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Garrett J. Wilkes

Summary

Garrett J. Wilkes is a bilingual business professional with extensive international experience in the application of international and immigration law. With a decade of experience in criminal law and a deep understanding of business-related visas, Wilkes is well-versed in analyzing qualifications and navigating the complexities of immigration law. His unique skill set, diverse education, and background rooted in empathy, compassion, patience, and creativity make him a highly skilled professional in English and Spanish.


Wilkes graduated from Arizona State University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a minor in Spanish. Continuing his education at the Phoenix School of Law, he obtained his Juris Doctor in 2011. Throughout his career, Wilkes has continuously expanded his knowledge and skills, receiving certifications such as the Arizona Attorney General Mediation Certification in 2014 and Certified Immigration Consultant (UT and CA) in 2021 and 2022 respectively. He is currently awaiting his AASBC Business Consultant Certification.


As a business consultant and immigration case specialist at Perennial Solutions (Non-Legal Entity) in Phoenix, AZ, since March 2018, Wilkes provides immigration case consultation and case work preparation to businesses, corporations, law firms, and non-profit organizations. His responsibilities include managing case files, collaborating with legal and corporate professionals, and assisting with nonimmigrant applications such as E Visas, H-1B and H-2B visas, L-1, PERM certifications, and other nonimmigrant visa applications and renewals. Wilkes also plays a crucial role in assisting attorneys and non-profit organizations with the preparation and review of various visa and AOS applications. Additionally, as a mentor, he has led and instructed diverse groups of individuals, delivering training in both English and Spanish to enhance efficiency and success rates.


From February 2021 to December 2021, Wilkes served as an immigration case consultant at The Sobampo Law Firm in Phoenix, AZ. During this time, he provided complex case analysis and consulting on a range of immigration matters, including the Immigration Nationality Act, Removal Defense, Asylums, and Adjustment of Status. Wilkes worked closely with attorneys, conducting in-depth research and preparing memoranda and legal arguments for court submission. His expertise also contributed to strategic discussions and policy creation, ensuring clients' needs were met while maintaining timely filings and establishing clear expectations.


In November 2020, Wilkes worked as an immigration case consultant at All Business Visas in Tempe, AZ. Here, he provided in-depth case analysis and consulting on issues related to INA 245(i), Child Status Protection Act, and Criminal-Immigration matters. Wilkes conducted thorough research and prepared comprehensive case analyses and court documents, supporting individuals in removal proceedings and bond hearings. He also played a key role in managing business-related visas, including L-1, PERM, H-1B, H-2B, TN, E-Visas, and O-Visas, and contributed to the successful establishment and opening of the business.


From February 2019 to November 2020, Wilkes worked as an immigration case consultant at Rafael Tirado & Associates in Phoenix, AZ. As an immigration specialist/resource, he provided valuable support to attorneys and the owner, specializing in complex immigration cases. Wilkes conducted case assessments, provided consultations on a case-by-case basis, and oversaw business-related visas. He skillfully drafted criminal motions and arguments, such as Motions to Suppress, Rule 32B Post-Conviction Relief, Motions to Set Aside, and Deviation Requests. His effective communication in both English and Spanish facilitated successful visa acquisitions and adjustment of status (AOS) approvals for clients.


In May 2016, Garrett Wilkes took a significant step in his legal career by establishing his own law firm, Garrett Wilkes Law, PLLC. With offices in Phoenix, Tucson (Arizona), and Nogales (Sonora, Mexico), he embarked on providing comprehensive consultation and visa services at all stages of the visa completion process. Wilkes expertly navigated the intricate procedures involved with USCIS, NVC, and DHS, ensuring his clients experienced a smooth and efficient visa process.


Building strong relationships in both northern Mexico and Arizona, Wilkes fostered connections with the Mexican Consulate to assist individuals in obtaining family-based and business-related visas. His ability to establish trust and effectively communicate across cultures allowed him to maximize opportunities for his clients while expanding his business potential.


Not only has Wilkes excelled as a legal advocate, but he has also excelled as a mentor and leader. Throughout his career, he has managed and instructed diverse groups of over 20 individuals, providing training in both English and Spanish. By leveraging his expertise and communication skills, he has successfully increased efficiency and success rates within the organizations he has served.


Prior to opening his law firm, Wilkes held a position as a Supervisor/Legal Advocate at Rafael Tirado & Associates in Phoenix, AZ, from May 2014 to May 2016. In this role, he consulted and completed visas at various stages of the process, collaborating with USCIS and NVC to secure H-1B Visas, E-Visas, TN Visas, AOS, 601 waivers, and 212 waivers.


During his tenure, Wilkes played a pivotal role in developing and expanding new areas of business, leading to increased revenue and maximizing the firm's potential. His engagement extended beyond the firm's walls as he actively participated in Spanish radio programs, discussing numerous topics to establish community trust and further augment business revenue.


In summary, Garrett J. Wilkes has demonstrated his expertise in immigration law, coupled with his ability to build strong relationships with clients and institutions. Through his extensive experience in managing immigration case files, navigating complex procedures, and expanding business opportunities, Wilkes has proven himself as a bilingual business professional who is dedicated to advocating for his clients and providing them with exceptional legal services.

Experience

Small Business, Corporate and Trusts & Estates Liaison Since 2021

K & R TAX ACCOUNTING SERVICES, LLC (Mesa, Arizona, United States US)

Revolutionizing the establishment and management of LLCs, Small Businesses, and Partnerships. Through innovative business strategies, we build a robust infrastructure that effectively separates personal and business affairs, enabling individuals to concentrate solely on their entrepreneurial pursuits. Experience peace of mind as you navigate the business landscape with our cutting-edge solutions.

Education

Juris Doctor, Law 2008 - 2011

Phoenix School of Law (Mesa, Arizona US)

He continued his education at the Phoenix School of Law in Phoenix, AZ, where he obtained his Juris Doctor degree in 2011.

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Exercise Science / a Minor in Spanish 2005 - 2007

Arizona State University (Tempe US)

Obtained Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science / a Minor in Spanish.

Interests

Immigration Law Business Consultant Business Law Case Management

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