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Amy Jill Novak Esq.

Mountain West Practice Director
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Vail (Mountain West)
2077 North Frontage Road, Suite 100 Vail CO 81657 US

Amy Novak founded the Novak Law office in 2005. Focusing on employment and family immigration, her firm has built a reputation for working extensively with clients to deliver successful results. 

Amy also heads up the Colorado office for the renowned law firm Green and Spiegel. As a leading national speaker and expert on temporary employment visas, she is responsible for their nationwide H-2B practice. Her extensive experience has benefited many clients throughout the country, as she has skillfully maneuvered through multiple Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division audits.

She is active in her community on behalf of immigrant rights, with a steadfast commitment to help domestic violence victims and DACA recipients. She also works closely with local law enforcement and other advocates on a variety of human rights issues.

As a member of AILA, Amy is an active participant in the local Colorado chapter, where she most recently served as the DMV/SSA Committee Liaison. She is a member of the Colorado and the Continental Divide Bar Associations as well as the American Bar Association. She is licensed in both New York and Colorado, having received her Juris Doctor degree from the prestigious Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City. 



Practice Areas


  • J.D. - Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law: 1993
  • B.A. Political Science - University of Michigan: 1990


  • Bar Admission - Colorado: 2011
  • Bar Admission - New York: 1993
  • AILA - Member
  • Colorado Bar Association - Member
  • Continental Divide Bar Association (Rocky Mtn Division CO Bar) - Member 
  • ABA - Member 
  • H-2B Workforce Coalition
  • Seasonal Employment Alliance  ​



  • Bright Future Foundation (Domestic Violence), on call attorney - immigration issues: 2007 to present
  • Eagle County Community Trust Project, Member
  • Electing Women Alliance, Vail Chapter, Member
  • Vail Valley Partnership (Eagle County Chamber of Commerce), Member


Sep 14, 2016

AILA Colorado Chapter

Topic: The Ins and Outs of the H-2B visa


Jun 30, 2021

Amy Jill Novak Named Vice Chair of AILA’s Department of Labor H-2 Visa Committee

Congratulations to Amy Jill Novak, Mountain West Practice Director at Green and Spiegel LLC, who was just named Vice Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Department of Labor Liaison Committee’s H-2 Section! Amy has been a member of AILA’s Department of Labor Liaison Committee H-2B Visa Committee since 2019. Learn more in this blog.

Apr 21, 2021

DHS Has Announced an Additional 22,000 Visas for the H-2B Visa Program

After considerable pressure from small business owners and H-2B industry supporters, DHS has agreed to release an additional 22,000 H-2B visas, with 6,000 of those visas being earmarked for workers from Northern Triangle countries (Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala). According to DHS, employers wishing to obtain workers through this visa release will have to conduct additional advertising, and explain how their businesses will suffer without these workers. Learn more in this blog.

May 13, 2020

H-2B Nonimmigrants in the Country with Valid Status Are Allowed to Extend Their Stay Beyond Three Years During Pandemic

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is temporarily removing certain limitations on employers or U.S. agents seeking to hire certain H-2B workers already in the United States to provide temporary labor or services essential to the U.S. food supply chain, and for certain H-2B workers, who are essential to the U.S. food supply chain, seeking to extend their stay. Learn more in this blog.

Apr 16, 2019

Jonathan Grode and Amy Novak Speak on Panel at the Vail Symposium

On Tuesday, April 9th 2019, Green and Spiegel U.S. Practice Director, Jonathan Grode, and Mountain West Practice Director, Amy Jill Novak, convened with a panel of local business leaders at the Vail Symposium in Edwards, CO. These lawyers and business people met to talk about immigration law and policy, specifically the challenges for companies who hire seasonal foreign workers. Learn more in this blog.

Apr 05, 2019

H-2B Visa Program Relief

On March 29, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security indicated plans to release an additional 30,000 visas in the H-2B category. Learn more in this blog.

Dec 07, 2018

H-2B Reform: A Christmas Miracle

A tentative bi-partisan deal has been struck to reform the H-2B program, in effect doubling the number of allotted visas per fiscal year from 66,000 to 132,000. However, there is a price to pay for the cap increase, and that price is the new requirement that all H-2B employers perform strict checks on all workers hired since 2012.

Sep 19, 2018

Trump Administration Investigating Employers using the H-2B program

On September 6, 2018, the Trump Administration announced plans to investigate employers using the H-2B program.  The program is used to fulfil...

Jun 08, 2018

The H-2B Temporary Work Visa – Is Partial Relief Better Than No Relief?

On May 14, 2018, the final rule related to H-2B cap relief for fiscal year 2018 was transmitted to the Office of Management and Budget for review.&...

May 01, 2018

The H-2B, Temporary Work Visa – Waiting for cap relief

Congress created the H-2B program in 1986 with the passage of the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA). This new non-immigrant[1] class w...

Oct 01, 2015

Green and Spiegel is Growing: New U.S. Office Location Announced

October 1, 2015 – Green and Spiegel is proud to announce that Amy Novak, founder of the Novak Law Office in Vail, Colorado, has joined Green ...

Media and Presentations

  • Writer, "Lobbying on Behalf of the H-2B Visa Program", American Immigration Lawyers Association "Think Immigration" Blog, April, 2018
  • Moderator/Speaker, "What We Know About Trump and Immigration: How It Impacts Labor & Employment Lawyers," Labor & Employment Law Annual Conference, Vail, Colorado, January 2018
  • Writer/Speaker, "Defining H-2B Temporary Need", American Immigration Lawyer's Association's Fall H-2B Conference, Seattle, Washington, August 2017
  • Discussion Leader, "The H-2B Temporary Worker Visa Program: Overview and Recent Developments", American Immigration Lawyer's Association's Florida Chapter's Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida, October 2017
  • Moderator/Speaker, "The Intersection of Business Immigration and Labor Law,” Labor & Employment Law Annual Conference, Snowmass, Colorado, January 2017
  • Speaker, "The Ins and Outs of the H-2B Visas", American Immigration Lawyer's Association's Colorado Chapter's Fall Continuing Legal Education Meeting, Denver, Colorado, September 2016
  • Speaker, “A Guide to the Successful Ins and Outs of H-2A and H-2B Petitions", American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 2016
  • Moderator/Speaker, "The Intersection of Business Immigration and Labor Law,” Labor & Employment Law Annual Conference, Vail, Colorado, January 2015
  • Working Group Member, Comments to the U.S. Department of Labor's Proposed Regulatory Changes to the H-2B Program, American Immigration Lawyers Association, June 2015
  • Speaker, "Current Developments in H-2B Processing," American Immigration Lawyers Association Webinar, April 2013