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Margot L. Watt

Partner, Immigration Practice Leader
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  • New York

B.S., summa cum laude, Georgetown University 

J.D., magna cum laude, SUNY Buffalo Law School

Margot, who has been a member of Hodgson Russ's Immigration Practice for more than 20 years, has functioned as its leader since 2010. Over the years, the Immigration Practice has grown in size and stature, and has been awarded the prestigious National Tier 1 ranking by Best Lawyers/U.S. News and World Report

Margot has extensive experience counseling multinational and other businesses on immigration matters for both nonimmigrant (L-1s, H-1Bs, O-1s, TNs, J-1s and F-1s) and immigrant (PERM, Outstanding Researchers, Multinational Managers & Executives, Persons of Extraordinary Ability) workers. Margot also has experience counseling foreign physicians on J-1 visa waiver applications, including Conrad Waivers as well as H-1Bs, National Interest Waiver petitions, O-1 petitions, and program electronic review management (PERM) labor certification cases.


  • Former publications editor, Buffalo Law Review



Social Media

Margot contributes to Hodgson Russ's Canada/U.S. cross-border blog, Smarter Way to Cross. Her recent blog entries include:

Professional Associations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County