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51st Annual Immigration and Naturalization Institute


Speaker(s): Allen Orr Jr, Ally Bolour, Anastasia Tonello, Austin T. Fragomen, Jr., Catherine L. Haight, Charles Kuck, Claire R. Thomas, Cynthia Juarez Lange, Cyrus D. Mehta, David Grunblatt, Jason Abrams, Kathleen Campbell Walker, Lori Adams, Lucas Guttentag, Mark R. von Sternberg, Marketa Lindt, Rebecca Peters, Robert C. Divine, Robert E. Juceam, Sarah K. Peterson, Trudy S. Rebert, Vincent W. Lau, William A. Stock
Recorded on: Dec. 5, 2018
PLI Program #: 221993

Allen Orr is the founder of Orr Immigration Law Firm PC, a minority-owned law firm based in Washington, DC and focusing on a US corporate compliance as well as global corporate representation and assistance on immigration issues.

Mr. Orr previously helped to build one of the leading global immigration practices at a large global law firm, where he developed a global network of immigration practitioners, government officials and business leaders.  Mr. Orr managed an I-9 compliance audit for a Fortune 10 company which involved review and analysis of all immigration records relating to its 250,000 employees.

Mr. Orr is the recipient of the 2009 Joseph Minsky Young Lawyer Award for contributions made in the immigration law field and specifically for his work with the Young Lawyers Division, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). He is listed in The International Who’s who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers.  He is the Immigration Section Chair for the National Bar Association and the National Treasurer for AILA.

Mr. Orr is a frequent speaker on US and global emerging business immigration issues.  He is a Senior Editor of the Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook and an Associate Editor of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s (AILA) Global Immigration Guide: A Country-by-Country Survey.

Mr. Orr received a BA in Philosophy from Morehouse College and a JD from Howard University’s School of Law.


Ally Bolour has been practicing immigration law since 1996.  He is the managing attorney at Bolour Immigration Group, a full service immigration law firm with offices in Los Angeles, Palm Springs, and Salinas. He is an elected Director at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).  Previously, he served on the Board of Trustees at the American Immigration Council and also the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (formerly IGLHRC, now Outright.)  He is a member of the LA County Bar Association & the LGBT Bar Association.  Ally is a frequent speaker on immigration issues for AILA and other local, national, and international organizations.  He is fluent in Persian.


Austin T. Fragomen, Jr. is Chairman of the global law firm of Fragomen Worldwide. Over the course of his career in immigration, Austin has served as staff counsel to the US House of Representatives subcommittee on immigration, citizenship and international law and as an adjunct professor of law at New York University School of Law and as Chairman of the New York City Bar Justice Center.  Austin has testified before Congress on a range of immigration issues.  He serves as Chairman, Business Mechanism, Global Forum Migration and Development; and has also participated as a panelist at multi-stakeholder hearings on the Global Compact on Migration at the United Nations.

Austin is also the founding co-author of a renowned series of immigration handbooks that provide information on the best practices and latest developments in the field of business immigration, published by Thomson Reuters/West. He is vice chairman of the board of directors of the Center for Migration Studies; editorial board member of the International Migration Review; chairman of the board of directors of the Council on Global Immigration; co-author of the Practising Law Institute's Immigration Fundamentals; distinguished author, Thomson Reuters/West, Member of the Board, Jesuit Refugee Service(JRS), Member Advisory Board, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University and fellow, American Bar Foundation.

Austin is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia. His court admissions include the US Supreme Court; US District Court of the Southern District of New York and the District of Columbia; US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Third Circuit and District of Columbia Circuit. He was educated at Case Western Reserve School of Law, JD, and Georgetown University, BS.


Claire R. Thomas  is an attorney, advocate, and adjunct professor. Her interests and expertise include: U.S. immigration law, asylum and refugee law, unaccompanied children, immigrant access to public benefits, and empowerment for women and girls facing poverty and gender-based violence.

She graduated from the University of Chicago and also studied at the Université de Paris X, Nanterre. She holds a graduate degree from NYU’s Center for Global Affairs and a law degree from New York Law School. She was a visiting scholar at The New School's Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility.

