Mary E. Pivec

Mary E. Pivec

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Immigration Attorney in Woodbridge, VA

Pivec & Associates, PLLC
 | 12397 Grantley Court, Woodbridge, VA 22192
Phone: 571-970-4524
Fax: 571-431-7473
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2009, 2013 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Immigration: Business (60%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (40%)
Attorney Profile

Mary E. Pivec focuses her practice on advising employers in a broad range of workplace and labor relations issues. Ms. Pivec maintains a substantial whistleblower claim defense practice, handling investigations, hearings and appeals of claims brought under the Sarbanes Oxley Act, the Surface Transportation Assistance Act, the Consumer Product Safety Act, the FDA Food Drug Safety Modernization Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the energy and environmental safety whistleblower statutes. She also represents employers in discrimination, wrongful discharge, wage and hour, non-compete and contract litigation in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies.   In addition, Ms. Pivec represents employers in civil and criminal worksite enforcement cases, I-9 compliance counseling and audits, immigration-related discrimination claims, and H-1B/LCA investigations and enforcement proceedings.


Fifth Circuit Rejects SOX Whistleblower Claims Not Raised in Administrative Complaint; Adopts Liberal "Reasonable Belief" Pleading Standard With Respect to Protected Conduct August 11, 2015

Events Planning Company Fined over $600,000 for Serious I-9 Paperwork Violations July 17, 2015

Resource Update: USCIS Issues Flawed Guidance on Filing Amended H-1B Petitions Post Matter of Simeio June 11, 2015

OCAHO Finds PEO Liable for Near Maximum I-9 Fines for False Employer Attestation Violations: Is Your Business Similarly Exposed? February 17, 2015

Heads Up – The ACA Employer Mandate Is Now In Effect: Beware of Actions that Could Result in ACA Whistleblower Liability January 12, 2015

DOL Administrative Review Board Nixes Greedy H-1B Worker's Front Pay Appeal Based on New H-1B Employer Petition Approval January 5, 2015

Appeals Court Vacates DOL Rule Authorizing Use of Skill-Based Private Wage Surveys in H-2B Temporary Labor Certification Application Proceedings December 10, 2014

Brand Protection: The Case for Franchisor Auditing and Enforcement of Franchise Agreement Compliance Clauses October 3, 2014

Is Your Business At Risk for Damages and Civil Money Penalties Based on Violations Stemming from Improper I-9 and E-Verify Procedures? May 15, 2014

Infosys I-9 Audit Results Likely to Trigger ICE Audits of Computer Consulting Firms December 2013

Temporary Worker Visa Reforms and Expanded Enforcement Measures December 2013

Immigration Fraud Whistleblower Likely to receive a $5M Bounty from Infosys’s $34M False Claims Act Settlement: Is Your Business Immigration Program Prepared for a Similar Whistleblower Attack? November 2013

Government Contractor Employment and Contract Issues Arising from the Government Shutdown October 2013

DOD Publishes Emergency Interim Final Rule Protecting Whistleblowers Employed Under a DOD Contract or Subcontract October 1013

EEOC’S Latest Investigative Tactic: Trolling For Plaintiffs Through Your Company’s Computer Network August 2013

Senate Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill Signals Challenges for the Construction Industry July 2013



About Mary Pivec

Admitted: 1981, Virginia

Professional Webpage:


  • Fellow, ABA College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, 2010

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Bar Association-Member, Labor and Employment Section (1990 to present), Member, Labor and Employment Section’s Liaison Committee with DOJ, DOL, and the EEOC (1991 to 1995), First chair, Labor Section’s Immigration Subcommittee (1993 to 1995); American Immigration Lawyers Association, Member (1983 to present), Member, Documentation and Verification Committee (2007 to present); National Association of Women Lawyers, Member (2009 to present); Women Lawyers Association, Member (2009 to present), Board of Advisors (2010 to present); U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Labor & Employment Committee

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Article published in AILA Guide to Worksite Enforcement and Criminal Compliance, Author, Civil RICO Class Action Suits by U.S. Domestic Workers, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Law, 2007
  • Present paper analyzing DOL regulations interpreting the whistleblower protection provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and most recent case law developments before the courts and DOL., Speaker, SOX Whistleblower Protection, ALI-ABA, Legal, 2006
  • Analyze the final regulations promulated by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service Implementing the Employment Verification provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986., Author, Employer Sanctions Update, Immigration Briefings, Legal, 1991
  • Discuss the elements of a cause of action for immigration-related discrimination under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986., Author, Handling Immigration-Related Discrimination Claims, Immigration Briefings, Legal, 1988
  • Discuss major immigration enforcement policies and initiatives undertaken by federal and state agencies.  Review civil money penalties assessed for I-9 and immigration-related discrimination violations, and the most significant decisions of the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer in I-9 and discrimination cases, Panelist, 2015 Update on Immigration Audit and Compliance Issues, AILA Midwest Regional Conference, Legal
  • Discuss the nuts and bolts of a DOL H-1B/LCA enforcement audit and review the most recent LCA administrative decisions and judicial appeals., Speaker, Responding to Government Audits and Investigations, PLI’s 47th Annual Immigration & Naturalization Institute,, Human Resource Professionals, Legal
  • Participated in panel discussion of the legal and practical implications of Matter of Simeio Solutions, Inc., a precedent decision of the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office, interpreting the agency's regulations to require employers to file an amended petition prior to transferring an H-1B worker to a work location not listed in the original petition and the related, certificied labor condition application., Speaker, H-1B Changes in Worksite Locations, USCIS Ombudsman Teleconference Series, Human Resource Professionals, Staffing Industry
  • Analyze major L&E decisions of the Supreme Court's 2014-15 term and the most impactful regulatory and enforcement developments at DOL, EEOC and NLRB in 2015, Panelist, Updates on Case Law, American Conference Institute, Employment Practices Liability Insurance
  • Present overview of DOL whistleblower jurisdiction, complaint statistics, investigative procedures, preliminary orders and awards, de novo hearings, administrative appeals, and major case law developments., Panelist, Representing Employers in Whistleblower Litigation, ExecuSummit, Employment Practices Liability Insurance

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Appointee, 2015 Law360 Immigration Advisory Board, 2015

Educational Background:

  • J.D., University of Maryland School of Law, 1981

Industry Groups

  • Computer Services
  • Food Services
  • Government Contractors
  • Hospitality
  • Manufacturing
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Office Location for Mary E. Pivec

12397 Grantley Court
Woodbridge, VA 22192

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Last Updated: 2/19/2019

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