Bill Benos focuses his practice on strategic legal planning for companies and individuals involved with international business.   Bill handles cross-border economic development and investment matters, and represents clients in international and domestic corporate and commercial transactions.  He founded the firm’s Immigration Practice Group, and practices business immigration law.

Bill Benos focuses his practice on strategic legal planning for companies and individuals involved with international business.   He handles cross-border economic development and investment matters, and represents clients in international and domestic corporate and commercial transactions.  Bill founded the firm’s Immigration Practice Group, and practices business immigration law. When assisting companies with their inbound investment and immigration activities, he provides advice on the formation and capitalization of business entities, the coordination of immigration strategy with investment plans, and related corporate and business planning.  Having represented clients in mergers and acquisitions, assisted with the establishment of joint ventures, and advised companies with respect to their strategic international planning, he has a broad range of international and domestic corporate experience.

As chair of the firm’s Immigration Practice Group, Bill combines his business and immigration experience to advise international clients on matters involving inbound and outbound activities and the cross-border movement of personnel.  Bill’s extensive experience in the immigration field includes representing business professionals with nonimmigrant visas, intracompany transfers, and investor visas.  He also assists businesses and individuals with permanent residency matters, including labor certifications, employment-based petitions, and investment-based petitions.  He also assists businesses with immigration compliance matters such as I-9 programs, ICE inspections, and corporate immigration policies.

Since 2004, Bill has served as Honorary Consul in Virginia for the Canadian government. In addition, as an adjunct professor at the University of Richmond School of Law, he teaches an externship in International Business Practice and a course in Immigration Law.  He has served as a member of the Multi-Jurisdictional Practice Task Force for the Virginia State Bar and as Legal Advisor to the Illegal Immigration Task Force for the Virginia State Crime Commission. Bill is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Virginia Bar Association, and the Richmond Bar Association, and he has served as past chair of the International Practice Section of the Virginia State Bar.  Bill is past chair of the local Community in Schools Committee, and he is now a Trustee of the Chesterfield Public Education Foundation, serving as Chair of the Foundation’s Programs Committee.

Prior to joining the firm, Bill practiced corporate, business, and real estate law in London, Ontario, Canada.  He received his LL.B. degree in 1982 from the University of Western Ontario School of Law in London, Ontario, Canada and his Juris Doctor degree in 1988 from the University of Richmond School of Law.