Bo Cooper

Bo Cooper
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Who's Who Legal Corporate Immigration

Bo is a partner in Fragomen’s Washington, DC office, and leads the firm's government strategies and compliance group. He provides strategic immigration advice to corporations, institutions, universities, trade associations, international media outlets, and individuals facing complex immigration problems. He has long experience in helping clients identify and drive immigration policy changes; has guided clients through difficult immigration strategy challenges, including through interactions with federal agencies and with consulates around the world; is particularly experienced in asylum, Interpol red notice misuse, and other immigration issues involving repressive governments; and has represented clients in large-scale federal audits and investigations. 

Before entering private practice, Bo served as general counsel of the US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) from 1999 to 2003. He directed a legal programme of 700 attorneys in 56 offices across the nation. He served in this capacity during two administrations, advising the commissioner of the INS, the Attorney General of the United States, the White House, other executive branch agencies, and the US Congress on all aspects of US immigration law. Bo also has extensive federal litigation experience, including several years as a trial attorney in the civil division of the Department of Justice.

Bo has testified frequently before the US Congress, and has made many television, radio and print media appearances, including the PBS Newshour, Sixty Minutes, Nightline, the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, BBC Radio, CBC Radio, and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Bo was involved in negotiating immigration-related agreements between the US and other governments, and has acted as a US delegate to international organisations.

Bo also has an extensive pro bono practice, addressing asylum, Convention Against Torture, DACA, and a wide range of other immigration issues for clients in need of donated legal services. He has appeared as amicus curiae in immigration cases before the US Supreme Court and other federal courts; has served as an expert witness in federal litigation surrounding the reach of federal and state authority over immigration; and has advised the Department of Homeland Security through a Homeland Security Advisory Committee task force.

Bo has written and lectured extensively, and has taught immigration, asylum and refugee law, immigration and national security, and immigration enforcement courses. He has served as an adjunct professor and fellow in law and government at the Washington College of Law at American University; as a public interest fellow at the University of Michigan Law School; and as a member of the adjunct faculty at the Georgetown Law Center.

Bo has received many awards for his work and is recognised in numerous professional rankings, including Best Lawyers in America; Super Lawyers; “The Nation’s 100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys”, Human Resource Executive and Lawdragon; Chambers USA; Chambers Global; Best Lawyers in Washington DC; and Who's Who Legal.

WWL says: Bo Cooper is a huge name for immigration strategy who “does outstanding work” in the policy space. His deep experience in the field makes him a strong choice for clients seeking advice.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Corporate Immigration which can be purchased from our Shop.

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