H. Sam Myers III

Of Counsel, Nilan Johnson Lewis PA


  • University of North Dakota, B.A.
  • University of Virginia Law School, J.D.

Sam Myers has more than 30 years’ experience practicing employment-based immigration law. He is a 1972 graduate of the University of Virginia Law School. 

He is a past President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and a 25 year member of AILA’s Board of Governors. Mr. Myers has testified before the U.S. Congress and the Minnesota State legislature on employment-based immigration. He participated in writing several significant amendments to the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act including the amendments to the H-1B and L-1 visa categories and conceived and helped write the original "Conrad State 20" legislation enabling foreign-born physicians to acquire permanent residence by serving in health professional shortage areas. 

He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in Immigration Law since the publication’s inception, Minnesota Super lawyers, The Lawyers World Global Award, Corporate Immigration Law Who’s Who and was recognized in the International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers 2007-2011 as one of the top 15 lawyers in the world "most highly regarded" in corporate immigration law. 

He has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School since 2004, where he teaches Immigration Law. Mr. Myers co-founded the Immigration Law Clinic at the William Mitchell College of Law in 1983 and taught the clinic for eight years. He has served as a Mentor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law since 2004.

He has served as a board member and President of the International Institute of Minnesota and currently serves as a board and executive committee member of the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights.

Immigration Law: Asylum, Removal, and "Crimmigration"

Employment and Family-Based Immigration Law