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Focus on In-House Counsel: Litigation as a Part of Corporate Immigration Strategy

September 16, 2019
Web Seminar

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Presented 9/16/2019
02:00 PM (ET)
CLE Eligible No
Length 90 min.
Format Web Seminar
SKU WS2019-09-16

In 2019, employers are seeing unprecedented delays, denials, and a lack of consistency in their immigration filings. Motions and administrative appeals are time-consuming and frequently futile. Often, federal court litigation is the quickest and most effective way to obtain an adjudication or reverse a denial. However, most employers are uncertain of the process and chances of success, and they worry about the possible adverse impact to the company if they file a mandamus or challenge a denial in federal court. This seminar, designed specifically for in-house counsel and lawyers who advise companies, will provide practical, cutting-edge advice regarding the costs, logistics, risks, and benefits of incorporating federal litigation into your corporate immigration strategy.

Featured Topics

  • What Kinds of Federal Court Actions Are Available to Expedite Delayed Cases and Challenge Denials?
  • Which Types of Cases Are Successful? What Are the Estimated Timelines?
  • Are Temporary Restraining Orders to Keep an Employee Employed Possible?
  • Are There Possible Negative Ramifications to the Company in Future Adjudications, Government Contracts, or Enforcement?
  • Can the Company Avoid Being a Named Plaintiff?
  • What Are the Best Approaches for In-House Counsel to Convince the Company to Litigate?
  • Who Is Responsible for Legal Fees? Are EAJA Fees Available?
  • What Are Other Companies Doing? What Are the Recent Success Stories?

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H. Ronald Klasko is the Managing Partner of Klasko Immigration Law Partners. Ron is a former National President and 3-term General Counsel of AILA. Ron has extensive experience with business immigration federal court litigation. He chairs AILA's Administrative Litigation Task Force. He is the only lawyer ever to be honored twice with the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s highest honor, The Founders Award. Ron was chosen in 2019 for leading AILA’s Administrative Litigation Task Force, a catalyst for the exponential increase of successful litigation challenging restrictive immigration policies and serving as co-counsel for successful litigation challenging the USCIS unlawful presence policy memo. He was lead attorney on Matters of Walsh and Pollard, which established the most important precedent for E-2 visas. Ron has been selected for Best Lawyers in America annually since 1991. Who’s Who Legal in Corporate Immigration named him as the world’s most well-respected immigration lawyer.

Andrew Desposito currently serves as Assistant General Counsel - Immigration for Prime Healthcare Management, Inc., where he oversees all aspects of immigration sponsorship and compliance for Prime Healthcare’s hospital system. Mr. Desposito primarily focuses on employment-based immigration case matters, as well as immigration compliance matters involving DHS and DOL. Prior to going in-house, Mr. Desposito worked in boutique immigration firms and had his own practice for a brief period of time. Currently, Mr. Desposito is the AILA In-House Counsel Interest Group Chair, member of AILA’s Message Center Committee, and member of AILA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. He recently spoke at AILA’s last national conference on the subject matter of Public Access File compliance. Mr. Desposito received his JD from California Western School of Law in San Diego, CA.

Kellen Powell is an immigration attorney at Visual BI Solutions in Plano, Texas. Mr. Powell has worked at leading state university in Texas and a boutique immigration firm in Oklahoma. Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Powell served in the Army for 10 years.

Diana C. Bauerle currently serves as in-house counsel for Wolfram Companies (Wolfram Research, Inc. and Wolfram Alpha LLC) focusing mainly on employment-based immigration issues and also on data privacy. While working for private law firms in Chicago and San Francisco, Ms. Bauerle provided expert counsel on a broad range of business immigration matters for large multinational corporate clients, medium-sized organizations and small businesses/start-ups in diverse industries. She is currently the Vice-Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) California Service Center national government liaison committee, has participated as a chair or member of various local and national AILA committees, and has spoken at numerous national, regional and local conferences during her 18 years of immigration law practice. She currently provides pro bono services to local communities in the areas of family-based immigration, asylum and naturalization. Ms. Bauerle received her JD and MBA from Loyola University Chicago.

Marketa Lindt (AILA President) is a partner at Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago, where she advises employers on business immigration, leads the firm’s I-9 compliance practice, and represents clients in immigration-related white-collar defense matters. She currently serves as AILA’s President. Previously, she served as chair of the AILA Chicago Chapter, and also served on AILA national liaison committees for Verification, DOL, ICE, SSA, and the NSC. In addition, Ms. Lindt serves in an advisory capacity to organizations representing underserved and indigent immigrant communities. She frequently speaks and writes on business immigration and compliance issues and has been ranked by Chambers and a number of other leading directories as a top immigration attorney nationally.

Brad Banias started his career in litigation as a trial attorney for the Department of Justice’s Office of Immigration Litigation – District Court Section. Over the past six years, Brad has filed over 150 lawsuits against the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State seeking challenging unreasonable delays and unlawful denials related to immigration benefits. Brad also regularly files habeas petitions seeking release from immigration detention. Brad also teaches administrative law, immigration law, and federal court immigration litigation at the Charleston School of Law.

The speaker's/author's views do not necessarily represent the views of AILA, nor do they constitute legal advice or representation. Practice tips provided are based on the speaker's/author's experiences and the current state of the law. Please be sure to conduct legal research and analysis for your unique situation as the law changes quickly and experiences may differ from your own.
Special Member Pricing: $15
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AILA Members’ Paralegals $15
AILA Nonprofit Members $15
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Nonmember Attorneys $199
Other Nonmembers $199
Nonprofit Nonmembers $199
Nonmember Law Students $199
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The Focus on In-House Counsel: Litigation as a Part of Corporate Immigration Strategy web seminar takes place Monday, September 16, 2019, at the times noted below:

  • 2:00 pm–3:30 pm eastern time
  • 1:00 pm–2:30 pm central time
  • 12:00 pm–1:30 pm mountain time
  • 11:00 am–12:30 pm pacific time

The registration deadline for this seminar is 11:59 pm ET on September 15, 2019.

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