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Boston, MA 02108
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Shiva Karimi

Director, Corporate Department, Immigration Practice Group and Managing Director Boston Office

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Shiva’s practice focuses on business immigration law. She advises employers and employees in developing creative and effective strategies for temporary and permanent immigration solutions.  She also counsels employers in immigration compliance matters and assists employers in responding to audits and investigations. She represents clients across a range of industries including high technology, manufacturing, government, independent schools, non-profits, service businesses and families. 
Previous to McLane Middleton, Shiva established and directed Karimi & Associates, PC for 14 years (2000-2014). She served as chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Immigration Law Committee (2002-2007), and was a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Immigration Law Steering Committee (2006-2007). She is also a long-time member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Shiva earned her J.D. from Suffolk University School of Law (1998), and is currently admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals. She received her B.A., cum laude, from Northeastern University.

Shiva is a frequent speaker on both immigration and real estate related matters for judges, attorneys and non-attorneys, and has given presentations at the Boston Municipal Court Department Judge’s Conference, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, the Boston Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston College Law School, and the Iranian Association of Boston, among others.

Areas of Focus
  • Immigration Law


  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit


  • Mass Lawyers Weekly - Top Women of Law 2019


  • Co-Chair, Immigration Law Section, Boston Bar Association
  • Suffolk Law Alumni Board
  • ProVisors, Boston II Executive Committee, M&A Group, Transitioning Business Advisor Group
  • USA 500 Clubs, Woburn Host, International Roundtable Member
  • Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Women's Leadership Program
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association

Speaking Engagements

  • Immigration (Business NH Magazine's NH Futurecast: 2020), 1/23/20
  • Recordkeeping and the Form I-9 (2018 Human Resources Conference), 6/15/18
  • Immigration Law in the New Administration (McLane Middleton's NH Employment Law Update), 5/16/17
  • Investor's Visa E-2 and EB-5 (New England Broker's Association), 3/1/17
  • New Administration Expectations (International Business Series), 1/31/17
  • Updates to the H-2B Temporary Worker Program (McLane Middleton's MA Employment Law Update), 11/20/16
  • Crossing the U.S. Border Inbound and Outbound (International Business Series), 11/4/16
  • Immigration Law 2016 CLE (New Hampshire Bar Association), 5/19/16
  • Investor's Visa E-2 and EB-5 (Baystate Business Brokers), 5/17/16
  • Investor's Visa E-2 and EB-5 (Murphy Business), 3/2/16
  • Businesses with Foreign Branches (International Business Series), 1/21/16
  • Immigration Issues for Businesses (McLane Middleton), 2/17/15
  • Landlord/Tenant Law (Boston Municipal Court Department Judge's Conference), 2011
  • Law Practice Management (Boston College Law School), 2010
  • Immigration Basics (Massachsuetts Bar Association), 2006
  • Federal Court Litigation (AILA New England Immigration Law Symposium), 2006
  • Adult Continuing Education (ALRI/Boston Sabes), 2006
  • Mandamus Actions; Immigration and Technology (Boston Bar Association), 2006 and 2004

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