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Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

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Chairman: Austin T Fragomen, Jr
Number of partners: 120+ worldwide
Number of lawyers: 550+ worldwide (inc. partners)

Firm Overview:
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP (Fragomen) is the largest US firm and the only Am Law 100 firm practicing exclusively in the area of immigration law. Fragomen provides immigration services to the full spectrum of clientele — from individuals and small start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations, universities and other organizations. Fragomen has more than 4,000 employees worldwide, including more than 2,000 employees located in 17 offices throughout the United States.

The firm provides support for immigration applications, compliance with local requirements, policy and program design, and program management. Because Fragomen focuses all of its resources on immigration, the firm also offers guidance and proprietary technologies to support niche areas of immigration such as government strategies; immigration policy development; regulatory compliance, including I-9, E-Verify and H-1B LCA compliance; immigration implications of corporate restructuring activities; audit services; consular and document requirements; and business visitor visas. For example, Fragomen has a dedicated team of government strategies professionals, including litigators, former senior government officials, white-collar lawyers and compliance professionals. Their experience and professional prominence give them access to key decision-makers and unmatched insight into the changes that regularly occur in US immigration policy.

Other resources include the firm’s dedicated process advisory group, its knowledge management organization and data analytics IT group who collaborate to provide best practices and strategies related to specific types of applications, program level strategies and work flows with clients and other providers. In addition, Fragomen’s immigration technology innovation lab is pioneering sophisticated technology solutions to revolutionize the immigration experience for its clients.

Main Areas of Practice:

Fragomen’s main areas of practice include immigration application support, immigration compliance support, and immigration program and policy support. Examples of recent work include:
■Assisted clients with preparing for and managing the results of immigration-related executive orders, regulatory activities, and other policy developments under the Trump administration, and planning for future actions that could impact businesses and foreign nationals
■Providing direct support addressing specific needs of businesses and foreign nationals
■Providing analysis to company Boards and senior leadership on executive orders, impending regulations, and other policy developments
■Hosting webinars on current topics of interest and concern
■Acted as counsel of record in the successful litigation against the US government pertaining to L-1 positions at issue as containing ‘specialized knowledge,’ which represented one of the most significant business immigration litigation victories over immigration agencies in many years
■As part of a proactive compliance initiative, undertook a large-scale project to audit thousands of Public Access Files and digitize them to facilitate recordkeeping, maintenance and timely purging
■Provided clients with compliance programs and strategic advice to prevent enforcement actions or negative regulatory outcomes
■Developed the immigration strategy for a series of complex M&A transactions and navigated immigration rules in nearly 100 countries to ensure compliance for the spin-off companies
■Represented a number of companies with H-1B wage and hour investigations and related issues, including resolving the matters and advising on best practices
■Provided formal comments on numerous immigration-related regulatory initiatives
■Designed and implemented global immigration strategies for high net worth individuals that are harmonized with business strategies, global tax minimization, and other applicable individual considerations
■Represented individual clients in complex cases involving asylum and related protection issues, visa refusals, allegations of inadmissibility, or removal proceedings
■Litigated against the travel ban executive order
■Resolved company-specific or industry-wide refusals by immigration agencies to provide benefits that are authorized by law

International Work:
Fragomen is composed of law firms and immigration consultancies that work together to support its clients with immigration matters across all regions globally. To best serve its clients, Fragomen has more than 50 offices strategically located in key commercial centers throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. In total, Fragomen offers support in more than 170 countries.