Claire directs the Asylum Clinic at New York Law School, in which she teaches law students how to represent immigrants seeking asylum and other humanitarian immigration protections in the United States. As an Adjunct Professor at NYLS, she also teaches the introductory immigration law course. She is also a contract attorney with CUNY Citizenship Now! and assists immigrants applying for naturalization, and is a consultant for The Door, a NYC non-profit, in which she supervises attorneys working with immigrant youth.

Previously, she provided local and national trainings on immigration law to over 5,000 individuals with the Safe Passage Project, and advocated for the rights of African, Caribbean, and Middle Eastern immigrants at African Services Committee, a Harlem-based non-profit assisting persons living with HIV/AIDS.

Claire's television appearances include Voice of America in both English and French. She has been quoted in local and national publications including The New York Times, The Bangkok Post, The New Statesman, The Queens Daily Eagle and Law at the Margins. Her Op-Eds and Letters to the Editor have been published in the Queens Daily Eagle, Women Across Frontiers, and the New York Times. Her academic publications (Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, Drexel Law Review, and New York Law School) focus on unaccompanied children in immigration removal proceedings and immigrant access to public benefits.


Cyrus D. Mehta, a graduate of Cambridge University and Columbia Law School, is the Managing Partner of Cyrus D. Mehta & Partners PLLC in New York City. Mr. Mehta is a member of AILA’s Administrative Litigation Task Force; AILA’s EB-5 Committee; former chair of AILA’s Ethics Committee; special counsel on immigration matters to the Departmental Disciplinary Committee, Appellate Division, First Department, New York; member of the ABA Commission on Immigration; board member of Volunteers for Legal Services and board member of New York Immigration Coalition.  Mr. Mehta is the former chair of the Board of Trustees of the American Immigration Council and former chair of the Committee on Immigration and Nationality Law of the New York City Bar Association. He is a frequent speaker and writer on various immigration-related issues, including on ethics, and is also an adjunct professor of law at Brooklyn Law School, where he teaches a course entitled Immigration and Work.  Mr. Mehta received the AILA 2018 Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for advancing the practice of immigration law and the AILA 2011 Michael Maggio Memorial Award for his outstanding efforts in providing pro bono representation in the immigration field. He has also received two AILA Presidential Commendations in 2010 and 2016.  Mr. Mehta is ranked among the most highly regarded lawyers in North America by Who’s Who Legal – Corporate Immigration Law 2019 and is also ranked in Chambers USA and Chambers Global 2019 in immigration law, among other rankings.


Jason Abrams has been a partner with the firm since 2008. He specializes in employment-based and family-based petitions and applications, including H-1B, H-3, and L-1 nonimmigrant visas and all immigrant petitions, including skilled and unskilled workers, extraordinary ability, and multinational manager petitions. Jason also works on complicated situations involving fraud allegations or identity theft. Additionally, he appears in Immigration Court for adjustment hearings and Cancellation of Removal cases.

Jason is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. For AILA, he is an active member of the New York Chapter and moderates two forums on the AILA Message Center for immigration attorneys.

Jason also is chair of the New York Chapter's Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law. This committee gathers evidence on and works with law enforcement to stop nonlawyers from preying on their local communities through unlicensed legal work. As there is no recourse against a nonlawyer whose inexperience or deception ruins an individual's chance at an immigration benefit, this practice is a major issue in every community in New York. Jason sees many clients who have been victimized by the unauthorized practice of law.

Jason was born in New York and graduated from Haverford College and Fordham Law School. He is fluent in French. He speaks frequently to other attorneys on employment-based immigration matters. Jason lives on Long Island with his wife Ewa and children Eli, Zoe, Theo, and Dexter.


Lori Adams is the Director of the Immigration Intervention Project at Sanctuary for Families.  She represents asylum seekers before the immigration courts and in the asylum offices, leads the organizations advocacy efforts on behalf of immigrant survivors of gender-based harm, mentors pro bono counsel, and oversees a team of immigration attorneys and advocates who assist foreign-born survivors of gender violence. The team and the pro bono counsel she supports provide the full spectrum of immigration applications and defenses for which clients and their families are eligible, including asylum applications, U-Visas, T-Visas, humanitarian waiver applications, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) self-petitions, applications for Special Immigration Juvenile Status, DACA, cancellation of removal, and naturalization.

