Michelle M. Eaton Scimecca

Practice Areas:

Michelle focuses her practice on employment-based and family-based immigration. She advises clients seeking temporary and permanent employment authorization. She represents a variety of clients, including multinational corporations, health care organizations, educational institutions, and individual foreign nationals. Michelle works closely with medical and research sector employers and employees.

Michelle leads Vogel’s Twin Cities office. She joined Vogel after practicing with the boutique immigration firm Aronson & Associates in Minneapolis. Michelle graduated from Concordia College (Moorhead) summa cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish. She received her law degree from Marquette University (Milwaukee), during which time she worked as an extern for Honorable John R. Tunheim of the United States District Court, District of Minnesota, and Honorable Ann Walsh Bradley of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

A Fargo native, Michelle and her husband live in Lakeville, Minnesota, with their two children.

Practice Areas

  • Immigration

Admitted To Practice

  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota

Presentations and Publications

  • Kurapati: Standing for I-140 Immigrant Visa Petition Beneficiaries: Litigation Strategies for Immigration Issues: Leading Lawyers on Successfully Navigating Changes in US Enforcement Practices and Building a Strong Case (Inside the Minds), (2015)
  • "Immigration: Breaking the cycle of unsuccessful recruitment," Vogel Law Firm Employment Law Seminar, Moorhead, Minnesota, May 2014; Bismarck, North Dakota, May 2014
  • “Employment of Non-U.S. Workers: Immigration's 5WS and H For Employers,” Vogel Law Firm Employment Law Seminar, Moorhead, Minnesota, May 2012; Bismarck, North Dakota, May 2012
  • “The New Veterans Health Administration - Again” Immigration Issues for International Medical Graduates ILW Book (2011)
  • “H-1B ‘Timing’ Challenges,” NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Region IV Conference, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, November 2011
  • “Business Clients and Non-citizens: What Attorney's Need to Know About Immigration Laws,” Legal Services of ND’s Summer CLE Panelist, June 2011
  • “Do I Really Need To Be Selected For A Postage Stamp To Become A U.S. Permanent Resident? NO!” University of California San Francisco; San Francisco, California, January 2011 and April 2009
  • “What A Physician Recruiter Needs To Know About Immigration,” The American Academy of Medical Management Physician Recruitment and Retention Training; San Francisco, California, April 2009; Chicago, Illinois, May 2008


  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

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