Irina Batrakova is a native of former Soviet Union, and in 1994 was selected to participate in the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State as part of the Freedom Support Act (FSA) of 1992. She was one of 1,200 talented and motivated students who spent the 1994 academic year in the U.S. with a goal of enhancing an understanding and dialogue between the people of the U.S. and former Soviet Union.
Cum Laude from Portland State University – Graduated in 2000
Lewis and Clark Law School – Graduated in 2004
Prior to founding TBLO in 2012, Irina started her legal career as an Immigration Attorney with Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP in Portland, Oregon, where she practiced in the area of business immigration and family-based immigration. From there, she transitioned to a Business Immigration Attorney at one of the largest business immigration practices in the U.S. of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC in Raleigh, NC. She worked with Fortune 500 companies, providing legal advice and guidance on the issues of business visas and immigration compliance.
Irina was selected Super Lawyers Rising Star in the field of Immigration in 2009 and 2010. She is a regular speaker at the Oregon State Bar events, Lewis & Clark Law School and American Immigration Lawyers Association regional conference on the issues of works visas, business immigration, practice management and diversity in the legal community. Irina is an Executive Committee member and a Past Chair of the Corporate Counsel Section of the Oregon State Bar, and the past advisory committee member on Diversity and Inclusion with the Oregon State Bar.