Before joining Sanctuary for Families, she was the Managing Attorney in Refugee Representation at Human Rights First, where she oversaw the pro bono legal representation of indigent asylum seekers. In that capacity, she provided support to volunteer lawyers from law firms in New York and New Jersey who represent asylum seekers at all levels of the system. She also provided information and legal services to asylum seekers in immigration detention, and helped to coordinate their legal representation.  Human Rights First opened an office in Houston, Texas in the spring of 2014 and she oversaw the pro bono legal representation of indigent asylum seekers in that area too. 

Ms. Adams is a member of Study Group on Immigrant Representation, launched by Judge Robert A. Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which aims to increase high-quality pro bono representation of asylum seekers and otherwise address the unmet legal needs of the immigrant poor. She is also a member of the Working Group on Immigrant Representation, led by Judge Michael A. Chagares of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which has similar aims in New Jersey.  Ms. Adams is a frequent speaker on immigration-related topics and a co-author of a report on the negative impact of the one-year filing deadline in asylum cases.  

Before joining Human Rights First, Ms. Adams was the attorney advisor in the New York Immigration Court, where she drafted decisions for twenty-eight immigration judges and supervised the work of the court’s law clerks and interns. She also worked for the American Civil Liberties Union and for the Honorable Deborah A. Batts in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Ms. Adams has a philosophy degree from the University of Oregon and a law degree from New York Law School. She is on the Advisory Council of the Immigration Law Section of the Federal Bar Association, is a member of the I-ARC (Immigrant Active Response Collaborative) steering committee, a member of the Asylum Working Group, and member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.  She is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey.


Lucas Guttentag teaches immigration law and constitutional litigation at Stanford Law School, where he is Professor of the Practice, and at Yale Law School, where he is Distinguished Senior Fellow and Senior Research Scholar.  He is the founder and former national director of the Immigrants’ Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, which he led from 1985 to 2010 in New York and San Francisco. From 2014 to 2016, he served in the Obama administration as a senior advisor on immigration policy, including as Senior Counselor to the Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson.

Guttentag has engaged in extensive class action and appellate litigation throughout the country for more than thirty years, including arguing successfully in the Supreme Court, to advance the civil and constitutional rights of non-citizens. He has testified in Congress, writes and speaks widely on immigration issues, and often appears in national media. He listed in Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, is a member of the American Law Institute (ALI), a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the recipient of an honorary degree from CUNY Law School, and was named a “human rights hero” by the American Bar Association Human Rights journal in 2002.  He has received the top litigation award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) four times, named California Lawyer “Lawyer of the Year” in appellate law, a Top 100 lawyer in Northern California, and was recognized in 2007 as one of the country’s top 25 immigrant advocates of the last 25 years by the National Immigration Forum.  His litigation includes designing a five-year legal strategy and arguing INS v. St. Cyr to uphold habeas corpus protections for immigrants facing deportation and prohibiting retroactive elimination of 212(c) waivers.  Other significant cases include American Baptist Churches v. Thornburgh, providing protection to 500,000 Central American refugees, Haitian Centers Council v. McNary, representing Haitian refugees at Guantanamo, a series of cases challenging the immigration marriage fraud statute that led to congressional repeal, suing government officials for torture and abuse at Abu Ghraib, and directing the ACLU’s challenge to state and local anti-immigrant laws, including Arizona’s SB1070.  He is currently serving as counsel in Nielsen v. Preap challenging mandatory immigration detention in the Supreme Court.  Guttentag serves as a consultant, advisor and board member to numerous non-profit and philanthropic immigration advocacy and legal organizations.  Guttentag served as a law clerk to Texas federal judge William Wayne Justice, practiced civil rights law in Los Angeles, and taught at Columbia Law School before joining the ACLU.  He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and Harvard Law School.


Marketa Lindt works with U.S. and multinational corporations to implement efficient business immigration visa programs to best attract and retain foreign national talent. Marketa also leads Sidley’s I-9 compliance practice, where she counsels and defends companies regarding their hiring practices of foreign national employees and compliance with the government’s I-9 verification requirements. Her I-9 compliance practice includes providing proactive counseling on I-9 hiring practices and the E-Verify process, defending employers in civil and criminal workplace enforcement actions, conducting immigration-related internal investigations, and conducting due diligence and analysis of I-9 issues in mergers, acquisitions and other corporate transactions.

