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Christopher R. Helm

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 is chair of the firm’s Pro Bono and Public Service Committee and is past chair of the firm’s immigration practice group.

Chris' clients include: Calpine, Nippon Paper Industries, Conair Group, Kubota Membrane USA, Medallion Foods, New York Daily News, 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, 2011-2015
  • Chair, DWT Pro Bono and Public Service Committee, 2015-present
  • 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, 2007-2017; Received "Band 1" ranking, 2012-2017
  • 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, Washington Chapter, American Immigration Lawyers' Association, 2007, 2013 
  • Pro Bono Award, King County Bar Association, 2007
Recognized by Chambers USA – Chambers and Partners
Chris Helm receives "Outstanding Volunteer" Award
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