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Charles H Kuck
Office:
365 Northridge Rd, Suite 300
30350
City:
Atlanta
State:
Georgia
Country:
USA
Tel:
+1 404 949 8154
Fax:
+1 404 949 8144

Thought Leaders: Corporate Immigration 2017

Chuck served as the national president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association from 2008 to 2009. He also served as president of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, and is currently an adjunct professor of law at Emory Law School. He advises his clients on immigration strategies designed to enhance the employers’ business and to maximise the employee’s immigration benefi ts. He has practised immigration law for 27 years, has spoken to numerous legal and business conferences on all types of immigration related topics, has testified in Congress on various aspects of immigration law and immigration reform, is frequently quoted in the national press, and appears regularly on national and local television and cable news outlets.

What inspired you to enter the legal profession?

As I was nearing graduation from college, my wife suggested I explore becoming an attorney, rather than seeking work at the CIA. I think she had other ideas for my future than I did at that time! After graduation from law school, I was introduced to immigration law by a series of pro bono asylum cases, that blossomed into a passion for helping companies, individuals and investors navigate the crazy highway of immigrating to the United States.

How have you built and maintained a highly successful practice in this area?

I established Kuck Immigration Partners to aid companies, investors, families, and those caught in the snare of immigration court to successfully find solutions that work for their long-term success in the United States. We also engage in high-profile litigation against the government, seeking timely adjudication of cases and better interpretation of the law by the immigration agencies. We have built our practice on giving the highest level of service to our clients, while also providing our clients with the information necessary to make cost-effective decisions.

How do you distinguish yourself from competitors in the market?

We tell the truth. We don’t mean that in a pejorative way. Rather, we lay out all options in any particular matter for our client, then we tell them realistic ways to make decisions from an economic and outcome perspective. Truth is grossly underrated in many law firms, which focus on billing hourly or maximising income. We have found that income and profit have a way of following excellent service and honesty.

What advice would you give to younger lawyers starting their career in this practice area?

The market is very difficult for young immigration lawyers right now, mostly because of technology. By maximising technology, the opportunities for lawyers entering the fi eld are shrinking. The best thing to do right now would be to accumulate knowledge. Immigration law is so much more than the law and regulations. There are policy memos, articles, meeting minutes and, of course, articles and books. Soak up as much information as you can, and that will put you in good stead with future employers and clients. Nothing is more frustrating on a Listserve when a new lawyers asks how to do a case he just had a client pay him to do. If you don’t know how to do a case, get a mentor or don’t take the case!

How do you anticipate the result of the presidential election affecting corporate immigration in the US?

The election of Donald Trump, and the rhetoric he brings with him, could change the face of US immigration law for a generation. We know he intends to build a “wall,” to take away work permits from people who arrived in the US as children, and to deport criminals (something Obama has done for eight years). Beyond that, he has surrounded himself with anti-immigration advisers who could turn back the clock on many affirmative business-related immigration provisions from the past 16 years.

What qualities make a successful corporate immigration lawyer?

Honesty, trust and service. Given that competence is assumed, and reliability is mandatory, these other three qualities make the best type of immigration lawyer.

Lawyers have recently noted a rise in cost-consciousness on the part of clients, as well as subsequent fee pressures. Has it forced you to reassess your fee arrangements?

We typically use a flat-fee structure and believe we are remarkably competition on fees, given the less expensive market we live in. We also give a lot of added value, such as free audits, free calls, and 24/7 response times to our clients. We have not had any pushback on our fees.

What has been the most memorable matter that you have worked on?

We represented, in a pro bono matter, companies and individuals who were going to be harmed by a new anti-immigration law in Georgia. We won that case, stopped the law and helped our state legislature realise the need to not make immigrants scapegoats of unconstitutional legislation.

Biography:

Who's Who Legal Corporate Immigration

Mr Kuck received his BA degree from Brigham Young University in 1986. He earned his JD degree, cum laude, from Arizona State University Law School in 1989. He is admitted to practise law in Georgia, Arizona and Washington, DC. He has been admitted to the Bar of the US Supreme Court, nine Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, and numerous Federal District Courts.

Mr Kuck is the founder and managing partner of Kuck Immigration Partners LLC and oversees its worldwide immigration practice. Mr Kuck assists international immigrant investors, employers and employees with business and professional visas, labour certifications, immigrant visas, consular representation, and citizenship matters. Mr Kuck also maintains an active federal court practice focusing on immigration issues. He has represented asylum seekers and others in more than 700 trials before the immigration courts.

Mr Kuck’s clients include technology firms, manufacturers, multinational corporations, individual EB-5 investors and entrepreneurs, as well as families, individual immigrants and asylum seekers. He maintains a robust and rewarding pro bono practice, and has been an adjunct Professor of Law at Emory University and the University of Georgia for the last 17 years. 

In 2017, Mr Kuck was named as one of the top five most highly regarded corporate immigration lawyers in the world by Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Immigration Lawyers; as one of the top five names in immigration by Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders; and as one of Georgia’s Legal Elite. Mr Kuck has again been named by Atlanta Magazine as a Georgia Super Lawyer in the field of Immigration Law for 2017. 

Mr Kuck is listed in Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Immigration AttorneysChambers USA, Chambers Global and The Best Lawyers in America. He is the voice of the most-listened-to podcast on immigration in the United States (“The Immigration Hour”).  His blog provides insightful analysis of cutting-edge immigration and political topics relating to our broken immigration system. (www.musingsonimmigration.blogspot.com). Mr Kuck has written numerous law review articles and op-eds on various US immigration law subjects, and has spoken at hundreds of legal, industry, business, and civic organisations on a broad range of immigration topics. Mr Kuck was part of the group of attorneys that stopped a key provision of Georgia’s HB-87 anti-immigration law, and is currently representing DACA recipients seeking to pay in-state tuition to attend Georgia Colleges and Universities. 

Mr Kuck is a former national president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He is a founding member and former president of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (ABIL). He currently serves as co-chair of the City of Atlanta’s Welcoming America commission, and as a board member of the Georgia Restaurant Association. He was recently selected as the principal immigration attorney for the Andean Parliament, and gives frequent free community forums to churches, schools and community groups, educating immigrants on their rights and opportunities in the United States.

Mr Kuck has testified in Congress on immigration issues, is frequently quoted in the press, and has appeared on broadcast stations such as CBS, NBC, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, Univision, Telemundo, Democracy Now, CNBC, National Public Radio, as well as in and written publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, The National Journal, The Miami Herald and the Atlanta Journal Constitution, among others. 

WWL says: The “outstanding” Charles Kuck is “a vigorous advocate” and “the guy you want to hire if you’re in serious immigration trouble”.

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

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