Brendan Venter joined Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP as an associate attorney in September 2015. He previously worked at Whiteman Osterman & Hanna as a paralegal in the Immigration practice group. Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Venter, a Delmar, N.Y. native, served for two years as a Law Clerk to Chief Judge Gary L. Sharpe of the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York.
As part of the firm’s Immigration Practice Group, Mr. Venter counsels and assists a diverse group of U.S. and foreign employers, such as multi-national corporations, religious institutions, and colleges/universities to obtain temporary and permanent visas for skilled or professional foreign-national employees, including international executives and managers, engineers, researchers, artists and skilled craft workers, athletes, medical personnel, scientists and university professors.
Mr. Venter has developed an expertise in assisting foreign faculty and medical professionals with complex immigration issues involving O-1 visas, J-1 waivers, and permanent residency through the National Interest Waiver and Outstanding Researcher categories.
Mr. Venter maintains an active practice assisting agricultural and seasonal employers in obtaining a legal workforce through the H-2A and H-2B visa programs to meet seasonal employment needs. He assists these employers in navigating through the complex maze of government regulation, and counsels employers on compliance issues.
Mr. Venter also represents individual foreign-national clients in obtaining immigration benefits through family-based immigration categories.
Mr. Venter is admitted to practice in New York State and the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York. He is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).
Prayer at Public College and University Events: Parsing the Free Speech, Free Exercise and Establishment Clause Issues (with Joseph Storch), NACUANOTE, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY ATTORNEYS (2013).
Holiday and Religious Displays on Campus: Threading the First Amendment Needle (with Joseph Storch), NACUANOTE, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY ATTORNEYS (2012).
Mr. Venter graduated summa cum laude from Albany Law School in 2013, where he served as an Associate Editor on the Albany Law Review and as a research assistant to Distinguished Professor Emeritus David D. Siegel. During law school, he was also a legal intern with the Office of General Counsel for SUNY System Administration. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame.