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Elaine C. Young

Key Bank Tower
36 S. State Street
Suite 1900
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

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Elaine Young is Chair of Kirton McConkie’s International section. She advises a wide range of employers, including large multinationals and small businesses, on the immigration, tax, and benefits aspects of cross-border employment.  Her practice also includes helping employers understand and develop compliant I-9 and E-Verify practices.  Elaine writes the HR Hero Utah Employment Newsletter and Federal Employment Law Insider columns on immigration matters and serves as editor of the Immigration chapter of BLR’s HR Guide to Employment Law.

Ms. Young is recognized as one of Utah's Legal Elite for international law and tax and as a Mountain States Super Lawyer Rising Star for tax.




  • Securing all employment-based nonimmigrant visas, including the most common (H-1B, TN, E, L, R and so on)
  • Helping companies develop a sound corporate immigration policy that protects the company while attracting needed foreign workers
  • Preparing and processing immigrant visas in EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, EB-4 (religious worker) and EB-5 categories
  • Supporting employee families with family-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa matters
  • Currently representing companies in tech, healthcare, telecom, education, hospitality, manufacturing, and other industries
Global Mobility
  • Pre-move analysis with local counsel to plan for the employment, tax, visa and social security aspects of an expatriate assignment
  • Helping employers evaluate whether to send Americans abroad or hire foreign nationals to work outside their home country
  • Assisting employers who need to secure foreign work visas for short- and long-term expatriate assignments
Immigration Worksite Compliance
  • Acting as outside resource for HR professionals with I-9 questions
  • Responding to I-9 audits and facilitating self-audits
  • Developing corporate compliance policies for I-9s, visa sponsorship, transition to greencards, and more
  • Facilitating direct foreign investment into the United States
  • Helping US companies navigate foreign legal issues when they expand operations outside the United States
  • Ensuring U.S. employers’ payroll tax withholding complies with unique rules for nonresident aliens and expats
  • Analyzing personal income tax issues for expatriates working outside their home country
Prior Experience
  • Linklaters, New York; associate (2001-2003) and law clerk (2000)
  • Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, Employment Law Division; law clerk (1999)

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New York University School of Law, J.D., 2001

Brigham Young University, B.A., 1995

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Utah

Honors & Awards

  • Mountain States Super Lawyers: Rising Star in Tax (2009 - 2013), Immigration: Business (2015, 2014)
  • Utah Legal Elite: Immigration (2017, 2018, 2019), International (2014 - 2016), Up & Coming for International (2011, 2012) and Tax (2009)