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Brenda A. Eckert


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Brenda Eckert is the head of the Immigration Law practice group, which is focused on providing exceptional client service and communication. She practices employment-based and family-based immigration. Since 1987, Brenda has been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is a member of the Connecticut chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Brenda has successfully provided timely employment-based immigration advice and services to a various business clients, ranging from small employers to Fortune 500 companies in healthcare, biotechnology, financial services, manufacturing, education (including public and private schools and colleges and universities), and publishing. Such services include the preparation and filing of employment-based EB-1-1, EB1-2, EB-2 and EB-3 [PERM and National Interest Waiver] immigrant visa or “green card” petitions for physicians and non-physicians as well as O-1A, O-1B, O-2, L-1A, L-1B, H-1B, H-1B1, TN (NAFTA), J-1, nonimmigrant visa petitions and Conrad Medical Waivers for physicians. She has represented a wide range of professionals including company executives and managers for start-up companies, investors, entrepreneurs, financial analysts, quantitative analysts, physicians, nurses, physical therapists, computer science and information systems engineers, and architects, She has also successfully filed family-based immigrant visa petitions and adjustment of status applications, as well as U.S. Naturalization petitions. Brenda also counsels U.S. employers regarding I-9 compliance and self-audits, as well as compliance with the federal anti-discrimination immigration laws.

Brenda also practices in the areas of civil litigation, civil rights, and employment law litigation before state and federal courts and administrative agencies. These cases include the full range of employment issues including the defense of contract claims, discrimination claims and related state tort claims. In order to avoid employment law claims or to maximize an employer's chances of successfully defending such claims, Brenda also regularly engages in counseling clients on employment law matters.


  • AV Preeminent® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®: Employment Law (2013-2020)
  • Listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers (2011-2012)
  • JD Supra Readers' Choice Awards: Top Author, Immigration (2018)
  • American Bar Foundation: Life Fellow
  • Connecticut Bar Association: Life Fellow
  • Connecticut Inn of Court: Lifetime Bencher
  • Special Master, Connecticut Superior Court Domestic Relations Division
  • Former Co-Chair, United States District Court Special Master Program
  • Grievance Committee for the United States District Court of Connecticut
  • Awardee, University of Connecticut Law Review, Award for Legal Scholarship and Service (2004)
  • Connecticut Law Review, Board of Editors

Professional Affiliations

  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Foreign Medical Graduate Task Force of the American Immigration Lawyers Association

Community Involvement

  • University of Connecticut Law School Foundation: Former President and Trustee
  • Wheeler Clinic: Former Board Member
  • Mystic Chamber of Commerce
  • Whiting Estates Association, Inc.: President, Board of Directors
  • Hartford College for Women: Former Trustee

Liquor Permit Applications for Hotels and Restaurants

Liquor permit applications for major hotels and reataurant chains, including new permits, substitute permittee applications and renewal applications. Representation before Commission on liquor control violations and remonstrances. New application process involves timing the filing with liquor control commission based on client business objectives and preparation of the application, including: (a) obtaining all required information for individual permittee and backer (including individual officers and shareholders of privately -held backers), (b) obtaining financial information for individual permittee and backer; (c) obtaining all consents for the backer; (d) obtaining CT sales tax permit, (e) obtaining zoning approval from appropriate town zoning officer; (f) obtaining health code approval from appropriate town official; (g) obtaining local fire marshal’s inspection and approval (h) obtaining approval from appropriate town clerks; (i) providing photographs to the commission; and (j) coordinating of publication and placard notices.


April 29, 2020  What We Know and Don't Know About the Latest Presidential Proclamation Affecting U.S. Immigration
March 30, 2020  Immigration-Related Issues During the Coronavirus Outbreak
March 13, 2020  A Cautionary Tale for Manufacturers: Challenges Posed by U.S. Immigration Law and Coronavirus (COVID-19) to Employing Foreign Workers
February 5, 2020  Workers with H-1B and L-1B Visas: How Adjudication and Enforcement Trends Affect Manufacturers
January 31, 2020  Employment Authorization Document Renewal Delays May Impact Manufacturers
January 24, 2020  Manufacturers Should Strengthen Compliance With I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Requirements
February 13, 2018  U.S. Department of Homeland Security Announces Extension of Temporary Protected Status for Syria
February 9, 2018  ICE Issues Policy on Civil Immigration Courthouse Arrests: A Precursor to More Such Enforcement Activities?
February 5, 2018  You Win the FY 2019 H-1B Lottery: Are Your Worries Behind You?
January 30, 2018  H-1B Visa Procedures to Remain the Same for Fiscal Year 2019: First Date to File is April 2, 2018
December 7, 2017  U.S. Supreme Court Allows Third Version of Travel Ban to Take Effect
November 10, 2017  USCIS Issues Scam Alert for Employers
October 5, 2017  Key Dates for Premium Processing of H-1B Petitions and DACA Renewals
September 28, 2017  Presidential Proclamation Outlines Rules for New Travel Ban
September 8, 2017  DHS Rescinds Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): What You Need to Know About the End of DACA
July 17, 2017  USCIS Releases New Form I-9
June 29, 2017  Department of State Will Begin Implementing 90-Day Travel and Refugee Ban Beginning June 29, 2017
June 27, 2017  Supreme Court Decides to Hear Travel and Refugee Ban Case and Clarifies Enforcement of Executive Orders Pending Hearing
May 17, 2017  Redesigned Permanent Resident Card and Employment Authorization Documents
May 16, 2017  A Harbinger For Some U.S. Visa Applicants of More Rigorous Vetting and Longer Waits for U.S. Visas?
May 2, 2017  USCIS Announces Targeted Use of Site Visits to Certain H-1B Employers to Detect H-1B Visa Fraud and Abuse
April 27, 2017  Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") Announces New Office for Victims of Illegal Immigrant Crime
April 26, 2017  Employers Should Review USCIS Fillable Forms I-9 Completed Based on Download From USCIS Website Between November 14 and November 17, 2016 for Social Security Number Glitch
April 26, 2017  United States District Court Judge Blocks Trump Administration from Withholding Federal Funds from Sanctuary Cities
April 19, 2017  Starting May 1, 2017 USCIS Will Issue Redesigned Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents
March 8, 2017  President Trump Issues March 6th Executive Order Revising Travel Ban
February 27, 2017  Department of Homeland Security Issues Two Memos Regarding Implementation of Two Recent Executive Orders on Immigration Enforcement
February 10, 2017  Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds the Temporary Restraining Order on Enforcement of President Trump's January 27th Executive Order
February 7, 2017  Oral Argument Scheduled for Today on Enforcement of President Trump's January 27th Executive Order
February 2, 2017  Executive Orders Regarding Immigration
November 28, 2016, Updated February 3, 2017  USCIS Releases A Revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification
October 26, 2016  USCIS Increases Application and Petition Filing Fees as of December 23, 2016
May 6, 2016  Approaching the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's New STEM OPT Extension Regulations with Caution
October 1, 2015  Status of the EB-5 Regional Center Program

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September 22, 2020  September 22, 2020 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for Supervisory Personnel - Hartford
October 11, 2019  CLE Event: 2019 Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
October 18, 2018  October 18, 2018 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - Hartford
May 16, 2018  CLE Event: Webinar: 2018 Update on Immigration Law
February 8, 2018  February 8, 2018 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - Hartford
November 8, 2017  CLE Event: Webinar: I-9 Compliance, Visa Options, and Immigration Law Update for Colleges and Universities
November 2, 2017  CLE Event: 2017 Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
October 13, 2017  Accessibility in the DigitalĀ Age: Requirements and Best Practices
October 5, 2017  October 5, 2017 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - Hartford
April 27, 2017  April 27, 2017 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - Hartford
April 21, 2017  Immigration Law and Trump's Executive Orders - Where Are We Now?
March 29, 2017  CLE Event: Webinar: I-9 Compliance and Immigration Law Update for In-House Counsel & Human Resource Professionals
March 1, 2017  Dealing with Patient Concerns About Current Immigration-Related Executive Orders
October 27, 2016  2016 Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
October 6, 2016  October 6, 2016 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - Hartford, CT
May 5, 2016  May 5, 2016 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - Hartford, CT
March 17, 2016  The International Concerns of Global Business in Aerospace and Defense

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  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 1973, magna cum laude
  • Sarah Lawrence College, B.A., 1967

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of CT
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

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