Peter Asaad

Adjunct Professor of Law

As a Partner at Quarles & Brady LLP, Peter F. Asaad specializes in immigration law in the firm's Labor and Employment Practice Group. Mr. Asaad focuses on representing corporate clients and individuals on all business-related and employment-based visa matters. He represents U.S. companies and multinational corporations in helping manage their employees’ employment eligibility needs and develop effective streamlined immigration and compliance programs. He also specializes in the needs of immigrant entrepreneurs, start-ups, and foreign investors in creating U.S. subsidiaries and affiliates as well as new U.S. businesses. He works closely with individuals to create a pathway toward eligibility and approval for permanent residence under the National Interest Waiver (NIW) and Extraordinary Ability (EB-1) categories. He has additional expertise in advising individuals with employment and family-based immigration, asylum, deportation, and other immigration matters.

Mr. Asaad is extremely knowledgeable in matters involving foreign entrepreneurs and is the architect of the IN2NYC program and Special Counsel to New York City. On behalf of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), in partnership with the City University of New York (CUNY), he developed and launched IN2NYC, the first municipal visa program in the nation designed to help international entrepreneurs create jobs in the United States. Under his guidance, IN2NYC will help up to 80 selected entrepreneurs gain access to the visas they need to grow their businesses in New York City, creating more than 700 jobs for New Yorkers in the first three years alone. This program advances the de Blasio administration’s goals of encouraging entrepreneurship and supporting international partnerships to build a diverse and inclusive economy for New Yorkers in every borough.

Mr. Asaad is the past president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) of DC Chapter further the education needs of over 900 immigration lawyers. Prior to holding this position, Mr. Asaad served as Co-Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Immigration Litigation Committee for several years and served as Chair of the DC Bar Immigration & Human Rights Committee.

Currently Teaching

Areas of Specialization

  • Immigration Law
  • Labor Relations and Employment Law
  • Litigation

Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., American University Washington College of Law (cum laude)
  • B.A., University of Rochester (cum laude)