In addition to representing U.S. companies with their business immigration and I-9 compliance needs, Marketa is actively engaged in national and regional advocacy efforts to change our laws and regulations so that they better serve U.S. employers, foster economic growth and promote fairness and justice in the immigration system. She currently serves as elected President-Elect of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and as a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce immigration policy committee.

Marketa regularly speaks at national and regional conferences regarding immigration law and I-9 compliance. She is a primary author of the immigration law and practice treatise Business Immigration Law. Marketa has also authored articles for a number of leading immigration texts, including AILA’s Guide to Worksite Enforcement and Compliance, the Guide to PERM Labor Certification, and numerous annual editions of the Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook.  She serves as an editor of Kurzban’s Immigration Law Sourcebook. She has appeared a number of times on television, radio and print regarding developments in immigration law. Marketa is recognized as a leading corporate immigration attorney worldwide in the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and Who’s Who Legal: Illinois.

Marketa is committed to providing access to counsel for underserved immigrants. She serves in an advisory capacity to several Chicago-area cultural institutions and organizations that provide assistance to underserved immigrant communities. For a number of years, Marketa has served as a member of the Leadership Board of the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago.


Trudy Rebert works to enforce and advance the rights of low-income immigrants through litigation, technical assistance, and administrative advocacy. Her main areas of focus include defending DACA, immigration enforcement, and workers’ rights issues. She is part of the legal team litigating Batalla Vidal v. Nielsen challenging the Trump administration's termination of the DACA. Before joining the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) in 2017, Rebert served as a law clerk to the Honorable Lorna G. Schofield of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and was a Skadden Fellow and staff attorney with the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ). At NOWCRJ, where she provided legal, policy, and strategic support to membership groups of guest workers, Black workers, and day laborers in New Orleans. Rebert previously worked with the Inspection Panel at the World Bank and on labor and migration issues in India. She holds a B.A. from Macalester College, an M.Sc. in Migration, Mobility and Development from the University of London (SOAS), and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was a member of the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic.


Cynthia leads the firm’s High Tech practice in the heart of Silicon Valley.

As the Managing Partner of the firm’s Northern California practice, she directs the strategic representation of companies ranging from large Fortune 500 companies to small start-up companies in the firm’s “e-group.” She has worked with numerous companies to set up and manage worldwide immigration compliance programs. She also offers legal advice to individual investors (i.e., EB-5).

Cynthia is a longtime Adjunct Professor at Southwestern University School of Law where she has taught since 1988. She also frequently lectures on corporate immigration and, as a thought leader in the industry, she has written numerous articles on business immigration law matters.

Cynthia is also the Managing Partner in charge of the firm’s I-9 Service Center, which offers state of the art electronic I-9 tools and advisory services for proper I-9 and E-Verify completion. She is experienced in government investigations, audits and establishing compliance programs for companies.

Cynthia has served as a member of Fragomen's Executive Committee. Cynthia joined Fragomen over 30 years ago, after beginning her career at the U.S. Department of Justice as an INS trial attorney.


Prior to joining the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Mrs. Peters worked with the Council for Global Immigration (CFGI) in the Washington DC metro-area for nearly fifteen years, helping to advance high skilled immigration and employment verification reforms with the U.S. Congress, the White House and the federal agencies. She has served as a chair of the policy committee of the Compete America coalition. She also serves on other coalitions and working groups to educate and advance immigration system efficiencies and to ensure critical changes to employer immigration compliance are reasonable.

She is a frequent speaker on issues of high skilled immigration reform and is viewed as an immigration policy expert both inside and outside the beltway. Mrs. Peters also serves on the Women in Government Relations leadership team, as a Vice Chair of its membership committee and is SHRM’s liaison with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.

Before CFGI, she practiced immigration law at a Washington D.C.- based law firm and has also served as an attorney and policy analyst at the U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service. Mrs. Peters also spent time representing the government in immigration court proceedings. She received her J.D. and M.P.A. from Syracuse University’s College of Law and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.


