HOUSTON, TX—Baker Donelson has grown its Global Business and Immigration teams with the addition of two attorneys in the Firm’s Houston office: Wilka V. Toppins and Brandy N. Williams.
Ms. Toppins, who joins the Firm as of counsel, is an international business attorney with more than 30 years of experience counseling clients in areas of corporate immigration, international and cross border transactions, general corporate and commercial matters, and labor and employment law. She represents domestic and international companies in legal interests in the U.S. and has represented hundreds of individual investors and entrepreneurs from all over the world. Her client base extends across the globe.
Prior to joining Baker Donelson, Ms. Toppins worked for several prominent companies, including Exxon Company, where she handled litigation matters in federal and state courts, and SBC Communication Inc., where she focused on business transactions, mergers, and acquisitions. Most recently, she owned the Toppins Law Firm, P.C., which provided corporations, employers, families, and individuals worldwide with legal guidance on the U.S. immigration and citizenship processes.
Joining as an associate, Ms. Williams counsels domestic and foreign clients on a wide range of business matters related to U.S. immigration laws. She represents businesses in matters concerning immigrant and non-immigrant benefits, including EB-5 petitions, visas such as EB-1 and EB-2, H-1B, L-1A and L-1B, P, R-1, labor certification, national interest waivers, and consular processing. Ms. Williams has experience representing clients in asylum, deportation, and removal proceedings before Immigration Court. She has also handled employment-based and family-based appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals. Her extensive corporate experience includes serving as a legal and corporate consultant for newly formed corporations and advising on the formation and organization of corporate structures.