Grossman Young & Hammond Welcomes Top Federal Litigator, Nationally Recognized EB-5 Attorney, and Thought Leader on Extraordinary Immigrants

DC-area boutique immigration law firm expands in three critical immigration law areas

Internationally recognized immigration law firm Grossman Young & Hammond (GYH) is pleased to announce an expansion in critical practice areas with the addition of new partner Patrick Taurel, as head of the firm’s Federal Litigation practice, and of counsel attorneys David Morris and Sheryl Winarick. The growth amplifies the firm’s strengths in complex immigration litigation, investor visa matters, and cases for the most talented and accomplished immigrants.

GYH founders and Co-Managing Partners Becki L. Young and Sandra Grossman expressed their excitement about the new additions.

Young noted, “We are thrilled to welcome Patrick, David and Sheryl to our firm as seasoned immigration attorneys and thought leaders who will help us continue to advocate for immigrants in the United States and educate U.S. citizens about the realities of immigration policy.”

Grossman added, “This expansion marks our firm’s pledge to consistently grow its capabilities and embrace a holistic approach to immigration advocacy to inspire meaningful change.”

Taurel focuses on litigating complex immigration cases in federal and immigration court and advising criminal defense counsel on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions. He brings more than a decade of experience as an advocate for immigrants, having worked for impactful non-profit immigrant rights organizations and leading immigration practices, including, most recently, the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Immigration Council, and Clark Hill PLC. Taurel received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and his Bachelor of Arts from Brown University. He has been listed in Washingtonian’s “DC’s Best Lawyers” list since 2017.

“I am thrilled to join the talented and compassionate team at GYH to grow the firm’s federal litigation and removal defense practice,” Taurel said. “I have helped clients seek redress from federal courts when they encountered problems endemic in our broken immigration system, including unlawful detention, arbitrary decisions, and unreasonable delays, and I look forward to offering my services to GYH clients.”

For the past 20 years, Morris has represented foreign investors and regional centers in all aspects of the EB-5 investor visa program and has served as an expert witness on EB-5 legal issues in state and federal court. He is continually recognized as one of the “Top 25 Attorneys in the EB-5 Industry” by EB5 Investor Magazine. He also created and co-owns the DC Regional Center LLC, a regional center entity designated by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in 2011, through which Morris has raised and deployed more than $400 million of EB-5 funds from 800 investors to help finance large commercial real estate development projects in the Washington, D.C., region. Morris is a regular speaker at major EB-5 industry conferences and is widely published, including as the senior editor of the leading EB-5 legal book in the field, “AILA Immigration Options for Investors & Entrepreneurs.” Morris received his J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law and his B.S. in political science from the University of New York College at Buffalo.

“I am excited about collaborating with the excellent attorneys and staff at GYH and to help their overseas clients obtain temporary and immigrant visas in support of their business and investment goals in the United States,” said Morris.

Winarick joins GYH as an attorney and a facilitator of meaningful discourse and connection. For more than 20 years, she has creatively helped individuals, families, businesses and organizations maximize their potential in the United States. She represents and advises clients on a wide range of immigration matters, including employment and family-based cases, consular processing, J1 waivers, and naturalization.

As a TED resident, Winarick spent three months in 2016 at the TED office in New York incubating a project to elevate and inform the conversation about migrants and refugees. Since then, she has collaborated with TEDx organizers and other community leaders around the world to build bridges and deepen connection in their local communities through personal story-sharing.

“For the past 15 years as a solo practitioner, in addition to my legal work, I’ve spent a significant amount of time traveling and connecting people where they live to explore culture and identity, together, in the context of a changing world,” Winarick explained. “This stems from a deep desire to facilitate the healthy integration of immigrants and refugees, wherever they land, and an even deeper desire to help cultivate communities that value and celebrate the uniqueness of all residents. I am thrilled to join forces with Grossman Young & Hammond to increase our capacity to serve ‘extraordinary aliens’ and all immigrants seeking to bring their unique gifts to the United States. I’m also excited to work with the firm to create a sense of community for our clients and to shine a light on their inspiring contributions to society.”

Winarick received her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and her Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University.

Grossman Young & Hammond is an internationally recognized law firm offering a full suite of immigration services including employment and family-based immigration, human rights issues, asylum, INTERPOL matters, and more. The firm and its attorneys are recognized by Chambers & Partners (U.S. & Global Guides), Washingtonian’s DC’s Best Lawyers List, Best Lawyers® (US News and World Report), Super Lawyers (Thompson Reuters), and more. To learn more, visit: