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Christopher R. Helm

HelmChristopher
Partner
T206.757.8060
F206.757.7060
Chris Helm practices general business and international law, with a focus on Asia–particularly on Japan, where he lived for 24 years–and works extensively on business immigration matters. He counsels foreign companies and individuals in structuring investments in manufacturing and other operations in the Pacific Northwest, and helps American clients entering Asian markets. Chris provides immigration assistance, including visas and labor certifications, to executives, managers, researchers and other professionals, and is a frequent speaker on immigration and employment sanction issues. He serves on the firm's PRISM Retention Subcommittee, and as chair of the immigration practice group.

Chris' clients include: Calpine, Conair Group, The Consulate General of Japan (Seattle), Kubota Matsushitadenko Exterior Works, Kubota Membrane USA, Medallion Foods, Sumitomo Metal Mining America, and Wagstaff.

Additional Qualifications

  • Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, New York, N.Y., 1988-1994; resident in the Tokyo office, 1990-1994
  • U.S. Army Judge Advocate,1982-1988; U.S. Armed Forces in Seoul, Korea, 1983-1985

Professional & Community Activities

  • Chair, DWT Immigration Practice Group, 2011-present
  • Chair, DWT PRISM Retention Subcommittee, 2007-2011
  • Director, Blakemore Foundation, 2006-2009, 2010-present
  • Director, 1998-present; Chair, 2003-2004; Chair-elect, 2002-2003; Secretary, 1999-2001 – Japan America Society of the State of Washington
  • Director, 1999-2008; General Counsel, 1999-2001 – Japanese American Chamber of Commerce

Professional Recognition

  • Named as one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in Immigration (Washington) by Chambers USA, 2007-2014; Received "Band 1" ranking, 2012-2014 
  • Named as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Immigration Law by Best Lawyers, 2010-present
  • Recipient of the Governor's Outstanding Volunteer Service Award, Washington Commission for National and Community Service, 2014
  • Pro Bono Award, American Immigration Lawyers Association Washington, 2013 
  • Pro Bono Award, Washington Chapter, American Immigrant Lawyers' Association, 2007
  • Pro Bono Award, King County Bar Association, 2007