David Grunblatt is a Partner at Proskauer Rose LLP, heading its Immigration Practice Group and is an authority on employer immigration compliance and employment-based immigration benefits.  He served as Chair of the New York Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and of its Vermont Service Center Liaison Committee.  He was formerly Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Immigration and Nationality Law and was Chair of the Committee on Immigration and Nationality Law at the New York County Lawyers Association.  He lectures and writes extensively on the subject of Immigration and Nationality Law.


Robert E. Juceam, a former president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and former Chair of its National Committee on Ethics, is Of Counsel and a former Partner of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers. His practice includes representation of attorneys in discipline matters as well as complex commercial litigation and insurance and reinsurance disputes. His full bio is at www.friedfrank.com.


Catherine L. Haight is the founding member of Haight Law Group, PLC in Los Angeles, California.  She has been practicing immigration law since 1989, specializing in business, entertainment, and sports related cases.  Ms. Haight obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law.  She has authored numerous published articles on such subjects as PERM, H-1B visas, L-1 visas, and the immigration consequences of business mergers and acquisitions.  She has been the invited speaker at numerous conferences and seminars on such subjects as business, sports, and entertainment visas, legal ethics, and employer sanctions law.  She has also served on many national immigration lawyer committees that liaise closely with government agencies.


Charles H. (“Chuck”) Kuck is the Managing Attorney at Kuck Baxter Immigration Partners LLC in Atlanta, Georgia.  Chuck served as the National President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association from 2008-2009.  He also served as President of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Emory Law School.  He was named one of the top 5 immigration attorneys in the world by Chambers & Partners again in 2017, the “Best Lawyer-Immigration in Georgia by Best Lawyers in 2017, and was previously named one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians” by Georgia Trend magazine.  He has practiced immigration law for 28 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.


Kathleen Campbell Walker is a former national president of (2007-08) and general counsel (2009-10) to the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) www.aila.com. She is a member of the Dickinson Wright PLLC law firm headquartered in Detroit. She practices from the El Paso, Texas office. In 2014, Ms. Walker received the AILA Founder's Award which is given from time to time to the person or entity having the most substantial impact on the field of immigration law or policy. In 2012, she was selected by Texas Lawyer as its top "Go-To" Lawyer in Texas in immigration law. Board certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, she was selected to serve on the Council of Foreign Relations Independent Task Force on U.S. Immigration Policy, which was co-chaired by former Governor Jeb Bush. She has testified multiple times before Congress and at the state level in Texas regarding immigration policy and law.


Mark R. von Sternberg is a Senior Attorney with Catholic Charities Community Services/Archdiocese of New York where he concentrates on litigation before the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Mr. von Sternberg serves as an adjunct faculty member at Pace University School of Law where he teaches general immigration and comparative refugee law; he is also an adjunct faculty member at St. John’s University School of Law where he teaches an immigrant and refugee rights clinic. Mr. von Sternberg received a J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1973 and an LL.M. degree (in International Legal Studies) from New York University School of Law in 1984. He has lectured at law schools and at professional associations regarding immigration matters and has written extensively, particularly in the areas of refugee law, international humanitarian law, and human rights. Mr. von Sternberg is the author of an internationally recognized treatise regarding the refugee definition as applied in the United States and Canada. In 2002, he received the American Immigration Lawyers Association Pro Bono Award. Mr. von Sternberg is a former chair of the American Bar Association’s Immigration and Naturalization Committee and of the New York City Bar Association’s Immigration and Nationality Law Committee. Mr. von Sternberg has served as an active participant in significant international conferences regarding asylum such as the Refugee Rights and Realities Conference in Nottingham, England and, more recently (September 2012), the UNHCR's Expert Roundtable on "International Protection for Persons Fleeing Armed Conflict and Other Situations of Violence" in Cape Town, South Africa.


