, Mandatory Course on Professionalism, 1995-1998; Committee on Professionalism, 1989-1990; Chairman, Community Law Week Committee, 1987-1989, Virginia State Bar

Member; Executive Committee, Young Lawyers Section, 1988-1990; Chairman, Membership Committee, 1988-1990, Virginia Bar Association

Member; Executive Committee, 1990-1992, Old Dominion Bar Association 

Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 1989-present

Board Member, Just the Beginning – A Pipeline Organization

Member, Board of Visitors, Virginia Commonwealth University

Board Member and Assistant Secretary, Venture Richmond

Former Executive Committee Member and Secretary, CenterStage Foundation

Former Board Member, Junior Achievement of Central Richmond

Former Director, Virginia Commission for the Arts

Former Trustee, Science Museum of Virginia

Former Council Member, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

Former Member, State Commission on Population Growth and Development

Former Council Member, State Council on Local Debt

Former Member, Virginia Commission on Competitive & Equitable Tax Policy

Former Board Member and Past President, Arts Council of Richmond

Former Member, Local Advisory Committee, Local Initiatives Support Campaign

Former Statewide Board Member, Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership

Former Board Member, Richmond Eye and Ear Hospital

Former Board Member, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

Jackie has decades of experience advising clients on government relations, regulatory and immigration matters. She first worked at McGuireWoods as a summer associate in 1984 and joined the firm as an associate in 1985 after graduating from Harvard Law School.

Jackie is former chair of the firm's Diversity and Inclusion Committee and is a former member of the firm’s Board of Partners. She also served as the firmwide hiring partner for over 20 years. She concentrates on legislative matters before the Virginia General Assembly and represents corporate clients on a range of immigration and worksite enforcement matters as a member of the firm’s corporate securities department.

She has represented clients on legislative issues relating to insurance, retirement, telecommunications, education, economic development, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and more. She has more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of immigration and nationality matters. Her areas of concentration include employment-based visas for employees of multinational companies, engineers, physicians, lawyers, architects, teachers, professors and research scientists. She works closely with the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State, the Department of Labor, and officials of U.S. Embassies and Consulates. She assists foreign companies and organizations with establishing U.S. operations and coordinating the transfer of key executives. She assists in formulating strategies for short-term and long-term employment of foreign nationals, export control analysis, and provides guidance concerning I-9 programs (including audits) and the complex laws and regulations relating to employer sanctions.

Jackie worked as a legislative assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives after obtaining her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia. Jackie has been recognized as a Virginia "Super Lawyer" and as one of Virginia's "Legal Elite" in government relations and immigration law by Virginia Business magazine. In 2018, Jackie was honored with the prestigious National Women in Law Award for Lifetime Achievement by Corporate Counsel and InsideCounsel, leading ALM publications. She is one of only six women to receive this award from ALM, which also publishes The American Lawyer and The National Law Journal.

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Jacquelyn E Stone
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Richmond, VA 23219-3916

Recipient, National Women in Law Award for Lifetime Achievement, Corporate Counsel and InsideCounsel, 2018

Fellow, Virginia Law Foundation

Named to "Virginia Legal Elite," Immigration Law, Virginia Business Magazine, 2010

Named to "Virginia Super Lawyers," Immigration, Government Relations, Business/Corporate, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2006-2009

Recipient, Women of Achievement Award, Metropolitan Richmond Women's Bar Association, 2005

Recipient, Themis Award, DuPont Women's Lawyer Network, 2005

Recipient, Outstanding Women Awards, YWCA, 2000

Selected for inclusion in "The Region's 100 Power Players," Richmond Magazine, 2006

Contributing Author, Lobbying, PACs and Campaign Finance: 50 State Handbook, Thomson Reuters, 2017
Co-author, "Food And Beverage Industry Outlook For 2014: Part 2," Law360, January 23, 2014
Increased Immigration Worksite Enforcement Looming in 2018, Subject to Inquiry, October 30, 2017
H-1B Employers Face Increased Site Visits, Subject to Inquiry, April 18, 2017
Big Changes Come With The New Form I-9 Published by USCIS, Subject to Inquiry, November 15, 2016
Proposed Changes to Form I-9 Create New Compliance Questions, Subject to Inquiry, December 1, 2015
Food Industry Outlook for 2015, February 27, 2015
2014 Food Industry Outlook, January 8, 2014