This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2013
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FIRM OF THE YEAR - CORPORATE IMMIGRATION
Since its establishment in 1951, Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy has grown into the world’s leading provider of global immigration services. With 42 offices in 18 countries and the firm’s excellent Local Advisor Network, it has the capacity to give first-class advice to clients in over 170 countries. The firm continued its explosive growth in January 2013 with the addition of new offices in Switzerland, Mexico and Brazil. Fragomen was the first firm to work with companies in making immigration a strategic human resources function and it prides itself on its lawyers’ ability to provide strategic and innovative solutions for clients. The firm’s depth of knowledge and global capacity means that it is our corporate immigration law firm for the ninth consecutive year, having won the title every year since the awards began. This year, the firm achieves 30 listings.
|FRAGOMEN DEL REY BERNSEN & LOEWY LLP|
|TOTAL LISTINGS IN WHO’S WHO LEGAL: 30|
|Practice Area Breakdown|
|Corporate Immigration||28||Labour & Employment||2|
Fragomen provides a world-class corporate immigration service and boasts 28 “outstanding” practitioners from an impressive 17 offices in seven countries. The firm provides a comprehensive immigration service for clients including strategic planning, compliance, government relations and all other provisions necessary to ensure that its clients receive the highest level of legal service. The firm is best represented by its US offices, which are home to 21 of our featured practitioners. In New York, Austin T Fragomen Jr is chairman of the firm’s executive committee and a “recognised authority” in the field. He is joined by Ethan E Kaufman, Michael D Patrick and Ellen G Yost. Kaufman is a “leading professional” with “exceptional understanding” of employment-based immigration matters while the “outstanding” Patrick has over 30 years’ experience in the area and is the “go-to guy” in the region for many of our respondents. Yost is a “frontrunner” with a specialism in US business immigration.
We list five lawyers from the firm’s Atlanta office, demonstrating Fragomen’s strong base in Georgia. Deborah Marlowe is a “tough advocate” and has represented international companies in alien employment certification proceedings before the US Department of Labor. Kevin Miner is an “influential professional” who has played a role in drafting immigration legislation. The “dedicated and client-focused” Kyle D Sherman and the “intellectually sharp attorney” Karen Winarsky also have broad immigration practices.
In DC, Bo Cooper is “very well known” for his previous work as General Counsel of the US Immigration and Naturalization Service. He is head of the firm’s government strategies and compliance group and impresses our respondents with his “energy, detailed knowledge and business nous”. Managing partner of the Washington, DC, office, Andrew B Greenfield is a favourite among our respondents for his “strategic advice”. He has a broad practice but specialises in counselling clients on visa matters and the immigration consequences of corporate reorganisations.
Cynthia J Lange, head of the firm’s high-tech practice, is based in Silicon Valley and is a “terrific practitioner”. Co-manager of the Irvine office David Hirson is in charge of the firm’s consular practice and “provides sophisticated advice to his clients, even on the most complex issues”. We also feature lawyers from the firm’s offices in Michigan, Illinois, New Jersey, Arizona and Massachusetts, attesting to the firm’s immense presence across the US.
Outside of America, Fragomen garners inclusions from Australia, Asia, Europe, South Africa and Central America. Alex Paterson has recently relocated to Perth to lead the firm’s practice in Western Australia. Her “drive” and “good judgement” have impressed our respondents. In Sydney, Robert Walsh manages the firm’s Australian and New Zealand practices and works with clients in the financial services, mining and resources and IT sectors. In Asia, Becky Xia in Shanghai and Mark Buchanan in Singapore, are highly regarded by clients. Xia is a “fantastic practitioner” who has a “great reputation for quality work and innovative advice”. Buchanan is “truly excellent” and the “first port of call” for many of our respondents. London-based Caron Pope provides “responsive and helpful solutions” and has over 20 years of experience practising in UK immigration and nationality law. Owen Davies leads the practice in Johannesburg and is “a real leader in this part of the world” while Federico Solis in San José, “matches fantastic local knowledge with an in-depth understanding of complex international immigration issues”. He is head of the firm’s work in the Latin America and Caribbean region.
One particular lawyer of note is Daryl R Buffenstein, based in Atlanta, who is one of our most highly recommended professionals. He is an “outstanding practitioner and a mentor to many immigration lawyers” and has been described as “a terrific person who has character and dignity and is extremely competent”. Buffenstein is featured in our corporate immigration and management, labour and employment publications, a testament to his pre-eminent work in the field. Sydney-based Chris Barton is also listed in our management, labour and employment publication where he is praised for his “unique experience” in advising companies in employment matters related to overseas workers.
Fragomen is a leading immigration counselling and services provider worldwide, with more than 40 offices in key business destinations spanning all regions globally. The firm provides corporate immigration services to clients in a variety of industries, with an eye toward ongoing expansion into emerging markets worldwide. For example, in the first quarter of 2013 alone, Fragomen opened new offices in Switzerland, Brazil and Mexico.
As the largest firm in the world focused exclusively on immigration and consulting services Fragomen has extensive knowledge of best practices and industry trends, which it uses to create progressive and compliant immigration programmes for its clients. The vast experience of its more than 2,200 immigration professionals and staff allows Fragomen to customise its comprehensive corporate immigration services, and create teams of professionals dedicated to each client. In addition, the firm has teams of professionals dedicated to specialised immigration functions such as business visas, employment verification, document procurement, government strategies and compliance, and sourcing and analysing information on global immigration trends. The firm’s service delivery models are flexible, and can be tailored to meet each client’s individual needs.
Fragomen’s services include strategic legal analysis and case preparation. At the most fundamental level, Fragomen ensures that the appropriate status is obtained on behalf of each client, and that documents issued by government authorities are accurate and correct. It does so with a keen awareness of the need for optimal value, efficiency and cost effectiveness.
Sydney: +61 2 8224 8555
Brussels: +32 (0) 2 550 1020
Rio De Janeiro: +55 21 3747-1756
São Paulo: +55 11 5503 6732
Toronto: +1 416 504 3838
Beijing: +86 10 5123 5140
Frankfurt: +49 (0) 69 20 97 49 0
Hong Kong: +852 2151 2190
Bangalore: +91 80 4344 4744
Mexico City: +52 (55) 5955 4400
Wellington: +64 4 499 2080
Singapore: +65 6334 0766
Johannesburg: +27 (0) 11 684 9000
Zürich: +41 44 267 44 80
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Dubai: +971 4 446 6143
London: +44 (0) 20 3077 5000
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
New York: +1 212 688 8555
For a complete list of our offices, visit www.fragomen.com
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