Robert C. Divine chairs of the Immigration Group of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, P.C., a law firm of 800 lawyers and public policy advisors with offices in 24 U.S. cities including Washington, D.C.  Mr. Divine served from July 2004 until November 2006 as Chief Counsel and for a time Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS).  He is the author of Immigration Practice, a 1,600 page practical treatise on all aspects of U.S. immigration law that is revised and reprinted annually to reflect the law’s constant changes.  He has practiced immigration law since 1986 and has served as Chair of various committees of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and served for seven years as Vice President of the Association to Invest in the USA (IIUSA), an association for EB-5 regional centers. His practice includes all aspects of U.S. immigration law, representing large and small international and domestic employers, family sponsors, developers and investment regional centers, and individual foreign nationals.  He has also litigated significant business matters, including class action employment discrimination, contract, commercial, product liability, antitrust, ERISA benefits, business torts, and immigration-related civil and criminal matters.


Sarah K. Peterson is the founder of SPS Immigration PLLC based in Minneapolis, MN. Her employment-based practice focuses on physicians, academia, start-ups, and high-tech companies. Sarah actively participates in the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) on both a local and national level. She currently serves as Chair of AILA’s DOL liaison committee and has been an active Elected Director on the AILA Board of Governors since 2012. Sarah has previously served on AILA national Liaison committees with the California and Nebraska USCIS Service Centers, Chaired AILA’s Healthcare Professionals Committee and served as a member for several years, and Chaired the Minnesota/Dakotas Chapter of AILA. Sarah serves on the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota’s (ILCM) Public Policy Committee since 2013. Sarah was recognized in 2016 and 2017 as one of 40 Up and Comers in Employment Law by HRE/Law Dragon, is listed in the International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers since 2014, and was selected as one of Minnesota’s Lawyer’s Up and Coming Attorneys for 2010. She was a contributing author to AILA’s Business Immigration Law & Procedure, second edition, frequently speaks with the press, and travels internationally to speak on employment-based immigration. Sarah is scheduled to teach an advanced Immigration Law class at the University of Minnesota Law School in 2018. Sarah holds a joint law degree and master in public policy from the University of Minnesota Law School and the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.


Vincent W. Lau is the managing partner of Clark Lau LLC in Cambridge, Massachusetts and he counsels employers and employees on a range of temporary and permanent immigration options.  He enjoys taking complex immigration legal concepts and breaking them down into tangible and comprehensible ideas for employers and employees.  It is with this same spirit that he speaks regularly at immigration conferences across the country, serves fellow immigration attorneys as one of the Vice Chairs of AILA’s national liaison committee with the U.S. Department of Labor, and developed the curriculum for the business immigration course at New England Law Boston.  Vince received his B.A., cum laude, in Political Science from Yale University, M.A. in Higher Education Administration from the Boston College School of Education, and J.D. from the Boston College School of Law.  Vince has been voted among “The Best Lawyers in America” since 2010 and listed with “Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Immigration” since 2015.


William A. Stock is a founding partner of Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP, where he leads the Employment-Based Immigration Team from the firm’s Philadelphia headquarters.  He handles all aspects of immigration law, including assisting companies and individuals in obtaining employment- and family-based visas; resolving citizenship issues and obtaining naturalization; and defending clients in DHS and Department of Labor enforcement proceedings.  He is featured in The Best Lawyers in America, The Chambers Global Guide, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, and Who’s Who of Business Lawyers.  He has received the highest (“AV”) rating from the Martindale-Hubble Peer Review system, has taught immigration law at Villanova University School of Law, is a frequent speaker and author on immigration law topics, and is a Past President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the 14,000 member national organization of immigration lawyers.


Anastasia is the Managing Partner of Laura Devine Attorneys LLC in New York and a Partner of Laura Devine Solicitors in London. She is also global head of the firm’s US immigration team. Anastasia is internationally recognized in the leading legal directories, including the Legal 500 UK Edition, Chambers Global, Chambers US and Chambers UK, Super Lawyers, Who's Who Legal Corporate Immigration, and Best Lawyers in America. An active member of, AILA, Anastasia was a charter member and officer of AILA's RDC EMEA Chapter and Chair of AILA's Department of State Liaison Committee.  Anastasia currently serves on AILA's Executive Committee as President Elect and is on the board of the American Immigration Council. She and her team are regular participants in pro bono activities, including the AILA New York chapter's juvenile docket project. She received a B.A. from Indiana University and a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame.  Anastasia, a national of the U.S., U.K. and Italy, is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York and is a Solicitor of England and Wales.  You can follow Anastasia on Twitter @anastasianylon.