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

Chris' clients include: Nippon Paper Industries, Conair Group, Kubota Membrane USA, Medallion Foods, and Sumitomo Metal Mining America.

Additional Qualifications

  • Kelley Drye LLP, New York, N.Y., 1988-1994; resident in the Tokyo office, 1990-1994
  • U.S. Army Judge Advocate,1982-1987; U.S. Armed Forces,  Korea, 1983-1985; Military Traffic Management Command, New Jersey, 1985-1987

Professional & Community Activities

  • Director, 2015-present; Treasurer, 2016-present – One America (formerly Hate-Free Zone)
  • Director, 1998-present; Chair, 2003-2004; Chair-elect, 2002-2004; Secretary, 1999-2001 – Japan America Society of the State of Washington
  • Director, 2006-2009, 2010-2013, 2014-2017; Japanese Language Grants Committee, 2006-present – Blakemore Foundation
  • Chair, DWT Pro Bono and Public Service Committee, 2015-2017
  • Chair, DWT Immigration Practice Group, 2011-2015

Professional Recognition

  • Received the "Willard J. Wright Award for Outstanding Civic Activity," Davis Wright Tremaine, 2018
  • Named as one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in Immigration (Washington) by Chambers USA, 2007-2018; Received "Band 1" ranking, 2012-2017; "Senior Statesman" designation, 2018
  • 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
Chris Helm receives "Outstanding Volunteer" Award
Recognized by Chambers USA – Chambers and Partners
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