Maya Salah

Tel 612.371.3213
Fax 612.371.3207

Maya Salah is a member of Ballard Spahr's Labor and Employment Group as well as its White Collar Defense/Internal Investigations practice. She advises national and international clients on employment and business immigration matters, focusing her practice on employment-based immigration, I-9 audits, and corporate immigration compliance.

Maya is a former prosecutor with the Hennepin County Attorney's Office and a former investigator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the City of St. Paul Department of Human Rights. She leverages her experience and insight into the way government investigations and enforcement actions work and applies that knowledge when handling complex employment and immigration compliance matters.

Maya has lived on three continents, speaks four languages, and brings a global perspective to her representation of employers of all sizes. She represents clients in matters involving a wide range of employment-based visas, including visas for managers and executives, treaty traders and investors, artists and entertainers, and people of extraordinary ability. Maya routinely counsels employers on matters arising under Title VII, FLSA, FMLA, and ADA, and she defends companies subject to inspections by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Labor (DOL).

Maya also assists employers with mediations, human resources policies, and training programs.

Professional Activities

Maya is a member of minority bar associations, including MABL, MNAPABA, MHBA, MNIABA, MNLBA, and NASBA

Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection for the Second Judicial District

Recognitions & Accomplishments

North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2016


Co-author, "EEOC Issues Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccine," Ballard Spahr alert, December 17, 2020

Co-author, "DOL, DHS Issue New Rules for H-1B Process and Prevailing Wage Computation," Ballard Spahr alert, October 9, 2020

Co-author, "DHS Extends Form I-9 Compliance Flexibility Rule for an Additional 60 Days," Ballard Spahr alert, September 16, 2020

Co-author, "UPDATED: EEOC Updates 'Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace' Guidance to Address COVID-19," Ballard Spahr alert, September 11, 2020

Co-author, "The Great Cover-Up: States Order Workers to Wear Face Coverings," Ballard Spahr alert, April 17, 2020

Co-author, "OSHA Issues Updated Enforcement Guidance Addressing COVID-19," Ballard Spahr alert, April 17, 2020

Co-author, "EEOC Updates ‘Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace’ Guidance to Address COVID-19," Ballard Spahr alert, April 14, 2020

Co-author, "CDC issues guidance for Critical Infrastructure Employees," Ballard Spahr alert, April 13, 2020

Co-author, "Minnesota Gov. Walz Again Expands Unemployment Benefits to Unemployed Workers," Ballard Spahr alert, April 9, 2020

Co-author, "DHS Institutes Flexibility in Form I-9 Compliance for Employers Working Remotely," Ballard Spahr alert, March 23, 2020

Co-author, "How Employers Should Address the Workplace Impact of COVID-19," Ballard Spahr alert, March 6, 2020

Co-author, "Immigration Form 1-9: A Form That Can Have Severe Consequences," Law Journal Newsletters, October 2019

Speaking Engagements

Presenter, "Eliminating Implicit Bias from Investigations and Disciplinary Decision-Making," Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, September 16, 2020

Presenter, "U.S. Immigration Compliance During COVID-19," Ballard Spahr webinar, April 9, 2020

Speaker, "5th Annual Immigrant Attorneys Among Us - Successes and Challenges of Our Colleagues Who Were Born Outside of the U.S.," Minnesota State Bar Association, January 18, 2019

"Immigration Update: What 2018 Policies Mean for Your Workforce," Minneapolis Fall Employment Law Seminar, Ballard Spahr event, October 10, 2018

Speaker, "AI, Automation and the Workforce of Tomorrow – Today!" Ballard Spahr webinar, September 19, 2018

Speaker, "Employment Law Traps in Diversity Programs," National Association for Law Placement's 2018 Annual Education Conference: Making a Splash, Hollywood, Fla., April 2018

"Labor and Employment Law Year in Review," Ballard Spahr CLE, February 2018 

2017 Employment Law Seminar: A Time of Change, Complimentary Seminar, October, 2017

"Immigration Updates & Challenges in 2017," Panelist, Twin Cities Human Resource Association, June, 2017

Moderator, "Intersection Between EB Immigration Practice & Employment Law," 2017 Upper Midwest Immigration Law Conference, May, 2017

Community Activities

Saint Paul Human Rights Commission, Commissioner

Community Mediation Services, Mediator

Volunteer Lawyers Network, Board Member

University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D., Certificate in International Law, 2007)

University of Maryland University College (B.S., 2002)



U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota